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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 favorite movies: The Big Sleep, The Best Years of Our Lives, Casablanca, On The Waterfront, It's A Wonderful Life, Out Of The Past, Sullivan's Travels, 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 some favorite music makers: Sinatra, Monk, Miles, Coltrane, Bill Evans, Eric Dolphy, The Beatles, Ahmad Jamal, Billie Holiday, Bill Charlip, John Lennon, Dylan, The Beach Boys, The Beastie Boys, Mary Wells, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Van Morrison, Laura Nyro, Carole King, Blondie, Celtic Thunder (the original traditional-Irish-music band not the more recent hokey road show), Annie Lennox, Peter Case, Scott Buck, Stephan Wrembel, Spanish Kitchen, Mystery Pop, Bell Engine, Highland, Jordan Weller & the Feathers, The Transmitters, Sylvana Joyce and The Moment, Edith Pop, Sea of Otters, Rogers & Hart, Rogers & Hammerstein, Johnny Mercer, Leonard Bernstein, Terence Winch, Miles Lally, Jimmy Lally, Donovan Lally...
Favorite Books some favorite books: 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, Ken McCullough's Obsidian Point, Yvonne de la Vega's Tomorrow Yvonne, Dale Herd's Early Morning Wind, 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...