Was very “stoked” to have been invited to be a featured poet on one of the stages during Bonfire Fest 2019, a terrific gathering of musicians and artists in a very cool and quirky spaces. Many of the folks in charge of the festival share a special connection, as I do, to St. Stephen’s University, […]Read more "Bonfire Festival 2019 – “Honeymoon freestyle” and “Weary”"
“I’m with you in Rockland in my dreams you walk dripping from a sea-journey on the highway across America in tears to the door of my cottage in the Western night.” – Allen Ginsberg, Howl, 1955. People often tell me I have a way with words. Nice, right? But also suspicious because they never specify what […]Read more "13 Epiphanies (while stargazing in a backyard in Rutland)"
The First Billion is the Hardest by T. Boone “Slim” Pickens. By New York Times #1 Best-Selling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen: A 3rd Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 MORE stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit. Portrait of a man with Red Hair, by Hugh Walpole. The […]Read more "Books that are incidentally not in my library…"
In the oldest texts, they say Odysseus was “wily:” that he known for his many wiles, even that he was “possessed” of wiliness. Most of us now associate “wily” with a certain bumbling coyote, but in the old days, before any of our modern society existed, it was different: you needed your senses to be […]Read more "Calypso"
In his book, The Unsettling of America, Agrarian philosopher and poet Wendell Berry discusses at length the virtue of “the Fall” as an initiating device. He has a marvelous interpretation of a scene in Shakespeare’s King Lear wherein the blinded Earl of Gloucester is led to the edge of a cliff by Edgar, his estranged […]Read more "Welcoming The Fall"