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About me

Industry Arts
Occupation always a poet (was sometimes also a musician, publisher/writer/reviewer/editor, film/TV actor/screenwriter/script "doctor" too)
Location New York state, 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
most of my fantasies
& obsessions & com-
pulsions & attractions
were and had always
been (up until then)
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 The Best Years of Our Lives, On The Waterfront, Out Of The Past, The Big Sleep, Dead End, My Man Godfrey, Crossfire, The Third Man, Strangers On A Train, Some Like It Hot, The Cool World (Shirley Clark's), Cleo From 5 To 7, A Hard Day's Night, Blade Runner, The Secret Of Roan Inish, The Commitments, Once, Out of Sight, Burn After Reading, Attack the Block, Last of the Mohicans, Last Christmas, About Time, Boyhood, Brooklyn, Moonstruck, Moonlight, Little Women (2019), Jojo Rabbit, Stay On Board: The Leo Baker Story, American Symphony (Jon Batiste)...and many more...
Favorite Music Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, Nat King Cole, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Eric Dolphy, Ahmad Jamal, Nina Simone, Lambert Hendricks & Ross, George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, The Shirelles, Mary Wells, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, Bob Marley, Laura Nyro, Carole King, Donna Summers, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Blondie, Peter Case, Stephan Wrembel, Sylvana Joyce, Terence Winch, Jesse Winch, Mike Winch, Miles Lally, Donovan Lally, Flynn Lally, Jimmy Lally, Pat Lally, Nick Ciavatta...and many more...
Favorite Books Whitman's Leaves of Grass and Specimen Days, Joyce's Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man, WC Williams' Paterson and The Farmers' Daughters, Blaise Cendrars' Sky, Jean Toomer's Cane, William Saroyan's The Daring Young Man On The Flying Trapeze, Martha Gelhorn's The Face of War, Jack Kerouac's On The Road: The Original Scroll, Gary Snyder's Rip Rap and Earth Household, Frank O'Hara's Collected Poems, James Schuyler's The Morning Of The Poem, John Ashbery's Three Poems, Diane di Prima's Recollections of My Life as a Woman, Hubert Selby Jr.'s The Willow Tree, Joe Brainard's I Remember, Ted Berrigan's Collected Poems, Maureen Owen's No Travel Journals, Etheridge Knight's Born of a Woman, Michael McClure's Scratching The Beat Surface, Terence Winch's That Special Place and Boy Drinkers, Dale Herd's Dreamland Court, Aram Saroyan's The Street: An Autobiographical Novel, Ray DiPalma's The Ancient Art of Stone, Merrill Gilfillan's Magpie Rising, Bruce Andrews' A Poetics and Edge, Tim Dlugos' A Fast Life (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, Joanne Kyger's About Now, John Godfrey's The City Keeps, 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, Mindy Thompson Fullilove's Main Street, Ted Greenwald's Clearview/Lie, Elaine Equi's Ripple Effect, Jerome Sala's How Much?, Stella Kamakaris's Poems, Geoffrey Young's Pockets of Wheat, Eileen Myles' Inferno, Elinor Nauen's So Late Into The Night, Simon Pettet's As A Bee, Phoebe MacAdams' Livelihood, Patricia Spear Jones' A Lucent Fire, Nadia Owusu's Aftershock, et-endlessly-cetera...