‘Jesus Was A Homeboy’ by Kevin Carey
Recently I interviewed poet Kevin Carey on my Somerville Community Access TV show Poet to Poet/Writer to Writer. And here is my review of his latest poetry collection.
‘Whiteness of Bone’ by Gloria Mindock
A new poetry collection is out by Somerville’s Gloria Mindock. It is reviewed here by the noted critic Dennis Daly:
Whiteness of Bone
By Gloria Mindock
Glass Lyre Press
Review by Dennis Daly
Jazz producer Alan Ringel dishes it out about jazz at Sweet Ginger in Somerville
This is my interview with my old pal, Alan Ringel, experimental jazz producer and a founder of About Time Records. I met Al over 30 years ago at McLean Hospital, where we worked as counselors. Al talked about one of his artists Henry Threadgill, who just won the Pulitzer-Prize, the “jazz loft” scene in the 70s in NYC, the role of improvisation and composition in jazz, misconceptions about Louis Armstrong, jazz writer Stanley Crouch, the jazz clubs in Greenwich Village, and much more. We had our discussion at the Thai restaurant Sweet Ginger in Union Square, Somerville.
Review: ‘If Mercy’ by Frannie Lindsay
Somerville Bagel Bard Alice Weiss reviews Frannie Lindsay’s new collection of poetry:
To any reader who knows Frannie Lindsay’s work it will come as no surprise that in this collection the poems are lyrical, complex, imagistic, syntactically subtle and musical. But they are also philosophical; they play with with and against logic. Take the title itself and the poem of the same name. If Mercy, is, the first clause of an if/then statement. In logic, if/then is a statement formed by combining two statements, where the second is a condition of the first. In such a statement, only if the If clause is true, can the statement be true. But in the poem the statements are incomplete. A series of nouns substitute for the clauses that follow the if clause: If, August, house, joy, mercy, peace. What is true here is the lightest touch of felt image: If August…