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
Thursday, February 27, 2014
MORE L.A. DAYS
Me in my favorite shirt (that I've been reminded was a vintage one my old friend poet Robert Slater sent me when I was living in L.A.) with Dennis Christopher in my left arm, but unfortunately my memory fails me for the man I have my right arm around, 1982 or '83.
The ever volatile Helena Kallianiotes from FIVE EASY PIECES and owner of the East L.A. club partly owned by Jack Nicholson—HELENA'S—where I started the weekly poetry reading series, Poetry In Motion, with Eve Brandstein and help from others, c. '86 or maybe later.
Acort, at the time (in my play CHICKS WITH D*CKS for one thing but also on Tv etc.) Emil Alexander (aka Emilio Schneeman) all the way to my right, and in them middle David, better known as "Memory Man" an amazing memory performer who could memorize a multi digit number you made up, I mean endlessly long number, with one look and recite it back to you backwards! around '95?
Me and actor, at that time, Jim Keefe, also in the same play (the pics were taken at the theater or actually outside it).
Harry Dean (Stanton) and my partner in Poetry in Motion, Eve Brandstein and me at Club Largo which our reading series helped put on the map when it opened, c. early '90s.
me and Jeff Kober with his son Henry at my 50th birthday party in the house I rented in Santa Monica, with I think my good friend Michael O'Keefe behind him to his left and it looks like my old friend Jamie Rose in the doorway talking to my daughter Caitlin, 1992.
Actress and dancer Mimi Lieber and me in what looks like it may be The Pink? c. early '90s.
Actor, dancer and professional clown (when we first met in NYC) and later poet and performance artist Eric Trules, my oldest son Miles, filmmaker and old NYC friend Carol Dysinger and me c. late '80s.
My old friend from NYC days, Sharon Stone, and me at my 50th b'day in my Santa Monica home, '92.
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April 6th I'm reading one or two poems at my cousin Nick Ciavatta's 50th birthday bash, between acts (like his band Sea of Otters and one of my favorite music makers, Sylvana Joyce), 8PM, White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Ave, Jersey City, tickets $12 advance, $15 at the door
April 25th publication party for my new book, ANOTHER WAY TO PLAY: Poems 1960 to 2017, introduction by Eileen Myles (Seven Stories Press), she'll say a few words and I'll read a few poems, 7-9PM at Howl, 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