Commentaries - October 2009

Click on the image at left for Bob Dylan's guide to presidents and other notables. Likens himself to Lee Harvey Oswald because, you know, they started booing. (Courtesy: Bruce Springsteen's people, who put together a Bob Dylan map of the U.S.)

Poet, critic, teacher, reviewer and former Writers House program coordinator Tom Devaney has a good piece on Poe (in time for Halloween) in today's Philadelphia Inquirer.

The most recent episode of PoemTalk we released features a discussion of a remarkable poem by Barbara Guest, "Roses."

Poet Linh Dinh is on the road now - I should say the railroad; he's taking trains from the east coast to Chicago, down to Austin, out to L.A., giving poetry readings along the way and taking photographs for his superb blog Detainees. His blog's photos depict the American economy as keenly as any medium I've seen/read. When I heard Linh would be traveling by train I immediately fantasized my own version of such a mode: reading a stack of books, and writing. No, said Linh, I can't do that. I will just sit and stare.

On June 20, 1993 Jackson Mac Low and Anne Tardos gave a reading together. Lawrence Schwartzwald was then an amateur photographer snapping shots at various literary events. Here are Jackson and Anne at Biblios, 317 Church Street (no longer there). What a lovely shot.

(c) Lawrence Schwartzwald