Note: the poems in this video deal with sexual violence. This reading, which took place at the Long Island Writers House on April 17th, was truly powerful. It was a privilege to be the first reader among such fine poets. I hope you’ll take a look at the video and, if you haven’t already, consider buying a copy of Veils, Halos & Shackles for yourself or someone else.

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IV viii in Chechnya, a Russian plane has dropped a bomb on a village the radio says, I just heard, ten billion to Yeltsin from the IMF, just today, just like any South American darling devoted sonofabitch, I know this is no news, nor walls of photographs of children in Bukavu, tents of refugees in Goma, it’s their own fault, before it was communism now they just don’t know how to work the gift of …

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April 2016 has definitly not been cruel to me. I have three publication announcements I’d like to share with you. Announcement One: For My Son, A Kind of Prayer I am very happy to announce that my new chapbook For My Son, A Kind of Prayer is now out from Ghostbird Press. (They’re updating their website, so my book does not yet have its own page; but if you scroll down a bit from the top, it’s …

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I did not see the full exchange, and I hope Lord did not get the last word, as he does in this video excerpt, which I found in a piece in The New York Times by James Poniewozik. It’s worth reading the whole thing. Here are two excerpts: This is 2016. And here was a white panelist suggesting that his African-American peer should really go back and learn his history before criticizing someone about the Klan. Mr. Jones, calmly but with …

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This is important to pay attention to not because it means women are suddenly free of discrimination and oppression in Iran, but because it demonstrates that Iranian women are not the helpless, powerless victims they are often portrayed as in Western media. It demonstrates that there is a women’s movement in Iran that is alive and well, that there is a civic life in Iran that far surpasses the images of that country we are …

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I am normally more on top of these things, but somehow the email letting me know about the special pre-order discount ($14.95, which is $10 off the cover price) on Veils, Halos & Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women, got buried in my inbox, so I didn’t post this notice as early as I should have. The book, in which a poem of mine appears, will be published in April by …

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I’ve been slowly making my way through Spinster, a novel by Sylvia Ashton-Warner. The book, which was first published in 1959, is a fascinating story about a white teacher of Maori children in New Zealand. The books is really interesting on a number of levels, including its exploration of sexual and racial politics, but what I’ve been most closely paying attention to the past couple of times I’ve sat down to read is its take …

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Last night, my wife and I went to see Spotlight, the new movie starring Michael Keaton that tells the story of his character, Walter V. Robinson, and team of journalists he led at The Boston Globe in that paper’s coverage of the sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church. It is a very powerful movie, and a good deal of its power, I think, comes from the way it focuses less on the horrors …

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