Commentaries - November 2007

Charles Alexander, poet and maker of the great Chax Press, reports on his blog that he has been reading Ted Berrigan's Collected Poems once again. "I seem to re-read Berrigan every few years," he writes, "like a necessary bath or entry into the flow."

And speaking of Chax, back in January '07 the Bowery Poetry Club hosted a wonderful reading in celebration of this small press, marking the publication of Swoon Noir, by Bruce Andrews; Afterimage, by Charles Borkhuis; Born 2, by Alison Cob; Analects on a Chinese Screen, by Glenn Mott; Since I Moved In, by Tim Peterson; and Mirth, by Linda V. Russo.

Tonight, at the annual Writers House Thanksgiving, I induced Tom Devaney to read the poem called "Poem," which he dedicated to me (on the occasion of my 50th birthday in March '06). He obliged and here is the video recording.

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It's 47 years old, the film, and seems it. Read my response to Butterfield 8, in which Liz is simply wandrous.

Charles ("Chuck") Colson was involved in the Nixon White House during the Watergate/dirty tricks era, broke the law and was convicted of it, and later, you may recall, turned to Christ and joined the lecture circuit to tell his story of being saved. Fans of his books say that he "is a premier popular practitioner of Christian persuasion." He teamed up with parable-writer and exegete Harold Fickett (Conversations with Jesus 1999) to write The Good Life: Seeking purpose, meaning, and truth in your life. Somehow my name is mentioned on page 369 of this tome. I am thanked for helping Fickett on some matter — a "story." Odd, since I'd never heard from or even (until just now) about Fickett. Nice to be acknowledged, but ... well ... Notice, above Fickett's thank yous, Colson thanks the "Author of All Truth," so at least I'm in good company.