A.D. Winans…Looking Toward The Future

The Fourth of July Poem posted below is from The System published by Centennial Press. This chap contains 11 hard hitting poems that deal with prison and the life of the common man seen through the eyes of a true poet. These poems will not make you smile or make you feel good, but they will make you stop and think. They should make you question. In the poem, The System he writes:

There are old people who have
Worked twenty years
Only to be laid off
Without so much as two weeks
Written notice
Abandoned to seek a living
At half the pay

I suspect many of these poems were inspired when A.D. and Jack Micheline participated in the Folsom Prison Poet’s Workshop and when A.D. also participated in a similar workshop at San Quentin. On a side note, the book was dedicated to Jack Micheline and Bob Kaufman who are out there in the beyond somewhere still bucking the system and still singing it from the streets.

When I was a kid, I listened to Dylan on an eight track stuck under the dash of my rag top Chevy. Today, I have Dylan on my ipod. I also have a stack of books by Winans next to my recliner. Just like Dylan, Winans show no sign of slowing down either.

Sound Street Recordings will soon begin releasing a series of six individual CD’s. Late in the year a collector set of all six CD’s will be released. The CD’s are from past readings given by A. D. Winans. Each of the six CD’s will include an insert with art work by the talented Norman Olson.

FORTHCOMING AUDIO AND MOVIES

Sound Street Recordings will soon begin releasing a series of six individual CD’s. Late in the year a collector set of all six CD’s will be released. The CD’s are from past readings given by A. D. Winans. Each of the six CD’s will include an insert with art work by the talented Norman Olson.

World Vision Press will be publishing The Continuing Adventures Of Crazy John. The book will feature poems previously published by Second Coming Press under the title of The Further Adventures Of Crazy John, which will include sixteen previously unpublished CJ Poems. The book will include a DVD of a rare 1981 Cable Television interview with A. D. Winans, in which he read for the first and only time, poems from the CJ book.

Mr. Winans will be participating in a film in which several poets are recorded reading poems. Some of the participants include: Nikki Giovanni, Rita Dove, Dennis Banks, Sam Hamil, Janine Pommy Vega, Ferlinghetti, Hayden Carruth, Amiri Baraka, Lou Gosset, Jr, Donald Hall and TR Congdon, with Karina survivors and Common Ground volunteers The film will benefit Common Ground Relief in the rebuilding of the lower ninth ward in New Orleans. Common Ground is a grass roots organization started shortly after Hurricane Katrina. With virtually no funds, but with help Veteran’s For Peace, it grew into a large volunteer effort that has gutted thousands of homes, formed clinics for people needing legal and medical help, funded a woman’s shelter, community center, and distribution centers, and established bio-remediation efforts to draw poison from the soil in well peopled places and began replanting native grasses, plants and trees along coastal areas to hinder floodwaters from moving inland. All their services are free to the public and they have helped tens of thousands of families.

The film will feature poets reading short clips of their work with scenes of the destruction and rebuilding of the city, and interviews with survivors and volunteers. A number of public access TV stations volunteered equipment, studio time and personnel, so the plan is to run the film back through those stations for them to network among their affiliates and make a dvd for sale from online sites or from Common Ground directly. All the money will be used directly to benefit the people returning to the lower ninth ward and with rebuilding their homes.

Mr. Winans has also been interviewed for documentary films on the late Bob Kaufman and Jack Micheline. These films are still in the production stage.


FORTHCOMING BOOKS

Late this summer Cross-cultural Communications will be publishing an epic Love Poem chapbook (Love Minus zero)with cover and inside artwork by the Norman Olson.

Polymer Press, Sacramento, California, will be publishing Winan’s book No Room For Buddha tentatively scheduled for release in January 2009.

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4 Responses to A.D. Winans…Looking Toward The Future

  1. johemmant says:

    Thanks for this, I’m glad to know more about him. Will order some poetry today.

  2. I love the excerpt from “The System.” It could fit any era, including today. I know people who are getting the pink slip out of nowhere, and my heart breaks for them. It’s also a possibility in my own family. That uncertainty is bad, but the ones who have it happen out of the blue have it so much worse. Especially older folks.

    I will definitely keep this post handy, so I can purchase this wonderful poet come pay day! Can the film be purchased online?

    Thanks again, Scot. Beautiful and very informative work.

  3. Scot says:

    Julie
    I will post that information when it becomes available. Thanks for reading

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