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San Diego Poet Explores Anxieties Of Living In Wildfire Prone Area

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The cover of "Fire Season" by Patrick Coleman.

San Diego poet Patrick Coleman writes about adversity and triumph in his Berkshire Prize-winning book "Fire Season.”

Coleman said his inspiration for the poetry in the book was the anxieties surrounding "surviving a California economy and a new career," the birth of his daughter and living in an area prone to wildfire.

Coleman lives in Ramona, in an area burned by the Witch Creek Fire in 2007.

"The way this landscape can turn on you in just an instant, does feel like a metaphor for having a new baby and you're worried about her health and so many things in our lives. I mean are days aren't guaranteed and anything can happen tomorrow," he said.

Coleman will be speaking about his book of prose Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at The Book Catapult in South Park.

He joins Midday Edition Thursday to discuss the inspiration for the book.

San Diego Poet Explores Anxieties Of Living In Wildfire Prone Area


Patrick Coleman, author, “Fire Season”



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