“But he’s famous!” goes a voice outside a bar in Trastevere. A footballer? Politician? Big Brother contestant? Film star? “Ok, was famous,” the voice concedes, meaning none of the above. Trilussa, or Carlo Salustri, to de-anagrammatise his real name, was a poet, and a dialect poet at that. Albeit the dialect is romanesco – the patois of Caput Mundi...

GIOVANNA RICCIO and LENNY DELLAROCCA. Saturday, October 30th, 2021 (on Zoom). 6-8 PM EST; Open Mic begins at 6-doors “close” at 6:15! Admission is free; registration is required. Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArd-usrTwuH92ORVgs_0qRLb8RnqSNTXrh After registering, you will receive a confirmation emai...

In a 1913 issue of Poetry magazine, Ezra Pound listed his rules for the Imagist school that included “the natural object is always the adequate symbol.” And, like much in our march toward civilization that began millennia ago, humans have found it best to imitate nature when finding practical solutions to an everyday problem. One of the most fundam...

When Lawrence Ferlinghetti died in February, for some it felt like the poet and City Lights Booksellers & Publishers co-founder took a piece of San Francisco with him. Like the store, Ferlinghetti was a literary landmark, his presence in North Beach and around the city as much a given as the fog or cable car bells. While his death at age 101 was pe...

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who died on Monday at the age of 101, was one of the key figures in 20th century American culture. He was as responsible as any single other person for the rise of the Beats, the end of obscenity laws, and, not least, the transformation of San Francisco from a backwater province to a vibrant artistic center. He did all this t...

A few days ago, during the inauguration of the new President of the United States in Washington DC, there was a moment when the whole world rediscovered, if ever there was a need, the power of poetry. It was when 22 years old Amanda Gorman, the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate, delivered her beautiful poem "The Hill We Climb"....

Diane Rose di Prima (1934-2020), America’s most influential female poet of the past three-quarter-century, lived, wrote, taught, and worked in San Francisco from 1968 until her passing in 2020. She was the author of approximately 50 books of poetry, drama, and prose. Diane di Prima was named Poet Laureate of San Francisco in 2009 and retained that...

Diane di Prima, a prolific poet who pursued the life of a Beat and rose to the position of San Francisco poet laureate, died Sunday, Oct. 25. For eight years, di Prima had battled Parkinson’s disease, a progressive disorder of the central nervous system, and Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease characterized by dry eyes and mouth. She also had...

Saturday, March 21, 2020. 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT. Revelation Gallery, 224 Waverly Place - ground floor, New York, NY 10014. LindaAnn LoSchiavo reading her poetry from Concupiscent Consumption [Red Ferret Press, 2020] and A Route Obscure and Lonely [Wapshott Press, 2020]. Michael Palma reading from his published volumes, A Fortune in Gold and Begin i...

John Giorno, who blazed an inimitable, almost-impossible-to-believe path through the most venturesome regions of poetry, art, music, and activism in postwar New York, died on Friday. He was 82. His death was confirmed by his galleries Almine Rech and Sperone Westwater. Giorno was one of those extremely rare figures who would have had an admired car...