Thursday, May 07, 2015

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Face Painting Book Launch April 26

What a beautiful day at the Hudson River Museum!  In the museum’s state-of-the art planetarium, I read poems from Face Painting in the Dark (Dos Madres Press, 2014), with spectacular astro images from Doug Baum, the Hubble and others.  Prior to the reading, planetarium manager Marc Taylor lit up the dome with objects mentioned in my work.
Deborah Coulter

Afterwards, at a champagne reception overlooking the river, I celebrated with artist Deborah Coulter; poets Myrna Goodman, Ruth Handel, Natalie Safir, and Maxine Silverman; musicians Michael Cefola and Larry Schwartzman; photographers Michael Booth (his photos here), Margaret Fox, and Randy Briggs; and writers Jeanette Briggs, Barbara Dickinson, Herb Hadad, Elaine Nole, Michelle Rawlick, and Sarah Bracey White, among many other cherished friends.
Evelyn Hadad, Natalie Safir, Ruth Handel
Elaine Nole and Herb Hadad
Stew Leonard’s cake proved my book’s cover design by Gig Wailgum is as delicious as it is attractive! Thanks to dear friend Carol Booth for acting as maître d’, to Michael Booth and Randy Briggs for taking photos, and to museum staff for treating us like Vanderbilts.

The reviews are in…
Kim Novak, subject of my poem,
"Miss Deepfreeze 1953"

Lyle Cataring in Blotterature, Rachel Adams in Lines and Stars, Ann Wehrman in The Pedestal; and, in case you missed first reviews, Mary McCray in Big Bang Poetry, Ron Butlin in The Herald Scotland, and Beth Gersh-Nesic in New York Arts Exchange.

Poems, interview, and translation

“Dance in the City,” appears in the current Ekphrasis, and “Miss Deepfreeze 1953” in CahoodaloodalingBlotterature features an interview in addition to review.  The St. Petersburg Review will publish my translation of section 9 from Le Héros (Flammarion, 2008) by Hélène Sanguinetti.  The entire book translation has now been published!

Michael Cefola
Little Games at Eastchester Inn and Hudson Room

Don’t miss Little Games Saturday, May 9, at the Eastchester Inn at 9 p.m. The band plays early Yardbirds, Animals and Who, as well as Eric Clapton, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, and Gary Moore. Fronted by my husband, guitarist and vocalist Michael Cefola, the band features drummer Tommy Vinton, guitarist and vocalist John Amato, and bassist Larry Schwartzman.  Can’t make it? Catch them at the Hudson Room, May 29, at 10 p.m.

Jeff Beck
Jeff Beck at the Capitol Theater

What fun to see Jeff Beck in nearby Port Chester!  The April 13 show inaugurated his US tour touting his new album, JEFF BECK LIVE+ (Atco). Beck, at ease with his immaculate band, vocalist Jimmy Hall, bassist Rhonda Smith, drummer Jonathan Joseph and guitarist Nicolas Meier, performed “Morning Dew” (Truth, 1968), “Superstition” (Beck, Bogert, Appice, 1973), “Big Block” (Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop, 1989), the Beatles’ “A Day In The Life” and “Hammerhead.”  What made me swoon: Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing,” and Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.”

Holding Fast to the Tree of Life

French composer Darius Milhaud
This spirited concert Sunday celebrated Temple Beth Shalom’s 50 years in Hastings.  The temple choir, which includes the talented Carol Booth, sang everything from psalms in Hebrew to tunes from composers such as Gershwin and Bernstein.  I was especially delighted to hear selections from Darius Milhaud, a professor with students such as Dave Brubeck and Burt Bacharach, performed by pianist Cheryl Seltzer, a former student, and violinist Sylvia Volpe, among the many pleasures of the evening.

Beth Gersh-Nesic
Picasso in Vermont

Staring Back: The Creation and Legacy of Picasso's Demoiselles  d'Avignon at the Fleming Museum of Art, Burlington, through June 21, features Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon in interactive digital and traditional visual art.  Highly recommended by our resident curator, Beth Gersh-Nesic.

Astrophotography in Pound Ridge

Scott Nammacher will be exhibiting his exceptional astrophotographs (printed on an aluminum medium) May 23 - July 5 at the Pound Ridge Library, with opening reception Saturday, May 23, 3 - 5 p.m.  Interested in the night sky?  See convenient, local events offered by the Westchester Amateur Astronomers.

Poetry / Literary Events

May 10 – 4-6 p.m. Words Sunday: Janet Kaplan and Jacqueline Jones LaMon at Calabar Imports, Brooklyn; see Robin Messing and Renato Rosaldo May 24.

C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Marcel Proust
May 19 – 6 p.m.  Eric Banks interviews Jean Findlay on Chasing Lost Time: The Life of C.K. Scott Moncrieff: Soldier, Spy and Translator (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015) – first English translator of Proust, Martin E. Segal Theater at CUNY.

May 19 – 8 p.m. Gerald Stern and Anne Marie Macari in the Patricia Kuran Arts Center in Fanwood, NJ.

May 20 – 7 p.m.  Friends of Black Mountain poet Edward Dorn celebrate his uncollected poems, Derelict Air (Enitharmon Press, 2015), Martin E. Segal Theater at CUNY.

 Simple Homemade Dinner Rolls

The easiest roll recipe I’ve come across has that yeasty taste of authentic bread my mother would make on special occasions.  Here’s bread-making that can be done within 90 minutes:

1 package quick-acting active dry yeast (2 ¼ teaspoons)
1 1/3 cup milk (105 – 115 degrees)
3 – 3 ½ cups flour or whole wheat flour (I like King Arthur)
3 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon melted butter
course salt

Dissolve yeast in warm milk in electric mixer bowl.  Stir in 1 cup flour.  Beat until smooth.  Stir in enough remaining flour, oil, sugar, and salt.  Mix on low electric speed until soft dough forms. Cover and let rise in warm place until double, about 45 minutes.  Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Prep a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.  Punch down dough and fold over a few times.  Pinch 1-inch balls of dough and quickly roll in palm of hands.  Put 3 balls to 1 muffin cup; brush with butter; sprinkle with salt.  Bake 12 - 15 minutes, until light golden brown.  Immediately remove from pan. Store loosely covered.

̓Round the Net

Thanks and/or congratulations to:

Deborah Coulter skin for your iPhone
Deborah Coulter, artist, for her original art “skins,” available for your digital devices

Gary Glauber, poet, on writing 30 poems in 30 days for PoMoSco

Peggy Harrington, for sharing her essay, “Tucker,” which appeared in The East Hampton Star

Anne James, Zymbol editor, for reaching her Kickstarter goal to fund her journal

Tony LoBianco, actor, for bringing “Little Flower” this month to Italy to entertain our troops

Percy Sledge
Jay Shulman, music archivist, for remembering Percy Sledge, Ben E. King and Maya Plisetskaya

Frank Vitale, filmmaker, for sharing episodes 14 -17 of The Metropolis Organism

I end this newsletter with a tale.  Once upon a time, a second-grade teacher sent home a note to her student’s mother.  The mother unfolded the paper.  It said, “Your daughter speaks in poetry.”  Amazed, she put the paper away and kept it in her heart.  She said nothing but, at every opportunity, supported and cheered her daughter in any artistic or literary achievement.  As time went by, that girl became a woman, and that woman a poet.  How she became a poet felt like a delicious mystery, and yet the most right thing in the world.  I know because I am that poet.  The insightful woman who nurtured my poetic inclination left us last month at the age of 90.  As bereft as I am, I still have my poetry, in many respects, thanks to her.

Until next time,