Saturday, October 31, 2020

Second Edition of "All in the Family" Exclusively Available on Blurb does 

   Life does not allow for many do-overs, but book publishing does! Our second collaborative work has been expanded. The results are spectacular. Carol has added some new paintings and collages. She goes back a generation further than in the first version and adds to some others. All this spurred me to some new poems and insights. 

   Visually, this is stunning, and as far as the poetry goes, I enjoyed mixing styles and moods. The book itself is superb. If you cannot wait for it, you can order a .pdf copy to enjoy right away!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Interview on Times Radio about a Memorable Professor

     Above is the obituary for Dr. Ruth Klüger whom I had as a professor in the German Department of UC-Irvine in the mid-1970s. She was a dynamic, exciting teacher  When I was having some difficulties with my doctoral studies, she offered me a fantastic topic and offered to serve as my adviser. That would have all but assured me of the academic career I wanted.

     However, those same difficulties had led me to consider other options. When she made me the offer, I told her I was going to attend a Lutheran seminary in St. Louis. "Sie strahlen," she said to me. "You are beaming!" I was overwhelmed by the joy this Jewish Holocaust survivor had for this Lutheran. 

     I never regretted my decision, which has led me to so many wonderful people, places, and things. In March 2005 I was winding up my deployment in Germany with the US Army. Watching television one night, I believe the ARD, there was a documentary about a Holocaust survivor visiting her old neighborhood in Vienna. I knew her as Ruth Angress, but she had resumed using her original surname, Klüger. The next day I e-mailed her, and we exchanged a few e-mails. It was good to catch up with each other.

    I tweeted her obituary on the weekend. On Monday I was asked by Times Radio, UK, if they could interview me. I was- still am- honored. Here is a link to the interview, which begins around 50 minutes into the program.


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

"All in the Family" 2nd Edition Available on Blurb!

    This is an expanded edition from the earlier one. Carol has created some amazing new artwork, and my poems aspire to reach those heights.

    Spanning the generations and the continent, "All in the Family" may well inspire you to reflect on your own family and search its own remarkable past.

     Available only on Blurb right now!


Saturday, October 10, 2020

Artocalypse on 24 October!

     It's really a beginning, not an ending! No need to panic!

     Chris Shaw and others have created an amazing event based in the UK but intended for a worldwide gathering of artists and lovers of art. The Artocalypse seeks to make up for all of those missed events, festivals, readings, exhibitions by giving artists of all kinds a space to show what they have and where interested people can find it. This will not be a one-off event!

    I am working with other poets on some interesting things.

Recording by a Fellow Poet of a Poem in "Accents"

    Accents is available in Kindle or paperback exclusively from Amazon KDP.  My wife Pam comes from Mississippi and knows Lousiana well, How could I resist visiting a church named after a Hungarian? My in-laws were there years ago and brought me a brochure. Elizabeth was married to a German prince

and lived for a few years in the famous Wartburg castle. She became a Franciscan nun and is buried in the Elisabethkirche in Marburg, Germany. I visited that also.

    Kimberly reads this poem especially well, and I thank her so much!

And please see my other books also! Thanks!

Friday, October 2, 2020

Poet Wallace Stevens born 2 October 1879

     On this date in 1879, poet Wallace Stevens was born in Reading, PA. I did my seminary internship there. Stevens was a lawyer and insurance executive, who would write scraps of poetry in board meetings. Above is one o

f his best.

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, ...