Category Archives: Odds and Ends

Art Young Cartoons

… Patsy Margolin, a country singer, a student of Ravi Shankar, and a colleague of mine in the beginning fight to save the community park and garden, La Plaza Cultural, which led to the bigger battle of saving all community gardens in NYC, gave me […]

The Reverend Billy Choir in La Plaza do The Second Coming by W.B. Yeats

… Yesterday, Sunday, July 9, 2017 folks gathered at La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez at 9th Street and Avenue C in NYC to say goodbye to the weeping willow tree that was planted by Latino youths in the mid-seventies when they decided to change […]

The English Garden: Portraits by Akram: 7/18/14

… Portraits from the English Garden by Akram who decided to join Tom, Martin and me for our Friday walk across Central Park. … … … … … … … … … … … … …

Go Love

… … What’s not to like about a band that has a member who plays the typewriter? Go Love had their reunion, album release and final show at Sidewalk Cafe, NYC, on Friday night, April 25, 2014. Tired as I was I went and woke […]

Homesickness by Min

… It is a flying bird without feet but never gets tired It is a strong tree without roots but never turns weak It keeps disturbing wonderful dreams Hence souls wander forever … Min was a student of mine during my Wuhan University stay in […]

Life by Daniel

… Life is a big book on whose edges we write down comments. … … Daniel was a student of mine the summer of 2008. The night before I flew back to the States, I took Daniel and some other students—mostly from my poetry workshop—Baker, […]

My Brother by Yu

… A class of mine did great speeches. The speech I liked the best was given by a young man named Yu who is so nervous that when he speaks his right hand is clenched in a fist and his left hand has all five […]

Poets in my Homeroom: Wuhan 2010

Some of my homeroom students also attended my poetry workshop. As I’ve mentioned before they aren’t English majors or poets. They are scientists and mathematicians. Li Feng works with electric information, Lily is a chemist, Celeste and Kelvin are studying statistics. “Mathematics is the language […]

A Mirror by Muhammad Izchi

… This short poem was written summer of 2010 by Muhammad, a Muslim student of mine from western China. He is the first student at Wuhan I’ve ever had who wasn’t Hun Chinese. There are more foreign students on campus, particularly from Africa, that I […]

Dusk by Ruiqi Liu

… When I first met Rich, the summer of 2008, I thought she was very shy, but I also knew she was confident enough to give me a poem she had written for a class assignment. Like most of my poets, she’s a scientist, pharmaceutical […]

You Are Beautiful by Di Wu

… Every country has its radicals, thank goodness, most within a stone’s throw, and if you look, you will find them, like the truth. Even radicals can be in love, and feel its pangs, and write about it. You are beautiful like the blooming flowers. […]

Eden writes a poem after Alice Notley (a beautiful thought)

… Eden is my youngest student. She is 15 and still in high school. Like many 15 year olds, Eden is a joy: every moment is something new. After reading a poem by Alice Notley called UNTITLED about her youngest son, Edmund My little boy’s […]