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LA's poet laureate Luis Rodriguez on transforming a city through art, poetry




Luis J. Rodriguez, the poet laureate of Los Angeles, documented his tough upbringing in his book,
Luis J. Rodriguez, the poet laureate of Los Angeles, documented his tough upbringing in his book, "Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A."
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Since he was appointed to be LA's poet laureate, Luis Rodriguez has been a very busy man, visiting hundreds of spots throughout the city and reaching thousands of Angelenos with his powerful poetry.

"It's just the joy of being out there in the community," said Rodriguez. "But also drawing out the poetry that I think already exists [in] young people, elderly, adults – everyone's got poetry in them."

Rodriguez wraps up his two-year term as poet laureate this month, recently publishing a new chapbook of poetry, "Borrowed Bones."

To listen to Take Two's interview with Rodriguez, click on the blue player above.

LISTEN: "Love Poem to Los Angeles," by Luis Rodriguez