Saturday, June 30, 2007

People Poet: Great Work If You Can Get It

You can probably put all of the people who actually make a living being poets these days in a broom closet, and improbably one of them is Frank Messina.
I've known Frank for a while and have watched the upward arc of his career with a combination of awe and bemusement and, I suppose, a little envy.
Frank is the progenitor of "Spoken Motion," a band and concept that melds lyrical content with jazz and experimental rock music. He has received the prestigious Woolrich Prize and Playboy magazine called him "one of the most widely recognized young poets living in America today."
But now Frank has outdone himself in going where not even Walt Whitman or Ezra Pound had trod:

He has been designated the official poet of the New York Mets.
More here.

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