Original Sin

Posted November 11, 2012 in Recent Publication

The fine and always interesting Australian journal of international writing Contrappasso published four of my poems in its second issue (Issue 2, 2012) and three of my line drawings from my Rogues Gal...

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Reveal Yourself

Posted October 16, 2012 in Lectures on Craft

In boxing, the refs say, “Protect yourself at all times.”  In writing, it’s the reverse –“Expose yourself, reveal yourself, at all times.” Go to where the pain is....

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Floyd Salas Day

Posted September 28, 2012 in Miscellaneous

Today is the 2nd anniversary of Floyd Salas Day, as declared by the City of Berkeley.  Below is the text of the proclamation.   WHEREAS, Floyd Salas is the critically-acclaimed author of four no...

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Darkness Come Down

Posted September 10, 2012 in Recent Publication

My memoir piece was published in the first edition of a fine new Australian magazine, Contrappasso. Here’s the beginning of the piece:   Darkness Come Down             His name w...

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Kennedy Assassination Poem

Posted September 10, 2012 in Recent Publication

A poem I wrote in 1963 upon the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was included in the latest edition (Issue 13) of Eleven Eleven, the always artful journal of California College of the Arts. ...

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Pachuco Wanna-Be

Posted September 10, 2012 in Recent Publication

The following appeared in ¿WHAT’S IN A NOMBRE? Writing Latin@ Identity in America. This 310-page issue, which was guest edited by Nancy Mercado, features a cavalcade of over 117 Latino poets, writ...

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William Burroughs

Posted September 9, 2012 in Writer Friends

In my writing life, I’ve encountered a number of writers, famous and not-so-famous, all talented and mostly crazy, in some way or other. We’ve read together, published together, smoked tog...

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