Best of the Bay 2011: BEST WORD OF LAW

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Gone are the days when poetry readings were confined to the dimly lit coffee shops, public libraries and beat bars of urbania. San Francisco being one of the world's meccas for all things literary, we word-worshipping denizens hardly bat an eyelash when we hear of something like the regular poetry readings at Tony Serra's law offices on Pier Five. Serra, who has made a career defending and championing society's outcasts by expressing "the poetry of the law," has been holding such events for three years, usually with a theme attached and a lively crowd attending. This year included poetry events celebrating Native American culture and the great, lost deserts of America.

506 Broadway, SF. (415) 986-5591, www.pier5law.com/j-tony-serra