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Poet David Clewell: King of American Arcana March 22, 2009

davidclewellDavid Clewell was my first real writing teacher, back at Webster University in St. Louis 25 years ago. He’s a working poet and taught me to love William Carlos Williams and poetry for life in one fell reading of “To a Poor Old Woman.”  Isn’t it reassuring that Professor Clewell is still teaching at Webster University and passing on a real-life passion for poetry. He’s a wonderful poet in his own right, but enough of what I think. Here’s what Billy Collins thinks: “David Clewell is an exuberant, inexhaustible poet and an insider on such diverse American arcana as forgotten Hollywood actors, flying saucers, CIA shenanigans, comic books, cereal favors, beatnik kitsch, and jazz. His unstoppable narrative energy and his multi-layered curiosity are almost enough to drive this poet out to the far right side of the page. His elegy for a federal agent who jumped out a window on LSD is alone worth the price of this collection of Clewell at his best, his most Clewellian.”—Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States

Learn more about David Clewell.

Read one of his great poems here.

 

DaDa’s not dead yet March 19, 2009

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Excerpted from Three Rooms Press blog:

dadaIt’s back! And better than ever. The second annual edition of the very special one-night-only DaDa Poetry Salon, with DaDa hostess Kat Georges! Wear your favorite Dada fashion, bring your Dada-inspired poetry for the open reading (sign up at 5:45, limited spaces available!).

Featured guest poets will include DaDa superstars including boxer/poet Arthur Cravan and dada manifesto creator Tristan Tzara, brought back to life for this special event. Plus the unveiling of a Dada performance play by some of your favorite Son of a Pony poets. Plus: the return of the controversial City Scum Shot duo.

The first 50 people will receive a free copy of the inaugural and only issue of Maintenant Trois (inspired by Arthur Cravan’s 1915 Maintenant magazine, which was the first ’zine ever). Prepare for irreverant art and an evening that will challenge your ideas about the nature and necessity of creation in a world suffering the ongoing effects of an “economic Pearl Harbor.”

Doors open 5:45. Admission $7 includes free drink. Cornelia St. Cafe is at 29 Cornelia St. between W. 4th St. & Bleecker. Close to many trains at W. 4th St. station: A-B-C-D-E-F-V. So, Yes We Can get there. Do so…

Learn more.

 

Why Allee Willis is my hero January 2, 2009

When I grow up, I want to be just like Allee. Here’s why:

(FYI, Allee has written  Earth, Wind and Fire’s September song and many other great tunes.)

 

The Wide Open World of Artist K.A. Shott December 21, 2008

Moko Beacon with Burial Peaches  Watercolor 16 " x 24 "  Copyright 2008, KA Shott

I’ve been on a literary kick lately, because I’ve discovered the Internet as a great connector for writers. One of my newest finds in K.A. Schott, a novelist/short fiction writer/poet/artist who lives in Iowa, a place so wide open that it’s easy to listen to your heart. And follow it, as K.A. Shott has, doing art for neither money nor celebrity, and offering her two latest novels up for free, for the price of a download. Explore K.A. Shott’s world here.