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Cafe Mimosa in Topanga Paperback – April 26, 2017

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“The poetry is playful and moving. It resonates with the earnest search for, and finding of love and nurturing. The book is wonderful.” - Megan Rice, author of Black Mountain College: My Creation Myth and The Art of Mothering

“Cafe Mimosa in Topanga is a lively, elegiac dance, full of love and healing.” -Aram Saroyan, author of Complete Minimal Poems, William Carlos Williams Award and Day and Night: Bolinas Poems

“Jane Marla Robbins, poet and Topanga shaman, journeys her readers, as the cafe does its regulars, out of their hunger and loneliness and into fullness and happiness. The poems are elegantly crafted, smart and deep.” -Peter Angelo Simon, photographer, author of Big Apple Circus and Muhammad Ali Fighter’s Heaven 1974

“These are poems of Place, composed with deceptively perceptive observations, which makes them a pleasure to read.” -Michael C. Ford, author of Language Commando, Grammy nomination

“The writing is nourishment. And moving. I want to go to the cafe — although I feel that I have already been there.” -Pamela Shaw, actor, Lucky Stiff and The Whistleblower

“Throughout Cafe Mimosa in Topanga Jane Marla Robbins reminds us we’re all lucky enough to have places in our lives that rise from the prosaic to the poetic. It’s a place we all need.” -David Finkle, author of People Tell Me Things and The Man With the Overcoat

“Reading Café Mimosa in Topanga, even for someone three-thousand miles away, is almost like sitting there, in a cozy spot, nursing a coffee, gazing at the paintings and other items of interest on the multi-colored walls, while keeping one’s eyes peeled for the regulars that are the heart and soul of this magical oasis in a desert canyon.” -Jimmy Roberts, poet, The New York Times, composer I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

“The poems are thoughtful, provocative and inspiring. I loved this book.” — Patricia Bosworth, Vanity Fiar contributing editor, author of The Men in My Life.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Shining Tree Press; 1st edition (April 26, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 58 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0692870423
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0692870426
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 3.52 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.15 x 9 inches
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A finalist for a Poetry Grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, Jane has written four books of poetry: the best-selling Poems of The Laughing Buddha; Cafe Mimosa in Topanga (winner of the 2018 South California Book Publicist Poetry Award); Dogs in Topanga 2000-2018; and POEMS OF COVID-19, Stuck in Lockdown: The First Three Months.

Commissioned by the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. to write and perform the one-woman play Reminiscences of Mozart by His Sister, Jane also performed it at Lincoln Center in New York. Her one-woman play Dear Nobody, co-authored with Terry Belanger, was nominated for an Obie, ran for a year Off-Broadway, was produced on CBS, and toured to London and all over the United States. In New York she also starred in her three-character play, Jane Avril, now being translated into French for a production in Paris.

Her self-help book, ACTING TECHNIQUES FOR EVERYDAY LIFE: Look and Feel Self-Confident in Difficult Real-Life Situations, won the Gold Axiom Business Award. Jane teaches the techniques at universities and corporations, and coaches privately. She has acted in movies (Rocky I, II, V, Arachnophobia); on TV (ER, The Heidi Chronicles); on Broadway (Richard III, Morning, Noon and Night); and was the Clown Ringmaster in Circus Flora.

Jane can be seen on YouTube reading excerpts from



DOGS IN TOPANGA 2000-2018;

"Allen Garfield/Goorwitz, 1938-2020" from POEMS OF COVID-19, Stuck in Lockdown: The First Three Months.

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