Category Archives: Books That Come My Way

Haiku Showdown or the Night of the Lost Haikus: Mark Statman and Jeff Wright @ Lazy Susan Gallery

… On October 13, 2017, Jeff Wright and Mark Statman read some poetry at the Lazy Susan Gallery on East Broadway, a little out of the way perhaps, but there was another art gallery right beside it having an opening so the crowd inside and […]

Susan L. Miller reads from Communion of Saints

… I read on September 9th at the Lunar Walk Poetry Series with Susan L. Miller; Lynn McGee, one of the curators, was kind enough to ask us. She runs the series with Gerry LaFemina at Local 138 at 138 Ludlow Street at 4 PM […]

Charles Bernstein reads from Recalculating

… If you were in a bookstore and didn’t have the money to buy Charles Bernstein’s latest book, Recalculating, which is soon to become a paperback published by the University of Chicago Press, I’d say, “Take twenty minutes, go to the beginning and start to […]

Lee Ann Brown reads from Other Archer

… I went over to Chelsea the other day to finally capture the irrepressible Lee Ann Brown. She and her husband Tony Torn live at Torn Page, a townhouse near 9th Avenue, the home of Tony’s parents, Rip Torn and Geraldine Page. Lee Ann and […]

Lamont Steptoe reads from Crowns and Halos

… I knew that Lamont Steptoe had had a book published through a PEW Fellowship, Crowns and Halos, and I wanted to document him reading from it. My archive of Philadelphia poets would never be complete without the addition of this poet, who lives in […]

Jim Cory reads from 25 Short Poems

… Quem recitas meus est, o Fidentine, libellus: …sed male cum recitas, incipit esse tuus. Fidentius, when you recite my little book …badly, it becomes yours. ………—Martial … I went down to Philly to record Jim Cory in his lofty apartment in Center City full […]

Uncle Sharif’s Life in Music by Kazim Ali

… Allen Ginsberg told me once that if you want to know what a book is about, simply open it at the middle and look down. I didn’t do this with Kazim Ali’s new book, Uncle Sharif’s Life in Music, until I’d finished reading it. […]

Cole Swensen reads from On Walking On

… I like to walk, and I like to think as I walk, and I have read and even written as I’ve walked, though I usually stop when I start to write. Walking, even without the writing, has its stops, and its turns, its being […]

Thomas Devaney reads from Runaway Goat Cart

… Poetry in Philadelphia was a seminal experience for me. I found the Waste Land in a used bookstore on Locust Street in my teens; I read Walt Whitman there in my early twenties, and returned to the city in the mid-70s to become part […]


… … I caught Kaveh Akbar reading in Bryant Park last summer at an event for Sibling Rivalry Press and was enjoying the reading so much I took out my iPhone and recorded the last poem. I’d recorded him before at the Poetry Project, but […]

Philip F. Clark reads from The Carnival of Affection

… Once I was very sick with pneumonia, had the temperature of 105 for several days, and my brain was as burnt as eggs fried in a pan, but as I lay there in a rank sweaty fever expecting death what I felt most was […]

Basil King reads from History Now

… I visited Basil and Martha King at their home in Park Slope where they moved in the late 1960s when the house had little value surrounded by desolation and the turf wars of the drug trade. Their backyard has a Buddha in it now […]