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  Courtesy Kenny Washington

  Y’a des petites fleurs / Au bois de mon coeur
— Georges Brassens
In winter I’m a Buddhist;
In summer I’m a nudist.”
Little Joe Gould
  In Summer (Estate) 
Jon Hendricks’ lyric to Jobim’s summer-sad bossa nova classic


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From a grand high-angle, the August blue moon shoots Berkeley with light | August 2012


  Al Young

Singapore Jackie’s well-loved plant child. Its foster parent Al would like to know the real name for this beauty. Beaucarnea gracilis? Botanists and plant lovers, help us, please!


Cover: Tim Lewis | Photo: Lee Reeves
  Courtesy Da Lian

Over a Chinese lunch, legendary editor Alan Rinzler helps hold up a first edition hardcover copy of Snakes, Al Young’s maiden novel (1970), edited by Rinzler at Holt, Rinehart & Winston.


Robert G. Youmo

Al in transit



Chevron refinery fire plume, Richmond, CA | August 6, 2012 | Read the story

© Lance Iversen, The Chronicle/SF

Smoke from a Chevron Oil refinery fire fills the sky above Richmond, CA, Monday August 6, 2012

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from the Imaginary Bookstore of Mr. Bib!
Courtesy Kindness of Strangers

[L-R] Al Young, Andrew Tonkovich, Luis Alvarez Tonkovich, and Lisa Alvarez breakfasting at Saul’s Deli, Berkeley | July 2012


  Dana Gioia

BBC Radio producer Julian May interviews Al Young for After the Gold Rush? The Poetry of California, an audio documentary on the current California poetry scene. Presented by poet-essayist Dana Gioia, the program first airs as a Sunday featured presentation 30 September 2012 at the BBC’s Radio 3.


  Julian May

Poet, former NEA director, and radio producer Dana Gioia and Al Young in the Writers Studio zen garden | California College of the Arts, San Francisco, July 2012

  Joanne Meschery

Al at Sand Pond in the lost Sierras | July 2012

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Y’a des petites fleurs
Au bois de mon coeur
Georges Brassens

~ There are little flowers
In the woods of my heart ~

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Andrew Tonkovich and Sands Hall

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              Tracy Hall, Barbara Hall, Edwina Leggett


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[L-R] Writer-musicians Amy Tan, mandolin; Sands Hall, guitar; Jason Roberts, bass; Louis B. Jones, guitar; Gregory Spatz, fiddle, and Caridwen Spatz, fiddle and vocals, cast a mellow, melancholic spell as they perform the ever-wistful “La Vie en Rose” in a summer evening jam session at the Squaw Valley home of Mimi and Burnett Miller. | July 2012


Lou DeMattei

Al Young and Amy Tan | Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, July 2012


Brett Hall Jones

Lisa Alvarez and Al Young at Amy Tan’s annual Truckee River picnic | July 2012


Marina hiking path

  Photos: Al Young

Storyteller clouds, Berkeley, CA Marina | Summer Solstice 2012

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Al’s bench | Berkeley Marina


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Treetop time | Palo Alto, CA 2012


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Greer Park BBQ cook-out | Juneteenth 2012


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Summer window watch


   Doris Fariello

Solstice-ready | Lytton Gardens 2012


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