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View From Santa Barbara

February 13, 2020

Another poem from my book.

allenrizzi

Santa Barbara, California was for many years a spiritual retreat from me and others that I had known from my surfing years in the 1960s. After high school, I attended Cal State Northridge but I always found myself drawn back to Santa Barbara. It was a place that soothed the soul.

Because of its favored position, one had the feeling that he could see the whole of California in his mind: San Francisco to the north and Los Angeles to the south. Almost every moment that I was not cracking books in Northridge found me in Santa Barbara. It was a place of spiritual and physical freedom in the early 1970s and a place that I often visited for the purpose of writing poetry. These were the Vietnam War years and I often wrote anti-war verse in the hope that my work would in some way bring an end to…

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