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
Friday, January 13, 2017
I went into JACKIE as someone who isn't crazy about Natalie Portman and was initially pleasantly surprised that her take on Jackie Kennedy seemed pretty accurate and well intentioned. But it wasn't long before the movie started to aggravate me. Especially the filmmakers presuming to know what was going on in private, either when Jackie was alone or in conversation with Bobby Kennedy (played by Peter Sassagaard, a terrible casting choice) or her priest (John Hurt, a better choice) and that presumption leading to Portman's too often overwrought interpretation of what drama is kicking the flick into BLACK SWAN MEETS JACKIE KENNEDY. Not recommending this one (though Billy Crudup and Greta Gerwig give perfectly underplayed performances worth watching as examples of realistic portrayals of real human beings).
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On Saturday Sept 21st, I'm scheduled to read my poetry at 7:55PM for fifteen minutes at the Welcome to Boog City 13 marathon event at unnamable books, 600 Vanderbilt Avenue in Brooklyn. Tons of great poets on this event.
On Wednesday Sept 25th, at 7:30PM, I'm joining some great creative people (like John Fugelsang and Dina Regine) sharing our work at Eve Brandstein's Poetry In Motion, 143 West 29th Street, 3rd floor, in Manhattan. Tickets required.
On November 4th, from 6-8PM, I'll be reading my poetry and Nadia Owusu reading her prose at Pace University, (includes a Q&A).
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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
some recordings of my reading from some of the books above