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Kate Braverman
Untitled (Poets Walk)

Project Area: CBD/South Park
Project: Grand Hope Park
Project Location: Between Grand & Hope and 9th & Olympic
Project Type: CRA Initiated


Peeking from the pergola beams are the words from Kate Braverman’s poem, sandblasted and in-filled with paint. The poem, which describes Los Angeles from sunrise to sunset, is obscured by the growth of vines, but can easily be read by any passerby or person sitting under the pergola’s welcoming shade.

The Desert Wind Howls
The desert wind howls through her burned Spanish mouth
Dawn is a tale of intrigue carved in citrus and jasmine
Skies are tainted burgundy over hills of soiled pastels
sunset is lavender as a bruise from a drunken collision.

image of poem inscription

Artist Profile

Originally from Los Angeles, Kate Braverman is an experimental novelist, poet, and short story writer.  She has authored Lithium for Medea, Palm Latitudes, Wonders of the West, and The Incantation of Frida K.  The artist has recently been awarded a Graywolf Prize for her memoir, Frantic Transmissions to and from Los Angeles: An Accidental Memoir (2006), and the Pushcart Prize for her short story, Cocktail Hour.  Other awards include the 2005 Mississippi Review Prize, a Christopher Isherwood Foundation Fellowship for lifetime recognition of achievement, and the Editor's Choice Raymond Carver Short-Story Award.  Braverman received her BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and her MA in English from Sonoma State University. She is a founding member of the Venice Poetry Workshop, Professor of Creative Writing at CSULA, and staff faculty for UCLA Writer's Program.  Braverman lives and works in San Francisco.