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Saturday, March 21st, 2015


AY Spring Cedar Street 2015Photo: O.O.Gabugah

Spring, always in the making, works.
You put on a good spring, well-staged,
and you’ve got the makings of a universe.
This means everything’s spinning and
gearing up at just the right time. Newtonian.
Clockwork. Or let’s try Einsteinian, where
everything’s relative. Cousinly, family, curved.

— Al Young
© 2015



(Composer: Freddie Hubbard)

Vocalist: Ebru Dengiz

Sun Also Rises
Photo: Al Young


for Nana

What’s most fantastical almost always goes
unrecorded and unsorted. Take spring.
Take today. Take dancing dreamlike; coffee
your night, creameries your dream factories.
Take walking as a dream, the dearest, sincerest
means of conveyance: a dance. Take leave
of the notion that this nation’s or any other’s earth
can still be the same earth our ancestors walked.
Chemistry strains to connect our hemispheres.
The right and left sidelines our brain forms
in the rain this new world braves‚ÄĒacid jazz.
The timeless taste her tongue leaves in your mouth,
stirred with unmeasured sugars, greens the day
the way sweet sunlight oxygenates, ignites
all nights, all daytimes, and you‚ÄĒthis jumps.
Sheer voltage leaps, but nothing keeps or stays.
Sequence your afternoon as dance. Drink spring.
Holding her hard against you, picture the screenplay.
Take time to remember to get her spells together.
Up jumps the goddess gratified, and up jumped spring.

© 2006, 2007 and 2015 by Al Young
Up Jumped Spring Mark Dorricott Music© Mark Dorricott Music



Saturday, January 3rd, 2015


Mark Al Dan Bert 2March 2015

Luncheon reunion, 2 March 2015
Berkeley Marina
L-R: Mark Cohen, Al Young, Dan Slobin, Bert Pohl
(Photo: Mark Cohen)
Picture a foursome of (1) an ophthalmologist, (2) a poet, (3) a psycholinguist, (4) a nuclear physicist; chemistry lab mates. At playground’s edge — waiting to get called up to fill a needed baseball, soccer or football slot — we’d bunch by ourselves to talk ideas, concepts or books we were reading. Since then, nothing has changed except the speed of the go-go, ongoing, money-drunk world. It was physicist Bert Pohl’s passion for science fiction and the social ideas behind Orwell’s, Heinlein’s and Asimov’s storytelling that nudged me into the liberal arts.


Full Moon TN Reed Early Feb 2015
Full Moon
(Photo: Tennessee Reed,
Early February 2015)

“>Rebekah in Amish Country 2015

Rebekah Presson Mosby |In Amish Country’ (Pennsylvania, 2015)

Snow Here in Somerville Wyn Cooper

“Just a little snow here in Somerville” (Massachusetts 2015)
© Wyn Cooper


Walks Winter Tennessee Reed 24Jan15

‘Walks Winter’ ¬© Tennessee Reed (2015)


Favorite Part of Winter©


Westminster Winter SLC Feb 2014 2014

Westminster College, Salt Lake City (Photo: Al Young)




Friday, September 19th, 2014


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prez tree 2014 © Maria Syndicus

Prez Xmas tree lit up
(Downtown Palo Alto, CA


World War One in Photos: One Century Later

Verdun 2014

Reuters/Vincent Kessler

Trees stand where the village of Fleury once stood, near Verdun, on March 5, 2014. A hundred years after the guns fell silent in World War One, nine villages wiped out by fighting on France’s bloodiest battleground continue to lead a ghostly existence. Their names still appear on maps and in government records. Mayors representing them are designated by local authorities. But most of the streets, shops, houses and people who once lived around the French army stronghold of Verdun are gone.



Spiderwalk at Dawn
© Al Young

A toast to the spider-walk and sundeck in shadow silhouette


Al Michael Arl edit by Hannah Xmas 2014
Photo: Hannah Kelly

Al Young, Michael Young, Arline Young | The Holidays 2013



Talking Turkey

turkey group rszd © Vivian Torrence

Artist Vivian Torrence‘s “Turkey Choir” photographed “live” in North Carolina. We forget that big-breasted Butterball turkeys raised in dense concentration can’t even walk. Vegan or omnivore, you’re looking here at the real thing: the wild heritage bird.

dover fronds


In a pinch, the pepper, the salt, the savory
way gravies grace potatoes mashed or smashed

Cornbread dressing while you stuffing your Face-
book Timeline with pictures & pictures of juice 

Turkey or turnkey? What was the question?
Turn her loose, or lock him up. Food sets the mood.

Thanksgiving Adam & Thanksgiving Eve leave
thanks up for grabs. In a pinch, the pepper, the salt.

© 2014 Al Young
Haslam Turkeys  © Janice Haslam

“These wild turkeys are dancing in our front yard today because the California turkey hunting season ended on Nov. 24th.”
— Fondly, Gerry & Jan


Turkey Day Tom Gauld NYer 2Dec2014
© 2013 Tom Gauld | The New Yorker



Al @ Carole Harris Studio Detroit 2014

Photo: Melba Boyd

Al Young visits textile artist Carole Harris‘ studio | Detroit, 2014


DogWalker Berkeley Marina Al Young

Dog-Walker | Berkeley, CA Marina


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(Dr. John, the Night Tripper)

Tennessee's Hummingbird © Tennessee Reed

“Shows you what happens when you are in the right place at the right time. These birds are hard to get photos of because they are so fast. But I managed to get a photo of this one.”
Tennessee Reed


Caroline Goodwin
© Lacy Atkins /SF Chronicle

Caroline Goodwin, poet laureate of San Mateo County

Lakiba AY Kalamu Chache 30 0ct2014

Belmont Library

Lakiba Pittman, Al Young and Kalamu Chach√© grab a photo-op following an inspiring evening of poetry from grade school, high school and adult winners of a county-wide competition sponsored by Poetry Is. Caroline Goodwin, San Mateo County’s poet laureate, envisioned, organized and carries out this program with help from the Belmont Public Library.


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Al @ Watershed 2014 by Mary-Marcia Casoly Mary-Marcia Casoly

Al Young at the 19th Watershed Eco-Poetry Festival reads and sings with the Barry Finnerty Trio | Berkeley, September 27, 2014

Mary-Marcia Casoly wrote at Facebook: “Al Young was cool and Spot On: really appreciated what he had to say about Denise Levertov and prompting us to [generate fresh] language to speak up and do for our struggling environment” ‚ÄĒ at Watershed Eco-Poetry Festival, 27 September 2014. Produced byJoyce Jenkins and Mark Baldridge

Al & Akira 2014

Jazz drummer Akira Tana and Al Young | Watershed Festival 2014



Summer Equinox chez moi

Red chile peppers and orchid sleek for the sly Autumn Equinox


My dentist's tree

My dentist’s tree in Piedmont, CA

 Photos: Al Young



Saturday, June 21st, 2014

‘No el cielo sino su sombra tumbada sobre el agua’

‘Not the sky but its shadow lying back on the water’

— Nancy Morej√≥n
(Translation: Pamela Carmell)

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Nancy Morej√≥n, Cuba’s leading poet, performs the title selection from Homing Instincts (Querencias), her latest collection, at San Francisco Public Library’s Koret Auditorium, 2014

Al & Nancy by Kathleen
Photo: Kathleen Weaver

Al Young with renowned Cuban poet Nancy Morejón during the Bay Area swing of her late summer 2014 USA reading and speaking tour.

En C√°rdenas, todos
escuchan el canto
de su andar
hecho de spuma

In C√°rdenas, everyone
listens to the song of your footsteps
made of sea foam

–Nancy Morej√≥n
from Homing Instincts (Querencias),
translated by Pamela Carmell,
Cubana Books, 2014

“How fine it is to be kept vertical by two accomplished beauties.”
— Bob Baldock

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Kathleen Bob Nancy by AY Photo: Al Young

[L-R] Poet and translator Kathleen Weaver, KPFA Special Events Coordinator Bob Baldock, and celebrated Cuban poet Nancy Morejón | September 2014

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AY Sketch from Buskirk Pix
Sketch based on a SmartPhone photo by Dan Buskirk

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Al & Mary Mackey August 2014

Katherine Davis Alice Pennes Mary Mackey AY @ Ohmega 23Aug2014

(L-R) Ohmega Salvage owner Katherine Davis, poet-novelist Mary Mackey, Al Young, and Ohmega events coordinator Alice Pennes


Sonny Guarding the Harvest

Sonny guarding the harvest | Photo: Kent Crockett



Al@Squaw 2014 A Dawn Dorland
Photos: Dawn Dorland

Bassist Jason Roberts, singer Al Young, drummer Christopher Kiefer and guitarist Louis B. Jones perform Wes Montgomery’s ‘West Coast Blues‘ at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers‘ Follies Night | July 14, 2014

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New Baby Bluejays by Kent & Cindy
Kent & Cindy Crockett

New baby bluejays greet the Summer Solstice


Photo: Ofelia

Still crazy and creative after all these years, (L-R) poet Al Young, physicist Bert Pohl, opthalmologist/light scholar Mark Cohen, and psycholinguist Dan I. Slobin. Detroit Central High cronies,they¬† lunch for the last time at Bo’s BBQ in downtown Lafayette, CA. Bo’s will close and reopen in San Francisco. | June 2014




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Thursday, March 20th, 2014


Al & Marian Header 2014

Up Jumped Spring

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© Mario Badescu

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Photo: Massiel Valenzuela

To onstage poet Erica Goss and to a lively midday audience, Al Young kicks off the 2014 Legacy of Poetry Day at San Jos√© State University. Eager town and campus residents gathered at King Library’s Caret Plaza to celebrate the early 20th century presences at SJSU of bestselling poet Edwin Markham (“The Man with a Hoe“) and poet-professor Henry Meade Bland. Later Al and an expansive spectrum of poets¬† paid tribute to¬† the late Wanda Coleman. The whole afternoon went luminous.


Al & Sally April 2014 by Massiel Valenzuela_2
Photo: Massiel Valenzuela

SJSU Poetry Legacy Day reunites two former poets laureate: Santa Clara County’s Sally Ashton and California’s Al Young. That’s participating poet-prof Samuel Maio up behind Al and an SJSU videographer faithful behind Sally.


Richard Alan Andy Pam Al Joyce Forrest Noah Moe's 2014 Moe’s Books

Richard Silberg, Alan Soldofsky, Andy Ross, architect Pamela (Soldofsky), Al Young, Joyce Jenkins, Forrest Hamer, Noah Blaustein | Moe’s Books, Berkeley, April 24, 2014


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¬†Literary agent Andy Ross (formerly Cody’s Books), button campoet Alan Soldofsky , poet-producer Joyce Jenkins | Moe’s Books, Berkeley, April 24, 2014

Al Naomi Willie Marian WSU 2014

Poets Al Young and Naomi Long Madgett, genius guest performer Willie TBA, and bassist Marian Hayden at Wayne State University’s 2014 Poetry Month Celebration | Detroit, April 2014


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