Monthly Archives: August 2011

“Into the Firs” with Mike Kudish, Catskills Forest Historian

(“Into the Firs” appeared as a “Walking Woodstock” column in the August 4, 2011 Woodstock Times.) Our destination for the day was the dense dark spiky stand of balsam fir trees on Wildcat Mountain that Mike Kudish, the Catskills forest … Continue reading

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Jay Wenk’s Favorite Anti-War Poem

Charming, puckish, defiant, Jay Wenk seems so young at heart in his ardent crusades as a gray bearded veteran against war or as a minority member of the Woodstock Town Board that it’s surprising to read his memoir of when … Continue reading

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Michael Czarnecki, Chinese Poet

Where to begin? Perhaps with the publication of Robert Milby’s book, Ophelia’s Offspring, which set to page the declamatory poems inspired by Baudelaire, Shelley, Tom Waits, and doomed Romantics everywhere that Robert delivers night after night in the coffee houses … Continue reading

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“Carpe Diem: New and Selected Poems” by Michael Perkins

Michael Perkins and I once spent a day from hell together, an experience I recount in the “Emergency” chapter of Walking Woodstock. For Michael, it truly was hell, for he’d fallen on a small patch of trail ice and dislocated … Continue reading

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Judith Kerman Triple Feature

Judith Kerman has brought Mayapple Press to Woodstock. For a welcoming gift, I haven’t yet given her a copy of the green bumper sticker that once graced my car, “Welcome to Woodstock/Roll up Your Windows/ And Please Don’t Feed the … Continue reading

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Marianna Boncek’s “On Reading Poetry in the Waiting Room”

During one of my periodic frustrations over my inability to sell my poetry books, I read Zig Ziglar’s Secrets of Closing the Sale, a heartening and persuasive guide by a man who had a hell of a lot of fun … Continue reading

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