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String Quartet

2nd Saturday Poets
Featured Reader
January 9, 2019
Jackson Inn, Wilmington






Jacobo the Turko: A Novel in Verse
Performed November 15, 2017
Wilmington Public Library Commons



Performed in 1986 with the Delos String Quartet, then quartet-in-residence at the University of Delaware. Dan Rouslin, 1st violin; Jan Baty, 2nd violin; Barbara Westfall, viola; Douglas McNames, violincello. 3rd movement from Quartet in F Maj
or by Maurice Ravel.
Ivan Bannowsky and I rehearsing my translation of poet Nordahl Grieg and composer Otto Mortensen's "Til Ungdommen"
(To Youth). Here I portray Grieg for a performance at a venue called Berlin 1933, a cabaret in the Poetry with a P(o)int series organized by Bert Moniz. This song was sung by grieving Norwegians after the horrific 2011 massacre by the fascist Anders Bering Breivik of 77 Norwegians, mostly participants in a Workers Youth League summer camp. It was particularly timely given the November 2015 events in Beirut and Paris
Til Ungdommen (To Youth)
by Nordahl Grieg (my translation)
from Autoplant:A Poetic Monologue






































Set in an era of both spiritual yearning and political revolt, my tale of redemption and rebellion recounts how a poet and his shop mates, Big man, Billy Goat, Warthog, and Gravy, torment each other to pass the time and then come together one thirsty summer night in a wildcat strike. In part, this video is from my performance at the 2007 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. I was employed 31 years at the Chrysler plant, taking leaves along the way to gain degrees from the University of Delaware and teach in Ecuador. I retired in 2001 and since then have taught in Lebanon and now at UD, where I teach the Poetry of Empowerment. Originally written and debuted in 1991.