Here's a link to a recent LOS ANGELES TIMES article on San Francisco's sometimes-impatient-with-literary-poetry-icons poet August Kleinzahler: http://www.latimes.com/features/books/la-me-sfpoet28-2008jul28,0,4537015.story
[Thanks to Northern California poet Garrett Murphy for forwarding me the article.]
Sidebar: There may be one area of poetics that Kleinzahler and Billy Collins may agree on: the tendency of academia (or workshops) to homogenize poetry. Collins, in a recent appearance at the Skirball Center in West L.A., alluded to the workshopping trend in question-and-answer remarks after his reading.
Sidebar #2: If Kleinzahler ever decides to move to Los Angeles, he'd become an instant pariah.