National Poetry Month: April 11

Hi friends!

Today is Jeffrey Senkir’s birthday! He was one of my first friends to share our secret desires about becoming writers. We turned each other on to Anais Nin, Henry Miller, Djuna Barnes. We’d hike to the top of Mount Diablo and read aloud on a spread blanket, the spinning world would stop for those moments.

The story of Jeffrey’s mother, a truly sad one, made me think today of all mothers, and of how we come into this world. How we are birthed, and given life. Then I recalled one of the first books I read as a child: “Are You My Mother?”

And so, today I read “Naming” by James L. White from his lovely book, The Salt Ecstasies. Thanks to Mark Doty for turning me, and so many others, on to this wise, prophetic legacy of White.

Robert Vaughan reads “Naming” by James L. White – YouTube

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About Robert Vaughan

Originally from NY, published author, editor, and workshop leader, his poems and fiction are widely found in over 500 print and online magazines, such as Necessary Fiction, BlazeVOX, Connotation Press, BlazeVOX, Thrice, Literary Orphans and Smokelong Quarterly. He is Managing Editor at (b)OINK magazine and leads round- tables for Redoak Writing. He is a six times Pushcart Prize Nominee and his fiction and poetry have won awards, including a Micro-Fiction runner-up (2012) and twice a finalist in the Gertrude Stein Fiction Award (2013-14). His collections are: Microtones (Cervena Barva Press); Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps); Addicts & Basements (Civil Coping Mechanisms); RIFT, co-authored with Kathy Fish (Unknown Press), and FUNHOUSE (Unknown Press).
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