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10/28/09 – Halloween with Jack McCarthy

Jack McCarthy (photo by Andi Burk)

Jack McCarthy

Photo by Andi Burk, D.M.B./Nightfall—->

Put on Your Pirate Hat – Jack McCarthy is coming for Halloween!! Every year we have our annual Halloween bash with costume contest – This year we have a feature as well. And what could be better on Halloween than the consumate storyteller poet!!!!

Jack McCarthy is a working guy from the Boston area who’s been writing poetry since the mid-60s. He’d been averaging about a poem a year until 1992-93, when two things happened. First, his new wife, Carol, blackmailed him into attending a workshop with Galway Kinnell; then he brought his daughter Annie, for her birthday, to the open mike at the Cantab Lounge in Central Square, Cambridge, hoping she’d get excited about poetry. Jack was the one who got hooked. Since then he’s brought out Grace Notes, two chapbooks (Actual Grace Notes and Too Old to Make Excuses (But Still Young Enough to Make Love)), a 60-minute cassette tape (Poems for Hannah), and a CD (Breaking Down Outside a Gas Station). A major book, Say Goodnight, Grace Notes, was released in 2003 by EM Press to rave reviews. His work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including The Spoken Word Revolution. Among his influences he numbers Robert Frost, Dylan Thomas, and Garrison Keillor. He doesn’t think of himself as a “performance poet,” but as a “standup poetry guy,” a writer of poems that perform themselves. — from http://standupoet.net

KENMORE SQUARE
I knew a poet who would make
a couple hundred copies of a poem
and stick them in a pouch,
like a mailman
who wrote all the mail himself.

Saturday mornings
he would walk Commonwealth Avenue
from the Public Gardens
all the way to Kenmore Square.
He’d smile at everyone he met,
and offer each a poem.
Most people accepted them.

At Kenmore he would turn
and start back Commonwealth,
conscientious to retrace
the same side of that
gracious boulevard,
and he would reclaim his poems
from the sidewalks and the gutters
where they’d been discarded,
and he would stuff the pieces
back in the pouch.

We watch others go through life
leaving bodies strewn behind
and wonder vaguely
what our own trail looks like.
Bless those brave enough
actually to walk
that backward track.
They walk it for us all.
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Posted by on October 28, 2009 in * A Few Poems, * Past Features

 

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10/21/09 – David Leff

David Leff

David Leff

David K. Leff, who retired in 2006 after years as a Deputy Commissioner with the state Department of Environmental Protection, is author of The Last Undiscovered Place, (University of Virginia Press,) which was a Connecticut Book Award finalist. He also wrote Deep Travel, (University of Iowa Press) and a volume of poetry, The Price of Water, published by Antrim House in 2008. He is a freelance writer, a member of the Hartford Courant Place Board of Contributors and is a columnist for The Valley News, a local weekly.

As Deputy Commissioner at the DEP he was responsible for conservation programs including parks, forests, fisheries and wildlife. His primary concerns were preservation of open space and protection of sensitive and unusual natural habitats. Leff recieved the 2006 Olmsted Award from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, The Rockfall Foundation’s 2006 Certificate of Honor as well as the 2007 Sportsman of the Year Award from the United Bow Hunters of Connecticut, and the 2008 American Institute of Architects Connecticut Public Service Award. A law graduate, a maker of maple syrup, a 20-year volunteer fireman, a tutor and merit badge counselor, father of two teens, he lives in Collinville, CT.

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2009 in * Past Features

 

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10/14/09 – John Jeffrey

 

John Jeffrey

John Jeffrey

John Jeffrey, a former host of Wednesday Night Poetry, is the current editor of the CT Poet Newsletter. His fiction and poetry have appeared in journals such as The Fairfield Review, Bent Pin Quarterly, and the Connecticut River Review, among others, and he has read at numerous venues around CT and NY. Years ago, John earned a double degree in writing and literature, but he has spent his adult life trying to unlearn what he was taught.

NEW LINK for John’s funny and lengthy poem This is the Worst (sort of free verse poem) .

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2009 in * Past Features

 

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10/7/09 Matthew Hupert

Matthew Hupert

Matthew Hupert

Matthew is a multi-media artist, a writer, and that rarest of birds – the native new-yorker. He is the Founder of the Neuronautic Institute, Chairman of The NALF (New Amsterdam Liberation Front, which is dedicated to returning new york city back to the dutch) and president of the Norman Bates School of Motel Management. He believes the primary role of the Artist is to be the stick that your Zen master smacks you in the head with. His poetry has been published in “The Formalist”, the dadaist journal “Maintenant3”, and the Anthology “150 contemporary sonnets.” He has self published 4 chapbooks, and has a major book publication coming – that is as soon as one of you publishers get off your ass and approach him.

poetry blog: http://neuronautic.blogspot.com/

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2009 in * Past Features

 

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