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Archive for June, 2012

Poet M.L. Liebler’s Detroit Tonight Live series spotlights Michigan musicians and writers, and I’m scheduled to participate in the July 11 show (7 to 9 pm at UDetroit Café, 1427 Randolph, Detroit, MI 48226; more details available on the “appearances” page at mlliebler.com). While I might present a passage or two from Fighters & Writers, I plan to read several poems. (And why not? After all, I write about boxers at Gleason’s Gym in both the book and a poem in volume 8 of The Chaffey Review.)

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Critical Moment, a publication billing itself as Detroit by Detroiters, chose to include an article of mine in the summer 2012 issue. The title put above my piece, “Success at the Downtown Boxing Gym,” pretty much sums it up. The CM website has more details about the issue, including the release party at the Cass Café.

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Although I had probably seen his name earlier, Charles Simic first became known to me for his two poems in the liner notes for the Charles Lloyd Quartet’s 2008 ECM recording Rabo de Nube. Indeed, they are the liner notes. Substituting digital downloads for physical artifacts like CDs could diminish chances for such serendipitous discoveries. But the internet age does have its compensations. Since learning of Simic I’ve become a regular reader of his contributions to the New York Review of Books Blog. In perhaps my favorite post so far, Simic explains why he still writes poetry. And why he started: it had to do with impressing girls. I, too, have written poems for a woman. (Reader, I married her.)

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