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I was interviewed for Michigan Literary Network Radio about poetry and other literary projects. Here’s the link. My segment begins at the 3-minute mark.

 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/michiganliterarynetwork/2014/04/23/michigan-literary-network

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Detroit has a lively arts scene and I’m proud to contribute to it in my modest way. My father and I will present portions of our ongoing photography/poetry collaboration as part of M.L. Liebler’s Detroit Tonight Live Series in May. I’ll read several Detroit-related poems as my father’s pictures of the city are projected. Other performers schedule to appear:
• Poet Sophia Rifkin
• Performance Writer Stephen Dueweke
• Blues & Americana Musician Maggie McCabe
• Poet Writer L. Bush
The show will take place May 30 from 7 to 9 pm at the Jazz Café at the Music Hall, 350 Madison Avenue, Detroit. Liebler always assemble diverse and diverting bills for this series.
www.jazzcafedetroit.com

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Suzanne Burns, a fine Oregon writer, has a new collection of poetry coming out soon. Her publisher, Night Bomb Press, is offering free shipping on orders of Ghost Wife placed before November 7. Here’s where to go for the deal: http://www.nightbombpress.com/preorders.html.

I met Suzanne a few years ago at the Wordstock book festival, at which we both reading (simultaneously). Having since read her earlier work, I’m now eagerly looking forward to the new one.

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The July 11 Detroit Tonight Live show at UDetroit Café can be viewed by following the link below. My bit, including M.L. Liebler’s intro, begins at 1:14:16 but the entire program of music and poetry deserves a look and a listen.

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/23925630

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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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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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The Chaffey Review posted on its website works from Volume 8, including three poems of mine: “Sweep,” “A Visit to Gleason’s Gym” and “How to Be Invisible.” The Rancho Cucamonga, California-based journal also published a poem by my friend Jeff Alfier, “Calabria.”

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