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Footage from the Three Bad-Ass Poets Reading

The night started with a buzz, and then we got drunker.

Well, that’s not completely true, but there was definitely some drinking. It was actually one of the funnest readings I have ever been to. And it definitely was BAD-ASS.

The night of March 26th began as a party at A Different Path Gallery with the wonderful curator Katherine Weston. The party was then interrupted by some poetry for an hour and then party continued.

The poetry reading began with Charles Coté, author of Flying for the Window.

One of the first poems he read was called “April.”

During his reading, Charlie was caught texting.

Charlie then closed his read with the concluding poem from his book Flying for the Window, “After a Storm.”

Charlie was followed by Sarah Freligh, author of Sort of Gone.

Sarah Freligh reading

Of course, before she read there was a brief intermission so everyone (about 20+ of us) could refill their wine glasses. One of the first poems Sarah read was “Birthday,” I think, or “Happy Birthday.”

A bit later she read “Halfway House.”

Then there was another intermission to fill more wine glasses. Then I (Tom Holmes) read. The first part of what I was read was from my recently released collection of poems, The Oldest Stone in the World (Amsterdam Press, 12:00:01, 1-1-11). I gave a brief introduction to the book.

Tom Holmes Gesticulating

Then I commenced with the first part of my reading. (In case you’re curious, we all read about 15-20 minutes.) I devoted the first part of my reading to the book, and the second part to some of new investigative poems of Paleolithic cave art. But first excerpts from The Oldest Stone in the World.

Then some of the new poems: “Paleolithic Person Discovers Fear,” “Paleolithic Possession,” “The First Painting,” “The Invention of the Ellipsis,” “Paleolithic Person Tells of the Invention of Harmony and Melody,” and “Paleolithic Person Learns to Sing.”

Then we returned to the party where the poets words, along with the audience’s words, slowly became more and more slurred. Luckily there was a limo to drive most people home, and the rest of us walked home.

It really was a bad-ass reading by poets and attendees. Thank you everyone for coming.//


The World’s Deadliest Readers . . . Coming Soon

Movie’s shouldn’t be the only medium with a trailer. A reading with three wonderful writers should also have a trailer.

Alright, so the reading doesn’t have a budget for its own trailer since it was all spent on wine and tapas for the reading. But imagine if those guys gave a reading, then you’ll know what this reading will be about.

That’s right. Steve Fellner, Tony Leuzzi, and Lindsey Brown will be giving a reading on Saturday, February, 26th at 7:30 p.m. at A Different Path Gallery on 27 Market Street in Brockport, NY.

The Writer Within poster
(To see a larger version of the poster, click the poster. To download a printable PDF, click The Writer Within poster PDF.)

Tony Leuzzi is a poet who teaches literature and composition at Monroe Community College. He is also the author of two books of poems: Tongue-Tied and Singing (FootHills Publishing, 2004) and Radiant Losses (New Sins Press, 2010). His prose and poetry has also appeared in a wide range of journals, such as Arts and Letters, Pinyon, Rhino, Left Curve, and The Kenyon Review.  He is currently completing a book of interviews with American poets and is mid-way through his third book of verse.

Lindsey Brown has studied fiction writing with Pinckney Benedict and Michael Knight at Hollins University and interned at Francis Ford Coppola’s literary magazine Zoetrope: All-Story. She completed her Bachelors degree in Spanish from SUNY Brockport in 2008 and earned her Masters in English at Brockport in 2010. Her work is forthcoming in the anthology, Love Rise Up. Certified in bilingual elementary education, Lindsey now teaches Spanish to seventh, eighth, and ninth graders at Allendale Columbia, an independent day school in Pittsford, NY.

Steve Fellner’s first book of poems Blind Date with Cavafy (Marsh Hawk Press, 2007) won the Thom Gunn Gay Male Poetry Award. His memoir, All Screwed Up (Benu Press, 2008), focuses on his relationship with his ex-trampoline champion mother.//


The I-90 Poetry Revolution Reading – The Beginning. The Manifestation.

This is my 100th post, so it should be a good one. I hope that it is. I’m going to post some movies and pictures from my reading with Sean Thomas Dougherty from Friday, October 22, 2010, at A Different Path Gallery in Brockport, NY, when the I-90 Poetry Revolution took physical, oral, and aural form.

The reading began with me reading the I-90 Manifesto. (The first few words, “Like the highway which we live on, we embrace the,” were not recorded. The whole manifesto is here: And special thanks to my girlfriend, Melissa, for taking the pictures and the movies.

Then Sean read. Here he is in action.

Sean Thomas Dougherty with Striking Urgency

Sean Thomas Dougherty with Striking Urgency

Sean Thomas Dougherty up Close and Personal

Sean Thomas Dougherty up Close and Personal

Sean Thomas Dougherty with the Audience

Sean Thomas Dougherty with the Audience

And here he is in action reading “There Is No Idea Here.”

Then I read what is probably the first I-90 Poem, Muriel Rukeyser’s “The Road.”

And here are few images of me reading.

Tom Holmes Reading

Tom Holmes Reading

Tom Holmes Reading a Long Poem

Tom Holmes Reading a Long Poem

Tom Holmes Suddenly Reading in the Dark

Tom Holmes Suddenly Reading in the Dark

And here I am reading for the first time ever “Paleolithic Person Explains Why He Paints Deep in the Cave.”

And that was, in part, the manifestation of the I-90 Poetry Revolution.

Long live the I-90 Poetry Revolution!//


in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day sixty-three (Concannon Petite Sirah Selected Vineyards 2008)

It feels like months since I’ve had a wine tasting. What have I been doing to prevent this. Well, first off, I have been drinking, but I have not been writing about. In the meanwhile, though, I was preparing for and having a reading with Sean Thomas Dougherty at A Different Path Gallery. (I should have pictures and some video of that soon.) I went to The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington, D. C. (I should have pictures and some video of that soon, too.) And I’ve been writing a paper for my lecture that I will be giving Saturday. The lecture’s title is: Lineation: An Introduction to the Poetic Line. It’s 24 pages with 1.5-spacing. Which may or may not be too long for the 40 minutes or so I have. Actually, the lecture is 17 pages for 40 minutes, and then the rest is for exercises that will be done after the lecture, plus a one-page bibliography of things I didn’t read but that I want to read or may have a long time ago.

Anyway. I realized I need and want to write a book about the line. If you can’t wait for the book, the lecture will be posted, with pictures, on this site on Saturday.

Concannon Petite Sirah Selected Vineyards 2008So enough of that. On to the wine – Concannon Petite Sirah Selected Vineyards 2008.

I’ve had this wine before but a different vintage. I remember liking it. So let’s hope it’s still good.

Duriff grapes

Duriff grapes

The Petite Sirah is not related to Sirah, Syrah, or Shiraz. The Petite Sirah is actually a big, strong grape. Some say it’s the same as a Duriff grape, some say no, some it once was the same and no longer is. Perhaps it was. Perhaps it comes from Larkmead and Louis Martini’s grapes from the forties. Whatever the case, today it is its own grape. Or is it? (The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau says Duriff and Petite Sirah are synonymous. ) Anyway.

Does it taste good?

It’s a dark and bright wine. It smells of laughter and fruit and flowers. It smells of carmalized brown sugar and plums and green apples.

It tastes thiner than it looks, but the body is still large. There’s a mild amount of spice to it, as well. It’s solid concentration of berries, especially black berries. My girlfriend gets blackberry pie. She’s right.  I also get cold, dark plums.

There’s a sweet taste on the finish that I like but that I can’t identify.

This is a good wine, especially for $9.  I give it 88.5 points. The half point is for having laughter in its nose.

This should go good with the tomato, spinach, shiitake mushroom pasta with vodka sauce and Parmesan cheese.//

The Cave (Winner of The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award for 2013.)

The Cave

Poems for an Empty Church

Poems for an Empty Church

The Oldest Stone in the World

The Oldest Stone in the Wolrd

Henri, Sophie, & The Hieratic Head of Ezra Pound: Poems Blasted from the Vortex

Henri, Sophie, & The Hieratic Head of Ezra Pound: Poems Blasted from the Vortex

Pre-Dew Poems

Pre-Dew Poems

Negative Time

Negative Time

After Malagueña

After Malagueña

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