On October 24-October 26, an exciting event took place in Cleveland, Ohio, as people from all over the United States gathered to celebrate poetry, small presses, and the "mimeograph revolution" poet d.a. levy.
poster designed by Hydeout Press
The excitement and celebration of the weekend included the hot-off-the-press book release of George Wallace's Riding with Boom Boom,
and Gimme Back My Radio by Russ Green!
Gimme Back My Radio by New York poet Russ Green contains 36 pages of dynamic and seductive poems. Boasting a gorgeous photo by the internationally-known photographer-cinematographer-producer-director Lynn Spinnato, the heavy white cardstock cover is paired with a deep blue cardstock insert. The 30 poems are printed on thick white paper. Matt Pasca, Pushcart nominee and author of A Thousand Doors, says:
"In Gimme Back My Radio, Russ Green plays conductor and meteorologist to the awesome fronts colliding in his mind—the smashed barometric boundary where Himalayan flags, American greed, Bayou lovers and city tow trucks squall—where his relentless attention spins in tricked-out cyclones of alliterative rapture, in tornados of prayer from which Green emerges triumphant—baton both broken and glowing."
In Gimme Back My Radio, Green writes about John Lennon, Jack Kennedy, Amiri Baraka, New York City, Starbucks, "Sultry Tongues" and "High-heeled Honeys" and much more, with keen observation and a unique sense of humor. His poems at the same time satisfy and leave you hungry for more!
Russ Green at the Lit Café reading Saturday night.
Gimme Back My Radio is Russ Green's first collection of poems, but he's no stranger to the poetry scene. Green is co-editor at Great Weather for Media based in New York City. He hosts, along with his fellow editors, at their weekly Spoken Word Sundays at Parkside Lounge on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He also hosts and curates the Green's Revolution reading series at Cornucopia's Noshery in Amityville, NY, and a quarterly music and poetry series at BrickHouse Brewery in Patchogue, NY. He has done readings from Sante Fe to Cleveland, New Orleans, NYC, and Lowell Celebrates Kerouac in Lowell, MA. His work has been published in several print and online anthologies including Long Island Quarterly and the PPA Literary Review. A graduate of Hofstra University, he lives in Port Jefferson, Long Island.
Gimme Back My Radio is available through PayPal (see column to the right of this posting) for only $10 plus $4 shipping/handling, and is also sold on Amazon! Get your copy today!
The second fantastic publication released this past week by NBP is
Riding with Boom Boom by George Wallace!
Riding with Boom Boom contains 36 pages of (21) kick-ass poems. The striking cover image is an artfully-altered photograph by Wallace, printed on a leatherette-textured heavy ivory cardstock. The second cardstock insert is a rich purple, and the text is printed on thick white paper. And the poems...ah, the poems! With lines like
...& I want
my share so walk with me
ice my heart bleed me twice
on Bleecker Street
on Down & Out Avenue
on Mushroom Cloud
on Chili Pepper Red Hot
Panic Button Street
you're Grade A ammunition baby
and titles like "Mad with the Mad-eyed Hipsters" and "Outlaw Angels, Asleep at the Wheel", you know you're in for a very special kind of treat!
George Wallace is a writer and performer living and working in NYC. He maintains a regular reading, lecture, and poetry workshop touring schedule across the US and Europe. A frequent perfomer on the NYC scene, he has appeared nationally and internationally in such venues as the Beat Museum, Woody Guthrie Festival, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac, Rexroth Festival, Insomniacathon, Howlfest, John Steinbeck Center, Robbie Burns Center and the Dylan Thomas Centre. His work has appeared in Poets Against The War, About.com, Socialism and Democracy, Citizen 32, American Watchdog, Sous Surveillance, Pemmican, Pedestal and other publications. He is First Poet Laureate of Suffolk County, NY and Writer in Residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace in West Hills. He has more than 25 chapbooks and books of poems published...Riding with Boom Boom is his fourth chapbook of poems from NightBallet Press.
George Wallace at the Lit Café reading Saturday night.
Riding with Boom Boom is available through PayPal (see column to the right of this posting) for only $10 plus $4 shipping/handling, and is also sold on Amazon! Don't wait to order!
The only thing better than reading the poems in these books is hearing them from the mouths of the poets themselves...so if you have the opportunity to hear these amazing poets read their work, do not miss it! Until then, get your own copies of Gimme Back My Radio and Riding with Boom Boom and prepare yourself for a wicked, wild, wonderful, witty wordfest!
Autumn 2014 readings from Riding With Boom-Boom:
Fri Nov 7, 6 pm Four Horsemen, Cornelia Street Café NYC NY
Sat Nov 8, 11 am Whispers Vineyard St James NY
Mon Nov 10, 8 pm Saturn Poetry Series, Shades of Green NYC NY
Fri Nov 14, 8 pm Book Party, Molasses Books Brooklyn NY
Sat Nov 15, 5 pm BJ’s Fredonia nr Buffalo NY
Sat Nov 29, TBA Pittsburgh Pa
Fri Dec 5, 8 pm Dire Literary Series, Cambridge Mass
Autumn 2014 readings from Gimme Back My Radio:
Wed Nov 5, Matt and Terri's in Bayshore w/ Verless Doran