Tuesday, March 13, 2018

your nor'easter annogram

The Operating System to publish Alparegho

The Operating System has selected Alparegho, like nothing else, my translation of Hélène Sanguinetti’s third book, for its Unsilenced Texts series. The OS, named among the Best of 2017 Presses by Entropy Magazine, will publish a dual-language version in 2019. Many thanks to publisher Lynne DeSilva-Johnson for making this timely and heart-wrenching quest for identity available to English readers!

Free Ferry in Transatlantic Conversation

In Transatlantic Conversation About Art and Poetry, art historian Beth Gersh-Nešić and French poet Jean-Luc Pouliquen engage in fascinating dialogue on poet and art critic Andre Salmon (1881-1969). As part of their conversation, they also discuss Free Ferry, which Pouliquen calls "A very original concept." The two talk about my workshop at Gersh-Nešić's Purchase College class last fall and the importance of getting poetry out into the world. Highly recommended if you love poetry and art!

Free Ferry Half Price for Women’s History Month

Thanks to Upper Hand Press Publisher Ann Starr, Free Ferry is half-price until April 20. So take advantage! I am also honored to have the book recommended by one of its reviewers, James Lee Lord Parker, on Facebook. Please continue to build those five-star reviews on Amazon!

Translation in Transference

Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585)
Delightful to find Ann Lauinger’s translation of Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585) in the latest Transference!  Her four translated Sonnets à Hélène are both contemporary and smart, as only a poet-scholar like Ann could achieve. Transference features another Hélène, my translation of Hélène Sanguinetti’s “Yoke 1” from her book, Et voici la chanson (Éditions de l’Amandier, 2012). Thanks to Editor Molly Lynde-Recchia, who welcomes submissions for the next issue – see Creative opportunities below.

Bowie at the Brooklyn Museum

David Bowie (1947-2016)
David Bowie is, an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, runs March 12-July 15. Straight from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the exhibit features more than 400 objects including album artwork, handwritten lyrics and original correspondence from Bowie's teen years through his death in 2016. Whaddya say?  Put on your red shoes and let’s dance!

Norwalk LitCrawl Honors National Poetry Month

The fifth annual Norwalk LitCrawl will meet on April 3rd at the Wall Street Theater at 5:30pm and move from 6:30 to 8:00pm to the restaurants Peaches, the Banc House, Fat Cat Pie Company, and Aji 10. They will provide free appetizers and cash bar. Buy a ticket online by donating $10 to Norwalk Reads. Want to participate? See Creative opportunities below.

Astrovisualization at WAA in April

Carter Emmart
Carter Emmart, Director of Astrovisualization at the Hayden Planetarium, will speak at the Westchester Amateur Astronomer (WAA) meeting, April 6 at 7:30pm. Emmart, a leading computer software expert, creates detailed video imagery from digital astronomical data. He was recently featured in the NY Times and here you can see some of his spectacular video imagery.  The lecture will take place in Lienhard Hall, Pace University in Pleasantville, NY.

New releases

Patricia Carragon, The Cupcake Chronicles (Poets Wear Prada, 2017)  

Patricia Carragon, Innocence (Finishing Line Press, 2017)  

Jim Daniels, The Middle Ages (Red Mountain Press, 2018)

Beth Gersh-Nešić and Jean-Luc Pouliquen, Transatlantic Conversation About Art and Poetry (CreateSpace, 2018)

Transference, the translation journal of Western Michigan University, Vol. 5, Fall 2017

Leafy Greens on Baguette with Gruyère

Scrounging around the kitchen one evening, I created what could only be considered a healthy pizza. So delicious I have to share it:

1 pound organic spinach, swiss chard or kale, rinsed with stems removed
1 organic garlic clove, crushed and peeled
1 organic baguette (look for three to four ingredients – yeast, water, salt, flour)
6 ounces Gruyère cheese, shredded
extra virgin olive oil

Cut baguette in half, and then slice lengthwise into thirds or halves. Arrange slices on toaster oven tray, drizzle with olive oil, broil until golden, and repeat until all are toasted. In large frying pan over medium heat, add olive oil and garlic clove. Pile in the greens, turning them until wilted; remove from heat. Arrange greens over toast, drizzle with olive oil and top with Gruyère. Return slices to broiler until cheese melts, a minute or two. Great with sautéed organic mushrooms too.

Creative opportunities

Belmont Story Review – submit fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and narrative journalism on music, publishing, creativity, collaboration, faith and culture, by April 1 to BSRsubmissions@gmail.com

Norwalk LitCrawl on April 3 – to participate in the restaurant-to-restaurant reading, identify the 3-minute work you will read, include 1-2 line bio,  and email to Christine Bradley at cbradley@norwalkpubliclibrary.org by March 23

Poetry Networking and Critique Group – Fairfield Public Library, second Saturday mornings of the month, 10-12pm; discussion of poetry events and publication possibilities followed by constructive critique of work by the first eight or so persons who sign up.

Transferencesubmit up to four poems in translation by May 31 for 2018 issue

One-Day Graphic Novel Writing Conference – Purchase, NY on March 24; adult workshops with Paul Levitz, past president, DC Comics;  youth (10+) workshops, Barbara Slate, author, You Can Do a Graphic Novel; and free talk by Colleen Doran, illustrator of Neil Gaiman's Troll Bridge; workshops $75.

Maine Media Workshops + College – August 12-18, Make Your Poems Stand Out from the Crowd of Submissions, weeklong workshop taught by award-winning poet Kevin Pilkington; info here

Poetry / literary events

Gemma Mathewson
Barnes and Noble, March 12, 7:15pm, Janet Krauss – second Monday of each month, Barnes and Noble at Stamford Town Center, featured reader/open mic; free

Scarsdale Public Library, March 14, 7pm, the Poetry Caravan Celebrates Women’s History Month; Loretta Cornell, Lisa Fleck, Ruth D. Handel, Linda Levitz, Marjorie Mir, Ann van Buren; free

The Poetry Institute Series, March 15, 7pm, Gemma Mathewson and open mic – third Thursdays each month in New Haven, CT, featured reader/open mic. Doors open 6:30pm, reading at 7pm; free

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)
HVWC, March 16, 7:30pm, feature Bob Zaslow and open mic, $5

JCC on the Hudson, March 18, 1:30-3:30pm, Maxine Silverman, Rachel Barenblat and Jay Michaelson

CUNY Graduate Center, March 19, 4pm, Rms 9204-9205, P(l)athography: Sylvia Plath's Biographers; Heather Clark

CUNY Graduate Center, Martin E. Segal Theatre, March 20, 6:30pm, Lost and Found VII Launch: work by Audre Lorde, June Jordan, Toni Cade Bambara, Julio Cortázar, Paul Blackburn, and Jack Forbes

Charles Alexander
University of Houston-Victoria (Texas) Center for the Arts, Book Arts Expo, March 23-24, poets Kevin Auer, Charles Alexander, Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., C.J. Martin; letterpress printing, binding and artists' book workshops; readings 7pm. Reception 5 p.m. March 23 and closing exhibit 7 p.m. March 24

HVWC, March 25, 4:30pm, Martha Rhodes, Molly McCully Brown, Carol Moldaw, $10

Kelly Writers House, March 26, 6:30pm, Bernadette Mayer; RSVP whfellow@writing.upenn.edu

Katonah Public Library, April 8, 3:30pm, Mónica de la Torre, $10

ʼRound the Net

Beth Gersh-Nešić 

Poet and “trouble maker” Terry Dugan on her excellent interview on the JohnMac Radio Show

Art historian and author Beth Gersh-Nešić for her Bonjour Paris article on Purim in Paris and this commentary on last month's Michelangelo exhibit at the Met

Poets Cindy Hochman and Bob Heman on their collaborative poems in Otoliths and Geocities

J Journal on its new website

Engineer Matt King, a great person I worked with at IBM, for making Facebook more accessible

Poet Mary McCray for her survey of online courses on the history of American poetry, and her poet-centric and mind-nourishing blog

Frances Mayes and Laura Morelli
Poet John McMullen on his TV interview and this article on a founding father who wrote poetry

Art historian and author Laura Morelli on her evening with best-selling novelist Frances Mayes

Poet Ralph Nazareth for sharing Amanda Gorman’s poem, “Old Jim Crow Got to clear”

The New York Public Library Staff Picks for February and March, and its book-for-every-state tour

Outdoor retailer Orvis for promoting dogs in the office in this charming video

Poet Kevin Pilkington, whose poetry collection Where You Want to Be: New and Selected Poems (Black Lawrence Press, 2015) has just gone into second printing

ScienceDaily’s article on the creative brain being wired differently

Poet and artist Linda Simone on life-changing books cited by 23 TedTalks women

Memoirist Donna Zucker on her new cooking blog, full of delicious smoothie recipes

I want to express my gratitude to all the faithful annogram readers! You’re a vibrant global community of literary and visual artists, dancers, musicians, actors, and performers. Do you realize this is the 103rd annogram to be published? I wish we could throw some virtual party. Instead, please continue to send me your news, your book releases, readings, and achievements—and that will help us all celebrate our true path in this world, our creativity with its enormous power and mystery.

Until next time,

Sunday, February 04, 2018

your antikythera annogram

Antikythera mechanism

The Antikythera mechanism, the world’s first computer built around 80 BCE, could track planetary and star movements, as well as predict astronomical events and dates for Olympic Games. Recovered in 1900 off Greek Isle Antikythera, its full potential remained unclear for centuries. Recent tomographic imaging allowed scientists to decode the device’s sophisticated design. Thanks to David Mestre, director of the Discovery Museum Planetarium, for presenting this intriguing tale at the January Westchester Amateur Astronomers meeting.

 More good news

The Andromeda Galaxy
My poem “Dogspel” will appear in Zoomorphic and “Andromeda at Midlife” in Celestial Musings: Poems Inspired by the Night Sky this spring. Proceeds from Celestial will benefit the Charles W. Brown Planetarium. As a Westchester Amateur Astronomer, that makes me happy!

American Writers Museum

Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)
In case you didn’t know, the American Writers Museum opened last May in Chicago. As the only museum devoted to American writers and their works, AWM connects visitors with favorite authors and writings from more than five centuries, while inspiring discovery of new works – poetry, lyrics, speeches, drama, fiction, nonfiction, journalism, and more. Sounds good! Let me know if you visit….

Kids Short Story Connection

Wren Awry
Know kids who want to write? Sign ‘em up for the Kids Short Story Connection! For 25 years, Greenburgh Director of Arts and Culture Sarah Bracey White, a writer herself, has run the program for writers ages 9 – 18. Graduates include filmmaker Zach Wigon, whose “The Heart Machine” premiered at Tribeca Film Festival; off-Broadway playwright Jan Rosenberg, and University of Arizona Poetry Center’s Wren Awry KSSC workshops recommence March 10; for info, email sarahbracey.white@gmail.com.

Remembering Thomas Lux

Thomas Lux (1947-2017)
To honor poet Thomas Lux’s passing a year ago, CUNY Elebash Recital Hall will hold a tribute February 13, at 7pm, with Billy Collins, Terrance Hayes, Edward Hirsch, Marie Howe, Mary Karr, Jeffrey McDaniel, Patrick Rosal, Amber Tamblyn, and Vijay Seshadri. It still seems impossible that Tom – passionate poet, poetry advocate, kind teacher – is no longer on the planet. We miss you, Tom!

Kathe Gregory at Bromfield Gallery

Kathe Gregory
Kathe Gregory will have an exhibit of her PhotoDrawings at Bromfield Gallery in SoWa (South of Washington Street), Boston’s Arts and Design District, February 28 – April 1; reception, March 2, 6:30pm. Congratulations also to Kathe, my incredibly talented cousin, on winning Third Prize in photography at the Duxbury Art Association’s 2018 Winter Juried Show.

Between I and Thou Exhibit and Reading

On February 18, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art will also pay homage to Thomas Lux in the exhibition, Between I and Thou; at 1:15pm, curator Livia Straus will lead a walk through; 2pm, Cal Lane, Leslie Pelino, Asya Reznikov and Antonio Santin will discuss their work; 4-5pm, poets for Writing the Walls: Between I and Thou will read their poems and a reception will follow 5-6pm. 

New releases

Jonathan Bracken, Concerning Poetry (Upper Hand Press, 2018)

Jerry T. Johnson, Morning to Morning (Kindle, 2018)

CM Mayo, trans. Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution (Dancing Chiva, 2017)

Susan Miller, The Communion of Saints (Paraclete Press, 2017)

Jennifer Wallace, Almost Entirely (Paraclete Press, 2017)

Carrot Ginger Soup

An easy and flavorful soup to brighten a chilly winter day. It’s from Allison Fishman’s You Can Trust a Skinny Cook (Wiley, 2011), healthy yet indulgent recipes.  Great with grilled cheese sandwiches….

2 Tbsp unsalted butter
3 cups carrots, peeled and chopped into ½ inch pieces
1 large onion, peeled and chopped into ½ inch pieces
1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
½ tsp fresh thyme leaves or ¼ tsp dried thyme
½ tsp kosher salt
3 cups low sodium vegetable stock
1 Tbsp chopped fresh chives or parsley, for garnish

Melt butter in medium skillet over medium heat. Add carrots, onion, ginger, thyme, salt, and cook, stirring, until vegetables begin to soften, about 6 minutes. Add broth to vegetables, raise heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender, 12-15 minutes. Remove from heat and puree the soup with a stick blender.

Poetry / literary readings

Sarah Bracey White
JCC of Mid-Westchester, February 6, 10:30am, Sarah Bracey White on memoir

Kelly Writers House, February 8, 5pm, Rob Sheffield, author of Dreaming the Beatles

Kelly Writers House, February 13, 6pm, Emily Wilson, translator of The Odyssey

CUNY Elebash Recital Hall, February 13, 7pm, Tribute to Thomas Lux; Billy Collins, Terrance Hayes, Edward Hirsch, Marie Howe, Mary Karr, Jeffrey McDaniel, Patrick Rosal, Amber Tamblyn, Vijay Seshadri

Paul Auster
Kelly Writers House, February 14, 6:30pm, Paul Auster, rsvp whfellow@writing.upenn.edu

Harrison Public Library, February 17, 2pm, Sarah Bracey White on memoir

HVCCA, February 18, 4pm, Writing the Walls: Between I and Thou, poets read exhibit-inspired work

Freight House Cafe, February 21, 7pm, John McMullen and open mic

Creative opportunities

How to Write a Family History Book Workshop with Donna Zucker, February 10, 10-3,
Christina Rau

Yoga and writing workshop with Christina Rau, February 11, 2-4pm, $25

Spring courses at the Hudson Valley Writers Center

Weekly Poetry Workshops in Upper Westchester County

Round the Net

Regi Claire
Essayist Jim Barry for pointing out the first OED edition appeared this month in 1884

Short story writer Regi Claire for “We All Know About Desire” in For Books’ Sake Weekend Read

Art historian Beth Gersh-Nesic for her superb article on Modigliani in Bonjour Paris

Poet Gary Glauber for work in Verse Virtual and Verse Daily

Artist Melanie Janisse-Barlow for her portraits of poets

Art historian Laura Morelli for a few of her favorite things in her Amazon Store

Donald Sosin
Pianist Donald Sosin for accompanying silents like the 1929 Russian film “Fragment of an Empire” 

Publisher Ann Starr for nominating Free Ferry for the 21st Century’s Best Books

This seems a good way to close out your annogram. Read this poem, memorize it, live it.

Until next time,

An Horatian Notion
Thomas Lux

The thing gets made, gets built, and you’re the slave
who rolls the log beneath the block, then another,
then pushes the block, then pulls a log
from the rear back to the front
again and then again it goes beneath the block,
and so on. It’s how a thing gets made – not
because you’re sensitive, or you get genetic-lucky,
or God says: Here’s a nice family,
seven children, let’s see: this one in charge
of the village dunghill, these two die of buboes, this one
Kierkegaard, this one a drooling
nincompoop, this one clerk, this one cooper.
You need to love the thing you do – birdhouse building,
painting tulips exclusively, whatever – and then
you do it
so consciously driven
by your unconscious
that the thing becomes a wedge
that splits a stone and between the halves
the wedge then grows, i.e., the thing
is solid but with a soul,
a life of its own. Inspiration, the donnée,
the gift, the bolt of fire
down the arm that makes the art?
Grow up! Give me, please, a break!
You make the thing because you love the thing
and you love the thing because someone else loved it
enough to make you love it.
And with that your heart like a tent peg pounded
toward the earth’s core.
And with that your heart on a beam burns
through the ionosphere.
And with that you go to work.