POETRY IN THE WOODS - Part 4 Open Readings

In the gristmill, poets come and go,
none thinking of Michaelangelo

Just a few of the poets who read during the open reading at the Gristmill at the Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival include: Max Smart, Michael Berman, Duane, Bill Schatzabel, Charlotte Caprino, David Roschack, Craig Grossman and Anthony Buccino, plus earlier there were Darcey, Greg and Daniel who read.

I couldn't tell you the last time I read my poetry out loud, but, beleive me, it was a long time ago.

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On Saturday morning we were huddled in the dusty Gristmill, sitting on hand-hewn benches, under floors supported by hand-hewn beams, just a few feet away from the ancient equipment that took in the grist for the mill.

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Below us, right under the building, the water ran in the same path it ran when it powered this old mill.
The light in the Gristmill wasn't the best for old poets' eyes and one fellow prefered to read his work near the window rather than in the dark recesses.

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Darcey said the name of her high school was Hell - because they wouldn't put together a bus load of students to come to the festival. She said she shoved a $50 bill in the principal's face to help pay for the bus, but it was all a no-go. Or, in her case, go on your own. She read PULSE.

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One young poet first read NEW SAUNA built on portmanteau words. He offered to read his own creation, a half-paradelle 49 LOW LEADERS OF TEARS. Someone asked the poet if he had a chance to read it to Billy Collins - who had invented the poetic device as a parody - but the young poet said no.
Buccino read CLOSETS at the morning open reading. At the afternoon open reading, he read the unpublished MONEY IN NEWSPAPERS and NEEDLE.
One fellow, in photo, read a poem he wrote at the festival and had on his Apple laptop.
In the back of the room I ran into one of my former reporters, Al Sullivan who is lately working the Hudson County scene from Bayonne.
Sullivan had earlier this month written about poet Jack Wiler and his latest book FUN BEING ME. Wiler has been a featured poet at the Dodge festival and is a visiting poet for the foundation.
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Afraid of the Water

Yountakah Country

Poet Mom
Steve's 2 Cents
Myth of Arrival
Bud Bloom
Cruelist Month
Dr Pretentious
Poetry Evolution
The Wandering Mind
Channel Surfing
Late Night Meanderings
Pop Scholar
Steve Urena

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The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival 2006


The Sign

One day I passed a sign in a mall store. The sign was in front of one of the checkout counters. Although I bought nothing in that store at that time, I did steal away with the immortal message printed neatly on the sign.

The Package You Take Home Gets There Faster

That may appear to mean that a package which is brought home upon purchase will reach its ultimate destination before a package that is to be delivered there does. That is not the real meaning of the sign. It would be cheating for me to tell you the meaning. You were waiting for a sign, weren’t you?

The package you take home gets there faster'

Meet you back at the ranch, Roy.

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Hurry, Buy a Book -- So I Can Write More

I read recently that record album sales are down 11 percent from the year before. That's where the domino effect starts to crimp creativity. Not only are the big stars hurting on sales, but the little guy will have a harder time of becoming a pop star icon, let alone making a living at making music.

The same goes for people who write. Whether they are writing short stories, novels, poetry, nonfiction, after a while if there is no audience, the disincentive to go on can be overwhelming.

The similarities between free music downloads and reading everything for free online may point to the same target, that disincentive to create.

If a copyright on a work has no  meaning and the artist cannot earn rewards for work, we all might as well become actuaries somewhere.

I'd write more, but only if you buy one or more of my 19 books.
Just a few of my book titles.



Joyce Kilmer Avenue

On a quiet Saturday afternoon on Bayard Street in New Brunswick you could stand there with your camera looking at the street named after poet Joyce Kilmer and hear a couple of rushed whistles and in no time at all you see the Acela Express zip past on the elevated railway.

Copyright © 2007 by Anthony Buccino, all rights reserved.Waiting for a train

If you stare long enough in disbelief at how fast that baby flew by, you'll see an NJ Transit train come flashing through with its cableing sparking the catenary wires.

Copyright © 2007 by Anthony Buccino, all rights reserved.Here for the big trial

The judge over at the Middlesex County Courthouse sent everybody home for the weekend to give the "suitcase murder" trial a respite.

Wander the back streets of New Brunswick, you'll find the parking lots for the State Theatre, The George Street Players and a gazillion restaurants. In front of a big old hotel the Civil War Memorial is getting new soil and seed and the people milling on a Saturday afternoon seem to stare beyond the centaph. Antietam seems so long ago.

Copyright © 2007 by Anthony Buccino, all rights reserved.Breakfast & Lunch

Everyday life has a way of consuming the here and now. John Lennon said, "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans."

There's nothing like a sunny spring day to put away the winter doldrums.

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The 20th running of the 5-mile Sunset Classic Run was held Thursday, June 28 in Bloomfield and Glen Ridge, N.J.

Thanks for the traffic heads-up to Baristanet.


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Friday was Teachers' Day 

at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival 

in Waterloo Village, Stanhope, N.J.

Copyright © 2006 by Anthony Buccino, all rights reserved.Waterloo Village - an inspiring place for poets to gather

Early morning visitors trucked through light and intermittent rain, but the festival organizers cast a spell that prevented precipitation during the day's events.

Educators and poets on 'bus-man's holidays' wandered the wooded trails, stepped around puddles and found the poets on stage working through images, the what it said, the how it said it, the what it meant, the why it works.

Plus, each talking poet seemed to focus at some point in the discussion on how to get students interested in poetry - writing and reading and understanding it.

Copyright © 2006 by Anthony Buccino, all rights reserved.Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate

Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003, collects definitions of poetry the way some people collect plastic monkeys, or baseball cards, because "poetry is such a slippery word."

(Samuel Taylor) Colleridge defined poetry as "the best words in the best order," Collins noted. (W.H.) Auden defined it as a "clear expression of mixed feelings."
And, Archibald MacLeish called it a "synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits."

Simply put, Collins said, "Poetry is a home for ambiguity."

Poets are "prose avoidance systems." He explained that poets don't write to the end of the line because they don't want to be journalists.

Copyright © 2006 by Anthony Buccino, all rights reserved.Collins signs one of his many poetry books for a long line of fans.

"Poetry lifts prose into pleasure," Collins said. Prose is written in sentences while poetry is written in lines.

Collins' work is often remembered because of the humor that serves as a thread or punch line in his verse. He acknowledged wordplay - something ALL POETS DO IN CHOOSING THE RIGHT WORD - and conceded his work is influenced by years of watching Merry Melody andn Loony Toons cartoons. He wasn't a Hanna-Barbera man.

He said he delighed when the cartoon character pulled a lawn-mower out of his pants, whether or not he was wearing pants in the first place. Collins cited a poem with a character on a bridge, and then then character on the bridge disappearing in the poem's next line. You can't do that in a novel, he said.

Collins addressed the educators in the packed-out main stage, "What is the poet trying to say? The implication is that they all failed."
Citing Emily Dickinson, when Collins shook his head sadly and said, "she couldn't say it but she gave it a good try," the teachers erupted in laughter and applause.
Calling it the one question a student should never ask his teacher upon returning from an absence, Collins read Tom Wayman's poem DID I MISS ANYTHING.
"Poetry is an interruption of silence," Collins said, citing the silence that turns up in song.
He admitted, "There's something wacky in my poetry and I know I try my best."

Copyright © 2006 by Anthony Buccino, all rights reserved.Poet Tony Hoagland talks about "Orange Bears"

"Poetry - it can take a moment and freeze it, slow it down, detail it... look into it," said poet Tony Hoagland.

Poetry, he says shows "what it's like to be inside that moment."

By reading each other's poetry and getting into the idiom, Hoagland explained, the speech, the behavior, and the costumes all as idiums in the poetry "links us together."

Hoagland said that a poem in another's idiom, or regionality, or specialty, should be understandable. "Anything you need to understand the poem is in the poem," or should be.

As an example he said if you write about combustable formula xyz, you should also work in that you are writing about rocket fuel.

The Dolans on Hidden Taxes You and I Pay

Our favorite radio money advisors have written about hidden taxes we pay on everything from peanut butter to luxury cars to gasoline (don't get me started) to taxes on your insurance premiums.

What a country!

Hidden taxes: Eight you are paying every day by Ken and Daria Dolan Mar 11, 2008

Ken and Daria Dolan are widely known as America's First Family of Personal Finance.

This time of year, we are all well aware of how much we pay Uncle Sam in income taxes. And we all can clearly see the sales tax we pay when we go shopping or enjoy a nice dinner out. We're not happy about them. But at least we know that we're paying those taxes...

Gas Tax ... Guzzler Tax ... Travel Tax ... Sin Tax ... Outdoors Tax ... Insurance Premiums Tax ... Import Tax ... Payroll Tax

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It seems the only way to avoid these taxes is to not use the services or products.

Someone should write a book (why not me?) called YOUR TAX FREE LIFE, it'll sell a million-gazillion copies. (I may use it for my next book of poems!)

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