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Poet Crush: Geof Huth

Last Friday night I met a hero of mine.  They say you should never do that, but I had a much better experience meetingGeof Huththan "they" must have had when coining clichés!  I certainly did my share of fanboy tail-wagging, and took a little bit of friendly ribbing for it, but none of that was bad. 

forty-nine broadside created by geof huth 

Geof's performance was calledforty-nine, referring to (I suppose) the "Experiment" number it was assigned in the Red Rover series, of which it was a part.

In Extravagant Praise of My Editors, Part II: New Words, Old Words, New Books, Old Books

Not all these tributes are tales of loss or regret. I'm also grateful to many editors and curators with whom I'm still in active contact--or with whom I've resumed contact.
The "Web Publications" page on my website mentions that I have worked with Eric Lorberer, ofRain Taxi Review of Books,for about ten years. There's a reason for the durability of this partnership: Eric lets me write as I write, and then makes whatever tiny changes are needed to allow my words to be even more true to my own voice and vision.

In Extravagant Praise of My Editors, Part I: The Yellow Brick Road

I'm in the process of forming some new editorial and curatorial partnerships. Thinking about the future in this way got me thinking a bit about where I've come from and the people who saw something--and still see something--of interest in my work. I wouldn't be anywhere if it weren't for the people who made room for me and my work. This is my salute to them.

One of the first editors to respond to my poetic oddnesses was Don Wentworth, the force behindLilliput Review. He has quietly been reprinting some of the work I (and others) have offered him in the past, mining back issues of his magazine, on

Help the Garfield Park Conservatory

When I posted the link to the Conservatory yesterday, I was unaware of the desperate situation they are currently in.  In the aftermath of the severe storm that swept through the area on June 30--bringing hail of golf-ball size and gusts to over 90mph--the Conservatory sustained massive and catastrophic damage to its roofs and gardens.  The plant and animal life within the Conservatory rooms and greenhouses are in great danger and the facility itself is heartbreakingly imperiled.  

albus cavus on tour

The collage workshop I did in DC in March was organized by Albus Cavus, a national organization dedicated to arts activism and arts education for kids.  They have branches in many cities, but this summer they are also going "on tour," bringing mural-painting workshops to various cities.  Follow their bloghere, and join them if you can!  Here's the skinny (minus photo):

Albus Cavus is having an excellent time touring with Applegate Farms this summer promoting healthy lifestyle and healthy communities.

Here Is Clean by Richard Fox

The incomparable Richard Fox strikes again!  Here's a great sound piece reworking a poem from Robert McDonald's Adopt-A-Poem proj.  


News blips

Well, I feel all Grand-Opening shiny! Thanks to all those who have visited.  It's very exciting around here!

Some tidbits to share:  My poetic collaborator Robert McDonald has posted some of my contributions to his "Adopt/Abandon-A-Poem" project on his fascinating blog,The Lives of the Spiders. Bookmark him--his blog is a treat, full of wonderful poems and great writing challenges to get you rolling!

Also, some additional work of mine was just published in the online journalOtoliths
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