Two September Readings: Bay View and Green Bay

Studio Lounge Bay View We do have a Facebook page set up for the event here: Studio Lounge Reading: Get Your Bay View Gallery Nite in Gear. Please help us spread the word and support your local writers!   Also, on Thursday, September 25th, I will be reading in Green Bay, Wisconsin at The Reader’s Loft, 2069 Central Court, Suite 44 in Green Bay. Fellow poets Cathryn Cofell and Marilyn Windau are also reading. Event will be hosted by Tori Grant Welhouse and is 6:00- 8:00 p.m. The Reader's Loft in Green Bay, WI We do have a Facebook page for this event: Poetry Reading with Cathryn Cofell, Robert Vaughn, Marilyn Windau. Would be great to see you at either event, please help spread the word if you are not able to come. We appreciate every single person who helps out! What are you reading lately?]]>

My music playlist at LargeHearted Boy

LARGEHEARTED BOY Publishes Robert Vaughan’s “Book Notes” for ADDICTS & BASEMENTS | Rhizomatic Check out my playlist: Largehearted Boy: Book Notes – Robert Vaughan “Addicts & Basements” Also, congratulations to mentor and friend Roxane Gay, her publication day of Bad Feminist, a collection of her Essays, is out now. Get your copy, you won’t be disappointed: unnamed Enjoy the week! Happy Birthday to my room-mate Gregory from college.    ]]>

The Clearing

The Clearing Folk School::Classes. This idea came to me over the past few publications I’ve had, and reading reviews for Addicts & Basements. One of the repetitive comments is ‘I’m not sure if Vaughan is writing poetry? Or fiction? Or something in between!’ Clearly, I’m not sure either! And so, I began to dig around and investigate the actual “rules of genres” and how much current writing blurs the lines of (for instance) memoir and poetry, or fiction and essay, etc. Thus, the class. It’s a full week at camp, in some of the most luxurious environs. Just take a gander at those photos at their website. Here’s one of the building in which I’ll be staying: mainlodge I’ll return with plenty more. I want to thank Judy Bridges, my mentor and friend, for the suggestion. Also, the team at The Clearing, especially Mike and Kathy who are so pleasant and professional. And to you, writers who have registered: Let’s have a ball! See you in a week…take a risk! Do the unexpected.]]>

Holidays

Microtones) it all took place over Easter holiday weekend. That Easter Sunday, I sat at the closest Starbucks to my hotel, and wrote the first draft of one of the 24 poems that comprise Microtones: Microtones book cover Turbidity Holidays are hard: I’m going to take a walk, escape the silence of this house   I was never home, home on the range hospital corners are still “beats me?”   Invisible, unlike driftwood tossed ashore, under pewter skies, elephantine clouds where seldom is hear an encouraging word   no slow cookpot solutions while you’re no longer talking and I’m no longer hearing there’s nothing cooking here   There’s something I forgot   I hope you all have a lovely 4th of July. Fireworks, barbecues, or silence. Whatever your choice(s) might be, revel in them! Microtones is at Cervena Barva Press: The Lost Bookshelf-Poetry chapbooks]]>

HOME

unnamedcropped-bud.jpgcropped-1477829_10152076445982472_727471328_n.jpgcropped-69495_10200388385650749_1199773541_n.jpg After the reading, a smaller group of about ten of us headed to a local watering hole in Brooklyn, and sat at outdoor picnic tables. I had a blast (reminiscing, mostly) with Cindy List, Valentin Ortolaza, Michael Thompson, Andrea Falkenstein, Gessy Alvarez (and her sister), Jamez Chang, Bud Smith, Rae (Spout) Buleri, Julie, Robb Todd and Emily, and Russell Dillon. What a cool mix of writers and artists: Andrea Cindy List and me, June 13, 2014   On Thursday, my pal David and I went to Jones Beach for the 1,000,000th time. It never gets old. Nor do we: cropped-tn.jpg IMG_0012 On Friday, we left for Omega Institute, where we made a detour for lunch and Bee Cake! Intoxicated by sugar: photo-15photo-16 Friday evening until Sunday I took a course called Spirit and Craft of Poetry with Richard Blanco. He is the fifth inaugural poet, Obama selected him for his 2012 inauguration where he read his poem, “For All of Us, One Today.” Richard Blancophoto-13   Richard is smart, insightful, sensitive, funny. He lead us mostly through workshop, each of the 25 poets chose one poem, and received feedback. The bulk of the weekend was taken up by this exercise. My pal, Michael Gillan Maxwell was there, and another writer Gloria who we’d both met at Omega in 2010 (another workshop, another time). We discussed some craft tools like Imagery and Figurative Language, Show Don’t Tell, Rhythm and Iambic Pentameter, and were guided to two writing exercises at night: Why I Write (prompted by Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones) and also My Obsessions. Both were very effective. And we read some excellent poems like “A Blessing,” by James Wright, “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke, and “One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop. My favorite moments of the workshop came at the very end. We witnessed Richard reading three of his monumental pieces: “Betting on America,” “Looking for the Gulf Motel,” and “For All of Us, One Today.” The return to the city was swift and fun. I was off to LaGuardia, David off to a life-altering surgery (he’s healing magnificently!) Then, home again, home again, jiggety jig: IMG_0007our-driveway-in-summer-2003.jpg What does HOME mean to you?]]>

A Reading, a new magazine, and an acceptance or two!

exceptional job with the art, and layout, and it looks so fantastic (I’m the fiction and poetry editor so I line up writers for each issue). This issue includes work from Justin Bond, Matthew Sherling, Megan Lent, Sharon Foley, Erin Parker, Aaron Dietz, Lucas Crawford, Emily Bertholf, Karen Stefano, and Sam Rasnake: Lost in Thought | Lost in Thought: Issue 6 | MagCloud Kyle and I have decided to scale back to three annual Lost in Thought issues in 2014, so we will re-open submissions in September. Also, I had the great fortune of an “acceptance” (versus a “rejection”) for the next issue of Literary Orphans (thanks, Mike Joyce), and will have another of my stranger pieces featured in the anthology EXCESS (poems and stories about overdoing it), edited by Bud Smith. More forthcoming! See you soon!]]>

National Poetry Month: April 9 and 10

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: Marilyn Hacker   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.]]>

National Poetry Month: Simon Perchik from Hands Collected

handscoll   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?        ]]>

National Poetry Month: April 6 & 7

Unknown 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: Unknown-1 ▶ 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?  ]]>

National Poetry Month video: "Woman in a Bar" by Dorianne Laux

Red Dragonfly Press: THE BOOK OF WOMEN by Dorianne Laux lg_laux_cover-1326776205   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?  ]]>