Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New from Black Buzzard Press: IN FRAGILITY by Michael Graves

'In Fragility' by Michael Graves
by Michael Graves
Black Buzzard Press
ISBN 0-978-938872-47-8
Soft Cover, 86 pp.

Praise for In Fragility:

"Emotion recollected in fragility, these poems lucidly etch the power of darkness that endures, that returns. These poems are amazingly lucid, which gives them a paradoxical power."

--ROBERT VISCUSI, author of the novel Astoria (American Book Award winner) and of the poem "Ellis Island"

"This grave book deals with such volatile elements as alcohol, sexual frustration, and apostasy. The reader will watch fascinated as Mike Graves burns his fuse down to the stick of dynamite he holds in his hand, for these poems approximate a searing self¬murder note addressed to any reader strong enough to peruse it. Only a poet as skilled and knowledgeable as Graves could render raw and repressed emotion with such acute control of form and diction, such range of allusion. But reader beware: you are about to take your own life into your hands."


"To adapt a phrase from James Joyce, whom Graves is influenced by, In Fragility offers readers the curve of multiple emotions. While traversing sentiments of aloneness and aloofness, and both objective and introspective, these poems are at once bleak, menacing, disturbing and humorous. They bespeak a stark sobriety often in conflict with itself and, through the effective use of metaphor and the recurrent theme of alienation, achieve a narrative coherence."

--A. NICHOLAS FARGNOLI, Dean of Humanities, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY, and President of The James Joyce Society.

Title Poem:


Speak to her
In fervent prayer
And fevered need
With brimming heart,
Shaking like a poisoned cup
And soft, sick gut,
Of where you rose
From nothingness
To nascent consciousness,
Inheritor of world
And family legacy,
Consuming time
And fragile self
That can't connect
Although it grow
In pain, organically,
Enthused by hope
And every false approach
Fear and circumstance allow

About the Author:

MICHAEL GRAVES is the author of a full-length collection of poems, Adam and Cain (Black Buzzard, 2006) and two chapbooks, Illegal Border Crosser (Cervana Barva, 2008) and Outside St. Jude’s (R. E. M. Press, 1990). In Fragility from Black Buzzard Press is his second full-length collection.

In two thousand four (2004), he was the recipient of a grant of four thousand five hundred dollars ($4,500.00) from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. He is the publisher of the small magazine PHOENIX. Many years ago, he was a student of James Wright and organized a conference on James Wright at Poets House in 2004. And he became a member of P.E.N. a couple of years ago.

In addition to leading a James Joyce Ulysses’ Reading Group, he has published thirteen (13) poems in the James Joyce Quarterly and read from them and others of his poems influenced by Joyce to a gathering of the Joyce Society at the Gotham Book Mart.

Watch Michael Graves on at, an in depth interview and a reading. (Credit: Poetry Thin Air)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Tonite 11/11/11: Book Party for Chocolate Waters' The Woman Who Wouldn't Shake Hands

come celebrate with us!

the woman who wouldn’t shake hands

and here's a cool trailer, w/audio

chocolate will be reading from her new collection

featuring Mark Larsen, Fran Witte and Chavisa Woods

with emcee/publisher Roxanne Hoffman

Manhattan Plaza, 400 W. 43rd St. (SW corner at 9th Ave.)
Ellington Room, 2nd Floor
Nov. 11, Friday @ 7:30 p.m.



Single copies will be on sale: $12.

Signed, numbered collectible edition plus bonus CD: $25.

If you’re unable to attend but would like a copy: A single copy is $12. + $3. postage.

Collectors’ edition is $25. postage free for U.S. orders (foreign add $5.) and includes a CD with six audio tracks plus an extra bonus track of a poem not in the book.

Paypal is the best ( or snail mail Chocolate Waters 
@ 415 West 44 St. Apt. 7 , NY, NY 10036-4440.

C/O Roxanne Hoffman
533 Bloomfield Street - 2nd Floor
Hoboken, NJ 07030

POETS WEAR PRADA is a small press based in Hoboken, New Jersey devoted to introducing new authors through limited edition, high- quality chaplets, primarily of poetry.

New press, great authors, a publisher who is one miracle short of sainthood.-Angelo Verga, Poetry Curator of The Cornelia Street Cafe

Poets Wear Prada is a poetry publishing house with excellent poets and affordable books with beautiful covers. Have you had your poetry today?-Meredith Sue Willis, Books for Readers

Stylistically, these beautifully designed and produced chaplets bear their own distinctive signature.-Linda Lerner, Small Press Review

Proud Member of CLMP

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Poem "All Hallows Eve" on The New Verse News.

Trick or Treat? A new poem "All Hallows Eve" appears in the online journal The New Verse News edited by James Penha (posted 10/31/2011). I hope you enjoy another abcedarian and a little bit of silliness to celebrate Halloween, and what would quite accurately describe the view from my window of the activities on Bloomfield Street in Hoboken New Jersey earlier this evening -- we had our annual Ragmuffin parade. Please follow the link, read the little ditty and show some love:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mon 10/24 Saturn Series: Sarah Bedell & Roxanne Hoffman 7PM Nightingale Lounge NYC

A couple of weeks ago, Su Polo invited me to read at her Monday night Saturn Series Poetry Reading at Nightingale Lounge in Manhattan's East Village neighborhood.  Regretfully I've been absent from the weekly open mic for quite some time, returning  last week to support wonderful poet and friend, Mary Orovan, who was the feature.  The open mic had several bright spots including two friends of Mary's both named HaroldRichard W. who read a piece inspired by the recent Wall Street demonstrations and a Mr Austin who read a very interesting long narrative about the artist Ray Johnson, known for his "nothing" performances and his final "nothing" -- his carefully planned death by drowning.  I did catch most of Mary's reading on my little RCA Small Wonder and will be sharing some footage on YouTube and BuzzSprout shortly.

I'll be back at Saturn Series next Monday October 24th as a featured poet.  Joining me will be another poetry friend, Sarah Bedell.  I met Sarah for the first time at one of weekly sessions the late Arthur Bitterman's Riverside Poets Workshop at the Riverside Branch of the New York Public Library during the summer of 2003.  One of the steady contributors to the weekly workshop, and an editor of the group's annual chapbook workshop, she and the poet and actor Anthony Moscini now lead the weekly workshop.

Hoping to see many of you in the audience and at the open mic next Monday at 7pm at Nightingale Lounge at East 13th and 2nd Avenue on Monday, October 24th. Here's are the details of the event:

A NYC Poetry Periodical
~ Poetry Open Mic every Monday nite for 18 years ~
Featuring Sarah Bedell and Roxanne Hoffman
Hosted by Su Polo

Date: Monday, October 24th

Time: 7pm - 9pm. (Open mic sign up starts at 6:30pm.)

Place: Nightingale Lounge, 213 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003 ( NW corner of East 13th & 2nd Ave) 212.473.9398
Directions: By subway take 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R to Union Square/14th St. or L to 3rd Avenue or 1st Avenue. NJ PATH to 14th Street and head west.

Admission: 2 Drink/$10 Minimum + $3 Suggested Donation. 21+.

About the Featured Poets:

Sarah Bedell is a poet who has been a New Yorker since college. By day she works in a law firm, and in the evening she teaches English as a Second Language and leads The Riverside Poets Workshop with Anthony Moscini. Her poems have appeared in the annual anthology of The Riverside Poets Workshop, including Volume 13 which was published this fall.

Roxanne Hoffman worked on Wall Street, now answers a patient hotline for a New York home healthcare provider. Her work appears in several anthologies including The Bandana Republic: A Literary Anthology by Gang Members and Their Affiliates (Soft Skull Press), Love After 70(Wising Up Press), and It All Changed in a Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure (Harper Perennial). She's run the small independent literary press, Poets Wear Prada, since 2006.

About the Host:

Su Polo is a multi-talented artist. A native New Yorker, her songs and stories convey unusual insights and surprises found in life's everyday events and encounters. She is a singer/songwriter with guitar and dulcimer, Jazz vocalist, photographer, painter and sculptor, set designer, computer graphic artist specializing in print production and created her website . Her book, Turning Stones, a collection of poems and stories is available at St. Marks Books.

She is the founder and host of the Saturn Series poetry reading in it’s 18th year every Monday night at Nightingale Lounge. She hosts the Artists' Lounge Music Showcase & Open Mic, also at Nightingale Lounge. Su is the set designer for the last 6 years of the New Years Day Poetry Extravaganza held at the Bowery Poetry Club. You can find her on Facebook and Myspace.

Su is currently working on her second book and her one woman show.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday October 3 Poetic License Features Poetry, Spoken Word and Music in Central Park

Monday, October 3, 2001, New York, NY -- The public is invited to enjoy free poetry performances by some of the city's most popular poets at the Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park, this Monday, October 3rd,  from 4pm to 7:30pm, at an annual event series hosted by the infatigible poetry powerhouse Angela Peluso.  Budding and seasoned poets of all ages are encouraged to join the scheduled line up by reading their work at an ongoing open mic between the schedule performance. The event known as Poetic License is 17 years old, and celebrates freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, the pursuit of happiness, and mankinds's creative spirit in the glorious public green space at the core of Manhattan.  Poetic Licences has seen may changes, enduring new mayors and their political regimes, Wall Street and the city's real estate booms and crashes, the death of some of the most regular performers, while continuing to welcome new faces from the New York poetry scene as well as old friends. This Monday's stellar line-up include poets Roxanne Hoffman, Evie Ivy, Ron Price, Florence Kindel.

Naumberg Bandshell, Central Park, New York City, New York

Evie Ivy, a dancer and poet who currently curates two reading series, including the long running Green Pavilion Poetry Event in Brooklyn says "I always enjoy reading for Angela at Central Park, in the fresh air, among the trees. And have been happy to read or listen to an always nicely chosen group of poets! Looking forward ..."

Angela Pelusa says,"Come join us to close the seventeenth season. We're still here, no matter what!"

Directions: Central Park's Naumburg Bandshell, South of Bethesda Terrace btwn 66th & 72nd Sts., New York, NY.  By subway take the C train to 72nd Street at Central Park West,  or 1, 2, 3 to 72nd Street & Broadway.   Enter the park at 72nd St. & Central Park West.  Walk east towards the Bethesda Fountain, then head south passing the roller skaters on your right to the bandshell on you left.

Ron Price, a Pulitzer-Prize- and a National Book Award-nominated poet, works as Poet in Residence at the Juilliard School . He has taught as a Poet in the Parks, Poet in the Schools and Poet in the Prisons in Tennessee and Pennsylvania – these in addition to an endless string of useless jobs that include mailroom gopher, assembly line worker, forklift driver, leather craftsman, house organ editor, parking lot attendant and bookstore clerk. He has published in "The American Poetry Review," "The Hindu" (India), "Leviathan Quarterly" (U.K.), "The Painted Bride Quarterly," "Poetry," "Revista Forum" (Mexico,) and "Zone3." He is a past U.S.I.A. Visiting Poet to Belgium; has read and lectured throughout India for the Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs; and has twice given readings in Israel at the invitation of the American Center. He is the author of "Surviving Brothers," "A Crucible for the Left Hand," and "A Small Song Called Ash from the Fire."
Evie Ivy, is a professional dancer and published poet in the NYC poetry circuit. She has three chapbooks, her latest, "Cinquain, My Dear Cinquain, Selected Cinquains"  was recently released by Grey Book Press. Her full-lenth collection, "The First Woman Who Danced," includes poetry based on her experiences as a dancer and dance instructor. She co-hosts one of the longest running poetry readings in the city, The Green Pavilion Poetry Event in Brooklyn, as well the Poets-on-White Reading Series in Tribeca, Manhattan.

Roxanne Hoffman worked on Wall Street, now answers a patient hotline for a New York home healthcare provider. Her words can be found on and off the net in such journals as "Amaze: The Cinquain Journal," "Clockwise Cat," "Danse Macabre," "The Fib Review," "Hospital Drive," "Lips Magazine," "Lucid Rhythms," "Mobius: The Poetry Magazine," "The New Verse News," "The Pedestal Magazine" and "Shaking Like a Mountain;" the indie flick "Love and the Vampire"; and several anthologies including "The Banana Republic: A Literary Anthology by Gang Members and Their Affiliates" (Soft Skill Press), "Love After 70" (Wising Up Press), and "It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure" (Harper Perennial). She runs the small press, Poets Wear Prada, since 2006 and blogs at   and .

Florence Kindel is the author of the chapbook Dissolutions (Green Zone, 2009. Kindel was born in Orange, New Jersey. She has her BA in Fine Arts from Kean University, NJ, and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC, in painting and drawing. She has taught at several colleges in NJ. She has been writing since early childhood and left painting to write poetry in 1983. She lives with her husband and dog in NYC

Angela Peluso, long-time model, performance artist and writer, is the author of "Nude Poet," a very personal collection of poems and stories with vivid color and moody black & white photos interspersed.  Angela has been featured and produced shows at The Back Fence, The Yippie Cafe & Museum, Bowery Poetry Club, The Telephone Bar and the Smalls Jazz Club and has been featured on the "Poetry Thin Air" Cable Show.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

A Poem Reprinted from The Rutherford Red Wheel Barrow 4

Relativity,” M. C. Escher, 1953,  lithograph, 27.7 × 29.2 cm

By Roxanne Hoffman
The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.
—Albert Einstein

would mean no waiting
no anticipation

never EVER being late
nor early
nor on time

just existing in the moment
always PRESENT
future and past, spun on a dime.

no cause and no effect
no unfolding story to foretell or to retrospect.

if we’re born and we die INSTANTANEOUS
have we even existed at all?
or if we lead schizoid lives, two-faced like Janus,
does polygamy become protocol?

Or are we merely chaste immortals?

FOREVER wandering the door-locked halls…

Poems Published in Literary Anthology Celebrating William Carlos Williams

I am pleased to announce that 3 of my poems "Life With Clocks," "The Family Tree," "The Pursuit of Progeny" appear in the 4th edition of the The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow

The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, No.4 - 2011 reflects a diversity of voices and styles rarely combined in one book. The fourth annual edition of the literary journal was published last month by the Red Wheelbarrow Poets.  A open call to poets connected with the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative Reading of South Bergen County, past features including guest poets from the Tri-State region and regulars open mic readers, as well as participants of the peer-to-peer poetry workshops at the GainVille Learning Center and Café. Thirty poets are featured: John Barrale, Céline Beaulieu, Sondra Singer Beaulieu, Marian Calabro, the late George de Gregorio, Milton P. Ehrlich, Mark Fogarty, Thomas Fucaloro, Davidson Garrett, Elissa Gordon, Roxanne Hoffman, Jim Klein, Melanie Klein, Janet Kolstein, Kathy Kuenzle, Brant Lyon, Zorida Mohammed, Rick Mullin, Mike O’Brien, Jane Ormerod, George Pereny, S. Gili Post, Tony Puma, Dan Saxon, Claudia Serea, Francesca Sphynx, Madeline Tiger, John J. Trause, Dorinda Wegener and Don Zirilli.

In addition to the poetry, four essays give insight into the life and work of the Rutherford doctor/poet: "William Carlos Williams and the Baroness" by John J. Trause; "The Poetry Reading" by Madeline Tiger; "Friendship and ‘The Figure 5’" by Marian Calabro and "Medicine, Languages, a River and the American Muses in the Work of William Carlos Williams" by Céline Beaulieu. Noted poet Jim Klein, who leads the Gainville poetry workshop, shares his thoughts on creating a painting in "Don’t Talk Unless You Can Improve the Silence," and Mark Fogarty gives a preview of his novel in excerpts from "It’s So Easy to Fall in Love."

The journal was launched on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 7PM at the Williams Center in Rutherford, New Jersey.  Copies are available online at ( and will be available through by the end of the year. For more information and mailorders contact the Editors.

Friday, June 17, 2011

June 20: GENERATION BEAT at Yippie Museum Café in NYC

The Yippie Museum Cafe


Date: Monday, June 20, 2011

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
9 Bleecker Street
(near the Bowery)
New York, NY 10002
(212) 677-5918
Admission: $2

Host: Gordon Gilbert
Featured Readers:
(Reading Their Favorite Beat Writer
& Their Own Work)

ORION 0.62

Sorry, This is Not an Open Mic.

Beverage and Snacks Availalble at the Refreshment Stand.

for 4 pm screening of a Lawrence Ferlinghetti documentary by Chris Felver.

Mummy Cartoon
I'll be performing  "The Mummy Piece" by William S. Burroughs and "Mum's The Word" by me.

by William S. Burroughs

Good Afternoon. The most arbitrary, precarious and bureaucratic immortality blueprint was drafted by the ancient Egyptians.

First, you had to get yourself mummified, and that was very expensive, making immortality a monopoly of the truly rich. Then your continued immortality in the western lands was entirely dependent on  the continued existence of your mummy.

That’s why they had their mummies hid real good.

Here’s this plain GI Joe: He’s got enough baraka to survive his first physical death. He won’t get far. He’s got no mummy. He’s got no names. He’s got nothing. What happens to a bum like that? A nameless, mummiless jerk. Why, demons will swarm all over him at the 1st check point. He will be dismembered and thrown into a flaming pit, where his soul will be utterly consumed  and destroyed forever, while others with sound mummies and the right names dropped in the right places sail through to the western lands.

There are, of course, those who barely squeeze through. Their mummies are not in a good sound condition. These second class souls are relegated to third-rate transient hotels just beyond the last check point where they can smell the charnel house disposal of shit from their skimpy balconies.

Might as well face facts.  My mummy is going downhill. Cheap job to begin with. God! Maggots is crawling all over. Way that demon guard looked at me this morning. Transient hotels! And here you are in your luxury condo deep in the western lands. You got no security. Some disgruntled former employee sneaks into your tomb and throws acid on your mummy or sloshes gasoline all over and burns the heck out of it. OH, SOMEONE ‘S MESSING WITH MY MUMMY! Mummies are sitting ducks. No matter who you are, what could happen to your mummy is a pharaoh’s nightmare: the dreaded mummy-bashers and grave-robbers, scavengers, floods,  volcanoes, earthquakes. Perhaps a mummy’s best friend  is an Egyptologist: sealed in a glass case, kept at a constant temperature ... but your mummy is not even safe in a museum. Air raid sirens. It’s the blitz!

FOR RA'S SAKE! GET US INTO THE VAULTS! scream the mummies, without a throat, without a tongue.

Anybody buying in on a deal like that ought to have his mummy examined!

William S. Burroughs

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Monday June 13: Summer Gazebo Reading in Long Island

Summer Gazebo Reading

The Summer Gazebo Readings are back! Our 5th season promises to be spectacular--great authors and poets (twenty of whom will be making their Gazebo debut), generous sponsors--and delicious desserts waiting, all served up on Schoolhouse Green.

Next Monday, June 13, from 7pm to 8pm I will be reading with Tom Phelan, Lousia Calio and Steven Schimdt under the Gazebo at School House Green in Oceanside, New York.  

This summertime every Monday event is curated by Tony Iovino in June, July & August. (Except this year, our Independence Day Celebration is Tuesday, July 5!!)

Each evening 4 authors and poets share their work from our Gazebo on Schoolhouse Green in Oceanside, NY.

There is no admission fee. Free refreshments & desserts are provided.

Bring a lawn chair and a friend!

See you at the Gazebo!!

Contact:  Tony Iovino

Upcoming Schedule  

Tom Phelan Louisa Calio
Steven Schmidt Roxanne Hoffman  

Richard Vetere Cindi Sansone-Braff
Lloyd Abrams Darren Sardelli  

Robert Lipsyte Barb Reiher-Meyers
Gayl Teller Gail Goldstein  

7/5/2011 (TUESDAY!!!)
Independence Day Celebration  

Melissa de la Cruz Christina Rau
Jack Anderson Kio  

Ellen Meister Carol Hoenig
Robert Savino Peter Dugan  

Vicki Iorio Harriett Slaughter
Bruce Grossberg Jackie Sheeler  

Denis Gray Jane Ormerod
Vincent Maher Ed Stever  

Deborah Hauser Herb Siegel
Alix Strauss Linda Opyr  

Florence Gatto Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan
Jerry Zezima Doreen Spungin  

Gae Polisner Barbara Southard 

Beverly Kotch Annabelle Moseley
Paul Grossman Doug Swezey 


21st Century Appraisers
Anthony J. Santino, Councilman
Asip/Dagger Team/Century 21 American Homes
Bombino's Pizza & Restaurant
Bondi & Iovino, Attorneys-at-Law
Craig DeBaun, Fire Commissioner
Friends of Don Clavin, Receiver of Taxes
Friends of Judge Gary Knobel
Herb & Marian Brown
Home & Hearth Real Estate
Kimberly & Todd Garrity
Kiwanettes of Oceanside
Lion's Club of RVC
Long Island Pulse Magazine
Mary Jane McGrath, Attorney
Maryanne & SanderLehrer
Michael Schamroth and Family
Mindy & Roy Kaufman
Municipal Credit Union
Oceanside Federation of Teachers
Oceanville Mason Supply
South Nassau Communities Hospital
Tower's Funeral Home
Westron Lighting

BOOKSNJ 2011 Sunday June 12 at Paramus Library in NJ

 Sunday, June 12th
1pm - 5pm

Rain or Shine!

@ Paramus Public Library
116 East Century Road
Paramus, NJ 07652

Join us at BooksNJ2011: a celebration of books and the readers who love them, sponsored by BCCLS, Berkeley College, the Paramus Public Library, and the New Jersey State Library, Sunday, June 12 from 1pm-5pm.  The fair includes non-fiction authors as well as writers of  fiction, childrens books and poetry.

I will be featured at the Poetry Tent along with two authors published by my press, Joel Allegretti and John J. Trause as well as Elijah Brown, Teresa Carson, Sondra Gash, Roxanne Hoffman, Marcia Ivans, Diana Lockward and George Witte.  Please come by, say hello, introduce yourself, and listen to a poem or two from 1:00 -1:40PM MEET THE POETS, THEIR STYLES AND INSPIRATIONS.
Please come to the POETRY SLAM I am hosting from 3:30 PM - 4:10 PM.

I will also be participating as panelist  at 2:00 PM - 2:40 PM on E-BOOKS with Tracey Baptiste, Shirley George Frazier,  Dave White, and Charles Calde and at 2:45 PM - 3:25 PM on MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION with Diane Lockward and George Witte.

And leading the panel  WRITING POETRY IS EASY. RIGHT? BUT WILL FOLKS LISTEN? at 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM with panelists Elijah Brown, Teresa Carson, Sondra Gash and Marcia Ivans.

Local Celebrity Authors also be presenting at BOOKSNJ include Chris Grabenstein, Carol Higgins Clark, Mary Higgins Clark, Brad Parks, Mary Jane Clark, and Allison Fishman.

There will be many, many readings, discussions, booksignings and workshops, lots of opportunities to get up close and personal with published writers and of course many, many books for sale!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Saturday June 4 Underground Howl Event: 8pm at The New York Underground Museum

Symposia, Poetry & Party-ing”—w/Phoebe Legere & friends @ the Underground Museum on June 4thw/poetry by Taylor Mead, Dorothy Friedman & Richard West; slideshow of the LES by Shell Sheddy; 

Yours Truly will be participating in the UNDERGROUND HOWL EVENT hosted by Phoebe Legere and Dorothy Friedman August on Saturday, June 4th at 8 PM at Phoebe Legere's gallery, The New York Underground Museum, located at 221 E. 2nd Street (Between Aves. A & B) in Manhattan's Alphabet City.

I will be reading some poetry by Allen Ginsberg as well as my own.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Remembering Jack LaLanne (September 26, 1914 – January 23, 2011

“I can’t die. It would ruin my image.”
Jack LaLanne, noted American fitness, exercise and nutrition expert, motivational speaker, TV personality, and father of the modern physical fitness movement, died Sunday afternoon, January 23rd at his home in Morro Bay, Calif. He was 96.
"Enjoy Yourself!"
My mother idolized Jack so I've always had a soft spot for him.  While other moms were packing twinkies and peanut butter sandwiches in their kid's lunch boxes, my mom was packing carrot and celery sticks, a little can of V-8, along with the veggie and sprout sandwiches in mine. Atopped with little notes quoting Jack: "Make it happen!," "Have a positivie attitude!," "Enjoy yourself!."

James Penha, Editor of  The New Verse News was kind enough to post my poem for Jack, "The Battlle of the Bulge," on his blog today, Tuesday January 24th along with a video clip of Jack courtesy of YouTube.  Follow the link to read the poem.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Happy MLK! The New Verse News: I HAD A DREAM

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
January 16, 2011

Dear Friends & Fellow Poets;

Check out Roxy's poem "I HAD A DREAM" on The New Verse News:  

Barack Obama
as a boy
on his tricycle

 Have a great weekend!

Roxy & Herb

p.s. To read & remember the entire text of Dr. King's "I Hav A Dream" speech go to :

President Barack Obama
44th President of the United States of America

Our President
Still Riding Strong!