Letters to Prison

Over the past year, Michael Wilson, the New York Times crime reporter, has been writing about my pen-itentiary pal, Dempsey Hawkins.  We have been corresponding since ’06, when Herb Boyd’s article on Jumel Terrace Books appeared in The Amsterdam News and brought me several correspondances from inmates, Dempsey’s being the only to sustain.  As family […]

Bibliothèque Aimé Césaire aux Anses d’Arlay, Martinique.

With NYC expecting temps 100+, today is perfect for reading Cahier d’un retour au pays Natal or Notebook of a Return to the Native Land by Césaire. I recommend Clayton Eshleman and Annette Smith’s translation in their edition of The Collected Poetry from University of California, with the Wifredo Lam illustrations.  

Confidence Men.

I’ve always wanted to write a Confidence Man story for thugs and the women who love them.  As I once wrote regards Daniel Defoe, “One of street literature’s great subjects has always been the highlife player, the big-dicked, bejeweled raconteur/entrepreneur, no nonsense, old s’cool of hard-knocks connoisseur of cunny, the honky-tonk man with the plan […]