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Joshua Grasso from the ECU English Department introduced the readers.
Didn’t We Do this in Saratoga?” (The photo of me reading was taken by Sally Rhoades.)
Ron Wallace, is another of the stars in my list of Oklahoma poets. We share a love of baseball (Ron is a Yankees fan!), words & radical politics. He read from his latest collection of poems Of Hawks & Horses (and the World in Between), with a marvelous self-deprecating story about the title & cover design. & speaking of Yankees, he read his poem “Hank Bower in Winter,” a monologue by the now-gone right fielder, & “The Death of a Left Fielder.” One of the best poems of the Festival was his “Revelation” for his son Matthew (who, if he had been in the audience, would not have let his father read it). Other poems were “Fly Fishing on the Blue River,” “Old Roads,” & “On Jackson Square” (a confrontation with a homeless guy in New Orleans — Ron’s advice: “don’t wear cowboy boots in New Orleans”).
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(A brief public note of Thanks! to Phil Morgan & Katie for inviting me & a number of other writers to their house a few blocks from ECU for a delicious lunch that included some golden light cornbread & a luscious, rich cole slaw with a nice bite of hot peppers. Poetry & food bringing people together.)