|Poet Harry Staley|
But first we heard from poet George Drew, reading from is introduction to Truant Pastures, some poems from his 2010 collection The View from Jackass Hill & some new poems. In addition to paying tribute to Harry Staley ("The Annexation"), George also paid tribute to other professors he studied under in such poems as "Making Up With Milton," "God in the Hands of an Angry Sinner" & "The Older I Get the More I Think of Keats." He also paid tribute to the poet/psychotherapist Paul Goodman ("Doing Dante One Better") & to the influence of Hayden Carruth on his work.
It was a thrill to see Harry Staley back out to publicize this ultimate collection of his poems. Age is taking its toll, as it does with us all, but Harry always seemed to have great fun at his readings & he glowed with that joy & energy again today.