National Poetry Month has come and gone.  If you happen to live in a place that flourishes with poetry events, it’s like Christmas all over again; if poetry is pretty sparse in your community, not much happens. But  it seems that wherever you may live, the spoken word gets out, as it always has. Through … Continue reading POETS AS WITNESS: WAR AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS

Genius Clusters?

I just finished reading Patti Smith’s memoir, Just Kids.  It is the story of her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe in the time of a burgeoning New York City art scene of the 1960s and 70s. They WERE kids who arrived in New York with nothing but their determination to be artists. They wandered into one … Continue reading Genius Clusters?


I gave a reading yesterday at the Albany Institute of History and Art during the Thanksgiving Gift Fair Family Festival.  Every floor was bustling.  Local artisans of high-end arts and crafts ranging from silk kimonos to hand-painted Christmas ornaments to batiked tableware were selling their work.  One of the big draws for children was a … Continue reading HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS