Here is a video of my Poetry Flash Virtual Reading 2/28/21 with Nathalie Anderson. My sincere thanks to Joyce Jenkins and Richard Silberg for their hosting and introductions. And a shout out to Nathalie for sharing her stellar poems.
I read from my collection The Poet’s Garage along with a few more recent poems.
Just like Lawrence Ferlinghetti taught us it was possible to write accessible poems that question our world and illuminate people we see in everyday life, Jack Kerouac cracked open the novel. On the Road is a romp through an America few experience in its entirety. A land of struggle and enlightenment if you know where to look.
This glimpse of Kerouac reading from On the Road with Steve Allen on piano is a revelation in itself.
My sixties road novel Lucky Ride is inspired in part by Jack Kerouac. Think of what might happen if Kerouac had been a Vietnam Era veteran who imagined himself starting out on Ken Kesey’s bus and then striking out on his own.
Thank you to Club Plum Literary Journal for including my story “Greyhound” in their current issue.
Like the character in the story, I logged many miles on buses, assuming I could afford the ticket, especially when it was too cold or wet to hitchhike. As much as I love Jack Kerouac, I always seemed to have less money than Sal Paradise.
The link below includes a soundtrack from Calpurnia, also entitled “Greyhound.” Very cool.