The family business: a destiny fulfilled for some and a launching point for others. For Sacramento’s newly anointed poet laureate, adjunct City College and Sacramento State English instructor Bob Stanley 55, it was both.
“I worked in the family business [an auto parts distribution company] for about 30 years,” Stanley says. “So after we sold the business [in 1999] I didn’t want to work for the new owners and I’d always had this hobby.”
Stanley says he’s always had a knack for and interest in poetry.
“I had written poetry, I’d gone to readings, I’d gone to workshops around the country. I mean I loved writing poetry and I loved reading it and talking to people about it.”
For someone who admittedly gravitated toward math and science as a youth, Stanley seemed destined to become a poet.
“I love word play,” Stanley says. “My grandfather played with words, inverted things – I got the gene.”
It was in high school that he first caught the poetic bug.
“I took a class, Introduction to Modern Poetry, and read Whitman, Yeats, Lowell,” Stanley says. “I really liked Yeats.”
Stanley describes his process as free flowing and spontaneous.
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