On May 19, I performed eight of my tone poems at a Blue Whale poetry reading. Here’s a video of one of them. I Whispered is about my father’s death. (Tone Poems are poems with original music –thanks to Bruce Willard for the term).
I am so pleased to be reading in Minneapolis with my long-time friend, Thomas R. Smith. Thomas is a poet, essayist, teacher and editor. Among his many publications are 15 books of poetry. He was also editor of Air Mail: The Letters of Robert Bly and Tomas Tranströmer (Graywolf Press).
Tone Poems are poetry/music pieces where words and original music work together as equals. Here are a few samples: … Tone Poems: poems with original music
Here’s a new track from Fur and Feathers — an album of instrumental music I hope to release soon. … New instrumental track
Review of Deep Pockets
Richard Jarrette, author of Beso the Donkey and several other books of poetry, wrote this review. In it, he quotes Dan Gerber, whose most recent book of poetry, Particles: New and Selected Poems, was published in 2017 by Copper Canyon Press.
In Robert Bly’s introduction to his translations of the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, he writes:
One of the most beautiful qualities in [these] poems is the space we feel in them. … Tomas Tranströmer