Friday, February 12, 2016

There is that tendency and desire to unplug from the political
outlet. Listening to the various presidential campaigns it's easy
to understand why it was so difficult to end slavery and so easy to place
Japanese Americans in camps. We tend to be fear/silly during
election time. I fear the pundits are clowns in search of a circus.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

While reading the latest issue of The New York Review of Books
I came across this incredible statement:

Once out of bed, we check our phones
221 times a day - an average of every 4.3
minutes - according to a UK study.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

THE SAD AND AWFUL NEWS

There is no doubt that thousands of Flint residents will need monitoring,
medical supervision and educational support for many years to come.
Some 8,000 or more children under the age of 6, whose developing 
brains can suffer irreversible damage from exposure to lead, drank
the poisoned water, and some are already showing symptoms.

EDITORIAL 
THE NEW YORK TIMES
FEBRUARY 6, 2016

Too much going on. I need to pace myself.
Looking forward to flying west to pickup a literary award.
More about this next month.

March is also when I become the new host for the radio program - ON THE MARGIN - WPFW.
I've been thinking about radio format and show structure the last few days.

COLLECTED POEMS should be out by late March.
Several readings in the DC area.
The big event will probably be at Marymount University.
Thanks once again to Kirsten Porter for making so many things possible.


T

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

THE QUOTE

If the SuperBowl is the ultimate game, how
come there is another one next year?

    - Duane Thomas, Dallas Cowboy Running Back.

1972

Sunday, January 24, 2016

G

Yesterday I had a fun conversation with the poet and teacher giovanni singleton.
We are always laughing about literary politics. g is responsible for editing 4 issues
of "Nocturnes" magazine. A journal ahead of it's time. It would be nice for a small college
or a large university to house her publication. If only I were a rich man.
Love you g.

Friday, January 22, 2016

THE E-GROUP

Yesterday I pulled together another E-Group meeting. This one was held at my house. A wonderful meeting of good minds sitting around a table. I hope to have 2 more in 2016. When I come across an interesting essay I reach out to a few friends and invite them to meet. It's like Ellington putting a small band together. Intellectual conversation is the foundation on which we build citizenship. This week the E-Group discussed "Who Benefits From A Post-Paris "Clash of Civilizations "? by Tom Englehardt.

The first and second E-Group looked at:
"The Death of the Artist-and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur " by William Deresiewicz.
" A World Without Work" by Derek Thompson.

Monday, January 18, 2016

In Search of Malcolm Little

Every life wears its crown. I find it interesting that the names of the departed black men we cherish and remember are not choir boys. Some have been hardheads and hoodlums. History is changed by those who stumble and those who march. Leadership however should never be a lottery. If we find ourselves following gangsters and hustlers then we need to check our moral compass. We all have the capacity to lead but only after personal transformation.  The idea that every young person has better ideas is as foolish as thinking every gray hair represents wisdom. I see many black boys being Malcolm Littles - not an X in their head about their history or plight. All they possess is a new black rage - anger against the police and everything white. This is Clockwork Orange and the new black. Violence is now a quickie for everything in the way. Never has there been such collective despair in our cities. When the next Malcolm Little is caught and sent to jail - let's hope someone finds him sleeping with the dictionary.