3/17/2022 0 Comments
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Luck of the English-Sicilian (Ethiopian-Coptic), I guess ... I was hoping this would have appeared by today. In its lieu, I'll provide this little teaser.
"I had this hat, see. A cap, actually. A gray Donegal tweed, kind of a newsboy’s cap I guess you’d call it, made in Ireland, land of the Celtic mystics. Jack Kerouac wore one on the cover of Scattered Poems. Maybe that’s what triggered the dream I had in which I wore one exactly like his. I woke up that morning with a purpose: acquire that hat. But in those years you couldn’t find a decent hat in New York City, you couldn’t find an indecent hat. So I saved up, and borrowed, and borrowed more, and used what I borrowed as collateral to borrow again, until I had enough money to fly to Ireland. I took Aer Lingus to Shannon. The guy seated next to me was Irish. He asked what I planned to do on my visit to his country."
Delighted to have work in the Winter 2022 Ekphrasis Magazine. Many thanks to editors Michelle Rose Chow, Jay Castro, and H.R. Link. My poems respond to the music of Arnold Schoenberg and Erik Satie. "Six Effects of Schoenberg's Five Piano Pieces, Op. 23" appears on p. 13; "Falsehoods and Banalities in Satie's Trois Gnossiennes" appears on p. 40. The line-up and the work is great and far-ranging. I'm honored to be among so many fine ekphrasticians.
Honored to see "Restless Spirits Depart" appear in The Archer, the excellent international journal out of Bangladesh. Many thanks to editor Masud Uzzaman, and to The Archer team. I wrote the story in honor of my friend, Waray poet Nemesio Baldesco of Samar, who once asked me if I remembered him. Very well indeed, sir. Your work, your spirit, made an indelible impression. (photo Deedle Tomlinson, on a hot morning in Hotel Alejandro, Tacloban)