cell phone self-portrait

cell phone self-portrait
things are looking up

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

One Dollar Plants One Tree

Let's do something good for the world.

Friday, March 28, 2008

You Tube Clip from our Dub Poetry Workshop

I am so pleased to be able to share this clip from our Dub Poetry/Music Event that took place at our college in January. Our special guest was Jamaican jazz guitarist Maurice Gordon, but this clip features a young man from Aruka, British Guyana, (now studying at Claflin), who did a spontaneous song for us called "I Need Your Love Every Time, Jesus." He was one of the band members who just showed up from various local colleges and the community to form a last-minute band on the stage with Maurice. It was just too cool. The video is shaky because we did it ourselves, and we are just learning, but we are pleased to be able to reach students where they live --- on YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, and MOG ! We will be posting students performing their dub poems over the coming weeks; this is our first effort.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

This Silver Lining

I finally got my picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone. Ha ha. By the way, did you know Johnny Depp has been on the cover of RS six times???!!

Monday, February 18, 2008



My Music Blog at MOG.com, if anyone is interested in checking out some groovy music.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Candy Valentine

What a sweet day!

Candy Hearts

I eat them at the bar instead of popcorn now,
eat hearts by the handful, hearts with messages
I skip, hearts that beat sugar beats

oh sugar sugar
oh honey honey
you are my candy girl
and you got me wanting you

but occasionally I pause to read one,
to see if it has easy- to- follow directions
that could make love simple
or just something promising

like "I hope."

Monday, February 11, 2008

How to Have a Great Monday Morning

Dear Patient: This prescription takes approximately thirty minutes.

Awake at 6 a.m. and prepare hot chai with vanilla soy milk and one packet of Splenda. Eat a low-fact (or, low fat --- aren't typos funny sometimes?) cinnamon graham cracker while waiting for chai to cool. Take the chai to your home office or wherever the computer is stashed. Play an online game, preferably Scrabble so you can get some words in your head first thing:


and others

Read a passage or two from J.D. Salinger's "Seymour: An Introduction."

Oh, you want an example:

"It seems to me indisputably true that a good many people, the wide world over, of varying ages, cultures, natural endowments, respond with a special impetus, a zing, even, in some cases, to artists and poets who as well as having a reputation for producing great or fine art have something garishly Wrong with them as persons: a spectacular flaw in character or citizenship, a construably romantic affliction or addiction --- extreme self-centeredness, marital infidelity, stone-deafness, stone-blindness, a terrible thirst, a mortally bad cough, a soft spot for prostitutes, a partiality for grand-scale adultery or incest, a certified or uncertified weakness for opium or sodomy, and so on, God have mercy on the lonely bastards."

(Thus, Amy Winehouse takes the Grammies. And I love Amy Winehouse.)

Answer a few e-mails and write a few shiny new unsolicited ones.

Finally, for exactly three minutes, sit in front of a mirror with a 32 fl oz bottle of Miracle Bubbles, and blow bubbles at yourself.

Happy Monday, Everybody!

Monday, January 28, 2008

A Not Ungrateful Theme

"Since my young days of passion --- joy, or pain,
Perchance my heart and harp have lost a string,
And both may jar: it may be, that in vain
I would essay as I have sung to sing
Yet, though a weary strain, to this I cling;
So that it wean me from the weary dream
Of selfish grief or gladness --- so it fling
Forgetfulness around me --- it shall seem
To me, though to none else, a not ungrateful theme."

Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto The Third, #4

Life is good and blessed this morning. I studied Byron in grad school and like to pull his words out now and again. He's good for brooding or reflecting. I also like to see my old notes from class in the margins. From this page in the book, for example, I have:

"not a sum of things --- always losing, gaining, touching other things."

"not based on linearity"

"genres of public being in speech"

"the theory of reversibility"

"esoteric theory"

"emphasis on natural environment"


"The act of writing creates the self."

Tuesday, January 22, 2008