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The Return of J.J. Clarke, by Leslie Gerber

On December 9, J.J. Clarke was the featured reader at Mezzaluna’s monthly poetry series in Saugerties. As nearly as any of us can figure, it was his first public reading in eight years. When I became a part of the … 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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How I Wrote “My Late Mother as a Ruffed Grouse”

In the early 1990s, I wrote my first poems on a whim one weekend at a Zen monastery in the western Catskills. At the time I lived in Manhattan with my wife, worked at a small environmental magazine, and didn’t … Continue reading

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The Complete Chronogram Quips by Phillip Levine

Some people have weekly therapy. Or tennis match. Or drumming circle, poker game, or facial. For years, Woodstock had its own weekly Dada in the form of Monday night open mike at the Colony Cafe. The night I’ll never forget … Continue reading

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