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About me

Gender Male
Industry Arts
Occupation always a poet (in earlier years a musician, publisher/writer/reviewer/editor, film/TV actor/screenwriter/script "doctor" as well)
Location New Jersey, United States
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When I was 10,
I thought I was "Irish,"
even though I was
born in the USA.

When I was 20,
I thought I was "Black,"
even though my skin
is pink & freckled,
my hair is straight,
and I have no
African ancestry.

When I was 30,
I thought I was "queer,"
even though I was
married and had
two children, and
all my fantasies
& obsessions & com-
pulsions & attractions
were and had always
been about women.

When I was 40,
I thought I was a
"movie star," even
though the movies
were terrible, and
I was terrible in
them, and almost
no one knew them,
or who I might
have been in them.

When I was 50,
I thought I was
"enlightened," even
though I wasn't.

But of course I was
and am—enlightened,
as I was and still am
—an Irish-Black-
Interests all of it
Favorite Movies some of the many movies I can watch anytime: The Best Years of Our Lives, Casablanca, On The Waterfront, It's A Wonderful Life, Out Of The Past, The Big Sleep, Baby Face, Dead End, The Blue Dahlia, Red River, The Third Man, The Quiet Man, Strangers On A Train, Some Like It Hot, Oklahoma, The Cool World (Shirley Clark's), A Hard Day's Night, Burn!, In The Heat of the Night, Blade Runner, The Commitments, Once, Grosse Pointe Blank, Out of Sight, Lars and The Real Girl, Burn After Reading, Attack the Block, Last of the Mohicans, Twelve Years a Slave, Boyhood, Brooklyn, The Big Short, Beasts of No Nation...
Favorite Music some of many whose music I can listen to anytime: Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Eric Dolphy, Ahmad Jamal, Billie Holiday, Lambert Hendricks & Ross, Aaron Copland, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, Laura Nyro, Carole King, Peter Case, Stephan Wrembel, Sylvana Joyce, Edith Pop, Lovan, Terence Winch, Miles Lally, Donovan Lally, Flynn Lally, Jimmy Lally, Pat Lally, Nick Ciavatta...
Favorite Books some of many books I can re-read anytime (and do): Whitman's Leaves of Grass, Rilke's The Notebooks Of Malta Laurids Brigge, Joyce's Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man, WC Williams' Paterson, Blaise Cendrars' Collected Poems, Jean Rhys Collected Novels, William Saroyan's Tracy's Tiger, Nazim Hikmet's Human Landscapes From My Country, Martha Gelhorn's The Face of War, Jack Kerouac's Desolation Angels, Frank O'Hara's Collected Poems, James Schuyler's Collected Poems, John Ashbery's Three Poems, Joe Brainard's I Remember, Ted Berrigan's Collected Poems, Maureen Owen's No Travel Journals, Etheridge Knight's Born of a Woman, Terence Winch's That Special Place, Dale Herd's Empty Pockets, Aram Saroyan's Complete Minimal Poems, Ray DiPalma's The Ancient Art of Stone, Merrill Gilfillan's Magpie Rising, Bruce Andrews' A Poetics, Tim Dlugos' A Fast Life (The Collected Poems), Lee Lally's These Days, Robert Slater's A Rumor of Inhabitants, James Haining's A Quincy History, Lynne Dreyer's Lamplights Used To Feed The Deer, Mark Terrill's Bread & Fish, Harry E. Northup's Reunions, John Godfrey's Dabble, Bernadette Mayer's Poetry State Forest, Ken McCullough's Obsidian Point, Yvonne de la Vega's Tomorrow Yvonne, Toby Thompson's The '60s Report, Robert Zuckerman's Kindsight, Ted Greenwald's Clearview/Lie, Elaine Equi's Ripple Effect, Jerome Sala's The Cheapskates, Stella Kamakaris's Poems, Geoffrey Young's Pockets of Wheat, Elinor Nauen's So Late Into The Night, Simon Pettet's As A Bee, Phoebe MacAdams' Livelihood, Roberto Bolano's Savage Detective, et-endlessly-cetera...