Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A Review from Spain for "Places and Times"


     I am so touched to see this. Alicia saw an earlier edition of this book and wrote some wonderful things for the book jacket. When I saw this Facebook post, I was beside myself with joy. Since I resumed writing poetry, I have been in touch with many people. Some I admire for their poetic talent, and some for their personalities. In her case, it is both! Thank again, dear Alicia!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Not all Gorkas Are That Way

     Normally I am glad to see a fellow Hungarian-American do well. There was Joe Namath, Ernie Kovacs, and Mariska Hargitay, to name a few.

     Sebastian Gorka does not merit my praise. While I was not saddened to see that he has left the White House (an ongoing exodus it continues to be), he will still find places to voice his fascism and other beliefs. Yohe Isten (O Lord), as my grandfather would say.

     John Gorka has been an acclaimed singer/songwriter for some time, and had shown no fascist tendencies. Tonight I found this song and was enthralled by the fact that it is base dona sonnet that was  written by a poet from Western Pennsylvania. I could not find much info on Elma Dean, but please enjoy his performance of the song and her sonnet. It is a Shakespearean one.



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

A Blast from my Past

     The call letters that I knew were WDFM. While working for The Daily Collegian, I met the station's Steve Rubin, also covering the event. He was the News Director and told me I was welcome to join the staff. I hesitated because I was with the paper and was unsure about my speaking voice.
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     A little later I took a break from the Collegian, and went up to the WDFM studios in the Sparks Building. The place taught me a lot, and prepared me for my future in ways that I never imagined.

     My first time on live radio occurred when I checked my box before an evening newscast. Whoever was to have done it was not there. The station manager gleefully gave me some wire stories (the old rip and read) and told me not to laugh at the strange one they found for the end.

     Soon afterward I did Public Affairs, which meant selecting an hour's worth of programming to satisfy the FCC requirements. The I was asked to do the Fine Arts; that was the Third Program, the classical music show. The name came from the BBC, although it wasaProgramme.

     All I knew about classical music was how to pronounce most of the names. Gradually I learned about the music, straightened out the filing system of albums, and managed a staff of music majors.
Along the way I developed my radio voice (friends did not recognize me), acquired some composure (being mooned while doing the news was part of that), and made some friends. Steve Rubin became a groomsman at my wedding and I am in touch with Lou Kolb and Jim Cameron. on Facebook. Jim and I go all the way back to high school.

     Since I have spent a lot of time leading worship, speaking to a class, and writing/reading to classical music, WDFM did a lit for me. I was not surprised to learn that Penn State had been a leader in student broadcasting.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

To Add my Book to the Syllabus, or Not to Add....

   Any university/college student has encountered professors who add their books to the syllabus and either 1. never use it but are glad for the royalties t
o 2. over-emphasize its value.

    I am thrilled to offer the Poetry class again at a local tech college, where I have been an adjunct for 12 years. In other parts of the States, these two-year schools are called junior or community colleges, and offer not only greatly-reduced tuition, but the option for students to follow to a four-year school to complete a degree if they so choose.

     It is not that I imagine myself to stand beside or even near the poets we read. Towards the end of the semester we look at more contemporary poems, and I share some of what my poetic friends are doing in their books/ on the web. My first book, Places and Times, is affordable at $12 US or so. We look look at some f my sonnet cycles and some others.

     And I will sign it!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

"The Fifth Gospel" is sensational

     The mark of a good book for m is one where I miss the characters after I finish reading. This book has clearly-defined characters, a thorough description of everyday life in Vatican City (yes, there is such a thing), and a solid,, serious theological background: the Shroud of Turin and Pope John Paul II's wish to reunite Roman Catholics and Orthodox before his death.

              Here there is a relationship between two brothers, a father and young son, an absent wife, an unconventional justice system, and New Testament scholarship.

               This book was worth the read. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Help out a friend, please!


This will help Laura Demelza Bosma.   abstimmen means vote in German! 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Anthology Out by 31 October 2017

     Two poems from Accents will appear in this anthology. McGrsath House will release by 31 Otober 2017. We need more toleration and understanding. I am disgusted by the events in Charlottesville, VA, today.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

An Extremely Pleasant Surprise

    Back in January I won the chance to select a book for a prize at a Poetry Slam at the Coffee Shelf in Chapin, SC. I selected Ian Caldwell's The Fifth Gospel. My fear is that it would be one of those "Jesus went to India/Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married/Jesus was an alien" type of books.

     This Summer I finally started to read, after putting out Accents and welcoming our grandson to the world. I was wrong! This is an excellent mystery. All that I am giving away now, and it is not much, is that it concerns relations between Catholics and Orthodox Christians, exegetical methods, and the Shroud of Turin.

     Full disclosure/reminder: I am a retired Lutheran pastor (ELCA f0r those who understand initials) whose dissertation concern Catholic/Orthodox/Lutheran attempts at unity. What a wonderful surprise!


Friday, August 4, 2017

Happy Birthday, Percy Bysshe Shelley

     One of English's finest lyric poets, Shelley was born 4 August 1792 in Sussex. Like many of his peers among the English Romantic poets, he died young. Not by illness, but by drowning; he and some companions did not heed the warning of Italian sailors and ventured out anyway.

     I give a link to his biography and to one of his finest poems. The last thing I want to add is that he did not stand int he way of his (second) wife's career. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrote Frankenstein and became her spouse's literary champion. If onyl they could have grown old together!



Thursday, August 3, 2017

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Poetry Column on Lenka's List


I am very happy to share this with the world! 

Interview on Lenka's List


This is a very nice site that supports authors very well. I am honored to be part of it.

Reviews Are So Very Important to Writers, and So Hard to Get

      When my first poetry book was published seven years ago, I dutifully asked readers/friends to review it. That book, Places and Times, ...