My Body the Guitar is my new poetry book inspired by guitars, guitarists, and their music, published in December 2021 from Before Your Quiet Eyes Publications Holograph Series, a press in Rochester, NY, USA. And I’m happy to report that it’s been nominated for the National Book Award!
In “Part I, Mere Mortal,” you can follow my learning curve in poems largely spoken to my guitar in a series of “Études.” In “Part II, Local Heroes,” I honor the master guitarists in my inner circle: teachers, lovers, friends, online git pals, glancing encounters, and my deceased brother. In “Part III, “Great Gods,” you’ll encounter my idiosyncratic pantheon of immortals, from Jimi Hendrix to Joni Mitchell, Stevie Ray Vaughn to Mark Knopfler, Warren Zevon to Jackson Brown, Bonnie Raitt to Robert Johnson and so many more.
See the My Body the Guitar book page for more details, including how to order your copy!
If you want to hear the poems, take a break and view my latest reading from My Body the Guitar. Join me with Just Poets of Greater Rochester:
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