Dial the number 845 384 2445 on your cell phone. It’s free. You are 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. Bruce Weber is the current featured poet.
About Bruce Weber
Bruce Weber is the author of five published books of poetry, These Poems are Not Pretty (Miami: Palmetto Press, 1992), How the Poem Died (New York: Linear Arts, 1998), Poetic Justice (New York: Ikon Press, 2004), The First Time I Had Sex with T. S. Eliot (New York: Venom Press, 2004), and The Break-up of MyFirst Marriage (Rogue Scholars Press). Bruce’s work has appeared in numerous magazines, as well as in several anthologies. including Up is Up, But So Is Down: Downtown Writings, 1978-1992 (New York: New York University, 2006), Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers (New Paltz, New York: Codhill Press, 2007), and The Unbearables Big Book of Sex (Autonomedia, 2010). He has performed regularly in the tri-state area, both alone and for many years with his former performance group, Bruce Weber’s No Chance Ensemble, which produced the CD Let’s Dine Like Jack Johnson Tonight(members.aol/com/ncensemble). For the past twenty five years he produced the Alternative New Year’s Day Spoken Word/Performance Extravaganza in New York City, and this year he will organize a marathon event featuring writers, performance artists and musicians on New Year’s Day at The Beverly in Kingston. He has organized spoken word events and an Art exhibition at Green Kill. A former museum curator, he has orhanized many exhibitions and authored numerous publications on American art. On the first Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. from June through September Bruce is delivering a lecture series on the historic Woodstock art colony at the Woodstock Artists Association.
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.
About Green Kill
Green Kill is a multi-use performance space dedicated to a diverse and growing creative community. Green Kill’s mission is to create artistic opportunities through peer to peer organization by talented and dedicated visual, performing and literary artists.
Green Kill is a handicapped accessible exhibition performance Space located at 229 Greenkill Avenue, Kingston, New York, 12401, firstname.lastname@example.org, open Tuesday to Saturday from 3 pm to 9 pm, closed on national holidays. The phone number is 1(347)689-2323. For the event schedule please visit http://greenkill.org/events. Exhibition viewing hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 3-5 PM or you may make a special appointment by contacting email@example.com or phoning 347-689-2323.