The Other Side of the Postcard – Anthology from City Lights, San Francisco

The Other Side of the Postcard is a kind of anti-anthology from City Lights edited by Devorah Major. Includes poems by Jack Hirschman, Opal Palmer Adisa, Q. R. Hand, Agneta Falk, Thomas Centolella, Alejandro Murguía, Janice Mirikitani, and many others. Poems from the real city, not the tourist fantasy. My poem San Francisco appears in the Poems section of this site.


In conjunction with the San Francisco Public Library, poet laureate devorah major made a public appeal for poems that explored the realities of people’s lives in a city as tough and tragic as it is beautiful and exhilarating. This anthology collects the best of this poetry by celebrated writers, schoolchildren with fresh eyes, homeless people and students, perceptive elders and working people from every ethnicity and class. A cross section of the city’s voices offers a passionately experienced response to the city, the nation and the world.

devorah major is an African American poet, novelist, essayist and teacher. Among her books are Brown Glass WindowsOpen Weavestreet smarts and Where River Meets Ocean.