The word “poet” derives from the Ancient Greek term “poiesis,” which means “to make.” In The University Bookman, Stephen Knepper considers the life and work of a maker who won the admiration of all who met him even briefly, as I did at the West Chester Poetry Conference some years ago.
John Tavano and I were thrilled to hear Parisian singer Anne Marie Codur and pianist Jill Borenstein perform our song, “La Girafe” at the Boston National Poetry Month Concert last night. It was a wonderful evening all around: Sufi poetry read to the accompaniment of the Turkish bowed tambour, Derek Walcott’s poetry paired with the mesmerizing sound of steel pans —even a Japanese pop song!
The Boston National Poetry Month Festival arrives every April like poetry’s Opening Day. I’ll be one of the Thirteen Keynote Poets reading in The Commonwealth Salon at 700 Boylston Street on Friday, April 7. And on Friday evening, as part of the Poetry, Music and Dance Concert, Anne-Marie Codur and Jill Borenstein will perform “La Girafe,” a song I wrote with guitarist John Tavano.
Poet Bruce Bennett, a favorite —and a friend—talks about his most recent publication, Just Another Day In Just Our Town, in this interview with Tish Pearlman on her radio program, Out of Bounds.
Look at this cool little thing that just showed up on line. The first poem I ever published —back in 1981— has been chosen as an “NER Classic” by the New England Review. The picture they’ve chosen to place beside the poem on their website is just right.
I’m both excited and a little daunted to be part of the Words and Music Symposium at Berklee College of Music coming up in April. John Tavano and I will talk about the songs we wrote for our CD, The Subtle Thread. The French vocalist Anne-Marie Codur will perform “La Girafe”!
Betsy Westendorf is putting together a series of short videos to promote the Newburyport Literary Festival. I was the “guinea pig” for her admirable first effort. Notice how well-equipped to listen I was as a boy. Here’s a link to the video, Inspired: Alfred Nicol, on the Festival website homepage (scroll down).
In a sane world, Jeff Jacoby’s recent column in The Boston Globe would be the last word in the debate over a “Muslim Travel Ban.”
Rhina Espaillat is a wonderfully companionable poet on the page and in person. This short video by Betsy Westendorf of Rhina Espaillat at home will make you feel at home.