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
Sunday, June 21, 2015
REMEMBERING MY FATHER
Look at the way his fedora is cocked as he stands to the side of his brood, those of us still living at that point (a baby, John, born between me (in my mother's arms) and my sisters had passed), the oldest of whom was on his way to WWII (he never made it to any action, thankfully, but no way my father could have known when this photo was taken) and the second older one (behind me) soon to follow (he was on Okinawa toward the end of the war).
My father was a seventh-grade drop out yet found a way to support this whole gang. Pretty impressive dad. No, I mean Very impressive dad. Sorry I never told you that while you were still here.
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On July 26th I'll be reading from my new book, Another Way To Play: Poems 1960-2017, (Joy Ladin, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and Roberto Harrison will be reading from their new books as well) at 7PM at Poets House, 10 River Terrace NYC
On Saturday, August 11th, I'll be taking part in a charity event in East Hampton, where for one hundred dollars you can receive free books and have them signed by me and the more-famous-than-me authors taking part
On September 21st, I'll be reading alone from ANOTHER WAY TO PLAY at The Bookstore in Lenox MA in The Berkshires.
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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