Monthly Archives: September 2022

William Leo Coakley reads seven poems

On Thursday, I took the subway to the Upper West Side to record the poet and publisher, William Leo Coakley—you can call him Willie—at his apartment on 71st Street where he has lived (and loved) since 1961. As I set up the camcorder, we both […]

Scott Hightower reads three poems from his upcoming Sutra

  “One of the marvels of the world is the sight of a soul in prison holding the keys in its hand.” Rumi The poet Scott Hightower learned that Life goes on after his partner of forty-one years suddenly died of a heart attack in […]

Jaime Manrique reads from Tarzan My Body Christopher Columbus

  I began reading Jaime Manrique’s Tarzan My Body Christopher Columbus over the summer, but because of some eye trouble, my watery itching eyes made it difficult to read. I persevered, however, because the poems valen la pena. As the title suggests, Tarzan My Body […]

The Swan by Charles Baudelaire and The Goose by Daisy Fried

During the pandemic, the poet Daisy Fried was living in Philadelphia with her husband who was dying of a debilitating disease. Without much help from the outside, during breaks from the caring, Daisy began to read and translate Charles Baudelaire, a poet she had never […]

The Prologue in Bangla

After a very long period of writer’s block in 1973, I wrote a series of poems that I called the prologue. I was twenty-four. When the Bangladeshi  writer and social activist, Mir Rabi, asked if he could put a translation of the prologue on his […]