Poem from 1983 Published and Other News

I have not been in touch with Xiao-Fu for decades, but I hope he will not mind being identified as the inspiration behind the little poem I discussed here, which was published today in Right Hand Pointing and can be read there. Many thanks to Editor Dale Wisely and team for that. Though Xiao-Fu is much older now (I seem to be as well), I think you can see and hear why I thought he was “a little luminous.” I remember him as a very kind person who lived to do justice to great music and to help others do the same. In his spare time he made pots (like the one shown below), went fishing, and cooked wonderful wontons.

Here is a quote from his professional bio:

Xiao-Fu Zhou, a Curtis trained violinist and violist, once acclaimed by New York Times as “a master of his instrument and a poet”. Listening to Xiaofu Zhou playing, wrote one eminent critic in the Strad Magazine, “reminded me of the thrill I experienced 40 years ago when David Oistrakh played this sonata at his first Carnegie Hall recital.”

Mug Xiao-Fu made for me that inspired the metaphor for him in my poem.

In other news, my flash about the closeted Darwinist, “‘Difficulties on Theory,'” has been reprinted in a compendium edition of recent issues of cc&d Magazine called What Lies on the Other Side. So that’s nice. I’ll pick up a copy soon.

Love Song for LaTasha Review, and Twitter Mention

We found this film to be laudable in its intentions but disappointing in its execution. Portraying Latasha is a delicate balancing act, as anything negative about her or her friends, family, and neighborhood is likely to be seized on by racists and used to justify her murder. But by praising her largely in vague, idealizing terms, the filmmakers make it hard for us to feel that we are getting to know a real person and her real relationships. I do believe this is an important injustice that should be more widely known, and I respect the choice to focus on LaTasha, not the crime or its aftermath.

In other news, I was pleased to get this mention by After the Pause of the poem I discussed here. You can read it just by clicking on the arrow in the tweet and going to full screen. As always, I would be interested to hear your thoughts.