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


About Robert Vaughan

Originally from NY, Robert leads week long National writing retreats at sites like Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Synergia Ranch, and EarthRise IONS. His poems and fiction are published in over 500 print and online magazines, such as Necessary Fiction, BlazeVOX, Los Angeles Weekly, Literary Orphans and Smokelong Quarterly. He is Editor-in-Chief at (b)OINK magazine and leads round- tables for Redoak Writing in Milwaukee. He is six times a 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 books 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).
This entry was posted in National Poetry Month videos. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s