Archive for the ‘Poets Comment into the World’ Category

If you are going to be in the Bay Area do stop by for this concert. Raphael’s poetry is beautiful as is David’s music, the two together is a real treat.  You can pick up Raphael’s book as well; Stings Shining Silence: Earth-Love Poems.   37e53786-ad62-4009-9e1c-3216066d9127

Poetic Matrix Press 20th Anniversary

In times like these, art has the power to make us feel less alone

Christina Patterson – The Guardian – Saturday, November 26, 2016

“As a citizen of the world in 2016,” says DiDonato (American opera singer Joyce DiDonato) in the introduction to (her) concert programme, “at times I feel overwhelmed by the temptation to spiral down into the turmoil and pessimism that threatens to invade all corners of our lives”. But the creators of “great art”, she says, show us “both our brutal nature and our elevated humanity.” Art, she says, “unifies, transcends borders” and “is a valiant path to peace”. I don’t know if art can be a path to peace. I don’t know if it could end the war in Syria, or create jobs in the so-called rust belt of America, or fill a £122bn Brexit “black hole”. What I do know is this. When bad things happen in the world, or in our lives, that art can make us feel less alone. And I know that to create the kind of art that hits us at the deepest levels, you need to be a master of your craft. You need, you could say, to be an expert. You need to think that expertise is good.

Raphael Block Video

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Dear friends,
Thank you for all your comments on the 5 minute documentary that serves  as my book trailer, too. It seems to have touched many of you!
We would really appreciate your help to get this film into the world. So, please consider posting this link https://vimeo.com/184929769 on your FaceBook Page.

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The documentary came into being thanks to Megan McFeely, who produced it and did the interviews. She has made her own compelling 40 minute documentary, As She Is, “ to reclaim, value, and live the feminine aspect of ourselves.” You will find more info on her site.              With love, Raphael

Earth

Each square inch

a harmony

of the dying

the dead

the living and the being born

Strings of Shining Silence: Earth-Love Poems

www.raphaelblock.com

Book order for Raphael Block

Friends of Poetic Matrix Press.  Here’s a great way to support Raphael Block, one of our authors, in his 2nd book with us and receive an early copy of the finished book.  Please show your support. Thanks John

Dear friends,

I would like you to join me in releasing my new book, Strings of Shining Silence: Earth-Love Poems.
Due for general publication in January 2017, if you pre-order now at http://raphaelblock.com/  you will receive a signed copy by mid-November.
On my website you will also find a short documentary made by Elias Koch on my life and work, which has been accepted as an entry to the Awareness Film Festival, LA.
I feel that I’m one of thousands of seeds sprouted by the Earth in this time of need. You, no doubt, are another such seed.

Raphael Block

-overheard at a DC bar.

Picked up somewhere on the net.

Truth is like poetry

and most people fucking hate poetry

 

Ashley Pinkerton

Spiraling Forward

Let the dance of the sacred Spiral carry you on a journey through the cycles of Life.

Ashley Pinkerton

This is an invitation to support Ashley Pinkerton and Poetic Matrix Press in publishing her new book Spiraling Forward. Check out her Indiegogo campaign page, see what she is about and contribute to help this project.  Go to:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/spiraling-forward#/

“Spiraling Forward will take the reader on a journey through the cycles of Life, as the dance of the sacred Spiral carries the reader to places of deep reflection, realization and discovery.”

The Bay Area Bookfair

 

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Here is our table at The Bay Area Bookfair in Berkeley this past weekend (June 4 & 5). The weather was beautiful and I met many good people.  Grace Grafton, Gail & Charles Entrekin came by as did Devon and Catherine.  It was a good 2 days.

Gail recently won first place in the Women’s National Book Association awards for “Before Making Love” from The Art of Healing and was interviews on PBS Newshour. Read here.

The Art of Healing got a nice intro by Judy Woodruff.

Many folks came by all weekend to send blessings to Francisco.

 

Traveling and Events

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We have been on the road for a few weeks.  We went to the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Conference and Book Fair April 1 & 2 in Los Angeles, my daughter Kiirsti joined me and we met a lot of good people.  Kim Shuck, Joe Milosch and Brandon Cesmat came by; Shadab Hashmi was on a panel and she stopped by to sign books.  We had a poster and some videos of Francisco Alarcon reading from his book Borderless Butterflies/Mariposa sin fronteras. So many people came by who knew and loved Francisco; many old friends, ex-students of his and folks who heard about his passing. Really this was the highlight of the event, just knowing how much people cared for this amazing man.

I went from there to San Diego to visit family and my 2 grandsons Connor, turning 4, and Logan 9 months.  Stayed with Tomas Gayton my dear friend, met up with Art Campbell, Joe Milosch, Brandon Cesmat; Jack, James and Ed, wonderful old friends and Chris Vannoy, master of Facebook and great poet.  Listened to Jazz, ate good food, had good lattes at Rebecca’s Coffee House every morning, listened to some good poetry.  All a good time.

 

Coming up in the SF Bay Area 2 great book events:

Oakland Book Festival Sunday May 22, 11am to 6pm

www.oaklandbookfestival.org

Downtown Oakland at City Hall and Frank Ogawa Plaza (in front of City Hall)

We’ll be there with a Booth and our books, come by and say hello if you in the area.

 

Also in the Bay Area:

Bay Area Book Festival June 4 & 5, 10am to 6pm both days (this is a big event)

www.baybookfest.org

Downtown Berkeley streets (I’ll send out more information on where we will have our booth).

We’ll be there with a Booth and our books, come by and say hello if you’re in the area.

Francisco Memorial Reading

On Thursday Feb. 18th a large group gathered at the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis to celebrate the life and work of Francisco X Alarcon

who on Jan. 16th Untitled-1 passed from this place to that on his journey.  So many souls that he has touched and so they came to honor him and to honor  Javier and Francisco’s family.  Love to you brother!

The following featured poets read poetry at Canto Hondo: A Memorial Reading for Francisco X. Alarcon:
JoAnn Anglin
Paul Aponte
Francisco Aragón
Lucha Corpi
Luz Maria Gama
Marta Garcia
Nancy Aidé Gonzalez
Xico Gonzalez
Nicole Henares
Zheyla Henriksen
Suzy Huerta
Dr. Andy Jones
Arturo Mantecon
Gerardo Pacheco Matus
Adela Najarro
Rosie Ochoa
William O’Daly
Graciela B. Ramirez
Betty Sanchez                                                                                                                                                    Allegra Siberstein
Bob Stanley

Special Guests :
Javier Pinzon
Members of the Alarcon Family
Kalpulli Xihuacoatl Danzante Group
Mariachi Cielito Lindo

I am a white man

It is time, before the coming Republican primaries, for me to say something I first formed 40 years ago. Before the pundits spew out the stereotype about disaffected white men voting for the likes of Trump and Cruz, let me say this, I am a white man (even an older white man), my three sons are white men, my two little grandson are budding white men and we do not support the mindless, ignorant and dangerous nonsense coming out of these two and the others in the Republican campaign. Stereotypes of all sorts are false and this one is a great and demeaning falsehood.
 
I have spent the last 45 years associating and working with white men who have been working for the rights of the working class, civil rights, immigrant rights, gay rights, religious freedom and understanding, women’s right, and the freedom of people’s around the world for the right not to live under the heel of economic and political subjugation. The opportunity to work with people who share these values, whether, black, women, gay, hispanic, asian or white men, gives freedom to us all. Nothing is lost rather so much is gained.
 
So, do not mix me and my sons in with a group that is, in fact, false from the start. To the pundits, find another more accurate and more enlightened way to account for the fear that animates so much of the people who support these demigods.
John Peterson
 
Here is a short list of some white men, celebrities and associates, who are not motivated by fear but by love of all people.

Peter Yarrow
Paul Stooky
Bob Dylan
Edward R. Murrow
George Clooney
Shaun Penn
Tony Bennett
John Brown
Frank Sinatra
Gregory Peck
Bill Clinton
Paul Newman
Rock Hudson
Harry Truman
James Woods
Gene Hackman
Pete Seeger
Woody Guthrie
Tony Bennett
Orson Wells
Tim McCoy in a 1932 movie
The entire cast of 12 Angry Men
Tony Curtis
Robert Ryan
Walter Reuther
Every white man at the March on Washington
Marlon Brando
Bobby Darin
Ken Hart
Craig Cherstrom
Lawrence Rouse
Ren Maby
Warren Kessler
James Downs
Ed Maupin
Rick Gold
Jack Seileman

The list is endless.  To add names to this list go to the Comments and send them to me.  I will add them.