Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Celebrating Annie Menebroker 1936-2016, August 28, 2016, Sacramento, CA

This beautiful poem by Annie really is her. She was a truly humble human being with a tremendous heart who really loved people. One of the great American poets of our time. Annie's life is being celebrated in poem and song this Sunday at the California Stage in Sacramento with those that knew and loved her.



Annie's contribution for (inside) The Poetry Bomb.

                   

                              Got a hole

                              in the bomb.
                              You can look
                              inside -- see
                              what makes it
                              blow up, spread
                              out, get mean
                              and dirty.
                              Split you
                              many ways
                              along with
                              your ideas
                              and your heart
                              that didn't
                              want to do
                              anything more
                              than love
                              something, but
                              not to pieces.

                                 -- Annie Menebroker
                                    November 2009



love, s.a.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Pittsburgh Poet Jimmy "The Dog" Cvetic & S.A. Griffin, Friday 8PM at Beyond Baroque


Friday August 19th at 8pm, Jimmy "The Dog" Cvetic and S.A. Griffin will be laying it down at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice, CA. This is a rare west coast gig for The Dog so be sure not to miss it!

I've read with Jimmy before, he's one of the best.  Jimmy's the real deal, a former Pittsburgh police detective who has dedicated his life to helping at risk youth. One of the best poets writing, Jimmy is a one-two combination of Charles Bukowski and Joseph Wambaugh; down to earth, insightful and often funny as hell. 

Nick Nolte, Michael Green and Jimmy Cvetic, Beyond Baroque, June 2012.



Jimmy reading his composition "The Wall".






See ya there... love, S.A.









Thursday, August 4, 2016

Poet Charles Plymell Reading Planet Chernobyl, Dada On The Hudson


Poet Charles Plymell reading his poem Planet Chernobyl at Dada On The Hudson, Church of the Sacred Heart, Barrytown, New York. Sunday, July 31, 2016.





Photo of Charles Plymell by Gerald Malagna







love,
s.a.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

My Cafe Bustelo clock



Picked this beauty up about 20 years ago, one of my truly favorite things. I was in a thrift store here in Los Angeles poking thru the shelves and saw this keeping time on the wall. I asked the guy working there if it was for sale. He said that he didn't think so, but he'd ask his father as it was his clock. I could see them talking to one another as the son pointed my way. He told me that his father was a Cuban immigrant from many years back and wanted to know why a non-Cuban like me would be interested in such a thing. I told him that Bustelo was my favorite bean and that I had been drinking it for many years. Pleased I suppose that it would be going to a real Bustelo coffee drinker, and a businessman at heart, the kind father offered it to me for $40 because the second hand had come off. I was thrilled and thanked him profusely. When I got it home and took a look at the second hand, the fix was easy, it simply needed to be reattached to the clock by screwing it back on.

My beautiful Bustelo clock has always kept perfect time. Never missing a beat it remains in the same great condition as it was the day I brought it home and has very little wear, only a few very small paint chips missing here and there, otherwise, it is in absolutely perfect shape. I expect that this wonderful time piece will continue to keep perfect pace with me until I check out and my Bustelo clock goes to the next.

Been searching for information on this beautiful clock for many years, but to no avail. And after countless late night internet searches I have not been able to find one single image. Recently contacted the Bustelo company and even they don't have archival information on it, must be one of the rarest clocks on Earth or planet Bustelo.

As you might be able to see, the piece is white plastic cased in a gold metal frame and is powered by an electric cord, no batteries in this one. The clock appears to be from the late 1950s or early 60s and measures at a little over two feet wide, slightly over a foot high and five and half inches deep.

If anyone out there has any information on the piece, please feel free to let me know. If anyone out there has another, that would be amazing, would love to see a pic of your Cafe Bustelo timepiece!





cheers,
s.a.



Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Official Language of Yes by Scott Wannberg!!

The language has landed!!!
The Official Language of Yes
by Scott Wannberg

Cover photo by Henry Mortensen, layout and design by Michele Perez.

After more than three years of work, and almost four years to the day after Scott's passing comes this wonderful new book for and by Scott Wannberg. The Official Language of Yes from Perceval Press is an 8.5"x11" hardbound volume with over 300 pages; a big beautiful book for a big beautiful man chock full of Scott's words, wit, wisdom, spontaneous jazz riffs and full color reproductions of original art.

Back cover. Beautiful words for Scott by Dave Alvin.

This collection includes some previously published work culled from small press anthologies, broadsides, periodicals and chapbooks with small runs; many rare and years out of print. However, by no means is this a best of or collected as close 90 per cent has never been seen in print. The Official Language of Yes is a true labor of love on the part of all involved. Edited by S.A. Griffin, the book includes a prologue by Viggo Mortensen and introduction by Henry Mortensen. Unbelievably priced at $25, this baby is the poetry deal of a lifetime!





The official poet of yes!!



Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Milk: A Poetry Magazine, Double Issue 3/4

Cover by Chris Shellin.

Milk: A Poetry Magazine, Double Issue 3/4!
Edited by Abel Debritto and Joshua Johnson

I am deeply honored to be running with some incredibly esteemed company in this anthology. Cover is letter pressed in two colors, printed and bound by Bill Roberts especially for Milk. Limited to an edition of 250 copies; 54 pages, 8x10, 200 paperback ($12) and 50 hardcovers ($40) these babies are stuffed cover to cover with some of the biggest names in the poetry biz and are guaranteed to become collector's items.

Dig this crazy line-up:

Alexander Adams, Margaret Atwood, Amiri Baraka, Marvin Bell, Rick Benjamin, Robert Bly, George Bowering, Charles Bukowski, Billy Childish, Sandra Cisneros, Andrei Codrescu, Billy Collins, Norman Dubie, Stephen Dunn, Martin Espada, Edward Field, S.A. Griffin, Donald Hall, Jack Hirschman, Erica Jong, Ted Kooser, Ronald Koertge, Joanne Kyger, Micahel Lally, Ursula Le Guin, Philip Levine, Gerald Locklin, Michael McClure, David Meltzer, William Mohr, Andrew Motion, Carol Muske-Dukes, Joyce Carol Oates, David Ossman, Alicia Ostriker, Rochelle Owens, Robert Pinsky, Doren Robbins, Kay Ryan, Gary Soto, Anne Stevenson, Robert Sward, James Tate, Natasha Trethewey, Fred Wah, Diane Wakoski, Charles Webb, Ruth Weiss and C. D. Wright.

Dang.




Cheers, S.A.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New from Rose of Sharon: Natural Geographics by Michael Lane Bruner



New from Rose of Sharon Press, Natural Geographics by Michael Lane Bruner. Photo by Bill Roberts.

No pics of the softcover yet, will get them up soon. Hand made and printed by Bill Roberts each hard bound edition have endpapers front and back taken from old National Geographic magazines.  A very limited run of 100 softbound and 10 unique hardbound editions. Sorry to say there are only 4 hardbound copies available.

A founding member of The Lost Tribe and The Carma Bums, Mike is a full professor of rhetoric and communication theory at Georgia State University. Devoting his time to his academic career lo, these many years, this volume represents his first published collection of verse. About damn time! The Professor and I have been hitting trails on and off the road for over 30 years and it was a true joy and privilege to work with Mike as editor, publisher and friend.  A really beautiful book inside and out.

You can get a copy directly from the author:

Michael Lane Bruner
POB 1215 Tucker, GA  30085

$20 softbound
$50 hardbound

Only 4 of 10 hard copies still available. Photo by Bill Roberts.








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Covering the world with lines since 1988.





Thursday, March 20, 2014

Dreams Gone Mad With Hope by S.A. Griffin

The cover of my new book, Dreams Gone Mad With Hope


In Los Angeles and Southern California at


If you'd like a signed copy, send me an email and I'll be glad to oblige.

Art by the incomparable Matjames Metson,
intro by Village Voice art critic and Pop Surf Culture author Brian Chidester.

S.A. Griffin's words shoot across the page, piercing readers directly through the heart and brain. His writing is the literary version of a Jackson Pollack painting, only instead of paint, S.A.'s work is made of blood, sweat and tears. Sardonic and sharp, forlorn and joyous, he writes like an angel-eyed demon with wings made of vintage onionskin typing paper. His work- hell, his life- is informed by the Beats and their aesthetic, but he veers off into dangerous, previously uncharted territory. This book is S.A.'s own post-modern literary reality show, full of phrases that are as open to interpretation as they are an accurate assessment of the human condition. He is a genius... read him. – Pleasant Gehman, author of "Showgirl Confidential"

Twenty years ago an ex-friend who died in 2013 told me how much he loved S.A.'s latest book at the time, I reread it and it was great, I went home and reread his other books they were great. I am very pleased with S.A.'s new book and will treasure it too and reread it again and again, whether it is the Silver Surfer in Hollywood, Movie Queens at Schwab's or bug infested angels, S.A.'s world speaks to me. – Thomas R. Peters, Jr., owner of beat book shop, author of "100 missed train stations" and "certain birds"

For S.A. Griffin, poetry, art, life, love... it's all about the journey. This latest collection offers a rare glimpse into the unpaved highways of the heart, only stopping to top off the tank and wave to the angels littering the skyline of Heaven or Los Angeles. His poems are often a protest, a call and response, a love letter to a broken home long boarded up, they are points on a map in a story that is still being written, they wear their hearts on their sleeves, rolled up to expose the veins our shared history, parts of a whole, that together-- become everything. – John Dorsey, author of "Sodomy is a City in New Jersey"

S.A. Griffin's Dreams Gone Mad With Hope is beautiful, painful, joyous and absolutely riveting. This very personal collection delves into loss, memory, Los Angeles, America, world and love with a ferocity that is incredible, remarkable, honest and profound. Deeply touching and thoroughly entwined in what the word human means. The musicality and depth of his imagery are reflective of someone with keen perception and an exquisite heart. – Ellyn Maybe, Poet/Musician

s.a. griffin is the man who detonates the poetry bomb. a poet who's been laying it down true for years. he swings hard off the head making music that jumps. – mark hartenbach, author of "bring me the head of marko x"




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