Monday, June 11, 2012

Neil & Patti, Jack & Me ...


Check out this fine post by Ben Greenman on Patti Smith and Neil Young, writing books and albums, and living life, may be found at the New Yorker site.  Finer grained than average coverage of an average book expo event than you'd expect.

(If you have trouble with the above link, cut and paste this:
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2012/06/neil-young-and-patti-smith.html)

Speaking of writing, I will be doing a lot more of it in the foreseeable future, just not nearly as much here at Issa's Untidy Hut.  I've been solicited to produce a piece of writing that I'm at once honored and humbled to be doing.  It will take me more than a few months to do, so the lights will dim down here for awhile, though they won't go out entirely.

I'm going to try to live up to my Wednesday Haiku commitment to post once a week and, if I miss a week now and again, at least you may trust it's with good reason and not by neglect or intent.

What the writing project is I need to keep under wraps for the moment. You folks will be among the first to know once there is clearance.

There is a nice article in a local publication, The Strip (Summer 2012), about Lawrenceville (a Pittsburgh neighborhood) authors, which contains a brief mention of Lilliput Review and Past All Traps.  A tip of the hat to Jude Wudarczyk:

Finally, I've been reading very, very slowly Jack Kerouac's Book of Haikus again.  Here's two from last night's reading:



Flowers
  aim crookedly
At the straight death






I don't care
  what
thusness is











flitting butterfly--
thus is Buddha's law
in this world
Issa
translated by David G. Lanoue






best,
Don

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11 comments:

Ed Baker said...

Neat ! & it so hap
pens that I've recently
"inhaled" JUST KIDS
&
speaking of yet another
"Jack"
for those who don't know his works
recently say two weeks ago published
the Complete Poems of Jack Gilbert ...
everything collected into one volume
(the good, the bad & the ugly)

as for your getting into your own writing & dropping (most of) the internet just might become your new habit also .... Neat !

Charles Gramlich said...

How young they are there.

Woodland Rose said...

Yea Don. Sounds wonderful and just mysterious enough to keep us tuned in and gabbing. Best wishes, Andrea

Theresa Williams said...

A well deserved working break! Look forward to finding out about your project. Have a good time. Thanks, Don.

donnafleischer said...

Glad to hear you will be with the Mystery. Had the feeling lately that something was up and look forward to the unwrapping as it comes. XO, Donna

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Ed, as always - have marked the new poems I liked in the Gilbert Complete from the new section. Maybe a future post if time allows ...

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Charles:

How young we were ...

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Nothing like the working break. Something to learn everyday.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Ah, the mystery, the Mystery ... will keep you posted. Thanks, Donna, and all.

TC said...

Don, Eric Andersen was a fixture on the Village folk club scene during my ragged Downtown habitation, and I went to see him perform many times, often with fellow poets -- Ted Berrigan in particular was a great fan. And Violets of Dawn is THE song that brings that curiously remote now (in its innocence) time back most vividly... a time when "lyrical" had not yet become a term of derision.

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