Tuesday, February 09, 2016

While reading the latest issue of The New York Review of Books
I came across this incredible statement:

Once out of bed, we check our phones
221 times a day - an average of every 4.3
minutes - according to a UK study.

Sunday, February 07, 2016


There is no doubt that thousands of Flint residents will need monitoring,
medical supervision and educational support for many years to come.
Some 8,000 or more children under the age of 6, whose developing 
brains can suffer irreversible damage from exposure to lead, drank
the poisoned water, and some are already showing symptoms.

FEBRUARY 6, 2016

Too much going on. I need to pace myself.
Looking forward to flying west to pickup a literary award.
More about this next month.

March is also when I become the new host for the radio program - ON THE MARGIN - WPFW.
I've been thinking about radio format and show structure the last few days.

COLLECTED POEMS should be out by late March.
Several readings in the DC area.
The big event will probably be at Marymount University.
Thanks once again to Kirsten Porter for making so many things possible.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016


If the SuperBowl is the ultimate game, how
come there is another one next year?

    - Duane Thomas, Dallas Cowboy Running Back.


Sunday, January 24, 2016


Yesterday I had a fun conversation with the poet and teacher giovanni singleton.
We are always laughing about literary politics. g is responsible for editing 4 issues
of "Nocturnes" magazine. A journal ahead of it's time. It would be nice for a small college
or a large university to house her publication. If only I were a rich man.
Love you g.

Friday, January 22, 2016


Yesterday I pulled together another E-Group meeting. This one was held at my house. A wonderful meeting of good minds sitting around a table. I hope to have 2 more in 2016. When I come across an interesting essay I reach out to a few friends and invite them to meet. It's like Ellington putting a small band together. Intellectual conversation is the foundation on which we build citizenship. This week the E-Group discussed "Who Benefits From A Post-Paris "Clash of Civilizations "? by Tom Englehardt.

The first and second E-Group looked at:
"The Death of the Artist-and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur " by William Deresiewicz.
" A World Without Work" by Derek Thompson.

Monday, January 18, 2016

In Search of Malcolm Little

Every life wears its crown. I find it interesting that the names of the departed black men we cherish and remember are not choir boys. Some have been hardheads and hoodlums. History is changed by those who stumble and those who march. Leadership however should never be a lottery. If we find ourselves following gangsters and hustlers then we need to check our moral compass. We all have the capacity to lead but only after personal transformation.  The idea that every young person has better ideas is as foolish as thinking every gray hair represents wisdom. I see many black boys being Malcolm Littles - not an X in their head about their history or plight. All they possess is a new black rage - anger against the police and everything white. This is Clockwork Orange and the new black. Violence is now a quickie for everything in the way. Never has there been such collective despair in our cities. When the next Malcolm Little is caught and sent to jail - let's hope someone finds him sleeping with the dictionary.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Looking for Mr. Oscar.

Every year I sit in theaters and watch trailers for black movies I know I will pray to forget. I cringe when black talent is forced back into coonery. I've also seen movies every year where a black actor should be given two Oscars and receive not even a nomination. Then there are the black movies I'm suppose to like and praise and the NAACP gives a jackass stamp image award for race pride. I know in the back of my mind DuBois is talking to Booker and neither could return to explain this commercial nonsense. Still we survive. We want to win Oscars the way we once wanted black quarterbacks to never throw an interception and setback the race. It's 2016 and we continue to measure progress by movies and not by an end to poverty and other ills. One goes to movies for escape and entertainment or maybe to just feel good in the dark. We need to reject the terrible habits that come from being a "popcorn" race lacking at times butter and the salt of genius.