Sunday, January 18, 2015

your MLK Jr annogram

Face Painting at Amazon

You can find my poetry collection, Face Painting in the Dark (Dos Madres Press, 2014), on Amazon.  A friend found a copy at Barnes and Noble—which, for me, was like turning onto Hollywood and Vine!  If you love your annograms and enjoyed Face Painting, please write a brief review on Amazon or Goodreads.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Johnson speaker at Martin Luther King Jr. service

Poet J. Chester Johnson gave the MLK Jr. sermon today at Trinity Wall Street Church; past speakers have included Andrew Young, Jesse Jackson, Marion Wright Edelman and Calvin Butts.  Johnson’s writing on civil rights is archived at Queens College which Andrew Goodman attended before being martyred in Mississippi, with James Chaney and Michael Schwerner.  You can hear Johnson’s extraordinary story of hatred and reconciliation across generations here.

Sarah Bracey White
MLK Jr. Breakfast featuring Sarah Bracey White

Memoirist Sarah Bracey White,  author of Primary Lessons (Cavan Kerry Press, 2013), will be the keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast held by the Village of Hastings on Monday, January 19 at the James Harmon Community Center.  Breakfast will be served 9:30 – 11 a.m., and the event ends at 12:30 p.m.  Adults $15 and children $5.  Read Sarah’s reflections on how she came to write her book here.

The late Mark Strand
Mark Strand Memorial Reading

Poets House will host a Mark Strand Memorial Reading today at 5 p.m. Poets Laureate Charles Simic and Charles Wright, actor Mary Louise Parker, painter William H. Bailey, composer and pianist John Musto, playwright John Guarre, novelist Francine Prose, and others will pay tribute to Mark Strand (1934-2014). Free admission.

PBS documentary:  Language Matters

On Wednesday, January 21, at 6 p.m., Poets House will honor the PBS documentary Language Matters with Bob Holman with film clips and performances by Native American poets, a Hawaiian hālau hula, talks on Yiddish and Welsh, Q & A with Bob Holman and a reception.  Admission is free at the National Museum of the American IndianThe film airs on PBS THIRTEEN Sunday, January 25 at 12:30 p.m.

Transgenres with Vijay Seshadri
Vijay Seshadri

Why do so many poets also write prose nonfiction? What transformations occur between poem and essay? Pulitzer Prizewinner Vijay Seshadri, whose newest book is 3 Sections (Graywolf, 2013), will discuss notions of identity, form, and fulfillment for contemporary writers on Saturday, February 7, at 3 p.m. at Poets House.  Admission: $10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House members

Deborah Coulter website

Deborah Coulter
Deborah Coulter’s website features a new portfolio of recent charcoal drawings, and links to latest exhibit info on Facebook, and her blog which includes a new collage each week. You can purchase ArtPrints of Deborah’s drawings and collages in various sizes at Society6.  Annogram loves Deborah’s work and wishes her all the best in 2015!

Chili Con Elote
Blow off winter chill with my version of a New Laurel’s Kitchen (Ten Speed Press, 1986) chili that tastes even better the next day.  The original Laurel’s Kitchen secured my early foray into meatless eating with savory meals, sandwiches and soups.  I treasure this cookbook and its step-by-step directions for making bread.
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons oil
1 green pepper, diced
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 cup chopped tomato, or
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 cups of V8 juice
1 cup frozen corn
4 cups cooked kidney, black, or pinto beans*
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon oregano

Sauté onion and garlic clove in oil until onion is soft. Crush garlic clove. Add green pepper and spices. Sauté 2 - 3 minutes.  Add tomatoes, V8 juice and corn. Mash 2 cups of beans and add to pot with whole beans, salt, and oregano. Simmer 30 minutes.  A little soupy at first but great over brown rice the second day.  *If you use canned beans like I do, purchase BPA-free cans such as Eden Foods at a health food store.

ʼRound the Net

Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick
interpret Degas' "Two Dancers"

Thanks and/or congratulations to:
ALTA list-serve for sharing the 75 most notable translations of 2014
Translation journal Asymptote on its fourth anniversary
Poet Lyn Clague for his poem “Constitution Square” in The Potomac
Food activist Ronnie Cummins on 12 ways consumers can fight GMO foods

Poet Gary Glauber for work in Calliope, Fine Flu, The Gambler, Ginger Piglet, Junkyard Kool, and Work to a Calm
Translator Roger Greenwald for noting the passing of Polish poet Stanislaw Baranczak
Poet Cindy Hochman for Pedestal reviews of When I Wake It Will Be Forever (Sundress Publications, 2014) and On the Bevel (Cinnamon Press, 2014)
Poet S. E. Ingraham for this video of ModPo’s Al Filreis on MOOCs (scroll)
for more, this link courtesy Linda Simone
Poet Meg Lindsay for her “Buddha Poem” in Tricycle
Poet Robert Murphy reading in New York last fall – Part 1 and Part 2; and a review of Life in the Ordovician (Dos Madres Press, 2007)

The Pedestal on its 14th anniversary issue
Poet Kevin Pilkington for his recent workshop at MIT on poet Richard Hugo
Bassist Larry Schwartzman for the Pope’s reassurance that all dogs go to heaven
Music archivist Jay Shulman for noting the passing of rocker Joe Cocker
Poet Linda Simone for this workshopped Emily Dickinson poem and inspired take on classical art
Wising Up Press for this call for poetry on siblings
Weird Al Yankovic for taking a stand on correct language only as he can
We close this annogram with a quote from the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968):
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

Here’s to the final word.

Until next time,