Dreamers #2-To Mike Dalton, Poet
Epigram-One day I woke up with the thought that we’d both come to each other’s funerals unless we both dies at the same time, It made sense at three in the whiskey morning. Oddly, it makes sense now.
Do not live life so roughly
Do not love life so roughly
Do not expect people to love as you do
Do learn to bend, it will not break you
Do leave the excitements with the nights
Do not remember every single detail of every single love
every single time the knives of the world
the knives of the world
Do remember only the ones that were so exquisite
they were just to the
left of death
left of death
or the right of ecstasy
past ecstasy’s endurance
Aging is nothing
but a dreamer who travles past dispair
while still seeing the lights
not the industrsil lights
Osage Avenue, 1985
Washington, DC , 1989-
Don’t give upo
Note; At this time, Mike was living in a West Philly squat and we would drink together
and pass out together. We were artists, man.
Bob Small has read at Bacchanal, Barnes and Noble, Borders,
The Booksource (Swarthmore), The Clark Park Festivals,Community College of Philadelphia
Highwire Gallery, The Mad Poets Annual Food Fest Reading,
The Middle East Restaurant, Nexus GalleryThe Painted Bride Arts Center,
The Philadelphia Ethical Society, Robin's Bookstore
The University of Pennsylvania and also in New York City,
Trenton, NJ, Washington, DC, and in many Delaware Valley Venues.
He is the author of numerous chapbooks, including
El Otro Lado (with Maralyn Lois Polak), On watching America Die,
Small Steps and Toes (with Lamont B. Steptoe), and The Unapoet.
This is his first Reading in over a year.
Bob Small was Founder and President of the
two decades old Poets and Prophets,
which presented Poetry Readings
in both Delaware County and Philadelphia.
Bob was the Chair of The Delaware County Green Party and was the
First Green Party Candidate in Delaware County (2005).
He was also a Green Party National Delegate, among other duties.
He is the Founder and Facilitator of
The Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition (PaBac),
which is a Coalition of both Independents and Third Parties.,
seeking to legislatively improve Pennsylvania's Ballot Access Laws. (Facebook)
Bob is also a founding member and
Facilitator of Democracy Unplugged, and Delco Debates,
which has presented Independent and Third Party Forums in Delaware County since 2004. Facebook)
He was formerly involved with Cinema Resistance, and Delco Pledge of Resistance.
Bob currently lives in Swarthmore with his wife
and their menagerie of animals.
He is currently focused on writing a Novel and organizing his Poetry, which he posts on his Blog (Bob Small1). He is retired from most of the above activities, except Delco Debates and Poets and Prophets, which he may return to.
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