Archive for April, 2009

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Lisbon

April 26, 2009

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Huncke Brought to Book

April 24, 2009

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I finalized my book deal with Seven Towers, the publisher in Dublin, over the weekend. We had a signing session after dinner at a Middle Eastern restaurant called Sinners, which has a picture of Adam & Eve (the snake and apple moment) on the cover of its menu. Huncke is due out in about a year.

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I’m very happy to be associated with Seven Towers, which has published Quincy Lehr and is about to bring out a book of poems by Ray Pospisil. They have also launched a weekly reading in Brooklyn, The Last Wednesday Series, which will be a twin event with a monthly reading they host in Dublin. In Brooklyn, the reading is at Rocky Sullivan’s bar in Red Hook. The Dublin reading takes place at Cassidy’s Bar. Check the websites for details—the New York reading debuts next Wednesday, April 29.

As for the trip to Ireland, it included splendid weather and a splendid weekend with Sarah and Oran from Seven Towers. They introduced me to Ross Hattaway, a poet originally from New Zealand, now living in Dublin, whose poetry has a distinctively eastern sparseness and imagistic feel. We also had dinner with Steve Conway, whose book, Shiprocked: Life on the Waves with Radio Caroline, Seven Towers is promoting. Very interesting guy—Radio Caroline, named whimsically after Caroline Kennedy, was somewhat literally a pirate radio station, anchored in the North Sea from the 1960s to the 1980s. Heady times.

From Dublin, I headed to Cork and read at the weekly O’Bhael reading at the Long Valley. Great atmosphere for a reading, and wonderful poets.

I am currently in Lisbon, Portugal. Another world. Right up there with Paris, Venice, and Istanbul in terms of first impressions. I will post some photos and videos when I return.

Off to Dublin

April 17, 2009

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I’ll be in Dublin for the weekend. I haven’t seen the city in 25 years. While there, I will make it a point to hunt down pictures by Jack B. Yeats, the brother of William B. Yeats. I should find some at the National Gallery. Above is Hungerford Bridge.

More from the road,
RM

Unsplendid 2.2

April 16, 2009

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I’m in with “Dead Catfish” and “Marseille”. And may I direct you to “Grand Central Freeze” by my compadre Austin MacRae in the current issue of Unsplendid. Austin and I also lack luster with chapbooks at Modern Metrics.

The Studio Table

April 11, 2009

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Moses

April 3, 2009

I found a clip of the actual memorial reading that inspired my poem Huncke. In fact, I can be seen in the video hoisting a pint as the reader on whom I base the character “Moses” approaches the stage. And the inspiration for The Poet Morton, a central character in the poem, is the second guy on the mic during the introductions. Note the films projected on the wall–this is an effect I try to capture at the beginning and end of the poem.