Sunday, June 22, 2014

Another true poetry story.

As I listen to the Steve Baratta tribute on, I can't help but remember this  brief anecdote:
Steve didn't get a lot of features at  LA area poetry venues, regrettably, in the era when many more of them existed.  And there was one time when a then-Big host of a well-attended venue offered him a feature--and then reneged on his promise.

Apparently, the host's ego and hubris mattered more than showing respect and support to Steve--who was a loyal venue regular.

To paraphrase Joni Mitchell said in "Big Yellow Taxi", we don't know (or realize) what we have until it's too late.

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