olmI am nearly finished with my new collection of poetry, a book entirely containing poems entirely wriiten by me, with input from my Thing and my Son, This book has abosolutely nothirng to do with Persea, and I know better than to cross steps with that publisher, who actually sued me previously: because I did something most writers do, I revised some poems and was honest.
This is not the first time I have been involved with this poet, as these photos reveal:
Here is a quote that Writer L Bush made about this performance: “
Writer L Writer Bush’s comments about the reading with Bob Holman in the Hannan:
“Hi Forker Gryle; I did not film it; I shot pics. Had I known you would go OFF like that, I would have filmed it. I was totally unprepared for the Tina/Ike (happy days) vibe you two had going on. It was FUCKING AWESOME! -w.”
and here I am wearing his hat:
and below here I am on a date with him: I was 60 years old in the photo, and now I am 64, and look like this: No weaves, no extensions, never a relaxer in my life, all the hair is rooted in my head naturally, yes, I am multiracial, but so what? A black moher asshamed of her appearnce and all the non-black stuff, paternal inheritance !I a not going to deny my father and his father:
Her I am on a date with him; I sas 60 years old, and he was 66. He even carried me on his back afetr dinner at Vermillion restaurant in Chicago..
And here writng a text to him:
Now, befefore anothe rlawsuit, wamnto to point out that I am including no poem at all, still under “control” by Persea. There is no way I would do that, as Persea rejected a blurb this poet had written for my current –and last! book with Persea,
This is a fine review of “Wannnabe” but has more to do with my writing than with the publisher, and a book supposedly “comprehensive lacks any poems from what might be my most major collection of all , “Small Congregations” endorsed by Harold Bloom himself on Charlie Rose, published by Ecco Press, I might add, the one volume of my poetry to which I hold al the rights, so its inclusion would hav e required MY PERMISSION!
Here is the Persea book involved in the dispute for which I was served a suboena in my University of Michigan office:
I am mentioned in Harold Bloom’s Interview on Charlie Rose, concerning “Small Congregations”:
The highest possible endorsement in American Letters!
I am mentioned at 12:01
He is by far, the finest collaborator i have eve r known, amd if any of you think I would dare use any poem over whch Persea has any say, you re dead wrong! I d onot seek trouble where none shoULD BE.
When I went there, I didnt even take a copy of “Wannabe“ ! why insult him even more!
Even if I didn’t care about him as much as I do I woudl never treat anyone like that.
een published n line her:
the poem in question I noticed in a tweet, “Ana’s Survivors” that has only been published online here in the American journal of Poetry here:
not in anything associated with Persea.When i know where and when my new collection, whose title I will not disclose, I will announce that, but it WILL NOT BE PERSEA.
I can’t say enouh good things about this man!
Just wait for the collection of petry, and that should clarify many things. He is my literary Executor, my Collaborator, and my Mr. Muse, Literary Advisor, and can he ever Kiss! — and yeres, I Love him with all my heart!