Sunday, February 28, 2010

RE: Reading in Lawrence

It was great...both of them were great.

Not that I got all of it. Am I too old, to un urban, to not well read, too not using enough social networking devices...ah ha. Perhaps that.

The jokes were funny, no doubt. Making fun of old white guys always is...hey wait a minute.

So...two poets from afar come and performed. Was a welcome relief to the Olympics for sure.

A good nite.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

RE: Thanks, Crag.

From Crag Hills blog:

February 09, 2010
Continuing Availability: Jim McCrary's All That
This collection of chapbooks, McCrary’s first full-length book, spans over twenty years of the author’s efforts. Channeling William Carlos Williams, Ed Dorn, Robert Grenier, Joanne Kyger and others on and within the airwaves, McCrary has created a body of poems that snips and snaps, chuckles and guffaws, tugs and strokes, kisses and bites.

Steve Tills puts it this way: “Jim has devoted his spirit and heart to pursuits decidedly antithetical to self-aggrandizement. Quietly, he has followed a most courageous lineage of others also both gentle and careful in their approach to telling the truth and making it uniquely compelling. You’ll sometimes recognize that lineage when you take up All That. You’ll frequently marvel at the quiet, substantive authenticity McCrary has achieved in the sometimes lonesome but always deeply communal turns his truly individuated, unequivocally human poeming has taken.”

Or as K. Silem Mohammad puts it: “Out of the wild Kansas plains comes a howling wind, and in that wind is a howling wolf, and in that wolf is a howling lamb, and in that lamb is a Russian doll with another Russion doll inside it, and inside that one another one, and inside that one a plastic pill bottle because one of the dolls got broken, and in that bottle one last Russian doll, and in that last doll another howling wind–and here we go all over again. Somewhere in there, probably around the first wind and the wolf, is the poetry of Jim McCrary, which is really really really really good.”

All That
Including interview excerpt with Tom Beckett
171 pp.
ISBN-13: 978-0-9798478-0-6
ManyPenny Press
1111 E. Fifth St.
$15.95 + $3 postage
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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

RE: What a great photo!

Silliman has a great photo ( of Marilyn Monroe and Carl Sandburg sharing a cig (joint) and a whiskey back in the day. Both seem to be in great spirit of joy together. Beautiful each one.

Imagine a pic of say, oh Nada Gordan and Billy Collins sharing a doobie and vodka, laughing hysterically in corner of Zinc bar. Or the late great kari edwards and Ted Koozer canoodling with 44oz's of O'Duels's and a line of coke?

Other couples come to mind?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

RE: Ken Irby Reading at KU

The Intent On. And Ken standing at a podium before a large window with grey snow spitting Kansas afternoon heading to dusk read. Not all the 672 pages from this collection of his work...but most of an hour. From poem written in 1962 and until a poem writ in 2006, if memory serves. It wasa pleasure, a reminder of Ken's talent, wit, thoughtfulness and the awareness of a man who I am pleased to know, if at slight distance. Ken remembers and writes it down. Oh...there are a lot of folks gonna write a lot more about this book...fine by me. The other day I heard it read by Ken for most of an hour. There is something in that. For sure. A winter gift.