Three–count ’em three–poems are up on the website of the illustrious literary juggernaut that is Barrelhouse today. It’s part of their National Poetry Month celebration, in which they are running poems … Continue readingThree disaster movie poems on Barrelhouse.
I’ll be part of a reading of music-inspired poetry with great people–Amina Baraka, Chris Carr, Ratzo Harris, Diana Gitesha Hernandez, Joel Lewis, Glenn Morrow, Daniel Nester (that’s me!), Puma Perl … Continue readingThis Sunday in Hoboken: “Strangers in the Night: Poets on Music, Musicians on Poetry.”
Amped to be part of this bill chock-a-block with great writers around the Capital Tech Region Valley Tri-City. Get involved in local lit! The event will feature readings from Karin Lin-Greenberg … Continue readingReading at Hudson Valley Community College, September 18!
Anything addressed to me seemed more important. Or at least personalized. And so I filled out any pre-paid postcard I found that would send something free in return. Each day … Continue readingNotes on Mail
Just up on Poetry Foundation’s website is my appreciation of Meditations, W. Bliem Kern’s sound poetry book/cassette collection from 1974, which I have held onto for years as a private inspiration. … Continue reading“Behind the Sound,” on W. Bliem Kern and his MeditationsMeditationsMeditations.
Several lifetimes ago, I was an ardent Catholic. I was an altar boy, a church janitor’s helper, a bible reader. I prayed every night and went to confession and defended … Continue readingJust up on Medium’s Human Parts: “The Long Good Friday.”
I loved writing news features. This one was actually for the Rutgers-Camden magazine, I think? It was also a press release, and then it ran in various freebie papers … Continue reading“He plays music by the book”: article on Adrian Butler, Rutgers-Camden pianist and library staffer.
For 20 years, I read the Courier Post, and now I’m in its opinion pages. That’s pretty cool. What’s also cool is I got to offer my opinion–and, hopefully, move a … Continue readingJust out in Courier-Post: My Op-Ed on proposed Martin Luther King memorial in Maple Shade, NJ.
A couple months I got an email, subject line “Your Writing in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Forgiveness.” It said my writing was being considered for inclusion in an … Continue readingJust out in Chicken Soup for the Soul’s The Power of Forgiveness: “Flag Waving for Beginners.”
I would bike up to grandmom and grandpop’s house on Mecray Lane, a half-mile uphill past Harry’s Cleaners and Tony’s Barber Shop. A Roosevelt Democrat museum of blue collar thrift, … Continue readingMecray Lane
I scanned a bunch of old articles I did for the Rutgers-Camden Gleaner yesterday, and boy oh boy are these things bad. Bad in a undergraduate, couldn’t-write-any-better way, a clueless, … Continue readingIn which I review a 1987 R.E.M. concert for the Rutgers-Camden Gleaner.
This time last year, I walked by the old Bung Factory on Jefferson Street. I was on my way to my favorite bar with a box full of gourds. My … Continue readingOn bung holes, the bung factory, and on being called a bung hole. With Jimmy Fallon cameo.
Side One: Hüsker Dü, “Broken Home, Broken Heart” Joy Division, “Love Will Tear Us Apart” R.E.M., “South Central Rain (I’m Sorry)” Ready For The World, “Oh Sheila” Chi-Lites, “Oh Girl” … Continue reading1985: Mix Tape, TDK Chrome 90 Minutes
I wanted to escape to New York. Hiding out in Philly would have to do. My main hangout, besides cheap bars like Dirty Frank’s and McGlinchey’s, was TLA Video, where Kieron … Continue readingPhiladelphia: Ruby in Paradise, 1993
Side One, “Hard Side”: AC/DC “You Shook Me All Night Long” Billy Joel “It’s Still Rock and Roll” Pink Floyd “Another Brick In The Wall (Part Two)” Phil Collins “In … Continue reading1982: Mixtape, TDK Normal 90 Minutes