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 2, 2017
MY IMMIGRANT GRANDFATHER
There's a photo of my paternal grandfather from the turn of the century (19th to 20th) in one of those keystone cops high rounded police helmets, but I can't find that at the moment, so here's one I've posted before and assume he gave to my grandmother, also an Irish immigrant, with a sweet sentiment. Partly what upsets me about the news commentators and others on the new "administration"'s "ban" is no one mentioning that The Founding Father documents mention the presence even then of Jewish, Muslim and non-believers in the country and accepts them as fellow citizens, meaning that there are Jewish, Muslim and atheist citizens of the USA whose ancestors were here generations before mine...and probably yours...
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I'll be reading my poetry and responding to interview questions from David Lehman and the audience at The New School Poetry Forum, April 25th, 6:30-8PM, Room 510 (Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall), 66 West 12th Street, NYC, all welcome, and it's free.
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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