Archive for October, 2012

A.D. Winans Performs at

The Davis Jazz Festival,

October 19th at 7:30PM

The Davis Jazz Beat Festival is proud to present acclaimed poet A. D. Winans, who will be reading at the Jazz Beat Conference, October 19th at 7:30.

A native of San Francisco, Allan Davis Winans is a poet, essayist, photographer, and short story writer whose work has appeared in over 2,000 literary magazines and anthologies, including City Lights Journal, Poetry Australia, The New York Quarterly, Beatitude, Beat Scene, and Rattle. In addition, he has written 50 books of poetry and two books of prose. Winans was close friends with Beat poets Charles Bukowski, Bob Kaufman, and Jack Micheline, having participated in the Beat and post-Beat era starting in 1958. From 1972 to 1989 Winans edited and published Second Coming Magazine, which produced a large number of books and anthologies, including the highly acclaimed California Bicentennial Poets Anthology. In 2006, he was awarded a PEN National Josephine Miles Award For Excellence in Literature, and, in 2009, PEN Oakland presented Winans with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2010, Bottle of Smoke Press published a 300-page collection of Winans’ selected poems, and in February 2012 Little Red Tree Press published Winans’ San Francisco Poems.

The 6th Annual Davis Jazz Festival: Beyond the Beat Generation takes place this coming weekend, Friday & Saturday, October 19 & 20, 2012, at the John Natsoulas Gallery and at Davis Commons (in front of the new Whole Foods Market). For six years the Davis Jazz Festival has been the premier collaborative conference in the region, offering an eclectic mix of poets, singers, bands and performance painters for people of all ages to enjoy. Featuring music from classical jazz combos to hard-driving big bands, the festival will serve as an educational event for creative youth, and will benefit the Davis High School Band Program. For more information, visit http://www.natsoulas.com/schedule/.

Who: A.D. Winans
When: Friday, October 19th at 7:30PM
Where: The John Natsoulas Gallery at 521 First Street


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StoryCorps: Poet Bill Lantry, On The Moment He Fell In Love With His Wife

By: WAMU Staff // October 8, 2012
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Bill Lantry, a writer and poet in Silver Spring, Md., with his wife, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, a liturgical soloist and music director.
Bill Lantry, a writer and poet in Silver Spring, Md., with his wife, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, a liturgical soloist and music director.

For some, love is a thing that builds up gradually. For D.C. author and poet Bill Lantry, it happened all at once. He recalls the exact moment that he fell in love with his wife, liturgical singer Kathleen Fitzpatrick.

“I had just taken you to lunch right by the capitol,” recalls Lantry, speaking to his wife. “And I spent two hours telling you every bad thing I had ever done in my entire life so you would know everything, and I would never have to hide anything at all from you. And you didn’t run away screaming.”

Exhausted and elated from this experience, Lantry drove with his future wife back to the campus of Catholic University, where they both attended school. He recalls stopping at a stoplight 400 yards south of the Basilica, as she put Franz Biebl’s version of “Ave Maria” on the CD player and began to sing along.

“I looked around at the trees outside and the sun was shining and you were so beautiful and your voice was so beautiful,” says Lantry. “And I looked at the little clock on your car’s dashboard and it said 1:54 in the afternoon. It was a Friday in late fall, and I completely fell in love with you at that moment. It was over — that was the end of that.”

That moment was transformational for his relationship with Kathleen, but was also the inspiration for some of his written works. He would go on to publish a book of poems called “The Structure of Desire,” published by Little Red Tree Publishing, about his love for her.

As for what the future holds, Lantry is characteristically poetic.

“I just want to feel that energy flowing through you that I feel every day,” he says. “I just wanted that all the time, forever.”

This interview was recorded in Arlington, Va. at StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives. To find out more information and to reserve a timeslot to tell your own story at the StoryCorps MobileBooth, visitStoryCorps.org.

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Nonnie Augustine’s

[The Linnet’s Wings]

Review of

The Structure of Desire

by W.F. Lantry

I don’t read poetry collections quickly. I may blast my way through John Sanford’s latest thriller, but it takes me weeks or months to read a poet’s book to completion. This is the first time I’ve read with the promise of a review in mind, but I had to put that pledge on the way-back burner before I could settle down and enjoy Mr. Lantry’s lovely collection. I’m not a poetry critic; I’m a poetry enthusiast. However, here it goes:

This beautifully realized book includes a foreward by Jean-Yves Solinga, a prologue and chapter introductions by Mr. Lantry, over a hundred poems and Pre-Raphealite paintings, printed in black and white, as a frontispiece for each chapter. There is a glossary (I can never keep my gods, goddesses and their stories straight and so I appreciated the helpful reminders about them, the carpentry terms, the translations at the ready, and the obscure references explained in straightforward language. I do, however, know what quotidian means) an index, and Mr. Lantry’s stunning biography. The poems are uniform in structure: four stanzas of six lines each, with ten skillful beats per line. This author takes exquisite care with his work, and there is much in this volume for each of us to enjoy.

The love poems take us on a gentle, sensuous journey through a land of silk and pearls, lace and candlelight, song and mystery. Mr. Lantry’s word choices hark back to pre-Beat literary times; his language is unabashadly civilized. When reading many of these poems I shared with the author a rarified world accompanied by classical or liturgical music, lit softly, peopled by intelligent, graceful beings who resolve conflicts and behave well (except for an impulsive four-year-old, who I think must be a charming boy.)

I like best the poems (“Hinges,” “Stone Cutters,” “Disorder”) in which the author leaves interior rooms and writes about struggles to tame nature for his gardens, walks along riverbanks or through forests, and time spent in his workshop where he fashions wood and teaches his son. I like his storms and his words about aftermaths of storms, natural or human. There is grit, hard work, and striving in this volume, along with the good wine, the fine fabrics.

The line that took my breath away, “I wanted to write paradise,” begins his poem “The Dark Wood.” I love that. I think this poet did and does want to write paradise. I believe him and I empathize with the difficulty he faces, we all face, when we want to help with our words and can only, at best, come close. The poem continues “…I would/create with words, a space where each may dwell who comes to read./A quiet song, small words almost as calming as the wind,light birds/their feathers shadow-flashing, or the swell/breaking into a wave across the sand.” I will keep this collection near me for awhile. I’ll reread favorites, wander worlds with Mr. Lantry, and try not to envy his wife, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, who has had such poetry dedicated to her.

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If you’re out and about on October 11, around 16th Street, San Francisco, drop in and listen to Al Winans read poems from his book “San Francisco Poems. He’ll be reading with others as part of the Annual Lit Quake Festival.

Place. Dalva
Address: 3121 – 16th Street, San Francisco.
Date: October 11.
Time of event: 6-7 pm.

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We are pleased to announce the winners

of the 2012 Little Red Tree — International Poetry Prize!


First prize $1,000 winner:  Desmond Kon
Poem: “If Jeffrey Smart Painted James Joyce”

Runner up $250: Ellen LaFleche
Poem: “Forgiveness”

$50 prize placements:

1. Nancy Becker – “The Fiction of Things”
2. Meagan Waff – “Window Pain Frame”
3. Vicki Wilke – “Doll Show”
4. Mia Farinellie – ”Colored Sestina”
5. John Anderson – “On Our Block”

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Vernice Quebodeaux “Pathways” Poetry Prize 2012 results


Ann Lauinger

Against Butterflies

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