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April 26, 2023


Oh thank you for these remembrances of Larry Goldstein, what a sweetheart he was, a sweetheart with brains and heart. Such brains! And, yes, he was, as you say, an editor of great influence, a poet and lover of movies. Poet movie-lovers are among the interesting people of this world -- don't we all think so? Along with, of course, those who live with gorillas, run with wolves, or can fix all kinds of things around the house.
His "Poetry Los Angeles: Reading the Essential Poems of the City" was a great gift to L.A., whether L.A. and its four+ million souls realize it or not.
I met Larry Goldstein in person maybe four times, or five? But I'll remember him always.

Heartbreaking news. I had just leafed through his book on LA poetry again this past week, looking for a reference, and had also pulled down from my shelf his own collection, A ROOM IN CALIFORNIA. What a gifted, generous, gentle man he was.

I meet Larry and Nancy through Carolyn See, a preeminent LA novelist and essayist. He wanted to meet me since he planned to include an excerpt from my book, Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California (UNebraskaP 2010, paper 2020, audio 2021. Often when they returned to LA, we we would get together. What a brilliant, insightful, generous man and an exceptionally fine poet. Such a loss to American literature and to all who knew him. Susan Suntree

Larry was a fabulous editor, generous and encouraging to unknown,new talent. Such a loss.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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