My phone is filling up with the dead.
My friend Michael died last week, barely two months after being diagnosed with cancer. To him, as to my other dead, I owe a debt of memory. Part of this debt is that it is utterly inconceivable for me ever to delete him from the contacts on my cell.
Poetry of Everyday Life Blogpost #23 Produced in collaboration with Voices: Journal of New York Folklore “If you want to be a writer,” my high
Anyone who has lived in New York for any time soon becomes aware of “Ghost Sites,” places too soon relegated to memory. In this guest blog, Kathryn Adisman explores the places she haunted and that now haunt her.
We invite you to check out Steve’s new Poetry of Everyday Life blogpost, Folklore’s Four Sisters: Scholarship, Fieldwork, Activism and Artistry. In it he discusses – for those of you who have wondered – just exactly what a folklorist does, and explains this visualization.
Tim Hernandez, a poet and grandson of a migrant worker, has taken as his life’s work to research the families of all the migrant workers killed in the infamous 1948 plane wreck at Los Gatos Canyon, memorialized in Woody Guthrie and Martin Hoffman’s song “Deportee” – “all they will call you will be deportees.” On air, he told the Parable of the Horse, a tale that has everything to do with kind of work that folklorists and collectors of stories aspire to, as well as the pitfalls we all too often fall into. If you work closely with communities other than your own, heed this tale.