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Sep.28.2010
And, finally, a poem by Dan Langton, another in our Writers' Friendship Oakland, CA, "salon" event. [Please see 2 preceeding blog entries] Dan's a much-respected English prof at San Francisco State University and one of Lucy's mentors. He's one of those rare people, rare poets, who doesn'...
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Sep.16.2010
Trip on Sunday to Oakland for brunch with Lucy Day and Richard Levine and their friends, Dan Langton, a poet who teaches at San Francisco State, and his wife Eve, plus poet Alan Goldfarb and his wife Arlene. There are times when things just really click and one can only give thanks… thanks to one’s...
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Sep.06.2010
 My friend David Alpaugh, author of “Counterpoint,” “Heavy Lifting,” and widely read and discussed essays on "The Professionalization of Poetry" and "New Math of Poetry," responds to my new poem, “Legacy: Muse Neglect,” which opens  We’re comin’ up to my birthday./I’m seventy-...
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Nov.26.2009
I'm gearing up again as editor of Writers Friendship. For more, please see  "on the nature of literary friendship." The series goes back many years and is now appearing online in a new format. General introduction to the series follows. Comments welcome! ---   Introduction “How...
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Nov.05.2009
Because poet Mort Marcus was a friend and ally, someone I've known since I moved to Santa Cruz in 1985, this Santa Cruz Sentinel article by Wallace Baine has special meaning. Most of what I post is original, but now and then something special comes along that I'd like to share... and it touches on...
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Oct.30.2009
Poet Mort Marcus phoned a few days ago fully conscious, fully present... and it was one of those brief, but complete... well, a goodbye conversation, exemplary... actually, Mort did most of the speaking... for my part, all I could think to say was, "O Mort, O Mort! And then those last few...
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May.30.2009
He calls it "the poetry wars." The little world of poetry. The pie, i.e., the poetry pie... there's never enough to go around. Awards, publications, readings, honors, "A" and "B" list parties... a slice of this, a slice of that. My distinguished friend tells me of a...
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Apr.11.2009
I’m in the process now of re-visiting and inviting updates to something like 28 essays I solicited over the past several years as editor for Web Del Sol / Perihelion. I’m using Redroom.com for that up and back, the before and after, the work in process of inviting and following through as editor of...
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Jul.06.2008
Back in 1997, I happened to find a place in a workshop at Flight of The Mind Writers Workshop in Oregon.  I’d been there before, in 1995, studying with Grace Paley.  Flight of the Mind (no longer with us) was a wonderful workshop hosted by Judith Barrington and Ruth Gundle on the Mackenzie River,...