The City of Lynwood

The City of Lynwood: In Remembrance During Quarantine By: Armando Cepeda             We start ourselves in my place of birth, the place I live, the place I stay             City of Lynwood. Never remembered unless you say             It’s right next to Compton or mention Plaza Mexico             Previously known as the Marketplace and then…

Letter To Our City

Letter To Our City Class poem English 2600 Literary LA Spring 2020 Cal State LA– I wish we could have performed this as a class with Mike Sonksen (Mike the Poet) and Statement Magazine. I wish we could have worked on this and polished it in person. I wish so many things… Los Angeles is…

The Loss

Shared by an anonymous student I’m scared of my own image, All I see is damage, Broken wings, Just like ripped strings, Tears falling down, Yet I drown, Wish it was untrue, Yet it can’t be undue, I’m sick of this scene, Yet im in between, Of this war zone, All alone, I tried to…

Sunshine or Noir?

April 25-26, 2020 In his landmark book about Los Angeles, City of Quartz, Mike Davis begins with the question “Sunshine or Noir?” and this is a question that haunts Los Angeles, and I expect haunts my students: why did you ask us to read Mike Davis? For those who aren’t familiar with Davis, his writing…

The Pest House

April 11-12 2020 In the winter of 2007 we moved from our rented apartment on the hill in Echo Park to a rented house behind Dodger Stadium. I had never known much about the Chavez ravine story before moving there, but once we started walking around Elysian Park and I discovered Don Normark’s photographs of…

Riding Through These Times

March 27, 2020 Today we took the Bus out to pick up supplies at Target. I may have mentioned that we have a1966 VW bus in class—my father’s bus—but here’s a picture for the visual folks out there.  It felt strange riding in the Bus again, so familiar, as this is the Bus of my…

Trust the Journey

Written by an anonymous student, posted by Jenny. If you want to share your experience as this was, just send your thoughts/images to Jenny I don’t really know in what sequence I’m suppose to be writing this but I figured I’d vent a little as well since many are doing that on social media anyways….

Is This Really Happening?

The picture is looking out to the 626 in honor of Mike Sonksen…more views from Debs park. March 22, 2020 An uneasy feeling has been following me around as I navigate this new life: is this real? One student even e-mailed that very question to me, and I replied that as far as I can…

Safer At Home

March 19, 2020 So, I was driving home tonight from my mom’s house and I heard the mayor on the radio. He was saying we are a city of love and we would be safer at home. I had a strange moment there because I know that is true, but I am so scared for…

The First Day

Today was the first day that felt real, even though I had been washing my hands and using hand sanitizer and social distancing and trying to do my best to focus on the now. We walked Harold the puppy-brained , impulse control challenged, pit lab rescue in Debs park today, and as I saw the…