Monday, April 23, 2018

RADIO RADIO

In all the hectic activity around the publication of my new book—ANOTHER WAY TO PLAY: Poems 1960-2017—and the readings I'll be doing for it, I forgot to mention two radio interviews. The first was supposed to be live last night but ended up being recorded to air next week. I will post when
I know the exact date and time.

The second is this Thursday morning at 9AM, April 26th, live (via phone) on WPFW in Washington DC, the mostly jazz and blues station. I am honored that E. Ethelbert Miller, renowned poet and teacher (an iconic figure at Howard University) will be doing the interviewing.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

EVERY MONTH IS POETRY MONTH TO ME (A NEW LIST!)

As you're probably sick of me sharing, before my brain op I constantly, compulsively, made lists in my head and my poems and my blog posts and my conversation etc...and then poof, after the operation I had no inclination to make them at all....but occasionally I push myself to do one just for old time's sake, so in honor of April being, among other things, poetry month, here's a list of some favorite books of poems that have come out recently (and by recently I mean within the last couple of years but which I am still savoring), some of which I've already posted about (you can look them up) and some of which I hadn't yet, and in no particular order, from poets whose work I love:

Terence Winch's THE KNOWN UNIVERSE
John Godfrey's THE CITY KEEPS
Patricia Spears Jones' A LUCENT FIRE
Phoebe MacAdams' THE LARGE ECONOMY OF THE BEAUTIFUL
Franco Beltrametti's FROM ALMOST EVERYWHERE
Mark Pawlak's RECONNAISSANCE
John Reed's FREE BOAT
Douglas Crase's THE ASTROPASTORALS
Michael Gizzi's COLLECTED POEMS
China Choi's THE YELLOW HOUSE
Theresa Burns' TWO TRAIN TOWN
Geoffrey Young's FREE
Geoffrey Young's DEAR HOLLYWOOD WRITERS
Geoffrey Young's THIRTY-THREE
Ken McCullough's DARK STARS
Mark Terrill's DIAMONDS & SAPIENCE
Mark Terrill's COMPETITIVE DECADENCE
Don Yorty's SONNETS
Elinor Nauen's SNOWBOUND

and my favorite "recent" poetry anthology—
READINGS IN CONTEMPORARY POETRY
—mainly because of the insightful and
knowledgeable introductions to each poet's
work by the editor Vincent Katz, all poems
selected from the reading series he oversees
for the DIA Art Foundation (two of mine are
included, but I'd love it as much even if they weren't)...


I know there's some I'm forgetting but these
were closest to hand and like I've explained,
since the operation I rarely can make a list
without help from google or what catches
my eye on my many many many bookshelves...

Friday, April 20, 2018

ISLE OF DOGS

It's a Wes Anderson movie, made with stop-action figures that on the big screen are gorgeously iconic and detailed, and yet still true to a kind of parody of a certain genre (mostly Japanese, but other nation's too, sci-fi movie conventions from the 1950s and '60s etc.) that give the film a lot of its style.

Add in the voices of iconic movie stars, and other kinds of stars—e.g. Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Yoko Ono, et. al.—for the dogs as well as humans, and you get a very pleasurable and satisfying movie experience.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

MORE FYI

Hate self-promotion but as a friend said it's a lifetime of work I'm promoting, not me, so if you can please join me for the book party for ANOTHER WAY TO PLAY one week from tonight, 7-9pm @ Howl! Happening, 6 East 1st Street NYC.
And if you haven't already, please consider donating to the documentary film about the book and me. Rachel is doing a tremendous amount of work and could really use the support!
Donate here: www.gofundme.com/lallydocumentary.
PS: This terrific excerpt from Eileen Myles' intro to Another Way To Play just came out in the Paris Review today.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

FACES PLACES

Finally caught up with this Academy Award nominated documentary from last year, FACES PLACES (VISAGES VILLAGES in the original French). A delightful film directed by an iconic figure from my early years, Agnes Varda, now 88, and the much younger contemporary artist/photographer JR.

Their interaction is enough to make this movie a treat, but then there are the French folk they choose to focus their attention on, each one more than worthy with their unique charms and personalities. If you have delayed catching up with this flick, you've got a wonderful experience coming when you do.