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, August 18, 2016
ARTHUR HILLER R.I.P.
Arthur Hiller was famous for directing a lot of films, foremost LOVE STORY, but I will always admire him most for directing a too often overlooked film that is one of my personal classics and believe should be studied by anyone interested in the art and history of filmmaking: THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY. The film's simple story, tight plot, minimal theatricality gives it the feel of an "indie" rather than the Hollywood production it was. Maybe that was because its star, James Garner, and director Hiller, were such humble and unpretentious people. Hiller was 92 so though he will be missed by family, friends and fans (like me) there's no reason to mourn his passing, he had a long life well lived.
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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