Two powerful Los Angeles poets on par with other Angelino luminaries like Kamau Daaood, Luis Rodriguez & Lewis MacAdams are Steve Abee & Sesshu Foster. Both of these authors released new books recently. Over the course of one week in September 2009, I was able to see both poets read live. Though they are both very individual and stylized they share an urgency and raw truth seldom seen or spoken of in celluloid city. This article will review their new books and break down the background story for each of these two great poets. Both reside on Los Angeles’ eastside, Abee in El Sereno and Foster in Alhambra.

Mike Sonksen, Mike the Poet; see also Al Young's blog,