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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 many movies I love: The Best Years of Our Lives, Casablanca, On The Waterfront, It's A Wonderful Life, Out Of The Past, The Big Sleep, Dead End, Red River, The Third Man, Strangers On A Train, Some Like It Hot, Oklahoma, The Cool World (Shirley Clark's), A Hard Day's Night, Blade Runner, The Commitments, Once, Grosse Pointe Blank, Out of Sight, Burn After Reading, Attack the Block, Last of the Mohicans, Boyhood, Brooklyn, Moonlight...
Favorite Music some of many whose music I love: Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Lester Young, Thelonious Monk, Nat King Cole, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Eric Dolphy, Ahmad Jamal, Billie Holiday, Lambert Hendricks & Ross, Aaron Copland, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, Laura Nyro, Carole King, Peter Case, Stephan Wrembel, Sylvana Joyce, Edith Pop, Terence Winch, Miles Lally, Donovan Lally, Flynn Lally, Jimmy Lally, Pat Lally, Nick Ciavatta...
Favorite Books some of many books I love: Whitman's Leaves of Grass, Joyce's Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man, WC Williams' Paterson, 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 Desolation Angels, Gary Snyder's Rip Rap, Frank O'Hara's Selected Poems, James Schuyler's The Morning Of The Poem, John Ashbery's Three Poems, Joe Brainard's I Remember, Ted Berrigan's Selected 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, Dale Herd's Empty Pockets, Aram Saroyan's Genesis Angels, Ray DiPalma's The Ancient Art of Stone, Merrill Gilfillan's Magpie Rising, Bruce Andrews' A Poetics, 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, 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, et-endlessly-cetera...