Category Archives: American Poets

Patricia Spears Jones reads new poems

… When I read the poems by Patricia Spears Jones in the latest issue of the Brooklyn Rail, I immediately got in touch with her and asked her if I could record her reading them for my blog. If not for the virus, I would […]

Bill Kushner reads Neighbor

… Bill Kushner and I used to meet and walk. On this August day, I met Bill at the F train at East Broadway, and we walked to Chrystie Street for a lunch special at the Bite of Hong Kong. Bill was pretty much a […]

Trace Peterson Reads at Zinc Bar

… … I started to know Trace Peterson about two years ago when she was finishing up her PhD, but she was so busy that we hardly talked or were able to correspond or get anything done. What I wanted to do was to record […]

No Land Excavation

… I went to the La Mama Galleria a couple Sundays ago wanting to hear No Land and to see what she was going to do. I found out when I got there that she was performing with three musicians. And this is what I’ve […]

Cliff Fyman reads from Taxi Night

… A few years back Cliff Fyman drove cab at night and began to make poems out of what customers said as he took them to where they wanted to go. Cliff came over to my place last week to record some of his nocturnally […]

Dust of Snow by Robert Frost

… Dust of snow. It is unexpected. Grace comes in a moment. … … … Dust of Snow The way a crow Shook down on me The dust of snow From a hemlock tree Has given my heart A change of mood And saved some […]

Dorothy Friedman reads at Zinc Bar

… On September 22, I went over to Zinc Bar to hear some poets. I was especially looking forward to hearing Dorothy Friedman because she’s always fun, a surprising adventure in English, the language itself and its delivery. The poet is as ubiquitous as air […]

Michael Ruby reads Subway Poems

… I heard Michael Ruby read at Zinc Bar earlier this year and was very taken by his Subway Poems, which he has been writing on his way to and from work over the years. They have an easy feel to them, accessible, and yet […]

Peter Bushyeager reads Monday May 3

… At the Local Knowledge Reading Series at the Parkside Lounge on May 19th, poets Vyt Bakaitis and Peter Bushyeager were featured. Peter began his reading with a poem, Monday May 3, that I had never heard him read before, but remembered reading myself in […]

Steve Dalachinsky reads poems for Artaud and Kupferberg

… When Steve Dalachinsky and Yuko Otomo visited a few weeks back, we had a great time talking and recording their poetry too. Here is Steve reading two of Kenny Angel’s (what Steve likes to call “Kenny’s Broadsides”) hand-colored laser prints, two poems Steve wrote, […]

Yuko Otomo reads two poems

… When I read Yuko Otomo I think of how learners of English as a second language see and hear possibilities in the sights and sounds of their new language that are not known to the native born because learning brings its own perspectives. I […]

AMERICAN POETS CONGRESS: I AM AN AMERICAN POET

… On April 29, 2018, the American Poets Congress gave a reading at Poets House in NYC. This nascent group began to take shape shortly after the election of Donald Trump. On December 20, 2016, Patricia Spears Jones reached out to a handful of poets […]