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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 fifteen of my hundreds of favorite movies: The Big Sleep, The Best Years of Our Lives, Casablanca, On The Waterfront, It's A Wonderful Life, Out Of The Past, Red River, The Quiet Man, A Hard Day's Night, Blade Runner, The Commitments, Once, Grosse Pointe Blank, Silver Linings Playbook, Twelve Years A Slave...
Favorite Music twenty of my hundreds of favorite music makers: Sinatra, Monk, Miles, Coltrane, Bill Evans, Eric Dolphy, Ahmad Jamal, Billie Holiday, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, Laura Nyro, Carole King, Peter Case, Stephan Wrembel, Sylvana Joyce, Edith Pop, Terence Winch, Miles Lally...
Favorite Books twenty-five of my hundreds of favorite books: William Saroyan's The Daring Young Man On The Flying Trapeze, William Carlos Williams' Paterson, James Schuyler's The Morning of the Poem, Joe Brainard's I Remember, James Haining's A Quincy History, Bruce Andrews' Edge, Mark Terrill's Bread & Fish, Harry E. Northup's Reunions, John Godfrey's Dabble, Terence Winch's Falling Out Of Bed In A Room With No Floor, Ray DiPalma's The Ancient Use of Stone, Bernadette Mayer's Poetry State Forest, Ken McCullough's Obsidian Point, Yvonne de la Vega's Tomorrow Yvonne, Dale Herd's Empty Pockets, Tim Dlugos's A Fast Life, Toby Thompson's The '60s Report, Merrill Gilfillan's Magpie Rising, Alice McDermott's Child Of My Heart, Robert Zuckerman's Kindsight, Simon Pettet's Hearth, Ted Greenwald's Clearview/Lie, Elinor Nauen's So Late Into the Night, Elaine Equi's Ripple Effect, Jerome Sala's The Cheapskates...