Sunday, October 17, 2010

Virtual Reading #2

Happy Sunday, all!  Now that the music performing season is winding down (I think), I’ll be putting more time into the poetry side of life, & that will include the rather unfamiliar territory of marketing The Spring Ghazals.  Sales continue to be slow, but on the advice of the good folks here, I’m starting to explore some options for public readings. 

As I’ve mentioned here before, I have a lot of experience as a reader, both in Charlottesville, VA & also San Francisco.  Given my current location in the rural Idaho rangeland, reading venues are few & far between, but I’m looking to get creative.  There are probably options in Boise, & I’m also hoping to use connections in Portland & San Francisco to set some things up in those cities.  Obviously, one doesn’t turn a profit driving from Idaho to California to sell poetry books, but since I’m due for a visit to friends in the Bay Area anyway, I’m hoping to combine “poe-business” & pleasure.

Closer to home, there’s the resort town of McCall, & I’d like to set something up there in the near future.  Long term, Eberle & I, in concert with a new artist friend, have concocted a rather elaborate (&, Eberle believes, grant-worthy) concept of poetry reading as multimedia event—including both live music & live art creation.  That’s a ways down the road, but it is an exciting idea.

In the meantime, I offer you, dear readers, another virtual reading—two more poems from The Spring Ghazals, both from the “The Spring Ghazals” section of the book, & both much concerned with musical imagery.  The title of the first poem comes, of course, from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, while the title of the second is taken from Anne Waldman’s fine poem, Holy City.  Both poems fall within the first third of the sequence.  In fact, you can listen to all four poems posted so far if you’d like.

Thanks for stopping by, & hope you enjoy the poems.


  1. I really love the use of colour in "Impossible Things" - the reds, the oranges, the magenta; they are all so rich and memorable!

    I was photographing a squirrel in the tree with my camera as I listened and did not realize that you had transitioned to the "The Rain" poem. I love that marimba line!

    I can listen to your voice for ages!


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  2. Hi Kat: Thanks! The colors were a big deal in the whole ghazals sequence & really throughout the book overall. Glad you enjoyed these.