Sunday, January 17, 2021

PS

Woke up this morning with another list of some favorite poets I forgot in yesterday's (Jan 16th) list:

LAURA BOSS

LEE ANN BROWN

EVE BRANDSTEIN

THERESA BURNS

NANA-AMA DANQUAH

TINA DARRAGH

LYNNE DRYER

LISA DUGGAN

MARIA  MAZZIOTTI GILLAN

MITCH HIGHFILL

TY GRANDERSON JONES

BETH JOSELOW

STELLA KAMAKARIS

BURT KIMMELMAN

DOUG LANG

JOAN LARKIN

KEVIN MCCOLLISTER

KEN MCCULLOUGH

GLENN MOTT

GERLAD NICOSIA

CHARLES NORTH

ALICE NOTLEY

MAUREEN OWEN

PUMA PERL

ARAM SAROYAN

SIMON SCHUCAT

MARIA SERRANO

DANNY SHOT

RON SILLIMAN

ROBERT SLATER

PATTI SMITH

GARY SNYDER

HEDY STRAUS

CHRIS TYSH

GEORGE TYSH

CECILIA VICUNA

DIANE WARD

BERNARD WELT

JEFFREY CYPHERS WRIGHT

DON YORTY

BILL ZAVATSKY

[I know there's tons more but this is who popped up in my head this morning]

Saturday, January 16, 2021

POETRY CONTINUES TO SAVE MY LIFE [especially in troubled times, which are pretty much any times]

Here's an off-the-top-of-my-head list of some favorite living poets [just went through the alphabet in my mind and typed the names that sprang up, sorry for the many more that didn't spring to mind in this one moment but will as soon as I post this]:

SHERMAN ALEXIE

BRUCE ANDREWS

ANGELA LOCKHART ARONOFF

CHARLES BERNSTEIN

GRACE CAVALIERI

LONELY CRHISTOPHER

DOUGLAS CRASE

THOMAS DEVANEY

SEAN THOMAS DOUGHERTY

MAGGIE DUBRIS

ELAIN EQUI

JOANNA FUHRMAN

JOHN GODFREY

SUSAN HAYDEN

ROBERT HERSHON

MELLO-RE HOUSTON

PATRICIA SPEARS JONES

ANNABEL LEE

PHOEBE MACADAMS

CHRIS MASON

GREG MASTERS

BERNADETTE MAYER

BOBBY MILLER

EILEEN MYLES 

ELINOR NAUEN

HARRY E. NORTHUP

HILTON OBENZINGER

NATHAN P.

TRACE PETERSON

SIMON PETTET

JEROME SALA

MARK TERRILL

PAM WARD

TERENCE WINCH

GEOFFREY YOUNG

[I'm missing so many others, can you help me remember?]

Friday, January 15, 2021

MLK QUOTE

In honor of his birthday, I took down from its shelf A TESTAMENT OF HOPE: The Essential Writings Of Martin Luther King, Jr. I decided to open it at random and point to a sentence and post it. The page was 226, the end of his Nobel acceptance speech, and this was the sentence:

"I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits."

Thursday, January 14, 2021

ONCE

 
That's me in the hallway of the Hyattsville MD apartment me and my wife Lee and our two toddlers were living in when several Iowa City SDS activists and Chicago Rising Up Angry activists (a white leftist greaser newspaper and group allied with The Young Lords and The Black Panthers (led by the brilliant Fred Hampton assassinated by the Chi cops a year earlier) were sleeping on the floor of our kitchen/living room during the May Day protests of 1970 where around 10,000 were arrested...

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

ANOTHER FAVORITE QUOTE

"Probably very few, if any, of us have led a life free of hypocrisy, especially politicians, but today's blockbuster illustration of the height of hypocrisy is the Republicans calling for "healing" the nation who still refuse to wear masks which have been proven to lower contagion from the pandemic." —Michael Lally 1/13/21

 

ANOTHER OLD FAVORITE QUOTE

"Don't cut what you can untie." —Joseph Joubert (from The Notebooks of Joseph Joubert, translated by Paul Auster)   

Monday, January 11, 2021

37 SECONDS

 
37 SECONDS is a Japanese Netflix movie well worth watching. Written and directed by first time feature director, Hikari, it stars a novice actress Mei Kayama who suffers from cerebral palsy. It is a hauntingly poignant story and Kayama gives an amazingly brave performance. All the performances are terrific. Check it out. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

ACK

There's a lot to bemoan about the rioting of TRAITORS AND TERRORISTS today inspired by THEIR TRAITOR-AND-TERRORIST MOB BOSS "leader"—especially the death that occurred—but what pissed off this radical activist who ascended the steps of The Capitol at an anti-Vietnam War protest where over ten thousand protestors were arrested (the charges later dropped) after serving four years in the military was the kid glove treatment from the cops of these mostly white TRAITORS AND TERRORISTS plus the presence of one of them in The Capitol carrying the "confederate" flag, symbol of TRAITORS AND TERRORISTS.

Monday, January 4, 2021

SOME OF THE BOOKS FROM 2020 THAT I LOVED

I know I'm missing some but here's a quick list of some books from friends that came out in 2020 and I loved:

SEEING-EYE BOY by Terence Winch (a totally entertaining and enlightening young adult novel set in a pre-expressway 1950s mostly Irish Bronx neighborhood that anybody can enjoy)

MAIN STREET: How A City's Heart Connects Us All by Mindy Thompson Fullilove M.D. (the subtitle says it all about this personal and professional take on reclaiming Main Streets by a brilliant psychiatrist and social historian—with some quotes from me)

AFTERSHOCKS: A Memoir by Nadia Owusu (A knockout must read multi-cultural story of and by one of our best living writers)

LOVE POEM TO MPTF by Harry E. Northup (a collection of poems chronicling a poet/actor's loss of his and his poet wife Holly Prado's LA apartment in a fire ending up at The Motion Picture Television Fund home where Harry then suffered the loss of Holly, a profound and moving poetic and spiritual document of endurance, resilience, and transcendence)

GREAT BALLS OF DOUBT: Poems And Prose Poems by Mark Terrill (terrific new collection by a favorite poet of mine who has written some of the greatest prose poems of my, or any, generation) 

IT WASN'T SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE THIS by Greg Masters (lots of great poetic takes on a poet's life mostly in downtown East Village Manhattan in the last decades of the 20th century)

PIVOT and ASIDES by Geoffrey Young (two of the poet/artist's limited edition short books of poems that are marvels of construction and insight and humor)

and among the dozens of poetry books I was sent this year that I'm still reading and digging:

SOMETHING SOMETHING MORNING by Chris MASON

NONE OF US by Ted Greenwald and Kyle Schlesinger

THE COURSE by Ted Greenwald & Charles North

A THOUSAND WORDS AND OTHERS by George Tysh

DERRIDA'S IN/VOICE by Chris Tysh

[please forgive my leaving out any I'm forgetting, just an exercise in old guy's spontaneous list making]