On Sunday April 19th, 2009 Virgogray Press invades Gemini Ink for a poetry book reading and discussion in honor of National Poetry Month. I invite all to attend as I will be reading from my two latest collections of poetry, Ghost Roads and The Terrorist. The presentation entitled “Virgogray: A Perspective” will run an hour long and examines the role of poetry in this fast-paced, modern world and how this sacred art-form, though seen as a dying kind by many including the mass media, is instrumental to the survival of our humanity. A brief Q &A will follow at the close of the session. My books as well as other titles by Virgogray Press will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public. Please arrive early as seating will be limited. The event begins at 7:30 PM. Please note: FIESTA begins this April week in San Antonio and parking may be more of an issue than normal. There are not any huge events taking place on that Sunday, but many FIESTA-goers may seek parking to attend the weekly events happening all over downtown. Please, arrive early.
Gemini Ink is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and “nurtures writers and readers and builds community through literature and related arts.” Gemini Ink is the heart of independent literary growth in San Antonio serving over 6,000 patrons and parenting several programs including Writers in Communities (WIC), Dramatic Readers Theater, University Without Walls (UWW) and The Autograph Series.
Gemini Ink located at 513 S. Presa San Antonio, TX 78205
To be quite frank, I was unsure that I would return to publishing independently. Virgogray Press had been quiet for a few years already and I hadn’t done much in the wake of my brief reading tour in 2005 across the Southwestern United States. But what would I do? That three years after publishing Sad Height under the pen name Jacob Gray I would have my first publication of poetry a la Ghost Roads would never have crossed my mind. For reasons I shan’t disclose, I think I nearly gave up on writing after 2005. I still wrote poetry and doodled word phrases, but the writer/publishing game? Forget it.
So what changed in 2008? I’m not sure. The end result, however, is Ghost Roads, a 40 page poetry chapbook collecting poems that wander through the nostalgic avenues of my past. Not being one to enjoy the occasional rut, I retain these poems as evidence of progress and change. Transcendence. Ghost Roads, as with my latest collection, The Terrorist, is really a dissection of Sad Height in that it takes some of the themes, tones and poems of that experimental piece and breaks them down and revises them into new personal truths. Not bearing sequence, some poems like “Island” are throwbacks to older poetry, written as far back as 2002; where as “New Paths” or “Routine” are newer fresher faces amongst my words. Ghost Roads is my tribute to the heart, a fine place if any to start; it reconciles some of what I lost, some of what I miss, some of what I’m looking for. It is my “hello” to the world, at least for now.