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Moment of Truth                 December 2020
                 Litterateur redefining world











                                               Turning point





                                                            welcome to the house of failure
                Jack and Adelle Foley at Cody’s
               Books, Berkeley, CA. 1988. Photo             see these are the structural bases of the
                       by Rick Mahan.                       house its beams and arteries
                                                            its artificial light its hands its vast
                                                            appendices
                                                            who is
                                                            not here?
                                                            the range of things
                                                            delights us welcome welcome


                                                            see there is the door it opens for us

                                                            welcome





                                                          As  it  happened,  the  Native  American  writer
                                                          Gerald Vizenor, whom I knew through a course
                                                          sponsored       by    Ishmael      Reed's     Before
                                                          Columbus Foundation, was also about to do a
                                                          poetry  reading.  Gerry's  reading  was  to  be  at
                                                          The  California  College  of  Arts  and  Crafts  in
                                                          Oakland.  I  told  him  about  my  upcoming
                                                          reading with Ivan and he suggested that I read
                                                          with  him  as  well.  The  organizer  of  Gerry's
                                                          reading phoned me asking whether I would like
                                                          to  be  on  for  a  half  hour.  I  told  her  fifteen
                                                          minutes would be fine. She told me that there
                                                          would be "other, less well-known people on the
                                                          bill." I didn't tell her that it would be pretty hard

                                                          to find someone "less well-known" than I was!
                                                          I  suggested  that  Ivan  be  included  in  the
                                                          reading. My idea was that Ivan could hear me
                                                          and  if  he  didn't  like  what  he  heard,  he  could
                                                          skip  the  Larry  Blake's  reading,  no  hard
                                                          feelings.

                  The Marquis Who's Who




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