Acknowledgment: Back Room Live

Many thanks to the folks at Life-Long Press and guest editor Craig Santos Perez for including some of my newer poems in the latest installment of Back Room Live.

I’m thinking of Back Room Live as a virtual hangout, like the smoky part of the bar, way in the back, far from the door and the jukebox but close to the kitchen, where the poets and audience huddle up to hear the newness.

Speaking of the newness, the poems from Craig, Margaret Rhee and Debbie Yee are off the chain. Craig’s takes on charting the vastness, Margaret’s recollection of childhood want, hunger and innocent privilege, and Debbie’s command of the verb. Man, what awesome poet company this is.

Check out the poems and leave a comment over at

Author: Oscar Bermeo

Born in Ecuador and raised in the Bronx, Oscar Bermeo is the author of the chapbooks Anywhere Avenue, Palimpsest, Heaven Below, and To the Break of Dawn. He lives and works in Oakland, CA.

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