Monday, October 19, 2015

Rita Dove – Concert at Hanover Square

 June 2, 1790. George Bridgetower and
 Franz Clement: child prodigies, of an age
Do not think for a moment
that we were boys. Souls
in a like anguish, perhaps;
or when in a fortunate instant
we forgot ourselves—gray mice
biting each others' tails,
rolling in the grass in our woolen knickers.

We did not understand how to covet.
We knew hatred
because we could smell it
all around us, it sang in the cool glasses
tinkling over our heads,
the carefully tended laughter,
the curious glint
of a widow's appraisal.

As for competition—ah, well.
Want was a quality I could taste,
music set my body a-roil,
I was nothing if not everything
when the music was in me.
I could be fierce, I could shred
the heads off flowers for breakfast
with my bare teeth, simply because
I deserved such loneliness.

If this was ambition, or hatred,
or envy—then I was all
those things, and so was he.

Two rag dolls set out for tea
in our smart red waistcoats,
we suffered their delight,
we did not fail our parts—
not as boys nor rivals even
but men: broken, then improperly
mended; abandoned
far beyond the province
of the innocent.

from Sonata Mulattica, W. W. Norton 2009

It's a good book. Buy it!

and listen to Professor Dove reading this poem.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Long Poetry Bio

Born under a full moon on the fall equinox in the year of the snake, which was also the year Mad Libs was born, Steven Schmidt practiced pure pretension until humbled by the Muse.

Steven Schmidt is a software developer who has worked on accounting, engineering, clinical lab, and genomic applications. He has a B Math from Univ of Waterloo (Ontario) and an interest in modal & relevance logic and self-referential paradoxes.

He started writing poetry in 1977. He has had poems published in Soundings, Zephyr, Hookah, Xanadu, Long Island Sounds, Freshet, Maintenant, Perspectives II, Writing Outside the Lines, and Bards Annual, sometimes under the name Steven Zetschka.
He has made tunes for poems by Johnny Arp, William Blake, Emily Rogers, Mitzi Grossman, Raymond Patterson, Jack Kerouac, Kathaleen Donnelly, and Adam Fisher.

He was active in the Great South Bay Poetry Cooperative. He has participated in the Long Island Poetry Collective peer workshop for 16 years, the Lake Grove Poets peer workshop, and the Farmingdale Creative Writing and poetry workshops.

He claims the following have influenced his poetry:

  • Sumerian poetry
  • The Elder Edda
  • Ikkyu Sojun
  • Troubadors Arnaut Daniel and Guirat de Bornelh (He claims to have been, in a previous life, a peasant killed by Bertran de Born.)
  • Minnesingers Walter von der Vogelweide and Neidhart von Reuenthal
  • "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"
  • Thomas Campion
  • Ramprasad Sen
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Robert Graves
  • Kurt Schwitters
  • Tristan Tzara
  • Hugo Ball
  • Jean Arp
  • Federico Garcia Lorca
  • Shinkichi Takahashi
  • Laura Riding
  • Vernon Watkins
  • Mary Barnard
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Peter Sinfield
  • Devo
  • Lydia Lunch
  • Babes in Toyland (esp. _Spanking_Machine_)
  • George Wallace
  • Rae Armantrout

His ability to be influenced has been aided by an integrity deficit. Guilty of indulging in extreme metalepsis: take the transitive closure of (Metonymy union Metaphor) and then a topological closure of that.

He hosts the Northport Arts Coalition's monthly Poets in Port readings and organized the Nest of Flames instant book party in April 2008 and the Dickinson in December poetry & music event in December 2008 at the Northport Library.

Two arrests, no convictions.

To write some poems one must
walk right to the cliff edge
and to revise them,
look down.

Endorsement by Barbara Reiher-Meyers:

There once was a poet named Schmidt
who wrote of some fantastic ... stuff.
I could listen for days,
not know what he says,
but be glad just to be part of it.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Using data from I calculate the correlation between murder rate and % who attend church weekly is positive, namely 0.35, probably contrary to what Sylvia Allen thinks: AZ Senator: Church attendance should be mandatory
Murders causing people to go to services more often probably does not explain all of the correlation.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Long Island & NYC Women's Roller Derby 2015

  • Brooklyn Bombshells vs Manhattan Mayhem Manhattan // Sat Mar 14 John Jay College 524 W. 59th St. 6:00pm
  • LIRR Ladies of Laceration Vs. The Wicked Wheelers March 21, 2015 07:00
  • March 28th 8pm SIDR Revolution vs Hartford Area Roller Derby
  • Queens of Pain vs Bronx Gridlock Manhattan // Sat Apr 11 John Jay Gymnasium 524 W. 59th St. 6:00pm
  • LIRR The Wicked Wheelers Vs. The Rolling Thundercats April 18, 2015 07:00
  • April 25th 8pm SIDR Revolution vs Jerzey Derby Brigade
  • Long Island Roller Rebels’ All Stars vs. Jersey Shore Roller Girls’ All Stars (Toms River, NJ) April 26, 2015 01:00
  • Brooklyn Bombshells vs Bronx Gridlock Manhattan // Sat May 9 John Jay Gymnasium 524 W. 59th St. 6:00pm
  • Long Island Roller Rebels’ All Stars vs. Forest City Derby Girls’ Timber Rollers (London, Ontario, Canada) May 17, 2015 01:00
  • Manhattan Mayhem vs Queens of Pain Manhattan // Sat May 30 City College of NY 160 Convent Ave. 6:00pm
  • Long Island Roller Rebels’ All Stars vs. Hudson Valley Horrors (Hyde Park, NY) May 30, 2015 07:00
  • June 6th 8pm SIDR Slaughters of the Revolution vs B.C. Rollers Slaughters vs TBD
  • Long Island Roller Rebels’ All Stars vs. Assault City Roller Derby Assault Squad June 13, 2015 07:00
  • Double-Header Manhattan Mayhem vs Bronx Gridlock, Queens of Pain vs Brooklyn Bombshells Brooklyn // Sat Jul 18 Abe Stark Arena Coney Island Boardwalk 2:00pm
  • Gotham Championship Bout Team TBD vs. Team TBD Manhattan // Sat Aug 29 John Jay College 524 W. 59th St. 6:00pm
  • Long Island Roller Rebels’ Rock-A-Bettie Bruisers vs. Pair O’ Dice City Rollers August 29, 2015 07:00
  • LIRR The Rolling Thundercats Vs. Ladies of Laceration September 19, 2015 07:00
  • October 24 7pm SIDR Double Header: Revolution vs Bay State Brawlers
  • LIRR Team Championship / Annual Charity Game November 14, 2015 07:00

For Gotham bouts see and

For LIRR Long Island Roller Rebels see
all bouts at America, 182 Bethpage-Sweet Hollow Rd(=Spagnoli Rd), Old Bethpage, 11804

For SIDR Strong Island Derby Revolution see and
all bouts at World Gym Arena, 384 Mark Tree Road, Setauket

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Harry Chapin on Songwriting

David Schnittman on a songwriting workshop with Harry Chapin: "that was very interesting. I still remember the advice he gave about writing lyrics. Paraphrasing, he said: Once you got your lyric and you think you've got a great opening line, make that your SECOND line and (or verse) and put another one (even better) in front of that. Simple and elegant tool I thought..."

Tuesday, March 01, 2011


Pinocchio Paradox

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


According to Google, no-one else has posted "The smog comes in on litter box feet."