Dave Oliphant

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Celebrating Harry’s Dream

by Dave Oliphant | Fri, May 4, 2007 at 0:00 CST


For Texas and Chile, an Axis of Anti-Poetry

Forty-one years ago, in July 1965, I made my first trip to Chile, as part of an exchange program suggested by Vice President Richard Nixon after his car was stoned in Venezuela in 1958. This State Department-sponsored program matched universities … Read More


Clowning Around with Junk Mail

Freeze & Thaw 78 pages, $15.00 In his new collection of poems, Freeze & Thaw, Richard Sale refers to himself as having gotten, “with the stretching of the years,” the reputation “if not of wit, at least of clown.” As … Read More


Prowling the same old haunts

Filmmaker Alex Rivera says that seeing a 2,000-seat baseball stadium in remote Boquerón, Mexico, made him feel like one of the apes that curiously approach the huge black monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s an experience that led him … Read More


Revisionist jazz

A new biography questions the role of native Austinite Alan Lomax, who wrote the book on Jelly Roll Morton

Jelly’s Blues: The Life, Music, and Redemption of Jelly Roll Morton Mister Jelly Roll: The Fortunes of Jelly Roll Morton, New Orleans Creole, and “Inventor of Jazz” In 1938, Alan Lomax, a native of Austin, was “assistant in charge” of … Read More


Book Review

The Alchemists of Jazz

Giants of Jazz According to Jelly Roll Morton, the great Louisiana-born jazz composer and pianist, it was in 1902 that he composed his seminal “King Porter Stomp,” a tune recorded by almost every big band of the Swing Era. Now, … Read More


The Eyes Have It

In 1966 an anthology entitled New Poetry of Mexico appeared with an introduction by Octavio Paz, who would later win the Nobel Prize for his many philosophical writings, as well as his poetry. Among the poets included were Paz himself, … Read More


Poetry Review

Briny, Sharp, and Clear-Eyed

Asunder Last year was a banner year for books by Texas poets. The three titles in the final running for the Texas Institute of Letters award for poetry–Susan Wood’s Asunder, Betty Adcock’s Intervale, and R.S. Gwynn’s No Word of Farewell–were … Read More



West Texas Connections

As an inveterate scribbler of verse for over 40 years, I have long followed–without knowing until very late that I was doing so–the injunction of British novelist E.M. Forster that we should “Only connect.” What often comes together in my … Read More