enjoy a slide show – writer’s life

listen to a poem on soundcloud

Pick an opening line:

  • “When spring began to breed mosquitos…” Listen
  • “Jim writes, ‘I feel like the designated scribe of the apocalypse…” Listen
  • “Mame, du host fayer gemakht…” (“Mama, you made fire…”) Listen
  • “The kicked them off the field, the Yeshiva boys…” Listen
  • “I was playing war with little men of plastic…” Listen
  • “His Grace, Duke Gonzaga, exempted Salomone Rossi Hebreo…” Listen
  • “There are some rotting joists in the crawlspace…” Listen
  • “How the rain, any rain, and the sun…” Listen

listen to my “Who’ll Stop the Rain” cover

Jon Fogarty/Creedence Clearwater Revival
Covered by Michael Jackman
vocal + guitar (1970 Guild D35) + ipad Garage Band, + Clip ends & fade out with Audacity. Enjoy!


Check out my playlist on Soundcloud:

enjoyed reading at the Tim Faulkner Gallery

Thanks to Selena McCracken and the IU Southeast English Club for arranging the Kentuckiana Poetry Festival reading last night at the Tim Faulkner Gallery, and also allowing me to play some guitar as well. I hear it will be broadcast on WXOX 97.1 FM Louisville.

My poetry/music set:

  1. “Who’ll Stop the Rain?” – Dan Fogerty/Creedence Clearwater Revival
  2. “Big Yellow Taxi” – Joni Mitchell
  3. “DDT, or A Psalm to dichloro-diphenyl tri-chloroethane” – Jackman
  4. “Bat Houses” – Jackman
  5. “Mame” – Razjel Zychlinsky – in Yiddish and then in English
  6. “Yeshiva Students Kicked Off Baseball Field, Forest Park, Queens, Circa 1981” – Jackman
  7. “Blackout” – Jackman
  8. Mantua, 1606” – Jackman (Published – Jewish Currents, runner up Raynes Poetry Prize)
  9. “Letter from Spickert Knob” – Jackman
  10. “How the Rain” – Jackman

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meter & meaning – snow day poetry podcast – enjoy!

Snow Chicken

Theo & Snow Chicken

We had a couple inches of snow here in New Albany, and public schools as well as IU Southeast¬†were closed. Sarah and I both worked from home, if she could really work while her very active son needed attention. So, while she and Theo made a snow chicken, I got to finish a video poetry podcast I’ve been working on – I hope you’ll learn something really interesting about meter and meaning in free verse lyric poetry. Enjoy!