Call the number 845 384 2445. It’s free. You will be offered a short poem. This is not a new idea. Rather it’s a nice way to share some humanity. Each month a poet or songwriter will offer a short poem or lyric. The number may change but the service will remain the same. Gary Siegel is featured until the end of January, 2018.
About Gary Siegel
Gary Siegel discovered poetry in the late 70s performing music for a Choreopoem called “Do Angels Have Teeth.” He then soaked in the scene at the Harbor Series, a Staten Island reading that ran for 20 years where he was known to play flute, become Tom Waits, and write about Buddha’s head.
Spent a summer at Naropa in the early 80’s where he was exposed to Alan Ginsberg, William Burroughs and even the Dalai Lama.
Poetry remained a part of his life since that time, but only began to flower when in 2009 he moved to a house by the river. The poems began to flow and he has been writing steadily ever since.
On a sleepless night in 2012 he decided to create a local version of the Poetry Brothel.He and his troupe have now produced 6 performances in just under 3 years.
Nurtured by the Ulster County poetry scene he continues to delve into nature, the unconscious and anything else he can find that he thinks he can swim in.
Dial-A-Poem is a phone-based service started in 1968 by poet John Giorno after a phone conversation with his friend William Burroughs. Fifteen phone lines were connected to individual answering machines; anyone could phone Giorno Poetry Systems and listen for free to a poem offered from various live recordings.
The venture was a success from 1969 on, and the poems dealt with numerous social issues such as the Vietnam War and the sexual revolution. Giorno claimed the service later influenced the creation of other information services over the telephone, such as banking, sports, and investing.