Sunday, April 25, 2010

Night Thoughts After Writing a Poem

In all the world, who is there who understands my zen?

-Ikkyu (1394-1481)

In the meantime, I have fallen in love with the Brazilian singer, Ana Caram.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

AWP? I Am Not Going

I hope everyone going to the AWP Conference in Denver has a great time. Unfortunately, I won't be there.

A trip to Denver is not in the budget.

Come to think of it, there isn't much in the budget. Maybe enough for a box of Triscuits and some squirt cheese.

Dark Day

As the Once-Constant Reader will recall, I am a sucker for dramatic weather. This is a good day. It's pouring rain and so dark outside my office I can barely see the outline of the pine trees, some sixty feet away.

Some fun.

Opening Day

Therre may be a few things better than walking out of class on opening day, turning on the car radio, and listening on the drive home as your team goes from a 4-2 deficit in the 7th inning to an 8-4 win.

It's a very short list of things, however.

With apologies to any readers who are fans of the Kansas City Royals, Go Tigers!

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Photographs from Thursday Night

We were privileged to have writer-photographer Jeff Cunningham at the reading Thursday night at The Bookman in Grand Haven. Here are a few photos.

Jack Ridl, reading from Broken Symmetry, his collection published a couple of years ago by Wayne State University Press. Note to attentive future biographers: Yes, you can just see the back of writer Sue William Silverman's head. The poet Jane Bach was also in the crowd.

Jack Ridl shows the crowd a new anthology of poems by Naomi Shihab Nye. 9 of the 25 (actually 26) emerging poets contained in the book (selected in a "blind" process) are graduates of Hope College.

Someday, Jack will get the recognition he deserves as one of America's great poetry teachers.

Jack Ridl introduces the poems from Losing Season, published last fall by CavanKerry Press. This wonderful collection tells the story of a small town's struggling high school basketball team––imagine Jim Carroll channeling Edgar Lee Masters––and has received a great deal of national attention on NPR, in Sports Illustrated, and elsewhere.

Marc Sheehan, reading a poem from his amazing new collection, Vengeful Hymns, which won the Richard Snyder Poetry Prize from Ashland University Press.

This is Marc again, introducing a poem. I think the poem is "Job Accomplishments" which draws its epigraph from Bart Simpson.

This is a funny, poignant, elegant book you will want to read again and again.

This is me, introducing the Martin Johnson Heade poems from my manuscript-eagerly-in-search-of-a-publisher, Tropical Landscape with Ten Hummingbirds.

Carlos, Liam and dad, listening to Marc's reading.

The three of us, answering questions after the reading.

A big S@4A.M. thanks to Jane and the good people at The Bookman in Grand Haven for hosting this event.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Reading Tonight!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Poetry Reading with Jack Ridl, Marc Sheehan and Greg Rappleye
7 p.m.
The Bookman
715 Washington Ave.
Grand Haven, Michigan