Local Poet Goes Big Time

Do you see the “pg. 120” inset into the tomato photo at the lower left? That will take you (if you purchase the 2021 Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Guide, in stores in the U.S. and Canada as of Feb. 15) to “Invocation for Eleven Tomatoes.” Twenty years ago my friend Robby Barnett of Pilobolus asked me to “invoke” for certain varieties he was seed-starting at his house in Connecticut. I obliged, and now, thanks to the adventurous editors at the Almanac, my poem has found a home in print. The print run is 250,000. I like the idea of amusing old farmers all across the U.S. and Canada.

On a more serious note, I published a piece on “Robert Frost’s ‘Fire and Ice’ at 100” in my usual outlets. Here’s a link to the VTDigger version:

I haven’t been updating my audio work on this site, since I get my jobs directly from studios who already know me. I usually send a rough edit in .wav format to my studio partners, and they tailor it as they see fit. Here (in Audio Posts, “Qualco”) are two takes of a corporate video script for NRG Productions in Thessaloniki, Greece, who recently asked me to record dramatic and up-tempo versions. Why is a big outfit like Qualco sourcing a voice-over in Greece? Lower production costs, I’m guessing, and that goes for the voice talent too, since I work at Greek rates for Greek studios. I’ve been moonlighting professionally at this kind of work for 20 years now, and I never get tired of it, no matter how trite the script! I do insist on correcting lapses of English, though.

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