Saturday, April 18, 2015

LARRY MOFFI

On the way to the ballpark today I ran into my friend Larry Moffi.  Larry is a true baseball fan. He is also a writer who is now a publisher. He is the person behind Settlement House Books (Silver Spring, Maryland).

Just out is FLOWERING FIRES/FUEGOS FLORALES poems by Alicia Partnoy, translated by Gail Wronsky.

www.settlementhouse.us

Photo by Ethelbert


POEM

http://blackpoetsspeakout.tumblr.com/post/104121392422/in-solidarity-benjamin-alfaro-reads-e-ethelbert

ETHELBERT INTERVIEWS ETHELBERT

e:  How do you feel about leaving Howard?

E. I feel like Ichiro leaving Japan to go play in the United States.


ICHIRO WATCH


http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/18/sports/baseball/ichiro-suzukis-hitting-remains-constant-amid-changes.html?_r=0
RAIN

Sometimes I wish I could see you always.
But that's so silly
Maybe I just love listening to you laugh
or when you get frustrated 
and everything is lost - like your glasses
getting up and slipping into a restroom
at a cafe - locking the door so you can't 
find them. Now and then you seem to always
(there's that word again) be going somewhere
without me. Nothing matters anymore except
you and lately the rain touches the sky when
it falls - just a reminder that the thought of
loving you turns my world upside down.


 -  E. Ethelbert Miller

Friday, April 17, 2015

ONE-WAY TICKET:  E. Ethelbert Miller begins what he hopes will be his Great Migration.

Today I will be moving my boxes out of the African American Resource Center at Howard University.
Soon, only my face will remain on the mural in the HU Bookstore (see below).

Today the E stands for erasure -tomorrow  evolution and enlightenment.

More than Howard on my mind.




Thursday, April 16, 2015

THE E - TOUR April 2016- April 2017

The E-Tour will coincide around the promotion of my Collected Poems (edited by Kirsten Porter) published by Willow Books.

I hope to visit the following states and give readings:

Arkansas
Arizona
California
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Minnesota
New York
Nevada
North Carolina
Pennsylvania
Oregon
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Washington
Wisconsin

Presently I'm working with Beverly Hunt to make this tour happen. If you have contacts or suggestions please send them to me at: emiller698@aol.com

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

I had fun at the Library of Congress today. It felt good getting back into the flow of reading poems. again. In my presentation today I also read from my two memoirs. Many thanks to the Daniel A.P. Murray African American Cultural Association of the Library of Congress for inviting me. It gave me a chance to see a number of old friends. In the audience was Betty Smith - geez -we first met at P.S. 39 in the South Bronx. She was one grade ahead of me and I must have fallen in love with her before knowing what love was all about. Also at my reading was Herb White's (art patron) daughter Jessica. Just her presence brings back Fuller Street and memories of Herb. I think our city continues to miss Herb White. Oh, and there near the front of the room was Kirsten Porter and her mom. Kirsten who teaches at Marymount University is editing my collected poems - due out in the Spring of 2016. Below is a photo of us after the reading which was taken by her mom. Hey - I look tall.


Bethesda Literary Festival (April 17-19)
BethesdaLiteraryFestival
Kick off the festival at The Writer's Center with two special events on Friday night—DC Mystery Masters and Jim Henson: The Biography. Read more
Revisiting Rhyme (April 18, Annapolis)
Sue Ellen Thompson
Discussing what distinguishes a "good" rhyme from a weak one will lead us to some conclusions about what rhyme can add to a poem. Read more
Ten Steps to a Great Tale (April 18, Annapolis)
Lynn Schwartz
Let's discuss the elements to make your story compelling, resonant, and accessible to the reader. Read more
Poetry in Medicine Anthology (April 19)
the Jane Fox Reading Room
Join editor Michael Salcman with poets Shirley Brewer and Clarinda Harriss. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing. Read more
Publish Now: Find Your Path to Publication (early bird registration now open)
This day-long seminiar offers insight into both self-publishing and traditional publishing and will help you determine what's right for you. Read more
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Benjamin Drummond Emancipation Day Celebration
 
On Saturday, April 18, 2015@7:00PM
 
Nikki Giovanni will headline this poetry event!
 
The recently discovered , Poems of the Anglo-African and Anti-Slavery Standard A conversation and reading featuring poets Nikki Giovanni and Kyle Dargan , and scholars Dr. Elizabeth Lorang and Dr. R.J. Weir , Moderated by writer Dolen Perkins-Valdez .
 
Get your FREE tickets today @ benjamindrummonddc.org

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003
 


SOMETIMES ONE HAS TO GO GANGSTER TO PROTECT A REPUTATION


MARCUS RASKIN -THE IPS MAN

If I had to make a list of the people who changed my life - Marcus Raskin would be at the top.
Gosh, I love how this man thinks. I love his sense of humor and the compassion he shows everyday for his fellow man. Yesterday I caught him looking at himself and couldn't resist taking the picture below.

Raskin is the cofounder of the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank located in Washington. I've been blessed to chair the board the last several years. Raskin has written such classics as, Being and Doing, The Common Good, The Politics of National Security, and Visions and Revisions.


Last night I spoke at the OUR HOUSE organization in Maryland. The audience was about 20 young men trying to restore their moral compass and get their lives back on track. The executive director is Lauren Riley. She and her staff are doing a good job. Allan Shedin , Mier Wolf and I read poetry, talked about fatherhood and other life matters.

http://www.our-house.org/index.html

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

DANIEL A.P. MURRAY AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL ASSOCIATION
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

A National Poetry Month Program

POET:  E. ETHELBERT MILLER
LIVING THE LEGACY

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM
Library of Congress - West Dining Room – Madison Building 6th floor
101 Independence Avenue S.E.
(Take the Metro Orange, Blue or Silver Lines to the Capitol South Station)
FREE and Open to the Public
For information contact: Darren Jones 202.707.3827 or djon@loc.gov

Sunday, April 12, 2015

NYERE-GIBRAN MILLER

April 13th is my son's birthday. Here is an excerpt from my memoir FATHERING WORDS: THE MAKING OF AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WRITER:

"I hoped the name Nyere would make my son more aware of Africa and Gibran would remind him to always have poetry in his life. Black boys with names that seem to fit like large sweaters. How sad to read the newspaper and see black boys being arrested with names like Kwame and Sekou, being captured as if it were slavery all over again. Black boys in jails like ships, packed. Bed to bed and cell to cell. Another long voyage to slavery? Police catching and taking away black boys like slave traders. Give them names to hold when everything else is taken. Hold a name in your mouth. Taste it. Speak your name and let the word free you. Nyere-Gibran..."

Below is one of my favorite pictures of my son. Here he is coaching the men's basketball team at Salem Community College.



FROM THE ARCHIVES

Here is a link from 2008 about Kirsten Porter. Kirsten is editing my Collected Poems due out from Willow Books in 2016.

http://commons.marymount.edu/english/2008/10/11/senior-kirsten-porter-describes-her-work-with-poet-ethelbert-miller/

NOTE FROM JOHN PARKS

  
A Line To Hang On To 
  
I'm not a baseball fan. Not including Ken Burn's "Baseball" I don't think I've watched 10 games in my entire life. But every time I read something from Miller about baseball or a reference to baseball I feel as though I have some insider understanding of the game that  no one else has. For Miller the game is about the timing of life. "I want things to slow down," Miller says, in response to the discussion about making the game faster because younger generations don't want to spend lots of time watching baseball. "A walk will always get one to first base." Intuitively, Miller relates the idea of timing in baseball to chaffing social issues like the fast past changes caused by gentrification. So many things worth appreciating can be lost in the hast of change. In the wake of the sweeping "economic" displacement of blacks, D.C. erects history trail plaques, imaginary appreciation that hardly captures the value of what has been lost. As Miller goes on to describe the essence of the game my appreciation for its value deepens. "I want the slowness of the game to embrace me like meditation and the sounds of silence (Simon & Garfunkel maybe?)." What could illustrate things of value better? That is a line to hang on to! 
  


THE E-SONG

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV-ROWn3Op8

IMAGINE THIS...

My friend Beverly Hunt came across a poem I wrote back in 2010.


April Fool’s Day: An American Sonnet 

You go to work today and someone enters your office around 10AM.
They inform you that your job has been abolished.
You think it's a prank, an April Fool's Day joke.
But after Thursday comes Friday.
You stare at the weekend - naked and alone.
You wonder how you're going to make ends meet.
Your tears become April showers.
You have no idea what you're going to do.
One night you're sitting in the dark talking to yourself.
How did this suddenly happen?
You walk across the room and search through your old record albums.
You pull John Coltrane playing "After The Rain" from the stack.
The music places her arms around you.
It's almost May and you wonder if you're too old to go steady.

1 April 2010