I Am San Francisco

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  I have witnessed the waterfront decay the ships disappear the piers given over to tourists and sunbathing sea lions Gone the Haight Theater in the old Haight Ashbury where as a kid I paid a dime to see two movies a serial and a newsreel Gone the old Embassy Theater on Market Street where […]


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Like a crow caws into the night, like an owl with its questioning eyes, like a Shaman lights the night with magic words, like a hawk circles the sky, like a farmer plants seeds, like a magician skilled in illusion, you hurled the boulders of darkness into the face of death played the game out […]


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who would have thought skittles and ice tea was a death sentence not even Dr. Oz when a black boy with a dream walks home alone at night hard rain falling lady death whisper in the air a boy with a dream walks home at night to watch an all-star basketball game gunned down by […]

New Poetry Release! A.D. Winans – In the Dead Hours of Dawn

A.D. Winans - In the Dead Hours of Dawn from Bottle of Smoke Press

New Release from Bottle of Smoke Press:A.D. Winans – In the Dead Hours of Dawn Poetry, 32 pages. 8 1/2″ x 11 1/4″. A new book of poems by award winning poet A.D. Winans consists of poems not previously published in any of his previous fifty-three books of poetry. The cover is printed on Fabriano […]

6 Poems by A.D. Winans

Empty Mirror Arts Magazine

POEM FOR RUTH WEISS she grooves with time day time, night time be bop jazz time dances with timeless time all rhythm no rhyme birds in flight flap their wings copulate with the wind a magician’s illusion where time and words move from celibate to wild orgy feed off the flesh of the other pause […]


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There are poets who like To dance with words Dance for favors and illusionary Poetry careers But dancing for an audience Isn’t like feeling the rhythm That rubs up against the soul Odetta, Buffy Saint-Marie Phil Ochs, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger Billy Bragg Were living proof of this Money pigeonholes Power corrupts The spiritual truth […]

San Francisco Poems by A.D. Winans

A.D. Winans - San Francisco Poems

A.D. Winans’ new 190-page poetry collection, San Francisco Poems, has been published by Little Red Tree Publishing, of New Haven, CT. A. D. Winans is a native San Francisco poet, writer and photographer. His poetry, prose, book reviews, and essays have appeared in over 1500 literary magazines and anthologies, including City Lights Journal, Margie, Rattle, […]

A.D. Winans – San Francisco Poems Book Launch! July 22, 2012

A.D. Winans - San Francisco Poems

A.D. Winans founded the important Second Coming Press in San Francisco back in the 1970s, publishing some of the best Beat poets alongside crucial street and underground poets of the time. All along, his own work has been politically engaged and acerbic in its observations. He is an award winning poet and writer whose work […]

Looking Back


When I was 18 I was on a troop train heading for basic training when we stopped to take on water or whatever it is trains stop for and after relieving myself I came out of the men’s room when an elderly black man asked me where the men’s room was and when I pointed […]

A.D. Winans on A.D. Winans


I was born in San Francisco, and have lived here almost my entire life. I was born at home, premature. My mother said the doctor told her I would not live a long life. Now I’m 71 and the doctor is long dead. My father was seventeen years older than my mother, and they fought […]