Keith Emmons - Moondrifter Reverie (Sausalito)

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 4:00pm

Life in the Waldo Point houseboat community was much like Moondrifter, the author’s own houseboat, swinging free on its mooring and subject only to the daily rhythms of wind and tide. Keith Emmons recalls a utopian, civic experience, that flourished briefly in the 1970s in Sausalito on San Francisco Bay. This nostalgic tribute to a youthful interlude steeped in flower power and cannabis reflects a storied moment in American history.

Moondrifter Reverie describes, through poetry, haiku and free verse, a freewheeling group of dissenters from the social mainstream, determined to live by their own collective philosophy of peace and personal freedom. Through mirthfulness and tears, drumming, howling at the moon, and raising their children in “the natural way,” the small community thrived until it ultimately succumbed to the antithetical values and raw hegemony of real estate developers.

Keith Emmons, a cum laude graduate of Harvard College, lived ten years in a waterfront houseboat community on San Francisco Bay in the free-wheeling hippie days of the 1970s. Here he wrote poetry and designed and built a 1900 square foot floating home that won a first place award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Its blueprints are in the permanent collection of the National Building Museum, Washington. D.C. His poems have appeared in San Francisco area journals including City Miner, Espresso, Loon, CoEvolution Quarterly, Sausalito Marinscope, Garlic Press, and more recently, online in Uut Poetry. Keith’s work has also been featured in American Airlines Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, the houseboat book and in two made-for-television broadcasts. He lives off the grid in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965
Moondrifter Reverie: A Poetry Narrative of 1970s Houseboat Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780998514000
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Published: Red Mountain Press - June 5th, 2017