National Poetry Month: April 18

Robert Vaughan reads “Mama’s Girl” by Jeanann Verlee – YouTube Her entire book, Racing Hummingbirds, is a must have: On my buddy Len Kuntz’s blog, People You Know By Heart, you can read two more examples of her poems, on his April 15th entry: People You Know By Heart Have you ever been abused? Known someone close to you who has? Kept secrets for a period of time that you later shared or still keep?]]>

National Poetry Month: April 17

String-of-10 Second Place Winner – Robert Vaughan « Flash Fiction Chronicles Often I write about the world in which we live; impressions of the natural occurrences like changes in light, or falling leaves. I look to make abstract associations, and I noticed this tendency as I read through the brilliant collection Debacle, Debacle by Matt Hart. His work, like mine, is undefinable: poetry? fiction? genre defying? internal? external? abstract? And yet, his skill at conveying, even piercing emotions, and dazzling word combinations is unfathomable. So, today I read “Fang Face” from Matt Hart: Robert Vaughan reads “Fang Face” by Matt Hart – YouTube Debacle, Debacle is available at h_ngm_n Books: H_NGM_N: an online journal & small press What do you notice in nature that surprises you? How are you deadly? Do you hate conclusions of stories?]]>

National Poetry Month: April 16

(1) Middle Coast Poets – A National Poetry Month Reading And if you are not a Facebook member, then the reading is on Monday, April 29th, from 7-9 p.m. Some poets who’ve confirmed are Paul Scot August, David Tomaloff, Andrea Potos, Ed Makowski, Dawn Tefft, Matt Specht,  Brittany Cavallaro and me. More might be added. The venue is Riverwest Public House, 815 Locust Street, and this event sure looks like it will be a blast! We hope to see you there. Events, planning, spontaneity. Today I read about all these things and more. “Shore Leave” is a poem I first heard Mark Doty read at the Omega Institute, when I took a five day workshop in 2011 with Mark, Marie Howe, Patricia Smith, and Billy Collins (can you say heaven? Yes… and there were over 90 other registered poets who all thought so as well!). Mark drew a hush over the room when we read “Shore Leave,” drawing us in with his quick intro of a personal relationship with this masterful poet, Lynda Hull. Barely in print at the time of her unfortunate early death, Mark helped to champion her Collected Poems as the series editor at Graywolf Press, which I bought from the Ram Dass library on the Omega Institute campus that very day. Today I read “Shore Leave,” by Lynda Hull. Thanks Mark, for this, and for so much more: Robert Vaughan reads “Shore Leave” by Lynda Hull – YouTube Do you recall a time in which you took a trip with one parent or the other, alone, just you and him or her? What are your memories? Did anything unusual happen?]]>

National Poetry Month: April 15

same phrase into the adjacent person, and so on. Until you get to the 1ooth (last) person who gets to say aloud the random repeated and now deformed phrase, e.g.: “Dad dressed in water that looked finally so defeated we wept.” And everyone has a great guffaw. Well, today I read Lucas Farrell’s “Stitches.” And this talented poet always slays me with the emotional content in his visceral word choices. His poetry I read over and over, listening to the subtle nuances and marveling at his deep, and unusual reverence to nature. So close he is, it seems like he lives outdoors! His poetry sings of that which we might never know. Much like our brother, poet Gary Snyder. Robert Vaughan reads “Stitches” by Lucas Farrell – YouTube What are your favorite childhood books? Can you remember any unsolvable questions you had as a child? Some you still marvel at?]]>

National Poetry Month: April 12

We Were Eternal and Gigantic at Magic Helicopter Press: Robert Vaughan reads “some haircuts” by Evelyn Hampton – YouTube cover art by Chelsea Martin When  is the last time you had a remarkable haircut? How did it cling to bulwarks? Where was your gel when you most needed some? Are you still a mousse user and are afraid your friends will see you buying it at Rite-Aid? Love your hair- hope it wins.    ]]>