Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Jack McCarthy RIP

Photo Credit Seattle Poetry Slam
In a week when the Washington Post publishes an article with the title, "Is Poetry Dead?" we have lost one of the poets whose work gave that question a resounding no.
Or as Keats said "...the poetry of the earth is never dead."

The Boston Globe called McCarthy a"...consummate storyteller whose m├ętier was verse."

You may read his work and see videos of his performances at:

Here is a link to a tribute from fellow poets on IndieFeed at

Victor Infante wrote a beautiful piece in the Worcester Telegram:

"Here and Now," on Boston's NPR Station has a podcast on Jack entitled
"Remembering a Slam Legand" at:

Memorial Services for McCarthy will take place at:

The Northeast memorial will take place on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the Follen Unitarian Church in Lexington, Massachusetts at 2PM. The service will be followed by a reception at the church and an open mic at 6PM at the Chelmsford Public Library.

The Washington memorial service will be on Saturday, February 16, 2013 in Marysville, Washington at the Evergreen Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 2PM, followed by a reception.

Finally, the California memorial service will be at 4PM on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center in Venice, California.

Jack was much loved and one last rebuttal to the Washington Post who asked the age old question of if poetry can ever change anything, here is Jack's poem "Drunks." 

Write Bloody Press is publishing a book by Jack on recovery that includes "Drunks."
You can read on how the book came about in this lovely exchange of emails
between Jack and publisher/poet Derrick Brown on Write Bloody.

PS The Washington Post issued a retraction Poetry-is-not-Dead-Says-Poetry