Tag Archives: Will Nixon

Three Poems About Cabins

Poem of the Forgotten I came to this place a young man green and lonely. Well quit of the world, I framed a house of moss and timber, called it a home, and sat in the warm evenings singing to … Continue reading

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Two Fish—Elizabeth Bishop’s and My Mother’s

In my early twenties, when my ambition to become a writer was still nine parts yearning to one part writing, I came under the sway of John Updike’s great gift for describing things in painterly detail. For years, I believed … Continue reading

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Sam Shepard Describes Bob Dylan’s Hands

In 1975, Sam Shepard accompanied Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue through New England and subsequently published his impressions in Rolling Thunder Logbook. Lately, I’ve been fascinated by Dylan’s early Woodstock years when he hung out at the Café Espresso (now … Continue reading

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A Short History of Poetry in Woodstock, 1873-2008

(Published in the Woodstock Times, April 17, 2008) By Michael Perkins Part II While much of the general population may prefer undergoing root canal work to attending a poetry reading, fortunately for local poets there are people who freely chose … Continue reading

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Love in the City of Grudges, Reviewed by Bruce Weber

(Here’s Bruce Weber’s review from the Winter 2011/2012 issue of Home Planet News. Thanks, Bruce!) Will Nixon’s second book of poetry, Love in the City of Grudges, returns to the fertile, dysfunctional family territory of his first collection My Late … Continue reading

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From Jackass Hill to Rattlesnake Hill with George Drew

While enjoying George Drew’s new book, The View From Jackass Hill, I was impressed by the fact that so many of his poems addressed others, primarily poets but also his car mechanic as well. George writes about friendship, unlike many … Continue reading

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“Read Local”: My Holiday Appeal

Among the nicest gifts I received this year were two heartfelt appraisals of my poetry books by Marc Schuster of Small Press Reviews. Many critics love to show off their smarts, but not so many share their real feelings as … Continue reading

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Zombie PhD, thanks to Bobbi Katz

Among the many witty and endearing details of Bobbi Katz’s book for the child in all of us, The Monsterologist: A Memoir in Rhyme, is one that nobody but me seems to have noticed. First, give Bobbi her due. 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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From Children’s Forts to Writers’ Cabins

Every poet should write an ode to forts. Here’s mine: Defending the Fort In the dryer my wet sneakers thump like dinosaur heartbeats. My model glue dries in my Messerschmidt. Upstairs, my mother’s feet walk on kitchen linoleum that sounds … Continue reading

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