Cover to Cover with Jack Foley

Cover to Cover with Jack Foley – June 1, 2016

Today’s show is a sort of experiment. Two veteran KPFA broadcasters, Nina Serrano and Jack Foley will spend an hour in intense conversation. Since they are both prominent, active Bay Area poets, they will present their own work along with the work of others. Guests will appear. Old programs will be excerpted. New ideas will be exchanged. The show has no name at the moment but some suggestions have been made: “The Straight Dope” (but that perhaps places an overemphasis on heterosexuality); “Virulent Vaudeville”; “Associations with Nina and Jack”; “Dada and Mama”; “Alter Cockers in Extremis”; etc. Come join these locuranderos whose young minds and old experience will shiver your timbers and tickle your whooseit. This is the script for the first program: “We’ll show up at the station. We’ll bring stuff. We’ll talk.”

 

FRIENDS

 

Annie Banannie and I agreed

that the first one to get there

would save a spot for the other

so we could pick up our conversations stories and songs

as we always have

and we always feel better afterwards

and we’d expect that to be much the same

because it’s been going on for more than fifty years

But of course we have to die first.

 

—Nina Serrano

 

MEMORIAL DAY

 

There are actions

There are actions

That cannot

That cannot

Be forgiven

Be forgiven

Cannot be apologized for

Cannot be apologized for

Cannot be atoned

Cannot be atoned

Actions like

Actions like

The murder

The murder

Of a carpenter

Of a carpenter

2000 years ago

2000 years ago

Or like

Or like

The dropping of an

The dropping of an

Atomic bomb

Atomic bomb

On two Japanese

On two Japanese

Cities

Cities

Forgiveness here

Forgiveness here

Is not possible—

Is not possible—

Only the weight

Only the weight

Of history

Of history

Only the knowledge

Only the knowledge

That we did something

That we did something

Irredeemable

Irredeemable

 

—Jack Foley

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