Friday, February 28, 2014

The rain and wind is finally pounding San Diego, and all of the streets are wet, and the trees are swaying, and if I could just reach out and grab the pair of shoes I left on the flower pot!  My avocado tree is slumped over, ducking, cursing maybe, its little avocado buds bathing like little green christmas lights in the corner, saying rain is good, rain is good, we'll be fine.

Thought I'd post one of my favorite John Cale songs.  This is a version I actually like more than the original.  I've been really into Cale lately, more so than ever, I suppose, for what reason, I have no idea.

Tonight feels like a perfect night to work on some poems.  Or to watercolor.  Or to cross my legs and shut my eyes and evict all thoughts of neutrality.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Last Few Days

Last week's readings at the University of Notre Dame and New York University were an amazing experience.  Although the weather threatened to halt the trip altogether on a couple of occasions, everything worked out.  I met a lot of wonderful people who made the trip exceptional. 

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

Frosty Notre Dame

NYU's Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House

I've been reading and enjoying immensely Joe Ceravolo's Collected Poems.  Before this, I'd only read the offerings provided by the first edition of the Norton Postmodern American Poetry Anthology.  This book is certainly a treasure.

I've also been reading Will Alexander's Compression & Purity.  It makes my head spin in a benevolent intoxication.  I return to his "My Interior Vita" periodically and relish the passages detailing his introductions to jazz and lit.  

While waiting for a tire rotation and oil change yesterday, I sat and read from one of my prized possessions:

Sunday, February 2, 2014

February Readings

I want to share a few readings I will be participating in the month of February.  If you're in the area, please drop in and check it out.

February 12th 
University of Notre Dame

February 14th 
New York University
with Laurie Ann Guerrero and Javier O. Huerta

February 15th 
El Taller Latino Americano, New York, New York
with Laurie Ann Guerrero and Javier O. Huerta