About John O'Kane

John O' Kane teaches writing and media at UCI and edits AMASS Magazine. He's published many poems, several short stories, and much journalism. He is currently completing a novel on street life in Venice, California. John's book, Venice, CA: A City State of Mind, was recently published.


Harold's, San Pedro; image copyright Marshall Astor, Food Fetishist, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lifeontheedge/125389576/ / CC BY CA

One of San Pedro’s most appealing qualities is that it’s not very popular. When I first decided to move here from Venice my neighbor, a realtor, suggested why.

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John O’Kane reads from Venice, CA: A City State of Mind, 1/31/14

Venice CA / Beyond Baroque

Beyond Baroque presents
John O’ Kane reading from
Venice, CA: A City State of Mind
Friday, January 31, 2014
8:00 p.m.

FREE ($5 donation optional)

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
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Illuminescence by John O’Kane

Illuminescence - Poem by John O'Kane

I think of how Allen Ginsberg
could see society when gizmos glistened
salvation, freeways traced our future,
freeon cooled our passions,
primeval blackooze birthed plastic,
the prophylactic of progress,
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