15 April 2018

I saw Jennifer Holliday

play Effie in "Dreamgirls" on Broadway 36 years ago. it was electrifying.

last nite I saw her on stage again. she looks different (200 lbs lighter) & speaks more quietly & deliberately. when I first heard her do her signature song it was so raw it hit you in the gut. because of the life she's had what she sang last nite is still powerful but deeper.

not all performers can use the patter between songs to dole out anything meaningful. but as Holliday tells some of her story the audience is totally with her & quite literally cheers her on. here's a woman who's taken the considerable shit that's come her way & produced a beautiful life. she continues to grow as person & performer. when I stood for her at the Imperial all those years ago it was for a dynamite performance. when I stood for her last nite it was for both her performance & her life.

this is the only photo I got of her at the Tony ball in 1984. it's much better of her mentor/tormentor Michael Bennett. but all these years later it teases. her fabled weight is hidden as was her depression. it's a quick moment from a troubled life that turnd out to be a powerful example of positivity.

13 April 2018

"The Urine of Russian Hookers"

rushes thru American history
flushing integrity
down the Volga
it oranges the face
of duplicity
but cleanses
a nation's psyche

revelation of piss
promises a path
to healing

07 April 2018

fashion week

taking advantage of this annual event to wear some old but new to me items for the first time.

(photo by Estee Huff)

painter Ross Bleckner created this vest in 1993. it was produced in an edition of 100 for sale at Barney's to raise funds for AMFAR. when I bought it at a consigment store last year it was in a frame. but I needed to wear it so released it.

at another consignment store I bought this vintage satin suit by Bally. I'm wearing it with a tie hand-paintd by Marconi Calindas which was a birthday gift from my friend Phil Andrews.

22 March 2018

Putin's bitch

fires his Secretary of State & National Security Adviser
after their anti-Russia statements.

& their replacements will be dangerous dolts.

how much longer before the nation crumbles.

21 March 2018

Putin's bitch

calld the dictator to congratulate him on his fake election.

this idiot cheapens his office & weakens the nation more & more each day.

how much longer do we have to endure?

18 March 2018

reflections on being read

the earliest poem of mine of which I have a copy was written 63 years ago. the first poem to appear in a magazine was in 1962. my first slender chapbook was publishd in 1969.

in other words I've been doing this for a long time. like so many poets I don't get paid for reading or publications. my books don't get reviews or awards. but poets make poems & that is our reward.

this morning I woke to rare notice of my work. several Facebook friends saluted my poetry. the wrinkles around my mouth shot up. small kindnesses like this are large. it means the work isn't just out there but someone's reading it. the making of poetry -- like other arts -- is a solitary endeavor. we who create offer our work to the world. & for the most part the world remains silent.

so to anyone who takes the time to read me let me offer my gratitude. & to those who have brightened my morning my love.