"This is not a book to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force." - Dorothy Parker

Darren Grippando

20 years old

Born and raised in Long Beach, California. I am a junior at Long Beach City College and will be transferring to Cal State Long Beach in the fall. I never really understood poetry until I took Frank Gaspar's poetry class, now I love it! All I do now is sit in my classes and write poetry. It is great. I have a lot of influences: Hemingway, Shakespeare, Frost, Dickinson just to name a few. I have enjoyed my time at LBCC and will miss it greatly when I'm gone.