short stories, and I am thrilled for Sara:
And now, for National Poetry Month!
On April 11, I read “Clouds” by Barbara Ras. I was introduced to this poem at Esalen Institute last summer, and it prompted me to write a poem called “Hummingbirds,” which is in Addicts & Basements:
▶ Robert Vaughan reads “Clouds” by Barbara Ras – YouTube
On April 13, I read The Dead Woman” by Pablo Neruda. This poem, in various forms of translations from its original Spanish, is included in the masterful movie “Truly, Madly, Deeply” which I saw with my best pal, Andrea, on a rainy Amsterdam afternoon. We had no idea what we were in for! ▶ Robert Vaughan reads “The Dead Woman” by Pablo Neruda – YouTube
On April 14, I chose Amy King’s “The Woman of Zero.” Amy is multi-talented, and such a whimsical, deep, unusual writer. Such scope!
Robert Vaughan reads “The Woman of Zero” by Amy King – YouTube
On April 15, I read Indigo Moor’s Tap-Root from his quintessential book of the same name. I had the great fortune of meeting Indigo and hearing him read his stunning work at AWP Seattle:
Have you gone to a reading lately? Read a poem on the train or subway? Flown someplace exotic with a surprising book that changed your outlook? If not, what are you waiting for?
Robert Vaughan and Breathless | The Mockingbird Sings
For National Poetry Month, on April 9th, I read “untitled” by Marilyn Hacker from this poetry collection, all sonnets:
And here is the poem: ▶ Robert Vaughan reads “Untitled” by Marilyn Hacker – YouTube
Also, on April 10th (today) I read “Lullaby” by W.H. Auden:
▶ Robert Vaughan reads “Lullaby” from W.H. Auden – YouTube
Tonight I will be on Bud Smith’s Unknown Show on Blog Talk Radio, and other guests include Michael Dickes, Janice Lee and Cort Bledsoe. Call in:
The Unknown Show with Bud Smith 04/10 by theliteraryunderground | Writing Podcasts
Also, check out the Wednesday Roundup recap at Entropy: Wednesday Entropy Roundup | ENTROPY
And if that’s not enough links, then I don’t know what to say. Have fun, be safe.]]>
Over the years, I’ve had numerous conversations with other poets, and more than often, Simon’s name is mentioned. His poems are staggering in volume, unique in voice and perspective, jarring, earthly devoted, and remarkably lovely.
As a nod to his oeuvre, I constructed a poem, utilizing only the first lines of a Simon Perchik poem, including the title (also, a Perchik first line). Here is the entire poem:
They were reaching for their mother’s breath
Wherever I turn the air needs water
and in the dark my pillow, abandoned
stone, stone, stone, not a drop
again, the sky rubbing against my legs
all the pieces must be found, make
this cup half ecstasy, half adrift
With those hefty walls a bank
even this tree :a stranglehold
And the dead can’t wait, they crouch
as if its stream would slow
What a long way- they know
this bridge as if before its crash
(all words excerpted from Simon Perchik’s Hands Collected: The Books of Poems (1949-1999)
(only first lines used to construct entire poem, including title)
And today, April 8th, I read Simon Perchik for National Poetry Month:
Robert Vaughan reads Simon Perchik’s poem, * from Hands Collected – YouTube
When is the last time you took a train? Had an unexpected picnic? Read a poem that took your breath away?
I read the title poem, which I find so playful, humane, and deep simultaneously:
▶ Robert Vaughan reads “Sun Bear” by Matthew Zapruder – YouTube
On April 7 (today), I read Natasha Tretheway’s “At Dusk” by Natasha Tretheway. This poem is in her collection called Native Guard:
▶ Robert Vaughan reads “At Dusk” by Natasha Tretheway – YouTube
Do you ever wonder who you are calling home? Do you ever take the time to be called? If so, to whom? How so?
Red Dragonfly Press: THE BOOK OF WOMEN by Dorianne Laux
Dorianne, for those who don’t know her, is a wizard! She is simply one of the best poets I know, and I consider myself so fortunate, my life has transformed as a result of every interaction we’ve had. Happy Poetry Month to you, DL, and may you always feel loved.
Here, then, is “Woman in a Bar” and enjoy: Robert Vaughan reads “Woman in a Bar” by Dorianne Laux – YouTube
Have you ever been in a bar? How about Fozzie’s? Boy Bar? King Tut’s Wah-Wah Hut?
When is the last time you sat in a bar, and were completely captivated by someone else? What happened?
The Frog.” Hopefully you will enjoy it! I love and miss you, Andrea and David!
Today, for National Poetry Month, I am going to read Rigoberto Gonzalez’s “The Strangers Who Find Me in the Woods.” (Perhaps this is why those latino towns in California came to mind?) Enjoy!
▶ Robert Vaughan reads “The Stranger Who Finds Me in the Woods” by Rigoberto Gonzalez – YouTube
Do you like getting lost in the woods? What did you find last time? Was Hansel or Gretl with you? Did you come across a wicked witch?
Russell’s poetry is dark, smart and infused with just the right amount of humor. Here is more about the collection: Eternal Patrol: Russell Dillon: 9780988228733: Amazon.com: Books
And here is my reading of “Eternal Patrol: Robert Vaughan reads Russell Dillon’s “Eternal Patrol” – YouTube
Yesterday, April 2nd, I also read the title poem from Laura Kasischke’s “Space, In Chains,” which is a phenomenal poetry collection and won the National Book Critics Circle Award:
“Kasischke’s intelligence is most apparent in her syntactic control and pace, the way she gauges just when to make free verse speed up, or stop short, or slow down.”—The New York Times Book Review
Here is my reading of “Space, in Chains:”
Robert Vaughan reads “Space, In Chains,” from Laura Kasischke – YouTube
What will I read today? More importantly, what will YOU read today? A subway poem? A billboard poem? Maybe it’s a conversation you have with a friend about poetry? I chatted on Facebook with Brian Alan Ellis the other day about Kenneth Patchen (among many other poets). Imagine how different our world would be if we spoke more about poetry than guns? If we read infinitely more poems than listen to stories that contain violence?
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.]]>
Robert Vaughan reads Gertrude Stein’s “Cezanne” – YouTube