Letter to Jerome


First of all, get your phone fixed. I hate trying to
send a short note because it always becomes a long letter or a
long letter Poem. Oh well, there’s also the thought that noone
ever collected a book of the collected phone calls of

In planning for the Fall Schedule, one thought was to have you read on Monday, September 8th, with Sharon Leonard Goodman. In meetings with Joe Tiberino, Pete Eshelman, and Mark Scott, we’ve decided to give this whole week a big
publicity push, kind of a Bacchanal Festival of the Arts, with
a possible brochure, etc. The other plus is that Sharon, as Poetry Columnist for The Philadelphia Tribune, would give it a prominent mention. I must also say that the whole thing is my idea. I must say this, since Joe Tiberino isn’t writing this letter and it is an extant document. ‘It was my idea but Tib liked it very much.) The negative is, due to various delays, the schedule may just be getting mailed out by then. At any rate, call me, as soon as possible, about this, at 875-7565, work, or 467-4706, home.

Secondly, and more importantly, is an event we’re planning for
Monday, September 22, 1986 at Bacchanal. As you know, last year
Poets & Prophets last year commemorated Banned Book Week with a program at ‘Pen & Pencil. This year, we will be coordinating two events. The general one, we will be holding at the main branch of the Free Library. The specific one at Bacchanal. This event will be Banned Books of South Africa. (This is the idea of Brian Rudnick of Book Street. I gotta give him credit. He’s a lawyer and might sue me.) Initially Peggy was going to coordinate with Brian, as last year, but is unable to do this, at least in the planning stages. My next thought was a remembrance that you had spoken about specific books and had also read from them. I know that both you and Aschak are very well aware of this situation and seem to be the logical choice to work with Brian (phone number listed)I would like to, if you agree to
be part of the coordinating team, to see about scheduling a meeting as soon as possible. I’ve already spoken to Aschak
about this, (I remember calling you to get a message to Aschak). Now it’s the reverse. Seriously, I thought of James Mears’ line about some Poets’ having this “conspiracy to not communicate.” I don’t put you in that category, especially after all the work you did at London’s, and all the work you’re doing for Poets and Prophets. Rather I think of my new favorite line, from St. Peter “Non possemus ne loqui” “It is not possible for me not to speak”. (He was speaking of the Resurrection.) So let me know your decision. If you decide not to read with Sharon, please let me know an alternate date, and whether you want to read alone and/or who with, etc.

One of the persons who will be probably be associated with the Bacchanal event will probably be Daily News Columnist Jack McKinney. There are a number of other media figures we plan to get involved. Though I doubt we can affect Reagan’s mindset, maybe we can reach a number of people. Speaking of banning, someone said to me that we don’t have book banning here. My reply was “Try and buy a Hustler with your Big Gulp at your neighborhood 7-11″. I mean I only buy it for the Interviews, but-

Like I said at the outset, this is just a short letter about some upcoming events. Oh yeah, is the Party next week?

Bob Small-8-17-86 (Name signed) Non Possemus ne Loqui

Note; This was from a time when we thought Artists and Poets could make a difference.

Rest in Peace


Jerome Robinson

Joe Tiberino


About bobsmall1

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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