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                                                                                        Jack Foley has published 17 books
                                                                                        of   poetry,   5   books   of   criticism,   a
          F A T H E R   T O   S O N                                                     book   of   stories,   and   a   1300-page
                                                                                        “chronoencyclopedia,”   Visions   &
                                                                                        Affiliations:   California   Poetry
                                                                                        1940-2005.
                                                                                        He   became   well   known   through
                                                                                        his   multi-voiced   performances
                                                                                        with  his  late  wife,  Adelle  and  now
          J A C K   F O L E Y                                                           performs   with   Sangye   Land;   he
                                                                                             presented
                                                                                        has
                                                                                                                on
                                                                                                        poetry
                                                                                        Northern   California   radio   station
                                                                                        KPFA since 1988










      I spoke to my son of the rebirth
      of progressive political thought. I spoke to my son
      of possibility. I spoke to him
      of the hope for a more just, more loving
      world, of a new birth of the best aspects
      of the 1960s—so easily parodied or denied.
      I spoke to my son of a world
      my generation failed to give him
      and which I would have wished for him
      and his loving wife. I do not know
      what today will bring, perhaps a failure
      of our hopes, but hope is
      the sweet air in our lungs.
      I spoke to my son of the need for love
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