Tuesday, June 28, 2005

The new catalog from Graywolf Press lists two books coming out in the fall that might be interesting to read:

WOUNDED by Percival Everett
AMERICAN SUBLIME by Elizabeth Alexander
I'm back in the flow. I did a tremendous amount of work yesterday. Today, I have a meeting downtown at the Arts Commission. We will discuss the poem I'm working on for the DuPont Circle Metro Station.

I also need to pull together my notes and handouts for my memoir workshop in Boston.
The workshop is Sunday morning.

Monday, June 27, 2005

I dragged my bags across the Bennington campus around 4 AM this morning. Next door to my dorm a party was still going on. A 4:30 AM limo came for me and Naomi. It was nice having flying company. We caught a 6:30 AM flight from Albany back to DC. Overcast but still good to be home. I made a quick trip to the bank and barber. I leave for Boston on Wednesday morning.

Plenty of mail - letters and books and of course bills.
Here are a few of the goodies I want to share.

Nathalie Handal's new collection is out with a foreward by Carolyn Forche. The title is THE LIVES OF RAIN. It's an Interlink book: www.interlinkbooks.com

Dima Hilal (my DimaBean) sent me her CD: GHAFLAH: THE SIN OF FORGETFULNESS.

The latest Callaloo is out. Percival Everett is on the cover and featured in this issue. However, get this issue for Ada Udechukwu. She's my buddy who just graduated from Bennington last January. Her story is "God's Blessing."

I received a copy of Ursula K. LeGuin's A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA. This is the book I will be discussing on NPR on July 20th at 11AM (Rehm Show).

A. Van Jordan sent me a copy of his QUE SERA SERA. Special chapbook. Only 100 copies printed.

Rashid E. Darden sent me a copy of his new novel LAZARUS.

Rebecca Hoffberger, the founder and director of the American Visionary Art Museum
sent me a wonderful packet. I have to make a trip to Baltimore (within the next 2 weeks) and visit the Museum.
Visit their website: www.avam.org

I'll spend the rest of the day preparing for the memoir workshop I have to give in Boston.
Here is information on my reading with Forche and Weigl:

June 30th
Harvard Epworth Church
1555 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA.
6:30 P.M.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Big happy bubble over Bennington yesterday. Another class of writers heading out into the world. Honoree Jeffers gave the graduation address. She shared good advice, warning writers about the crossroads. Yes, Robert Johnson is not the only person who might sell his soul to the devil.

I'm tired but I'm packed. I return to DC tomorrow. Wow...the Nationals are getting a nice first place cushion. If they can get a 10 + game lead going into late July and early August,they should make the playoffs. Only a big collapse and another club getting very hot will prevent it. Hopefully, the Nationals will have everyone else in their division playing for a wild card slot. All this means good vibes for a city that is adding a strut to its name. DC should be first in everything, including being the poetry capital of the world. He He. Why are people still living in New York? A few days ago the NY Times had an article about how the South Bronx is turning around. Hmmm...can you see me moving back? It would have to be a Yankee day in hell.

The last Bennington workshops are this morning. Later in the afternoon I might just sit on campus and watch the sun go down. Where's my guitar? I got blues inside, trying to sing their way out. They say the blues ain't nothin but a good woman on your mind.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Sad news:
The poet Hilary Tham is gone. She died this morning. Another flower uprooted too soon. We are left with petals and memories. We cling to the fragrance of her words.
Love and prayers for her family.
2 more days and I'm home. Last nightI wrote a poem after reading "The Killers" by Ernest Hemingway. Doug Bauer circulated the story as a handout during his lecture.
What I wanted to do was get inside the story and become the black character and have some fun. The poem plays with the sonnet structure and uses the first line of Hemingway's story for the last line.


(for Scribner's Magazine)

and I'm just a nigger
in a kitchen. Will they kill
me too? I got a towel
in my mouth like its ham
and eggs. Sam they call me
but it's not my name. Al
ties Nick to me like I'm Sidney
Poitier. Two big killers
in a small diner looking for
a big Swede. Do they think I know?
Have they lost their Hemingway? Short
stories die young. Characters try to run.
The door of Henry's lunch-room opened and two men came in.

- E. Ethelbert Miller

Thursday, June 23, 2005

My sister had me laughing this week when we talked on the telephone. She told me how the robots are already working in her hospital in Yonkers.
Yep...they are here.

Bennington news:
The Poets defeated the Fiction writers 13-10. Folks are talking about playing another game today. Baseball fever...catch it.

Key baseball dates:
All-Star game in Detroit is July 12th.
Playoffs begin on October 4th
League Championship games are October 11th
World Series begins on October 22. Will the Nationals be there?

Krispy Kreme is having serious business problems. Double-digit decreases in quarterly sales,investigations into accounting improprieties, etc.
KK is now testing smaller stores that won't make the doughnuts on site. If they do that they can open a store for $300,000 instead of $3 million.

- Emily Dickinson

The key word that will begin to enter our vocab from the Muslim word is: Haram.
It refers to things that are forbidden.

I went to the Bennington bookstore yesterday and purchased a copy of THE STUFF OF FICTION by Doug Bauer.

I might catch a lecture on Lowell this morning. 3 more days in Vermont.

I started packing and looking for wings. In the words of Dylan:
So long New York...Hello, East Orange.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Well my son is a college guy. He attended orientation on the campus of Widener University this week. I think he made an excellent school choice. It's important for a child to decide where they want to go. I was happy to see my son making what will be the first of many important decisions.

Just a couple more days in Vermont. I have a number of things to work on when I return to DC. I'll be doing an NPR program on the 20th of July. More about that in a later E-Note.

There was an interesting story in the New York Times Health section yesterday on robotic legs and the new developments in technology. Cyborgs are here. The separation of man and machine is becoming less and less.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Ichiro had 3 hits yesterday. It looks like he might be back in a groove. Hopefully he can get his average up to about .320 by the All-Star break. If he turns it around the second half of the season he should take another batting title. I see him hitting around .340 or .350.
It would be good to see him hit straight in about 40 games. Not impossible.

One more week at Benningon. The lectures by students graduating have been very good.
It's one of the highlights of the residency.
Yesterday David Bonanno, one of the editors of American Poetry Review gave an afternoon talk. It was good to listen to his comments about APR.

I also read manuscripts and a few poems from Bidart's new book. In the evening I had a long telephone conversation with novelist Charles Johnson. It was also nice to receive those Father's Day wishes from my kids.

So was that Horry doing the do again? Folks think those Laker wins were all Shaq and Ko...Horry and Fisher were giants too.

I can't wait to see some sports. I'll try and catch another Nationals game when I get back to DC.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Happy Father's Day to all those Dads...keep Fathering Words.
New book out from Wyn Cooper: POSTCARDS FROM THE INTERIOR
It's published by BOA Editions. www.boaeditions.org
Congrats to Wyn. Yesterday he was on the Bennington campus.

Saturday, June 18, 2005


I'm a bad ball
hitting Yogi

E. Ethelbert Miller

Congrats to the Edward P. Jones for being the first American to win the International Impac Dublin Literary Award ($120,000).
The HoCoPoLitSo interview I did with Jones was recently on television (in Maryland).
One should be able to order a copy of the tape by contacting HoCoPoLitSo.
It's a good interview.

Japan is once again printing Little Black Sambo books. The Japanese title is Chibikuro Sambo. The company is Zuiunsha, based in Tokyo.

Last night I read an excellent interview Sarah Kanning did with Liam Rector. Liam gave me a copy to read. This interview will appear in a forthcoming issue of the American Poetry Review.
There are a number of memorable comments:

"There is seldom balance; there are always choices."
"When you work with writers you always work with and for the individual, not the group."
"The world is always falling apart and those who build are merry"
"Poetry is deep gossip."

In the Kanning interview one will find a good discussion of Liam's poetry as well as his views on creative writing program. In this interview Liam explains why at Bennington orientations we view Alec Baldwin's monologue in the movie GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS. It's all about ABC: Always Be Closing.
In other words accepting personal responsibility and making things happen.

Last night we had a good faculty reading with Virgil Suarez and Ed Ochester. Suarez has a new book of poetry out - 90 MILES.

Pistons? I guess so.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

So this residency I'm staying in the Noyes dorm on the Bennington campus. I've stayed here before. Not bad but I can always use more light in my room. You have to try and sweep depression into the corner for a few days. I've developed a different schedule for myself this time. I'll see how it works.

I went to the Bennington bookstore and said hello to JC and Richard. It's always the first stop I make when I arrive at the school. I love JC and R. While in the store I made arrangements to receive my daily New York Times. That's critical. I purchased a copy of Susan Cheever's HOME BEFORE DARK and Frank Bidart's STARDUST. I think Cheever is also staying in Noyes, so I'll get her to autograph my book.

I wrote a new poem yesterday afternoon. It's about how I've been feeling the last few days? No, let's make that years. How to balance the light and darkness that embraces your feet, ankles, legs...and then knocks you in the head. Pow!

I slept most of yesterday. I didn't realize how much I needed a break from things.
What would Harriet Tubman say if she saw me resting like this?
OK, time to continue running from the hounds.

Faculty meeting this afteroon.
Folks arriving on campus for their June residency. I plan to stay in my room and do as much reading as possible. On my flight to Albany I started reading Kevin Young's BLACK MARIA. I like the flow and sound of this book. A film noir book of poems. Very cool and original.

The other day I received an email from Thulani Davis. So nice to be back in touch with her. She is so very, very talented. Here is her website: www.thulanidavis.com

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

I'm Bennington Bound.

Poet, Richard Eberhart dead at 101.

How long must we listen to Leno tell Michael Jackson jokes?

Yesterday's Washington Post had an interesting review of TO THE FLAG: THE UNLIKELY HISTORY OF THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE by Richard J.Ellis. The book is published by the University of Kansas. $29.95.

Monday, June 13, 2005

I spent the afternoon in my Center talking with Natalie Moore and Natalie Hopkinson. A real dynamic duo. They have been working on a book about black men. It should be out next year. We spent the afternoon talking about book promotion. Photographer Roland Freeman stopped by to pick-up a book by Cesaire. I love Roland.
His energy just makes you shout. He had fun talking with the 2 Nats.

So the Jackson trail is over. What will his next musical release sound like? Some folks need to just take a vacation from the public for a few years. I'm heading to Bennington this week. I know how to listen to my E-Notes.

Oh, that June 30th reading at the Harvard-Epworth Church in Cambridge (6:30 PM) will be with Carolyn Forche and Bruce Weigl. If you're in the area, please attend.
The address of the church is 1555 Massachusetts Avenue.
Country to watch: Bolivia...
On Saturday my daughter ran a 10K in Georgetown - Lawyers' Have Heart. The race was a fundraiser sponsored by area law firms to raise money for heart disease research.
A total of 3,760 men and women raced. Out of 910 women, my daughter was 105th with a time of 50 minutes. She ran an 8:03 min/mile race. The women's winner ran a 5:44min/mile pace and finished in 35 minutes.
Congrats - Jasmine-Simone.

African writers I need to read:
Tiero Monenembo
Abdourahman A. Waberi
Fatou Diome
Henri Lopes

Sunday, June 12, 2005

My DimaBean has her new website up. Here's the link:
Congrats to a special friend.
Ichiro hitting under.300. Slumping...
Now, will come the test of how great a hitter he is. I still think he can win the batting title. Look for him to make an adjustment to his hitting style in the next two games. Watch for a three/four hit game. Then he will be on a roll and will raise his batting average quicker than Tyson can rise in a ring.
Talking about Tyson, he looked as bad as Richard Wright playing Bigger in that Native Son movie. Was that shot in Argentina?

Yesterday I went to Provision Library and discovered with membership one can borrow books and films. I borrowed The Business of FancyDancing.

I'm doing Bennington work and trying to rest and not push myself silly. I relaxed this afternoon with my friend Melissa. We talked about the writing world and the changing DC community.

I almost completed packing for Bennington. A large pile of stuff to sort on the floor in my upstairs office.

Women & Blues
Amalia Amaki: Boxes, Buttons and the Blues & Women in Blues and Jazz
On view June 10 - September 25, 2005
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, NW
Admission: $8.00

A key article that might explain recent US interest in Africa was in Friday's New York Times. Checkout, "As Africans Join Iraqi Insurgency, U.S. Counters With Military Training in Their Lands."
According to this article written by Eric Schmitt, about 25% of the nearly 400 foreign fighters captured in Iraq come from Africa.

New book by Saskia Hamilton. Saskia once was the poetry coordinator at the Folger Shakespeare Library.
THE LETTERS OF ROBERT LOWELL edited by Saskia Hamilton
852 pages. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $40.
Congrats Saskia.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

The Nationals might be the big sports story of the year. These guys are playing with so much confidence. I went to my first game last night. It was fun to leave work, walk over to U Street, have dinner and then take the Metro to RFK. Is this the American dream? I had a good seat in right field for $10. I was surrounded by many Japanese fans who came to see Ichiro. That's why I was there too. I wanted to see the guy play, watch him when the ball is being hit his way. Ichiro is grace in the field. He missed having an error during the game and it just shocked the ballpark.
He got one hit last night but it's obvious the guy is in a slump. I'm waiting for him to turn it around. Turning around are the Expo/Nats. Whew. This team can give an opponent 10 runs and still bounce back and beat them. You can feel it in the park.
You just wait for the club to get maybe 5 or 6 runs in the late innings. That's what happened against Seattle last night.

More African Americans and Latinos need to support the Nationals. I felt I was in Boston when the game was over.

Friday, June 10, 2005

August 12-14, 2005
MCI Center, Washington, D.C.
Sponsored by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Baseball tonight. I'm RFK bound. Where's Woody G. so we can hop the rails. Nationals are playing great ball.

I spent the morning talking to three students from Ohio University. They were on campus for a tour. I spoke about the many changes that had taken place at Howard over the years. I also discussed careers and leadership responsibilities.
Curbstone Press sent me 5 copies of HOW WE SLEEP ON THE NIGHTS WE DON'T MAKE LOVE. These copies have the new Independent Publisher (IP)Award Finalist stickers on them.
Those stickers look good. :-) Thanks Curbstone.
My next book is ON SATURDAYS, I SANTANA WITH YOU. Maybe I'll take the Derby with that one.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

"Old too soon, smart too late."
- Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson's entire life and career might be reduced down to this one quote. It's almost as good as Joe Louis saying, "You can run, but you can't hide."
New leadership for my Department here at Howard University. Professor Lila Ammons will serve as acting chair (Department of Afro-American Studies) for the upcoming academic year. She takes over the reins from Dr. Russell Adams. Adams was our Adams...Our founding father. He retired and it makes me look over my shoulder. I've been working at Howard University for 32 years. Where is thy mule, thy acres? :-)
I heard back from Lisa this morning. She likes the poem I sent her for the Petworth Metro project. So it looks like a go...

I received a nice note and an envelope of goodies from the poet Eugene Redmond. He is down in Winston-Salem, writing at Maya Angelou's place. He requested some work for Drumvoices Revue. I might send him an excerpt from THE FIFTH INNING my second memoir. I also need to start working on my tribute to Ahmos Zu-Bolton. I need a good retreat or maybe a nice get away for a week. Maybe walk along the beach, look at the sky and see falling poems and shooting stars.

Dr. Loretta Williams, director of the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Right (Simmons College) sent me a copy of Multidiversity. It's the publication her Center puts out. The Spring 2005 issue has a review of my book HOW WE SLEEP ON THE NIGHTS WE DON'T MAKE LOVE. Thanks Loretta. Here is the link to her organization: www.myerscenter.org
Ichiro is in a terrible slump. He might not even be hitting .300 when I get to see him play for the first time on Friday. I still think the guy will turn it around and win the batting title this year.

Look for the Nationals to build a nice cushion and have first place breathing room.
They get to play teams with poor records the next few weeks.
God must be a Nationals fan. This team looks blessed like the Amazin Mets of old or might I even slip and say the Red Sox of last year.
Mayor Williams will easily win another term as Mayor of Washington DC if this team gets to the playoffs. The guy not only brings baseball back to DC but he brings a winner too. Not too difficult to spin that to voters. Unless all those fans in the stands live in Virginia. Hmmm. How many black people are walking around with red W hats? Not many. Just do the math next time you walk the streets. You will see a few black people wearing the DC hats or the W Black hats, but not the red W ones. I have a red one, that a friend gave to me. Yes, my friend was white. :-) What does all this mean? It's the Bert Hat Theory of Race. LOL. For example, when I was in Boston a few weeks ago, I saw black people wearing New York Yankee hats and not RedSox. What would Pumpsie Green say about that?
My next reading is June 30th, 6:30 P.M. at the Harvard Epworth Church, 1555 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Tell friends.

Yesterday was my first time at the XM Satellite Radio building. Whew...Boy is the place awesome. They have about 80 studios. They are located at 1500 Eckington Place, Northeast. Another part of Washington DC that is developing at a very fast pace.
I did the Bob Edwards Show. It was fun. Bob had a list of poems he wanted me to read from HOW WE SLEEP ON THE NIGHTS WE DON'T MAKE LOVE. He asked good questions and I enjoyed the interview.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

I have to visit Lisa Scheer's art studio today. We are collaborating on a scupture/poetry project to be placed in front of the Petworth Metro station.

I also have to do a recording of poems for the Bob Edwards Show. It will be good to see him again. I loved Bob when he was on NPR...So did many other Americans. Bob is doing XM Satellite Radio now.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Condos on the march in DC.
5,000 area apartments became condos in 2003
14,500 in 2004
In 2005 we will surpass the number of 2004.

I attended the Lincoln Cottage Interpretation Workshop today. I was one of four consultants invited to discuss how the cottage should be developed for the public.
The Lincoln Cottage is a National Trust Historic Site slated to open in 2007. The cottage is where Lincoln went to get away from the White House. Around the cottage are the grounds of the Soldiers' Home, a residence for disabled military veterans.
The National Cemetery where 5,000 Civil Wars soldiers were buried between 1862-1864.

So I walked around where Lincoln walked.

The workshop was from 10A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Hopefully, the Lincoln Cottage will have a good relationship with the DC community and maybe even schools like Howard University.

I caught the bus back home. When I transferred at Upshur and Georgia Avenue, I found a seat in the back on the bus. In front of me was a young black girl, yelling nothing but profanity into her cell phone. She had it in for whoever was on the other end.
She was going kick some poor girl's butt, her mother, her grandmother, and whoever else came downstairs...I tried to block out all the young girl's language but I was caught without my F-filter, and without my MF blocker. So I had to listen to her rant for several blocks...Suddenly I became aware more of her rhythm and cadence. The flow and music of her voice. The urban drip of her anger. The masculinity of her choice of words. I thought back to how I had just left the Lincoln Cottage and the discussion of the Emancipation Proclamation and the saving of the Union. What a long journey, and a short bus ride. I looked at the back of the black girl's head.
I checked her kitchen and wondered to myself - what would Lincoln do?

Things I want to read, that are on my desk:
TWO AND TWO by Denise Duhamel
The latest issue of THE NEW YORKER. Get this one for the Gertrude Stein article and the essay written by Edmund White.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Yesterday was a day of highs and lows. My son graduated from Gonzaga. He will be heading to Widener University this fall. We had a nice reception at the house. A good combination of folk attended. Unfortunately, there was a neighborhood power failure right around the time people were leaving. Power was off for about an hour. I thought I would spend the rest of the evening cleaning up - but then the phone rang and my son told me he was in the woods of Maryland and the car had broken down. :-( If you have kids please tell them to be careful getting out of cars on highways and busy streets. So many people get hit. Thanks to my neighbor and friend Baruti we were able to get my son home. I really think every kid should have a basic auto mechanic exam before they are permitted to drive. Keep flashlights in the trunk and have that AAA card ready. Watch the power on those cell phones. Don't make too many calls.

Today I talked with Gina, recent graduate from Howard's Art Department. She introduced me to her friend Nana.

I went to two meetings downtown...Library of Congress and Smithsonian.
I picked up some Woody Guthrie CDS and HARD TRAVELIN: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF WOODY GUTHRIE by Robert Santelli and Emily Davidson. Good stuff.
Look into those Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

Bennington work tonight.

Lincoln Cottage workshop tomorrow, 10AM -4 PM.

So how about those Nationals...
Ichiro is in a serious slump. :-( I'm still waiting for a 4 hit game.

Saturday, June 04, 2005






- E. Ethelbert Miller

Friday, June 03, 2005

I've been putting together a fundraising list for IPS. Look for your letter in the mail. We continue to do important work: www.ips-dc.org
I spent yesterday morning talking with Julia Galbus in Indiana about how a person might teach the memoir and the blog (together). I see my E-Notes as a way of sharing the writer's life with others. Right now I'm working on THE FIFTH INNING, a second memoir. I have no idea if I'll go back and use the E-Notes as notes. I didn't use notes or look at old diaries when I was writing FATHERING WORDS. Why write a memoir when one can keep a blog? Is a blog more personal than a memoir? Where's the narrative? I've been thinking about these things and those distant thoughts that boxer Jack Johnson talked about.

I sent some excerpts of poems to Lisa Scheer. She has a commission to create sculpture to be placed in front of the Petworth Metro station. So we just started a nice exchange...Should be a good collaboration of sculpture and poetry. I love Lisa's work.

I spent much of yesterday afternoon talking with poet and scholar Shani Jamila. Shani
was featured in the May issue of Essence magazine, as one of our 35 most beautiful women. Shani should be number one. She is working at publishing her first collection of poems. The world will here more from this sister. She is hosting a weekly radio program on WPFW.

Lori Lincoln dropped by my office while I was talking to Shani. Lori is the author of the new book THE ERA OF MY YOUTHFUL WAYS. Congrats. Thanks for giving me a copy.

Yesterday, I also received an invitation to visit Norway in August. I should have more details about the trip next week.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

My book,HOW WE SLEEP ON THE NIGHTS WE DON'T MAKE LOVE was a finalist this year for an IPPY Award in poetry (Independent Publisher Book Awards). Thanks Curbstone Press.
I love you guys for getting my work out there.

I agreed to judge the adult short story contest, and lead the "Memoirs" workshop at the upcoming 10th Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, scheduled for October 22, 2005 at Montgomery College in Maryland.

I'm back at work on THE FIFTH INNING my second memoir.

Paul D. Wolfowitz is the new President of the World Bank. His focus is going to be on Africa. Hmmm. According to the New York Times the following books are on Wolfowitz's reading list:

THE WORLD'S BANKER by Sebastian Mallaby
VOICE FOR THE WORLD'S POOR by James Wolfenshohn

A Gertrude Stein Musical Trilogy in New York, June 15-18, At Symphony Space.
For tickets: 212 864-5400
One of the productions is by poetry buddy Karren LaLonde Alenier. Her production is GERTRUDE STEIN INVENTS A JUMP EARLY ON...jazz fusion with music by William Banfield.

Two interesting things in the latest Sports Illustrated (Danica Patrick on the cover/June 6, 2005):
Brian Roberts on the Orioles wearing these new red eye tinted contacts. No more sunglasses? The tint also helps a player see the spin and rotation on the ball better. I wonder what the color of Bonds eyes are?

Read the piece on "Hitting a Walk-Off Homer" which has a statement by Mazeroski:
"From The time I hit second base, I don't think I touched the ground the rest of the way home."
That's the feeling I always wanted to have. In real life, I still remember a game my son played at his old Middle School. He tied the game with an incredible reverse lay-up. Then with about 5 seconds left in the game, he did a slick in bound pass to the center who put up a quick basket - game over. I think by the time my son had inbound the ball he was running across the court and jumping into my arms. I was at mid-court and other parents were going crazy. Later that night, my son and I sat on the steps inside our house just shaking our heads over and over. He wanted the feeling to last forever - and maybe it does.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Mt. Pleasant is so much nicer than Adams Morgan. DC is very much a city of neighborhoods. It felt so good walking down Mt. Pleasant and sitting in Dos Gringos
(3116 Mt. Pleasant) and laughing with friends. Yael was responsible for this. She knows I don't care too much for Tryst. It's amazing how time moves slower just a few blocks away. I had a nice morning.

When I arrived at Howard I had a phone message from an artist who is working on a Metro sculpture. She wants me to collaborate with her...so I'll either write something new or select already published material for the project.

I also spent time (on the phone) talking with my friend Marquette. We talked about me being a consultant to a Civil Rights project she is working on with the Smithsonian.
What's that sound behind Iraq? Is it the Afghan Blues again?
When you sit down next to a person you admire - you notice that person's glow and it gives you a wonderful feeling. You feel warm and good. Liz Lerman does that to me.
She is the founding artistic director of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange: www.danceexchange.org
Liz is like the singer Bernice Reagon. I love her social/political approach to art and culture.
This woman brings people together...a reminder of why we make art, and why so many people need it.

Liz was at the Greater Washington Creative Communities Initiative/Steering Committee Meeting, yesterday afternoon. The Community Foundation pulled a number of art activists together. The Foundation has received national funding to look into ways to strengthen the enviornment for artists and art making throughout the Washington region.

Well, my son has his first job and it's not writing poetry. He will be working at a local Cosi. His graduation is this Sunday. New chapters opening in our lives.

Ichiro is in a serious slump. Not too many 3 and 4 hit games this season.

Nationals keep finding ways to win in the late innings and their confidence will pull them into the playoffs. Funny how the DC news only has time to give those Baltimore scores...no highlights. Can you imagine a DC/Baltimore World Series, so soon? That could be as wild as the Red Sox last year. The Nationals have to avoid
a bad losing streak of - 8 games or more. The team they need to beat right now is Florida.