Category Archives: Poetry

Nine Poems by Lewis Warsh

  In a box looking for something else, I found a stapled mimeographed magazine called UNITED ARTISTS FIVE that was edited and published by Lewis Warsh and Bernadette Mayer in 1978 when they worked together as United Artists living in Lenox, Massachusetts. In this particular […]

John McCullough reads from Reckless Paper Birds

  Reckless Paper Birds, wow, when I saw that title, it immediately appealed to me, coming out of the ether as it did one day on the Internet. Even in a pandemic, we communicate. I got in touch with the poet John McCullough on Facebook […]

Rachel Blau DuPlessis reads from Late Work and Around the Day in 80 Worlds

  I’d been wanting to get Rachel Blau DuPlessis on my blog for a long time. In Philly at Temple University in the mid-seventies where I was studying Latin, French and Spanish, I heard her read a sparrow poem inspired by Catullus that has always […]

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 […]

Alfred Corn reads Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare

… If you are ever going to memorize a sonnet of Shakespeare, Sonnet 18 may be the one because it is beautiful to say, easy to understand, and anyone with just a little practice can communicate it. Sonnet 18 is one of the sonnets written […]

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 […]