Happy August—the air is cooler, sun a touch more gold, sky a richer blue. Or maybe it’s all the good happening. For starters, my new web site attracted more than 11,100 hits in June alone! Be sure to explore it, especially Toolkit, a section for poets. You may have also received a postcard from me. If you haven’t, and would like to be on my snail-mail list, please contact me through my web site.
September 12 reading
Please come hear me read at the Go Cat Go Poetry Reading Series, hosted by the inimitable Peter Chelnik, at Gracie's Corner Diner, 352 East 86th Street, at 6:45 p.m. on September 12. There is an open mic afterwards, so bring poems to read. Hope to see you!
More good news
Editors Martin Elwell and Jenn Monroe have accepted my poem, “Running with Delilah,” for their upcoming anthology of running poems, Bearers of Distance (Eastern Point Lit House). And UK editor Daniele Pantano of em review will publish my translation of “Victory” from Hélène Sanguinetti’s Le Héros (Flammarion, 2008).
Editor Larry Carr just sent me A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley (Codhill Press), and I am happy to see it features “Geechee Daughter” by the late Brenda Connor-Bey. Buzz is also building around Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (Poets Wear Prada), as editor Joel Allegretti collects impressive cover reviews.
Jeanne Carbonetti and Crow Hill Gallery
|Crow Hill Gallery|
|Linda and Jeanne talk painting|
Amazing to meet this creativity guru—whose Making Pearls (Watson-Guptill, 1998) and The Heart of Creativity (Eden Center Press, 2009) always inspire. In Heart, she writes about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech—which connects to our next item. Thank you, Jeanne Carbonetti, for your gorgeous watercolors and open heart!
March on Washington
|Dr. King at the 1963 March|
Back to school
|Professor Al Filreis|
Raves for Quick Draw
|Quick Draw cast|
The Sopranos meets Marley and Me with a twist: That's how Louis Spirito describes Gimme Shelter, his memoir chronicling how his efforts to rescue a timid pit bull helped him get a handle on his chronic anger. To repay his canine therapist, Lou is donating 10% of book profits to rescue organizations and inviting them to his live events—including Malibu Pet Companions, Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation, St. Martin's Animal Foundation, Canine Adoption Rescue League (C.A.R.L.) and Animal Advocate Alliance. Learn more at louisspirito.com.
Rockabilly and Ira Munn Hedges
|Finn and the Sharks|
While Ira’s aristocratic family practically founded New York State, Ira was unassuming. Blond and lanky with an easy smile, he exuded goodwill. Besides a gifted vocalist and guitarist, Ira was a natural athlete who loved tennis and golf. He had the good judgment to marry Cindy, and together raise three strapping sons. His natural charm also made him successful in business.
|Ira Munn Hedges|
‘Round the Net
Thanks to the following people who shared these fascinating links:
· Photographer Carol Booth on this moving video about photography and healing
|Poet Linda Nemec Foster|
· Poet Gary Glauber for his poem “Look Before,” “First Semester,” three in Radical Dislocations and more in Otis Nebula 8
· Art director Abby Raeder for her blog, “A Monument to Love,” about a cairn sculpture in Vermont (right)
· Artist Angela Virsinger for this video on the work of Korean artist U-ram Choe
Wishing you a ripe, rich and full end to summer!
Until next time,