Thursdays at Readers Poetry Series: Alejandro Murguía and Patti Trimble

Join us every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in our Readers Bookstore Fort Mason for our weekly FREE poetry series! Browse books and enjoy a glass of wine while listening to internationally acclaimed poets and artists such as Jonathan Richman, David Meltzer, Diane di Prima and California Poet Laureate Al Young. The series is  curated by Friends’ Resident Poet Jack Hirschman. For a full line-up and more information please visit our website at

Proceeds from our bookstores benefit the San Francisco Public Library

TODAY we are excited to have  Alejandro Murguía and Patti Trimble read!

alejandro Alejandro Murguía is the author of Southern Frontand This War Called Love(both winners of the American Book Award). He is a founding member and the first director of The Mission Cultural Center. Currently he is a professor in Latina Latino Studies at San Francisco State University. He is the author of the short story “The Other Barrio” recently filmed in the street of the Mission District. This year City Lights Books released his new book Stray Poems. In May 2014 the SF Weekly named him Best Local Author. He is the Sixth San Francisco Poet Laureate and the first Latino to hold the position.

trimble_patti_headshotPatti Trimble lives in Petaluma and Sicily. Her poetry is widely published and she performs/reads—often with music—in the US and Europe. Her two 2014 spoken word CDs, on Out of Round Records, are: Hello Heaven! Poems from Arabic Sicily, new translations with singer Ramzi Harrabi; and In the Middle of the Night of the Road of My Life etc. with SF musician Peter Whitehead. Patti’s work has received grants from the Lannan Foundation, Poets&Writers, Djerassi Foundation, and a Pushcart nomination. She writes for the S. F. Ethnic Dance Festival and teaches writing in the Bay Area.



A  Poem for My Hat – By Alejandro Murguia

For Jack Hirschman and Agneta Falk

In Memory of Roque Dalton

Today I want to wear a hat

step out on my porch

in a big floppy one

and wave hello to the world

Or maybe a mysterious fedora, brim down low

I’d investigate the missing Brown Buffalo

Perhaps a Greek fisherman’s cap—a song to the briny deep—

sirens and mermaids rocking me

Oh a big old Mexican sombrero would do

with silver thread along the edge

that would hurt because of you

I could create a krazy kat hat with balloons and milagritos

on the crown and I’d stroll down Mission Street

leading a lobster on a leash

I could style a brown beret—cocked over angry eyebrow

and shout Power to the People and other slogans I forget

Maybe I’ll try a cloud

with a blue ribbon  tied around it like a song

Or none of that—

Today I’m going to wear the sky as my hat

and then I’ll pass it on to you

so you can wear it too


—Alejandro Murguía


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