When Sleep Comes: Shillelagh Songs

When Sleep Comes: Shillelagh Songs

by Jack Foley


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Poetry. California Interest. In his new poetry collection, Jack Foley revels in a wild and varied display bringing together many styles and preoccupations, from the depths of grief to love to the heights where light has its source. We might turn the title into a question: When sleep comes, can light be far behind? The diversity of forms and themes in this collection amply demonstrate Foley's concept of mind as being not one but multiple, a dark cinematic chamber peopled with many voices and masks. Foley is our contemporary vaudeville performer, tap dancing on his own stage and singing in multiple voices with many a nod and shake to poets alive and dead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944697860
Publisher: Sagging Meniscus Press
Publication date: 03/01/2020
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Jack Foley has published fifteen books of poetry, five books of criticism, and VISIONS AND AFFILIATIONS (Pantograph Press, 2011), a "chronoencyclopedia" of California poetry from 1940 to 2005. His most recent books include WHEN SLEEP COMES: SHILLELAGH SONGS (Sagging Meniscus press, 2020), RIVERRUN ( Poetry Hotel Press, 2017), GRIEF SONGS (Sagging Meniscus Press, 2017), THE TIGER AND OTHER TALES (Sagging Meniscus press, 2016), EYES (Poetry Hotel Press, 2013), and THE "FALLEN WESTERN STAR" WARS (Scarlet Tanager Books, 2001). He became well known through his "multivoiced" performances with his late wife, Adelle, who was also a poet; many of these can be seen on YouTube. His radio show, "Cover to Cover," airs every Wednesday on KPFA- FM in California. In 2010, Foley received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Berkeley Poetry Festival.

Table of Contents

Author's Introduction 1

Whitman's "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking" 2

The Wings, the River, the Wind 5

The Wings the River the Wind 6

Angelos 7

By Persis Karim 9

For Chip Deffaa 10

Elegy: Goodbye, Beat Thing 11

Elegy: Tears for Jeffrey Lilly 12

Art Crazy: Leonard Breger 13

Fire Bricks 14

Reflections after a Funeral 16

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Pride of Yonkers, NY 17

Death Loves Poets 18

Years Poem 20

Duet with Myself 32

The Santa Crows in Santa Cruz 33

The Santa Crows in Santa Cruz 34

Turning 73 (2013) 36

Spanking 37

June 38

Low Blood Sugar Incident 40

The Hospital 41

Elegy: Roy Lisker 42

Father's Day for My Father (1895-1967) 43

The Gloaming / Meáchan Rudaí 46

Blurb 48

Southern Suite 49

Thanksgiving 2017 50

Alabama Autumn 51

Poets 52

Traveler's Credo: A Duet 53

The Travelers 55

Family 56

W.C. Handy 58

For the Painter, Rich Curtis 60

Femina 61

I Can Say 62

Tennessee, 2018 63

Thanksgiving Night, 2017 64

In Imitation of Xu Zhimo 65

Shillelagh Songs 67

Shillelagh Songs 68

Sangye 69

50 Designs to Murder Magic 70

Who Says We're Incompatible 71

Luna Plena 71

Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhi Svahaa! 72

Sangye 3/2/17 74

Death / Life 75

Easter Rain 76

For Sangye-La 77

Duet 78

Sangye Sleeps 79

Ondine 80

Birthday Poem for Sangye (2018) 82

Sangye Gives Me a CD 84

Monthly 85

His Words 86

Anniversary (2019) 87

For Sangye on Valentine's Day, 2018 88

Sangye at Tashi Choling 89

Wild Ginger 90

Chanson D'amour Et De La Literature 91

She Is In My Life! 92

Light 95

For William Blake's Birthday (Nov. 28) 96

For Kaitlin & Hannah, Dear Child Friends 97

The Marx Brothers Meet Donald Trump 98

O Tempora! O Mores! John Ashbery Roo

Is It Bach That I Hear or Just a Cole Porter Song? 102

The Birthdays 103

Dream, Sound, Blue, Light 104

Stan & 105

Worshipping as a Catholic 106

With Apologies to E.B. White and "I Paint What I See" 108

Guitarra 110

There Are, Said Thelonious Monk 111

Two Poems, Recited Separately, Then Simultaneously 112

Three Song Lyrics 113

Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts: The Dance 116

Facebook (Feb. 1): "It's Jack Foley's Birthday" 117

Rant, After Florida 118

For Wan Argüelles 120

My Appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show 121

Island 123

"No Man is an Island …" 124

Les Défunts 126

Below the Statue, Duffy Square, NYC 127

Three for Sean & Kerry 130

A Duet for Chana Bloch 134

Artaud 136

Bruce Conner: Cosmic Ray 138

Mahagonny 2018 140

When the Wonderful Maude Maggart Sings 142

King Death 144

Blindness & Insight 145

Freeway Incident 148

The Dark One 149

For Julia 150

Daffodil / Asphodel 155

Wind 156

By Mark Fisher 157

The Dominion of Light 158

By Peter N. Sherburn-Zimmer 159

Sea Breeze 160

When Sleep Comes 161

Jack Foley: 79 (August 9, 2019) 162

Latin / When Sleep Comes 163

In the Amazing 165

Appendix 167

Collaborative Praisepoem for Al Young 168

Afterword & Notes 175

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