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In his latest outing, the author of Anvil on a Shoestring and Trios might be said to shake a fist and roar at the dawn “Roll backward into the night!”, though such a claim would be entirely without foundation. Still, surely no one but Mike Silverton could be responsible for making such clickety-clackety music with demoralized vermin, vats of cock-a-leekie, and Benedict Arnold’s wallpaper, or for attaining such a luxuriant yet persistently procedural climax in the volume’s extravagant finale, the poetic abecedary “Geront’s Miscellany.” Call the police.

Mike Silverton’s poetry appeared in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s in Harper’sThe NationWormwood ReviewPoetry Nowsome/thingChelseaPrairie SchoonerElephant and other publications he may have (and most likely) mislaid. William Cole included Mike’s poems in four anthologies: Eight Lines and Under, Macmillan, 1967; Pith and Vinegar, Simon and Schuster, 1969; Poetry Brief, Macmillan, 1971; and Poems One Line & Longer, Grossman, 1973.

As a culture go-getter, Mike produced poetry readings for The New School for Social Research, New York’s municipal radio station, WNYC, and Pacifica Radio’s WBAI, KPFA, and KPFK. One glaring regret: Mike had arranged to record Frank O’Hara on the week in which he was killed, the weekend intervening, by a dune buggy.

Mike’s music writing, centering on modernist classical, appeared in Fanfare, a bimonthly review, and several Internet publications, including his own Mike’s reviews of high-end audio hardware appeared in the main in The Absolute Sound, a print publication, and For the unlikely audiophile reading this, Mike’s speakers are Wilson Audio Sasha W/P.

When Mike and Lee relocated from Brooklyn to Midcoast Maine in early 2002 he indulged an interest in Dadaesque assemblage, resulting in several works in a group show at The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport, and a one-man show at Belfast’s Aarhus Gallery. Mike and Lee’s 1842 house and barn are peppered throughout with work he’d have preferred to sell. (Jefferson Davis spent a night, obviously at an earlier time. Really.)

pub date: 2024-06-01
$18.00 | 76 pages
isbn: 978-1-952386-99-2 (paperback)
Cover design by Walter Smart