Brandon Cesmat

Brandon Cesmat is past president of California Poets in the Schools, the largest artist-residency program in the U.S., and teaches literature at California State University San Marcos. As a member of the international collective Acanto y Laurel, Cesmat performs poems throughout North America. He was nominated for Poet Laureate of California in 2011. His most recent collection of poetry is When Pigs Fall in Love, published by Caernarvon Press.

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Lost Dog

A poem by Brandon Cesmat

When the boy’s dog didn’t come home from hunting squirrels or rabbits, he rode on a brown mare in the hills above the ranch, singing the name, “Ti-ger! Here boy!” as he looked. His parents ...

A Visit to San Diego

In August they begin work early in the morning while the day is still cool. Their songs and conversation, in rapid Spanish, drift through the orange grove, muted only by the rhythmic slam of the ...

Valley Center Will Never Be the Same

A few years back, from the tops of several hills in Valley Center, one could see the Pacific Ocean some 20 miles away in the west. If it were clear, Mt. Palomar would be visible ...