Saturday, March 16, 2019

Falling James explains what poetry is/isn’t for you.

Not posting the link here, but LA WEEKLY stalwart Falling James wrote an article where famous local poets/authors recommend local readings and venues.  These places tend to be more pedigreed than not.

So let’s turn the floor over to Falling James deigning to define what isn’t poetry to him:

For those who crave to hear more artistically ambitious poetry and short fiction performed live, there are nonetheless a dizzying variety of places where subtle wordplay is appreciated, although one sometimes has to search carefully to discern the more adventurous and experimental spoken-word artisans amid the overriding clamor of actor types and comedians manqué shouting over one another in telling their personal anecdotes at generic storytelling events.

New reading of old poem YOU GET SO ALONE

https://youtu.be/ML94vf5SWiA

Monday, March 11, 2019

R.I.P. drummer Hal Blaine—His Greatest Hits

From Wikipedia, a list of Number One hits (in various genres) that session musician Hal Blaine played drums on:
Blaine played drums on the following recordings that hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100:


Sunday, March 10, 2019

Revised Poem: THE COVINGTON BOY AND HIS AFTERMATH

supposed good boy
from good family
visiting nation's capital
wears his big red
I'm-with-stupid-leader cap
stands toe to toe
with man of different race/religion
boy's face wears superiority smirk
as his stature rapidly shrinks
while the man staying true
to his spirituality
is the real Great American
>
but the story does not end there
zealous conservative adults use bad boy
as symbolic nuclear weapon
aimed at The Washington Post and CNN
to cease those discouraging facts about
the leader who shouldn't be leading
and who, in a more courageous world,
ought to be playing golf for years
in a country-club prison
far from non-security cameras
restrained from orchestrating perpetual hate
in generations old and young

Friday, March 8, 2019

New Poem: 2020 FORETOLD


both parties have paid almost two years of rent
on the National Electoral Battlefield
so let the cable news speculation run rampant
and allow the online and print media to join in
with lots of chatter about electability
also please don’t impeach the President
because it messes up the timetable
brush away any Green New Deals
plus talk of Medicare For All
not to mention Free College Tuition
keep Incrementalism alive by
dry repeats of “how do we pay for this”
smash the hopes of young voters,
children and teens taking Civics classes
and the yet-to-be-born
teach them how the concept of Change
doesn’t mean real change for the better
instead, it’s merely a shiny buzzword 
used by a minority party
as a giant crowbar 
to separate power
from the majority party

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

After viewing the entirety of LEAVING NEVERLAND

Here's the brief review I posted on the Letterboxd.com site:
Dan Reed’s meticulous—If overlong and stuffed with too many drone-shot location scene transitions—forum given to Wade Robson, James Safechuck and assorted family members to describe the vast distance between Michael Jackson the beloved all-around entertainer and Michael Jackson the sexual abuser/psychological destroyer of young children.  The horrors of Part One are echoed in Part Two by the Michael-requested perjuries (following other boys coming forward with their anecdotes of damage)  plus Robson and Safechuck’s efforts to cope with the psychological fallout from being repeatedly used/discarded by the self-coronated King of Pop.