Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Some notes on Facebook use:
Now that we know that all our guts are splattered across
The world and used to foment stupidity
Now that we know everything we say is recorded and put into The Great Calculator in order to count up 
The soft spots in our Brains
And now that every gesture we make
Is measured and spliced
Because we know all of this,
And all of the ways we're sold or been sold
Complain and protest and cry out
For a lot of people Facebook is the only communication tool
They have, and for many others it allows for their lives to grow
When they would otherwise wither in isolation
Don't leave but stay and fight
And dish out screwy data
Let them sweep you up and learn that you Dream
And fill up all of their algorithms with Hallucinations
March 20, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018


Here's poet/playwright/filmmaker Rachel E. Diken's plea for those who can help out (and thanks to all who have already contributed) in support of her documentary about me and my poetry:
"Help grow the audience! Please visit and SHARE the link, where anyone can view the reel, submit for roles, and donate funds.
Now you can also follow the journey on Twitter @ofcourseiamprod
Thanks for your part in bringing this film to life!"

Saturday, March 17, 2018


[here's a poem I wrote in the 1960s
first published in my book ROCKY DIES YELLOW
in 1974, and will be in my new lifelong collection:
ANOTHER WAY TO PLAY coming out April 24th:]


your grandfather being
alone lived in it loved
it & gave birth to another
felt his arms noticed the potato skin
he was hard & white & something to chew


He had a dream called him-in-America
where potatoes were roses

He carried one gnarled & petrified
to keep away arthritis

Where he lived if you dug too deep
the earth was white wet & hard

“With people there has been trouble
With the potato we have been happy”

(C) Michael Lally 1974, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018


BLACK PANTHER is a total delight. Watching it on the big screen, I felt like I did the first time I saw STAR WARS when it first came out, or the first half of WONDER WOMAN. Unlike too many super hero films, BLACK PANTHER is never crudely juvenile a la immature boy humor etc.

It's well written (adapted I guess would be more correct, since the comic book hero already existed) by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole. And perfectly directed by Coogler (who is now three for three with FRUITVALE STATION and CREED).

And anything with Lupita Nyong'o or Danai Gurira is worth seeing, in my experience. And they're at their most charming and appealing in their roles as heroic women. And the woman I saw it with, like most women I know, was very pleased at Michael B. Jordan's and Chadwick Boseman's presence in the film. (And Letitia Wright was a discovery for me, and yet another highlight of the movie.)

For my taste, there's nothing not to like about this movie, and much to enjoy. Can't wait for the sequel.

Thursday, March 15, 2018


My favorite thing about this photo is the old cars...this is my sister Joan, brother Robert, mom and dad and brother Buddy, with me and my sister Irene in front (our oldest brother is missing) outside Buddy's new in-laws' house, in Washington DC, where the reception was held (home-made food from his Italian mother-in-law and others)...I was the ring bearer...can't believe the rented tuxedos, typical ethnic working-class extravagance for special occasions...I think it was 1949...