18 Apr

  A month ago, I attended a KGB Monday Night Poetry Reading on Zoom whose featured readers were from Michigan and California. Diane Seuss, the […]

11 Apr

  Shakespeare’s first nineteen sonnets are addressed to a handsome young man. Procreation is its own kind of heaven, Shakespeare tells him, urging him to […]

9 Apr

  The Vimeo below contains the 1959 Big Table Chicago Reading of Allen Ginsberg reciting HOWL, and the text is scanned from a third edition […]

3 Apr

  Four Quartets was a favorite poem of Barack Obama when he was in his twenties; in one of his university letters he even attempted […]

14 Mar

  T.S. Eliot converted to Christianity and joined the Anglican Church in 1927, a man with no faith now having to find some. Perhaps his […]

12 Mar

  I am a slow reader and come to a lot of books slowly too, but if you live long enough, as I seem to […]

11 Mar

  I was very moved listening to Laura Cronk read from her most recent book, Ghost Hour. Her childhood and my childhood have similarities. Although […]

6 Mar

  The first poem that anybody reads who must read something by T. S. Eliot—I think of high school teenagers—is “The Love Song of J. […]

5 Mar

  For this past January’s inauguration, after so much stress beforehand including armed insurrection, Dorothy Friedman gathered some poet friends together the day after the […]

28 Feb

  Kenny Angel gave me a copy of The End Of The Far West, a collection of poems by Frank O’Hara that Ted Berrigan transcribed […]

23 Feb

  I’ve known Stephen Paul Miller for going on forty years now, and the conviviality of his personality has never changed; so it’s always a […]

19 Feb

  Etheridge Knight wrote some great poems, up there with the best of them. Like a contemporary of his, Gregory Corso, he was also a […]