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, May 8, 2014
MORE OF THE LITERARY LIFE
Me looking at camera, poet/writer/songwriter Terence Winch on my left and poet/writer Doug Lang sitting smiling with mustache at Folio Books in DC c. 1976. [Thanks to Terence (see comments) now realize that's Bob Rosen kneeling with cigarette in mouth and Joe Stork standing at the mic, Joe wrote poetry too but was best known as an expert/scholar on the Mideast (and oil) if I remember correctly, and sitting almost right in front of Joe, turning his head to the left with long curly hair and beard is the great Baltimore poet and songwriter Chris Mason. I also realized on my own that sitting to Doug's left and half hidden behind him is the writer/poet and true original Lynne Dreyer. Wow, a lot of my favorite poet/writers in one shot]
The late great poet Scott Wannberg in a coffee house in "The Valley" (L.A.) c. 1995.
The late great writer and mentor Hubert Selby Jr. at the same reading as above.
Can't recall the man on the left but that's writer/raconteur Malachy McCourt to his left, then me, and the late writer/scholar Dan Cassidy (see his book on how Irish slang influenced the "English" we speak in "America").
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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