Cuntry Grab

in the mirror
made in China
what is behind me
is before me

i see

buffalo no roam
truces trails nooses nails

slaves paths paved
fathers founding free
ejacular college lock her rooms
dark sons dark daughters dark secrets
times three over five equals

ours tis of thee of me

steel bars
beer bars
code bars
prison bars
greasing grinding greed

far away from here
from there
from where

Protect Water Protectors

Will your children drink  when the supply
of plastic bottles runs dry
and floats in a dead sea,
devolved from you, me
and the idea of private property?

Dear Pedro at Tribes

Thanks to A Gathering of the Tribes for publishing my “Letter to Pedro” at http://bit.ly/2bi3ZGI While you’re visiting Tribes you might also like to read Danny Shot’s review of Pedro Pietri’s Selected Poetry at http://bit.ly/2bEZAvs

Proopcast

SMITW_new_logo_libsynMy daughter Crystal Clear Waters and my friend Charlotte Taylor went to the live recording of this podcast on Friday night in Brooklyn. They gave Greg Proops a copy of my book Dreamscape, which he read from during the show. It was fun to listen to someone else read from the book!

Books
Books

He already knew a lot about Boedicea, (and Hypatia too for that matter, who apparently he also wrote about.) My book is still available for your holiday gift giving pleasure.

Dear Pedro

87286100270500LJohn Dean interrupted my
regularly scheduled Sesame Street
when you were getting turned on to grass
i was watching Vietnam on TV
when you met Agent Orange
and he stuck to you like glue
i didn’t know i just heard
it was the word

later i got turned on to Jazz
ran away from college
searched for uncommon knowledge
didn’t know i could be Puerto Rican
dreaming in New York i never left
you never arrived at
didn’t know what was Taino
never missed My Island
didn’t know i could get a visa
from El Puerto Rican Embassy
didn’t know who was Miguel or Lois or Steve
just knew what i knew
putting words on pages too
i heard it was the place to go
a man dressed in black appeared
carrying freedom from misery in a briefcase
thinking radically under his hat Continue reading “Dear Pedro”

Boedicea was Bad

On Tuesday October 27 from 5-7pm I’ll be in Spartanburg, SC at the Hub City Bookshop to share some stories and poetry from Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference. If you’re in the area please come by and share a little of your time with me.

Here’s a little clip from a poem story about Queen Boedicea that I performed live on WBAI Radio with Bobby Vidal on upright bass back in the nineties in New York City. The animation is by my daughter Crystal Clear Waters.

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How I got Started with Storytelling

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I was just sayin’…photo by John Fowler taken at the 14th Annual Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival

This past weekend I had fun sharing my story about Nicola Tesla at the 14th Annual Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival in Pickens.

I also listened to some of the other storytellers recount stories from their childhoods. John Fowler talked about a valuable lesson that he learned from his first grade teacher. Kim Weitkamp talked both humorously and tenderly about her father and family.  David Joe Miller told a short story at the end about how he got started with storytelling after he discovered some old family letters and discovered stories about his father, who died young. Listening to David I got to thinking about how I got started with storytelling.

The inspiration to tell stories and not just write them down, came about a decade before I actually began, when I was about eighteen or nineteen. I listened for the first time to a recording of Lord Buckley, who retold many familiar stories in what he called “hip semantic.” Lord Buckley, like me, was enamored with Jazz and the lingo of the Jazz musicians of his time, the 1950’s.

Continue reading “How I got Started with Storytelling”

Einstein's Mind

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This audio snippet of “Einstein’s Mind,”  a story in the book Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference, comes from a live recording on WBAI Radio, with Bobby Vidal on upright bass. You can listen to the entire story on the Dreamscape Streaming Audio page.

The animation was created by Crystal Clear Waters.  You can look at more promotional Dreamscape Videos here.

Boedicea was a Warrior Queen

I’m looking forward to telling these stories to live audiences again. “Homage to Boedicea,” from my book Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference, is one of my favorites. The video was created by Crystal Clear Waters.