Thursday, March 24, 2011

Happy 90th Birthday, Richard Wilbur!

I have always loved his poems, and remember vividly the four or five times I saw him read when I lived in Amherst. Had I known it was his 90th birthday earlier this month, I would have baked a cake.  At the very least.  Here is a great article about him:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704150604576166452338502880.html
Now I must go get out The Mind Reader and Walking to Sleep again....for starters.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Patti Smith signing JUST KIDS at the MFA Boston

Last night the impossibly true Patti Smith had a book signing and gave a "lecture" at the Museum of Fine Arts here in Boston.  The "lecture" (which was much longer than advertised, with a perceived pissy pout and botoxy forced smile  from the museum staff member who had admonished her that there were "just a few minutes" left -- to which Patti replied, before reading, commenting, and singing some more, with just the most pastel hint of  bite, "This will take more than a few minutes") consisted of readings from Just Kids, fascinating commentary on same, several songs with Patti on guitar, moving and frequently hilarious answers to audience Q&A, and the mindblowing finale of Patti taking a few steps back from the microphone, raising her long-fingered swooping hands into the air, and launching into an earthshattering a cappella version of Because the Night, complete with audience participation on the chorus.  Nights like this just do not happen often enough.  [Note to MFA museum administration:  You are supposed to be about art.  Do not tell geniuses who are mesmerizing and inspiring your audiences that they have "just a few minutes left."  The correct comment from you should have been, "Take all the time you'd like."]

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

WONDERBENDER is available from 1913 Press (and other much less intriguing venues)

After a long, wearisome journey through the wildernesses of the publishing world, my latest book, WONDERBENDER, found its true and perfect home:  1913 Press. Founder & Editrice Sandra Doller and Designer & Vice-editor Ben Doller have done the most amazing job presenting these poems to the world.  Please support 1913 Press (you do know the significance of the year 1913, correct?) by purchasing their books and journals directly from them. (By the way, no need to be afraid of PayPal; if you click on the PayPal link you will find you can use your credit card there too -- you don't have to be a member.)  Yessss, you can buy WONDERBENDER and other 1913 Press books in the usual other places, but why would you do that?  You want to support the arts, I'm sure.

Thank you, you three!

Warm recognition of the three poets who so graciously wrote blurbs for Wonderbender…..Here they are (in alphabetical order), so you can get a small taste of their own fine work……As the Coneheads would say, “You will enjoy it!”

Patrick Lawler

Mickey Mantle Sees Isabel Allende Holding the Head of Hermann Hesse as he Dreams of Mother Eve

Laurie Sheck

No summer as yet

John Skoyles


I Don't Pray

I Don't Pray

let me in, let me out

Reading -- March 1