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Culture Comes To Conroe, Again   Leave a comment

Writers In Performance Series – Image by kenne

In his book, The Demon and The Angel, Edward Hirsch wrote of Federico Garcia Lorca believing that when the duende (the mysterious power of creativity that results in a work of art)) is present in poetry, the poet can be sure of being loved and understood. The duende was diffidently present last Thursday when Hirsch read from his latest publication, The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems. The reading was followed by a Q & A session.  For Hirsch, life, and therefore his poetry, is all about relationships:

Tonight when I knelt down next to our cat, Zooey,
And put my fingers into her clean cat’s mouth,
And rubbed her swollen belly that will never know kittens,
And watched her wriggle onto her side, pawing the air,
And listened to her solemn little squeals of delight,
I was thinking about the poet, Christopher Smart,
Who wanted to kneel down and pray without ceasing
In everyone of the splintered London streets,

— from “Wild Gratitude”


Kenne Turner, Edward Hirsch & Dave Parsons – Seventeen Years Out

Writers In Performance Update   Leave a comment

Lowell Mick White WIP 10.15.09 blogLowell Mick White

Lowell Mick White read from his recently published books, “That Demon Life” and “Long Time Ago Good” at the October session of the Writers In Performance Series at Lone Star College – Montgomery. Lowell, not new to Conroe/The Woodlands audiences having read at several of the Walt Whitman annual birthday parties, entertained the audience with readings from his short sorties and novel. White’s stories reflect his thoughts and images captured from his 25 years in Austin, Texas.Beyond Forgetting blog

The next Montgomery County Literary Arts Council (MCLAC) event will be in cooperation with Lone Star College-Montgomery and St. Thomas University. The November 4th & 5th events will be presenting “Beyond Forgetting – Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease,” edited by Holly J. Hughes, with all proceeds from book sales going to the Alzheimer’s Association, Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter. Beyond Forgetting to download more information.


“Body and Soul” – A Poem by Rich Levy   2 comments

“. . . the hurling way in which their talk moves, the way his nostrils flare as he tries with an occasional false shyness to avert his glance makes me think of Coleman Hawkins’ 1939 recording of Body and Soul, the one that took the world’s breath away, . . .  ”

This is poetry that possesses the feelings that makes Blues and Jazz the most human of all music, therefore existential.


Posted September 19, 2009 by kenneturner in Books, MCLAC, Music, Poetry

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Texas Poetry Shoot-Out   1 comment

Texas Poetry Shoot-out Framed blog

When one thinks of a “shoot-out”, one may assume a gunfight between armed groups; or a “High Noon” gunfight between the good guy and the bad guy – a duel.  What if the dual doesn’t involve guns, but rather a clash of skills like in, Dueling Banjos or a debate – a duel of words? You would think a “poetry shoot-out” would be a duel of words, which it could be, like in “The Dueling Poets” on the web. Although the concept might be one Good Books In The Woods may want to showcase in the future, this shoot-out was more to showcase the poetry of two friends (Paul Ruffin and Dave Parsons), each a poet laureate, each from Montgomery County.

Regardless of the format, when Dave and Paul read together, it can be a memorable evening, and this evening was not exception. (See photo set.)


(The viewer may want to chick on the YouTube logo to watch it on the YouTube site.)

Whitman Birthday Party Flyer   Leave a comment


Posted May 7, 2009 by kenneturner in MCLAC, Poetry

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Walt Whitman — Party Time Again!   Leave a comment

kenne-caricature-ii-blogThe more studious me is here to tell you it is birthday party time for America’s greatest poet, Walt Whitman. This year’s event will be Saturday, May the 9th. Click here to go to the Writers In Performance blog for more information.


Posted May 6, 2009 by kenneturner in MCLAC, Poetry

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Larry Heinemann On Vietnam   1 comment

wip-larry-heinemann-5541eposter-videoLike many young men in the 1960’s, I was drafted into the military. Having just received an Associate Degree, before I knew it, I was at Ft. Polk, Louisiana standing with many other dazed young men in the early morning darkness. At twenty-five, I was an old man compared to most, yet equally disoriented. The previous cold January day at the Chicago Induction Center had been the pre-draft physical day for three of us from Naperville. Now being barked at by teenage boys who had only arrived months before us (still too early in the morning for the lifers to be doing the barking), I had no idea that within a year, I would be the only one of the three of us still alive.

We all figured we would be going to Vietnam, and in time, most did. But, I was among the lucky ones receiving other orders, spending 18 months in the South China Sea on the island of Okinawa. Although I was not in Nam, the people I knew, worked with or met while on “The Rock” had the first-hand experience of the war.  A STRATCOM (Strategic Army Communication) Tech Controller, by MOS, I communicated daily with my brothers of the faith in Vietnam, many of which worked in trailers out in the jungle.  If you get the picture, these guys were “sitting duck” and often were on the air with us when the link was lost —  it wasn’t because the channel went down.  We all lived by a very special language of survival, which served as the thread to the fabric clothing our very souls.  Now some forty-plus years later, it is rare that I hear someone who speaks the language. The fabric is the same, only the clothing designs have changed.

Knowing “Paco’s Story,” I had been looking forward to Larry Heinemann’s reschedule Writers In Performance Series reading. I love Heinemann’s writing, but listening to him read from Paco’s Story was simply priceless – even more so, when during the Q&A, he began sharing his feelings on Vietnam. The following video may not mean much too most, especially the several generations since the Vietnam War.  But, for me, he knows how to strike the cores that generate music to my ears. Still, some will always hear the music and continue to pass it on to future generations just as it had been handed down from generations of other young men who had been lied to. Keep the faith!


Posted March 21, 2009 by kenneturner in Life, MCLAC, Peace & War

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