Friday, October 14, 2011

News, Reading, a Quiz, and Some Poems

One of the folks it was a great honor meeting this summer in Seattle during the Haiku North America conference was Jerry Ball.  Here's a neat little article on him I thought folks might enjoy.


I'll be doing a reading this Sunday at Nico's Recovery Room to help promote a brand new book of poetry by Robert Isenberg.  The book is Wander and is published by Six Gallery Press.  Other folks reading and performing are Jason Baldinger, Jerome Crooks, Gab Bonesso, and Vince Eirene on Sunday night at 9:30 pm.


I ran across this poem in a volume of original poems and translations by Thanasis Makaleris.  This is a one of the translations:

   In vain the poets endeavor
   To fill the empty space
   With their verses and images.

   Empty space returns
   Larger than before
   To be filled again
   Nanos Valaoritis

I've a real soft spot for poems about poetry.  I know, either you love it or you hate it.

I love it.


I've been reading a lot of Charles Wright lately, a first for me and quite a fine experience.  One of his recent volumes, Sestets, I'll be having something to say about in the near future.  For now, I'll just say fab.  What follows is a poem from another fine book of his I've been reading, China Trace, a much earlier work.  I highly recommend both books for anyone one who enjoys insightful short nature-tuned poems.

   Already one day has detached itself from all the rest up ahead.
   It has my photograph in its soft pocket.
   It wants to carry my breath into the past in its bag of wind.

   I write poems to untie myself, to do penance and disapppeaar
   Through the upper right-hand corner of things, to say grace.


Finally, since identifying the poem pictured in artwork a couple of weeks back was a bust (offer is still open and here's a big hint: it's by Ferlinghetti), how about identifying the following photo?   Free 6 issue subscription to the first right guess posted in the comments section as to this gentleman's identity.


This week's poem from the archive comes from issue #179, May 2011, and is one of the fine translations of Santoka by Scott Watson.  Enjoy.

until my clothes dry

this grassy breeze
Taneda Santoka
translation by Scott Watson

the autumn wind
blows as if it knows
I'm an orphan
translated by David G. Lanoue


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awyn said...

The Beano Gee sketch -- is it "Bird with Two Right Wings"?

Anonymous said...

ain't it phun that when you get to a (any) fork-in-the-road
you take it ?

imagine those like Wright who got to the end of the 'trail'
instead of turning around

continued on

making their own path

I suspect that that soldier is Charles Wright
but it ALSO looks like a young Dwight D. Eisenhower !

Anonymous said...


I mistook "Charles" for Richard Wright !

must be due/do to my mind sees only in
color images

Charles Gramlich said...

So true about empty space growing. IN my head as well as on the page.

bandit said...

Jimi Hendrix!

Don Wentworth said...

Bandit, you got it (Jimi Hendrix) ... send me your snail mail via my email - lilliput review AT gmail DOT com - and the 6 issue subscription is yours!


Issa's Untidy Hut said...


Not a bad guess, but no ... here's hint number 2 ... it has no title.


Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Kokkie-san, I'm so loving those guesses ... Don

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Charles .... oh, yeah! Don

snowbird said...

Jerry's such a huge person... A heart so large it envelopes you and lifts you to new perspectives of the joy of collaboration. Thanks for this article link. Merrill