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.
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 ...
Camptown grubbin’ with migrant workers.
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
I must have thought that the difficult access would keep my home secluded: Valley Center, a lousy place to get to, but a nice place to be. In the mid-Seventies this began to change.