For the Los Angeles Review of Books, Stephen Kessler takes us through a pantheon of his favorite Los Angeles landmarks. He writes:
Buildings are constructed and routinely erased, yet they remain implanted in the native’s mind like seeds of some vaguely remembered myth. Structures I frequented in formative days at times return, as here, to refresh my memory.
But for Kessler, poetry can resurrect the remains; he says that “[p]oetry cannot recoup our losses, but it can rescue fragments of what was felt, and known.”