just another ex-jazz-musician/proto-rapper/Jersey-Irish-poet-actor/print-junkie/film-raptor/beat-hipster-"white Negro"-rhapsodizer/ex-hippie-punk-'60s-radical-organizer's take on all things cultural, political, spiritual & aggrandizing
Monday, December 16, 2013
JOAN FONTAINE, PETER O'TOOLE AND BILLY JACK R.I.P.
Maybe best known for Rebecca, and deservedly so, she was most luminous and sympathetically beautiful to me in her smaller but necessary role in The Women. Starred in movies in the 1930s and was still acting on TV in the 1990s! Almost made it to a hundred. Good for her.
Looked that good and could still act, though he could also overact. Lawrence of Arabia is of course what everyone is referring to in his obits and tributes. But amazingly, my favorite performance and I think in many ways his best was just a few years ago in Venus, playing an aging matinee idol at the end of his life. His most understated and for me most powerful performance.
Tom Laughlin created Billy Jack. Though not as great an actor as the two above, he made as strong a mark on his generation of movie goers, or I should say mine. The first action movie hero to stand up for hippies and peaceniks getting the brunt of the violence in the 1960s, despite revisionist histories trying to make it look like the other way round. The movies were low budget and looked it, the acting often stiff or unrealistically "natural" etc. But revolutionary in their stance and message. John Wayne types can fight for lefties too!
Thanks to all three and what they gave me as a movie lover.
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April 6th I'm doing a ten minute poetry set as part of my cousin Nick Ciavatta's 50th birthday bash with lots of bands (including his Sea of Otters and my favorite NYC music maker Sylvana Joyce and her band), 8PM, White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Ave, Jersey City, tickets $12 advance, $15 at the door
April 25th, 7PM publication party for my new book, ANOTHER WAY TO PLAY: Poems 1960 to 2017, (Seven Stories Press), at Howl Gallery, 6 East 1st Street, NYC
On Weds. May 9th I'll be reading from my new book and Douglas Crase will be reading from his at The St. Mark's Poetry Project, 10th St. and Second Ave NYC
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ANOTHER WAY TO PLAY
THE VILLAGE SONNETS
IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE
IT'S NOT NOSTALGIA
2000 American Book Award winner
MARCH 18, 2003
WHAT YOU FIND THERE
CANT BE WRONG
1997 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award "for Excellence in Literature"
ROCKY DIES YELLOW
CATCH MY BREATH
recordings of my reading from some of the books above