February 5, 2015
“Whether he’s talking poems or possums, Shelby Stephenson is a fine choice for poet laureate.”
My Journey Down South
It’s February 3rd, I’m headed east of Raleigh,
Raleigh, North Carolina, and a fine day it is.
I’ve been on the road from New Jersey to Front Royale, VA.,
stopped in on a poet friend, had a good night.
Then I drove most of the way and stopped in Greensboro
for a poetry gathering, at a residence, and then we did dinner.
Afterwards we went to another poet’s house and did a fireside
chat and read more poetry. Wonderful! And my kind of visits.
The night before I attended an induction ceremony,
for the new Poet Laureate of that southern state
I went further down to Charlotte, family visit, then
Shelby Stephenson, is one of Red Dashboard’s book authors.
His two books The Hunger of Freedom and Shub’s Cooking are
available on Amazon. Wonderful books, his work is fantastic.
I drove back up to Raleigh and attended the ceremony with
the four ladies I met in Greensboro, fun times; we also had dinner.
The next day I went to Shelby’s home outside of the city. He
took me to his brother’s BBQ place, we drove, and all the while
talking life in poetry. I couldn’t have asked for a better visit
with the new Poet Laureate of North Carolina, 2015-17 (up to Governor).
The road has given me so much material for writing; it gives up
asphalt, white and yellow lines, shoulders- soft and hard, rocks,
stones, rusty nails,
the smells of the land, pollution,
strangers faces in motor vehicles, children in the rear window, animals,
signs, all color skies, sunrise, sunsets, and all sorts of shadows
that lead us to our thoughts, leading to words, leading to poetry and song.
(above photo taken during induction ceremony; bottom- at lunch, Stephenson’s BBQ, Benson, NC)
March 31, 2014
What a weekend! I had a chance to go into NYC with my buddy Dennis McDonough, who writes for Elmore Magazine, NYC/NJ. They send him into the city to catch acts here and everywhere. He talks about this stuff, and about going onto WBAI with Bob Fass, Radio Unnamable. I have never caught him on, feel bad about it, but man he is a whip when it comes to music knowledge and poetry.
He ask if I wanted to go on with him one Thursday, I said Heck yeah! So we planned it, but in and around a few acts he had to cover- John Gorka and Garland Jeffreys. And as I said, it freaking rocked. These guys are great, in spite their celebrity, they allowed me to hang out. They adore Dennis, he has given them great press, but why not there shows were awesome.
I passed a bootleg copy of my book onto both, we shall see. I got an email from one of them, thanking me. Thrilling! Okay, I am a groupie, sooooo.
If you want to hear me, go here: WBAI > find this below, Radio Unnameable>
scroll mp bar over to 2:44 and you will hear Dennis begin singing Happy Birthday to the station host friend ,Lenny. I’ve been invited back this Thursday for more time. It’ s too long to explain why we only got 17 mins.