Why California Will Never Be Like Tuscany.

Author:Snyder, Gary
Position:FOUR POEMS - Poem

Why California Will Never Be Like Tuscany There must have been huge oaks and pines, cedars, maybe madrone, in Tuscany and Umbria long ago. A few centuries after wood was gone, they began to build with brick and stone. Brick and stone farmhouses, solid, fireproof, steel shutters and doors. But farming changed. Sixty thousand vacant solid fireproof Italian farm houses on the market in 1970, scattered across the land. Sixty thousand affluent foreigners, to fix them, learn to cook, and write a book. But in California...

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