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Aug.06.2011
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Please see the two new videos of my reading the poems, 'Iowa' and 'God Is In The Cracks.'
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Jul.07.2011
by Nada Miljkovic. Publicity Photo for forthcoming book, New and Selected Poems, Red Hen Press, 2011
Nada Miljkovic and I had a video shoot on June 30, 2011 to create promotional material for my upcoming book, New and Selected Poems, Red Hen Press, 2011.  Coming soon, new videos here at Redroom.
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Apr.20.2011
This blog doubles for me as a journal / scrapbook of things I want to note, want to share, want to easily find again... Just reading aloud  from NY Times Book Review... "One Hundred Names For Love, A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing," by Diane Ackerman, a naturalist, who...
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Apr.09.2011
Bruce Damer, Digibarn
Visit to Bruce Damer's DigiBarn in Santa Cruz Mountains / Boulder Creek. Gloria particularly fascinated by the sheer beauty and intricate wiring of the Cray 1A [super] computer.  Livermore Labs, CA. See previous entry for more...
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Apr.09.2011
Bruce Damer, Digibarn
 Party last night at Bruce Damer's home / "Ancient Oaks," in mountains, near Boulder Creek, CA. Arriving early, we had a chance to tour Bruce's DigiBarn Computer Museum (see below for description). Sculptor and creator of The Jaded Princess, my wife Gloria Alford  gravitated in particular...
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Mar.20.2011
Three couples for brunch today at our home. All of us in our 60s or 70s and all three couples together for over 20 years. All "having learned from the past," all certainly appearing to be happy. But, turns out T., like yours truly, has been married five times, and each of the women with...
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Mar.14.2011
Downtown Santa Cruz, Oct. 1989 quake
Earthquake Collage appeared Oct. 4, 2009 in Metro Santa Cruz Weekly re: Anniversary of the Oct. 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. [sorry... may take a moment to load!] The feature begins: "AS ITS NAME IMPLIES, the following is a collage of impressions, recollections, news items, poetry and facts...
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Mar.09.2011
Jack Foley
excerpt from Jack Foley's "Visions & Affiliations, A California Literary Timeline" re: Uncle Dog: The Poet at 9 • 1962 - Robert Sward’s Uncle Dog is published by Putnam (UK). This is the title poem: “Uncle Dog:The Poet at 9.” Dogs will continue to be important figures—even to act as...
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Mar.03.2011
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He calls 'em "Flash videos." Conversation with Blue's Cruzio Cafe's J.J. Webb who posted three of my poems, "Uncle Dog," "Clancy the Dog," and "Shelby the Dog" --dog and/or human voices with accompanying animations--on Blue's Cruzio Cafe - The Green Room -...
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Jan.30.2011
Cover Art
 New & Selected Poems, 1957-2011 (Red Hen Press), publication date: Oct. 1, 2011. Fifty years of writing and I'm thinking of what I learned on the publication of an earlier book, Four Incarnations (Coffee House Press). "The shelf life of a book of poems is somewhere between yoghurt and...
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Jan.17.2011
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Iowa Writers' Workshop (1956-1967) [Iowa Writers' Workshop coming up to its 75th Anniversary. Planning to attend the June 9-12, 2011 reunion in Iowa City. Graduated in 1958... went back to teach in the Poetry Workshop 1967-68. Reviewing notes for possible volume of recollections, turned up this...
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Dec.17.2010
Joe Stroud
Editing "new" online  feature, Santa Cruz Poets, Santa Cruz Inspiration, for Santa Cruz Weekly. Thought I'd share some of our postings...  Santa Cruz Poets, Santa Cruz Inspiration: Joe StroudRead More: Community, Local Poets--In this week’s installment of Santa Cruz Poets, Santa Cruz...
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Nov.29.2010
End of year inventory. Combing through three miscellaneous journals... what to keep? what to toss? This one, inscribed affectionately by my former wife, opens to a 1994 jotting, "Nobody dies a moment too late or a moment too soon." Rama. He's a character in my novel A Much-Married Man....
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Nov.26.2010
- All stories, I've heard, have one of two themes: 1) a stranger came to town; 2) someone sets out on a journey. That's it! - Attend longish poetry reading and walk away recalling a single line, "Where is the suit with pockets where the white birds live?" That one stays with me, takes on...
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Nov.22.2010
Nick Herbert
Nick Herbert generously posted the following on his blog, http://quantumtantra.blogspot.com/2010/11/sward.html for more on Nick Herbert, physicist, author, explorer: http://members.cruzio.com/~quanta/ Met prolific Santa Cruz poet Robert Sward at Alan Lundell's beach house birthday party a few...
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