Gabrielle’s last live reading.
The poem below is the best I can do right now… and it doesn’t feel like enough. How, ever, can words communicate what is ripped from the heart. I feel like I should watch this video every day, so that I remember how to live.
for Gabrielle Bouliane
(1967 – 2010)
you disappear on a full wolf moon but not really
in the age of a technology you shaped from, created you
send messages across miles and friends echo
that feisty stance, fiery angel,
oh, poet, gift-giver, love-master, my hours
in your presence are locked, sealed and
delivered – – my dream-memory
days and nights spent on projects for literary minds
together building a factory to keep those hearts alive
smoke breaks outside the office in rusty Seattle
mother hens to spoiled wordsters all worth
while, our while, through earthquakes and madness
and divorces and spilled salt
we know life turns, tears, surprises for the
girls next door, tomboys and hippies and
drive, you had it, rode long highways, following
a bliss only shadowed by your gracious love
I can’t say good-bye, not here, not now
not with those wide-eyes in mine —
I’ll see you backstage, poet, that’s a promise
and meanwhile, this light you lit, I’ll shine.
Word salad is an extensive and eclectic online archive of poetry (podcast and other audio, blogs, links, orgs, etc).
The site’s Paul Baker does a weekly radio show of writers performing their own work. He calls it “a serial poem in audio form.” Each show brings a new “sound collage that results from a series of determined and chance operations.”
As if you needed another reason to visit… he’s been playing some tracks off my CD All Over the Road. Sweet! I’m in some very good company including Suheir Hammad, Diane di Prima, Jack McCarthy, Charles Bukowski, George Oppen… and hey, that’s just the tip of the ice berg. I’m quite honored… thanks, Paul!
Such a great combination, a synchronicity of randomness. Listen while you do the dishes. While you brush your pets or paint your toenails.
Below are the links to the playlists. You can listen by clicking the link “Listen to the Show” at the bottom of each post:
MARCH 5 PLAYLIST
includes bern porter & mIEKAL aND, caroline bergvall, evgenij kharitonov,
geof huth, jack mccarthy, lisa samuels, ron silliman, and more!
MARCH 12 PLAYLIST
includes caroline bergvall, charles bukowski, george oppen, james galvin,
jeff stumpo, mary jo bang, ron silliman, and susan stewart
MARCH 19 PLAYLIST
includes charles bachman, diane di prima, joan retallack, johannes goranssen,
jordan stempleman, joshua ware, joyelle mcsweeney, and more!