"Mountain View" is the first section of a long poem by Mary Kinzie, "California Sorrow," which is also the title of the book in which it is found. The poem explores her personal romantic grief as a way of setting the stage for the telling of other legendary local sorrows, including the relationship between T. S. Eliot and his American girlfriend Emily Hale, who tour the Southern California desert in her roadster on their way to a hamburger joint known as the "In and Out"a site that was also visited, we learn in this many-layered poem, by Kenneth Koch and Marianne Moore.
Excerpt from CALIFORNIA SORROW. Copyright © 2007 by Mary Kinzie. Excerpted by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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