Silent Night and the 7:00 News

When “Silent Night 7:00 News” was released in 1966, it was called “chilling” and “prophetic.”  Recorded by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel for their album “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme,” it’s the twelfth and final track on that album. This might be the most moving version of any Christmas carol I’ve ever heard. Its power liesContinue reading “Silent Night and the 7:00 News”

MEETING BONE MAN Selected & New Poems on YouTube

Sometimes hearing a poem creates a stronger experience than reading one. Though I think of myself as more a “page” poet than a performing poet, at the urging of some friends I’m beginning to put some poems on the Joseph Ross YouTube page. Here you can listen and watch various poems being read. At present,Continue reading “MEETING BONE MAN Selected & New Poems on YouTube”

Ernesto Mercer’s Poems Burn in GUNPOWDER + a MATCH

Though I was never good at math, even I know that GUNPOWDER + a Match can only equal trouble. But in the case of Ernesto Mercer’s poems, it’s good trouble, sweet trouble, funny trouble, and  sad trouble. Ernesto Mercer’s limited edition chapbook certainly ignites. Or rather it shows us the results of ignitions of all sorts.Continue reading “Ernesto Mercer’s Poems Burn in GUNPOWDER + a MATCH”

Ban Automatic Weapons Before Christmas

It’s simple. It requires some legal minds to write the legislation. That can be done in two days. President Obama must call Congress into session on Monday, December 17th. Both the Senate and the House should be asked to vote on a simple bill that would ban automatic weapons. Don’t let anyone attach a bunchContinue reading “Ban Automatic Weapons Before Christmas”

Support Poets & Poetry Publishers!

If gift giving is part of your holiday celebrations, please consider giving your family and friends the gift of poetry. Most poets and many poetry publishers do not make their living off of poetry– but we might like to! So if you haven’t given poetry books before, give your loved ones something fresh and differentContinue reading “Support Poets & Poetry Publishers!”

Jakmel Ekspresyon: Creating & Supporting Artists in Haiti

Jakmel Ekspresyon is an arts center in Jacmel, just outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti. They have been active for more than two years in their mission to cultivate and assist local artists in and around Jacmel, in a non-discriminatory community. They do some magnificent work as you can see from their website and their facebook page. IContinue reading “Jakmel Ekspresyon: Creating & Supporting Artists in Haiti”

Apples & Crosses: POET LORE Fall/Winter 2012

I received my new copy of Poet Lore a few days ago and I haven’t been able to put it down. From its evocative front cover, a Library of Congress photograph “Suffrage parade, New York City, May 4, 1912” to “Coronagraphy: a sonnet sequence” by Samiya Bashir, this issue is rich. Editors E. Ethelbert Miller andContinue reading “Apples & Crosses: POET LORE Fall/Winter 2012”

Fall for the Book 2012

We’re entering the season for book festivals and we’re fortunate, in the Washington, D.C. area, to have several. One of the finest is the Fall for the Book Festival, organized by George Mason University and the City of Fairfax, Virginia. This year, Fall for the Book will host more 150 authors during its weeklong celebrationContinue reading “Fall for the Book 2012”

Labor Day 2012 & My Father

My father, Sam Ross, believed passionately in organized labor. He knew, from his own experience, how crucial it was for workers to organize themselves into unions. He knew the power  which organized workers could bring to a workplace– whether that power was used to protect themselves from unsafe working conditions or whether that power wasContinue reading “Labor Day 2012 & My Father”

Edwidge Danticat’s “Create Dangerously” is a Gentle Manifesto for Artists

Edwidge Danticat, is among the best fiction and non-fiction writers of English these days. Her novels about life in Haiti (Krik Krak, Breath, Eyes, Memory, and The Farming of Bones) create vivid stories of sympathetic characters undergoing remarkable sufferings. Her talent as a storyteller is wide and rich. More recently, she’s been writing non-fiction. Her 2010Continue reading “Edwidge Danticat’s “Create Dangerously” is a Gentle Manifesto for Artists”