Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Monday, August 15, 2022



R E A D   M E

There is in Lopez's "Sliver of Sky" —

a tragic portrait of his early childhood years of

sexual predatory abuse by a family friend —

which may be his truest wildlife essay. 

Random House, 2022

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Friday, August 12, 2022

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Monday, August 8, 2022



It's a shame, the re-issue of this anthology is almost batting .1000 —

it has a lush cover photograph of the poet Bobbie Louise Hawkins

by Gerard Malanga, who not only captures the time element of the late 1960s, 

but Malanga has always had an affectionate eye for cats.

This anthology was first published by City Lights in 1971

and this expanded edition draws in an aura of American poetry

including Black Mountain poets, San Francisco Renaissance, Beat, 

and the NewYork School of poets, and for a change digs into

the ground and finds at least one half of Coyote's Journal poetry (Bill Brown) 

but badly misses James Koller — a close friend with many in this

anthology and a sure hand of the California poem. 

As they say in that funny world: it's the only reason why I

can't give this book 5 Stars.

A thorough biographical index of each poet would have

also been a treat and finished off a sterling package.

Nonetheless, the new anthology is beautifully edited —

you can sense certain poets touching certain poets —

for instance Joanne Kyger touching Tom Clark

touching Jim Carroll touching Bill Berkson.

The Song Cave makes terrific books, each title comes off the block

similar but unique, much as New Directions used to make them and

how we used to go hunting for them. Black spine, same square size, 

cool and fashionable, neat typeface, and an exciting range

of poets. You absolutely can't go wrong.

Just not perfect, yet.

[ BA ]

Sunday, August 7, 2022



Quite an interesting book and format of "interviews" —

really sharp and informative conversations

and you can see the names here listed,

a great crew.

Reich is generous with his time and knowledge

 and quite kind and appealing between the lines.

Don't hesitate.


Hanover Square Books


Friday, August 5, 2022


happy birthday!  

love, sweetheart! 

August 5, 2022



Stay Home

I will wait here in the fields

to see how well the rain

brings on the grass. 

In the labor of the fields

longer than a man's life

I am home. Don't come with me.

You stay home too.

I will be standing in the woods

where the old trees

move only with the wind

and then with gravity.

In the stillness of the trees

I am at home. Don't come with me.

You stay home too.


Wendell Berry

New Collected Poems

Counterpoint Press, 1980

Thursday, August 4, 2022



Isn't  It Strange

Acid rain . . . On the wall

a picture of your long-deceased


Isn't it strange that every day

I pray to her

to return you to me.


He resembled me.

I held him up to my lips,

then threw him into the salty

water. He sank to the bottom.

I heard a giggle.

An invitation to play


You and Me

It couldn't have worked out better.

I am with you without you.

I draw figures on the sand.

I breathe.

I wait.

I decay.

Boeing 737

We watched as it disappeared inside a gray cloud.

(We all would like to do something similar.)


an eye.

Keep it,

just in



Grzegorz Wroblewski

Zero Visibility

Phoneme Media, 2017

translated from the Polish by Piotr Gwiazda

Tuesday, August 2, 2022