"The body of work that is now known as “L.A. a La Cart” was penned more than twenty years ago. It wasn’t as if I ever sat down to
write a poem or to be a poet, it was more of a burning thought in my mind that wasn’t going to leave my head until I somehow got it out. Sometimes it would just be a word that would come to me. For instance, “Cracked” was inspired because the word 'cracks' kept running through my mind, so I sat down with pen and paper and within a few minutes the poem was written. Other poems were born out of my pain. “Dear God” is literally a letter to God written after a long hard year of failures, setbacks and tragedies. “Over The Phone” was inspired when I overheard a homeless person on a pay phone in Hollywood pleading in vain for help. These thoughts-turned-words come from somewhere that I honestly can’t explain. At times I feel as if I have some sort of a connection to something larger than me. One thing is for sure -- If it wasn’t for my ever vigilant sister holding onto my notebooks, there would be no writings to cherish and most definitely no L.A. a la Cart." --Richard Asperger
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