It’s the last day of National Poetry Month: BOO! So, today I have selected Mark Doty’s “A Green Crab’s Shell.” I had the great fortune of hearing Mark read this epic poem more than once; most recently at Omega Institute in their lake theater. Unforgettable!
Robert Vaughan reads Mark Doty’s “A Green Crab’s Shell” – YouTube
Some days are busier than others. Yesterday was one of those days. I had an interview with Stephanie Lecci that aired on WUWM’s “Lake Effect,” Milwaukee’s (NPR) program:
Lake Effect: Vaughn Finds Drama In the Moments In Between
On their website, they wrote some great background about Microtones, my new chapbook, and other various writing influences. I hope you enjoy the interview, and here is where Microtones lives if you are interested:
The Lost Bookshelf Homepage
Then, last night, we hosted our first Middle Coast Poets reading at the venerable RiverWest Public House. I want to thank my generous and talented co-host, Paul Scot August and the amazing poets who read: Nikki Wallschlaeger, Matt Specht, Sharon Foley, Dawn Tefft, Paul Scot August, Ed Makowski, Andrea Potos, and David Tomaloff. And what a great audience we had! Makes me super excited for our next reading in July!
We were all asked to bring one of our favorite poems by another poet. And so, here is a photo of me reading “Poem,” by James Tate:
Robert Vaughan reads “Flash” by Maureen Seaton – YouTube
Furious cooking: poems” by Maureen Seaton
This won the Iowa Poetry Prize in 1995.]]>
But Our Princess Is In Another Castle, scintillating prose poems. Today, for National Poetry Month, I read “Double Dragon:”
Robert Vaughan reads “Double Dragon” by B.J. Best – YouTube
This is a must read! I highly recommend this book, and I just finished it yesterday, for the second time. When was the last time you lost yourself in another world, a game, a different kingdom?
House of Incest (which, in the first printing was self-published. How she, in 1932, was WAY ahead of her time!) If you have not read this, do so now:
Robert Vaughan reads Anais Nin’s prologue from House of Incest – YouTube
Is there a book or a poem, or a passage from something that you carry through every move, through every transition? Do you love something in writing so much that you can’t find the words to describe how?]]>
Robert Vaughan reads “The Sun Never Says” by Hafiz – YouTube
Did you ever do something for someone else where it was simply that? Where it was truly a gift? Where you didn’t feel you were “owed” something in return?]]>
Robert Vaughan reads Gertrude Stein’s “Cezanne” – YouTube
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Today for National Poetry Month, I read Tom Healy’s “Quiet Hands.” I saw this in BOMB magazine’s Spring 2013 issue #123:
Robert Vaughan reads “Quiet Hands” by Tom Healy – YouTube
Tom’s book, published by Four Way Books is called What the Right Hand Knows:
A Journal of Solitude by May Sarton, which I devoured, and her splendid poetic prose lead me to her poetry.
Today I read “First Snow” by May Sarton:
Robert Vaughan reads May Sarton’s “First Snow” – YouTube
When was the last time you planted a garden? Have you ever moved spontaneously, without many plans? Do you know the spiritual properties of any herb?
Robert Vaughan reads ‘Closing Time at the Second Avenue Deli’ by Alan Dugan – YouTube
For you, Andrea and David! xoxo]]>
Microtones, is “Legacy,” which is not biographical in any direct sense, but its theme is family. You can read it here:
The Lost Bookshelf Homepage
The poet I share today is Sharon Olds. She’s a veteran poet, stunning at the self-reveal, and focus on personal relationships, family matters. Her poem “I Go Back to May 1937” is a heart-wrenching visit back to her parent’s roots:
Robert Vaughan reads “I Go Back to May 1937” from Sharon Olds – YouTube
How did your parents meet? How did you meet your partner/spouse/lover? Can you experience or see it from the other person’s point-of-view?]]>