Archive for September, 2009

Signed, Sealed, Delivered…

September 16, 2009

My sonnet, “Western Union,” was selected by 14 by 14 for the Love Sonnet edition. Above, we have me reading it last Sunday at Bar on A in New York. See, also, a smashing 14er by Christopher Hanson among the loves sonnets.

Note, further, that my YouTube gallery features several others reading at the Carmine Street Metrics event at Bar on A, namely Quincy Lehr, Wendy Sloan, Nemo Hill, and David Katz.


September 11, 2009

Photo by Rick Mullin, 9/11/06

Number 09/Number 09/Number ’09

September 9, 2009

Salvaging Summer’s End

September 4, 2009


For Marybeth and Nemo

Casino workers tend to reminisce.
The games are closed. But will the summer fly
and all this parkway hydroplaning cease?

Remember this: A kiss is but a kiss.
Suburban gardens melt into the sky.
Casino workers tend to reminisce.

I’m not surprised at all to learn that Cec-
il B. DeMille might turn a jaundiced eye
on all this parkway hydroplaning. Cease!

or is it Cut! he’d cry, the emphasis
on wrapping it and filing it on high?
Casino workers tend to reminisce

on briny white electric clouds that hiss
and lovers too cashed-out to say Good-bye!
Will all this parkway hydroplaning cease?

Unlikely, as the weather’s simply hit-or-miss
near Exit 38. Which tells us why
casino workers tend to reminisce
on parkway and the hydroplaning seas.

Back-to-School Umbrella!

September 2, 2009


The fall issue of Umbrella covers the syllabus, and I am allowed the last word on science. For history and math, you want W.F. Lantry. David Rosenthal is exclusively focused on math. Cutting biology?—Hey! That’s Martin Elster! Rose Kelleher drops out with a villanelle.