My son, David, took up my usual post at area readings and sat in as audio technician. Thanks, David!
I've posted the audio of my reading, Heart Shaped Blossoms, to my web site if you care to give a listen.
Michael Rothenberg and David Meltzer's reading was brilliant. Michael stood on each word, enunciating the rhythm of each line like he was pushing off a diving board, whipping up the shape of his poems with his hands and mouth. It really was splendid. David Meltzer had the audience in the palm of his hand as if he were Santa Claus in A Christmas Carol. His rosy cheeks blew out song that sparkled like his eyes. He was far more animated than his frail frame led to believe. I can say his poetry danced. Last night was one of those magical moments when verse split the veil and spirit spread out like fireworks. Left everyone breathless.
(Michael Rothenberg and David Meltzer read last night at the historic Z-Mansion in Tucson, Arizona)
"I didn't know that you had to learn to play, I thought you had to play to play. And I still think that.
"If I have found a way to share what I do, to inspire people to go even further than what I don't know yet - that idea is the most supreme form of expression in culture."
- Ornette Coleman
Almost out of the sky, half of the moon
It makes a cross of mourning between my eyes
Oh to follow the road that leads away from everything
Your breast is enough for my heart
I have said that you sang in the wind
You gather things to you like an old road
I have gone marking the atlas of your body
Stories to tell you on the shore of evening
I who live in a harbor between the lips and the voice
“I write and rewrite until it looks like I wrote it all at once.”
“The result is a luminous record of a life, a family & a community.”
Ron Silliman, May 15, 2007 review of WALKING THEORY
“Empathy, the walk walking down hill and up, in-take and out, each
step, one after another—the conical eye, the turned measure—a
breath, a prayer.”
Stephen Vincent, WALKING THEORY
Stephen Vincent’s new book:
Evocations. Farm hollers. “muted red and orange beets, the vigorous and tender leaves.” Getting out what’s in. Stride piano. Monk. On a roll as sweet. Language realized the corners of life and death. “Sunday playground, blue, yellow and white structures.” WALKING
THEORY. I’m reading a book I will read for the rest of my life.
the book was a gift among a gift of books
I'd read them all later maybe if and when
I am desperate to know the names what wind
blows the Mexican Palo Verde, the cactus wren
my footsteps confess no special talent
one sneaker follows the other into a
brilliant make believe I know I know
my karma bankrupt Mother Father Sun and Moon
giddy-up the worst of me that got the better
Hi O Silver and away
I took the liberty of choosing a group of poems from her reading (with her assistance) at Dinnerware Gallery, November 18, 2006 and adding musical snippets to some of her poems. I think I kept the experience tasteful. This is definitely a group of prose poems that gathers steam to a rolling conclusion!
1) Tucson Blues: a new poem sequence by my own fine self.
2) A PDF eBook and four Mp3's by George Mattingly. The eBook is the text (38 poems) of a reading George gave at Moe's Bookstore in Berkeley, CA, May 1, 2006. The Mp3's are taken from a reading George gave along with David Gitin at the Seaside Library, Seaside, CA, October 2005.
3) Fifteen Mp3's by David Gitin extracted from the reading he gave with George Mattingly at the Seaside Library, Seaside, CA, October 2005.
* Soledad Correctional Training Facility is a California State prison. I taught commercial printing there for a time. "The Correctional Training Facility is a three-facility complex, each functions independently of the others." The shop I worked in, my class, was in Central Facility. All my guys were from maximum security, some just booted down from San Quentin. Today Soledad houses:
South Facility: 1,125 in a space designed for 510
Central Facility: 3,030 in a space designed for 1,391
North Facility: 2,871 in a space designed for 1,400
TOTAL: 7,026 inmates in a facility designed for 3,301