- Recited at Bobs
60th Birthday Party -
Out of the pages of the literary
And onto the ears of a thirsty nation
that waited for times
To rearrange the government
to move people from the woes
war and desolation
closer to compassion, brotherhood,
There was no answer from the schools,
no attempt from Hollywood
the news that Cronkite would give,
music was the answer; a messenger
the frustrated, disillusioned
striver of the American dream
at times, like a nightmare,
that only music and poetry could remedy,
the goods that were delivered by
Gibran, Whitman, Ferlinghetti, Ginsberg
Kerouac were passed to Bobby Zimmerman
then to Bob Dylan when times were in
need for a changin
Jewish kid out of
the corner pocket of the American dope deal,
lover of life, the bard with a beard of butterflies,
flies to the moon, comes
With a silver box and a revolution tucked deep inside
with Uncle Bob they felt raked over
like blood on the
tracks; the folksters and hipsters
balked at his Marshall stacks,
quintessential hippy-acoustic-guitar-harp man went electric.
Oh my god,
screamed the kids
But wasnt he always electric?
the static of planet earth
the grace of the face of the American folk hero,
the outsider, the in-your-face up-your-throat
giver of wine
and words and time
is the man we know as Bob Dylan.
From the Vietnam generation
to generation X
to the cyber-screwed children of the new millennium,
treads the spread of the American eagle, giving us this day our daily bread,
us with the goods and wisdom
that we so desperately need. Happy Birthday Bob!
copyright 2001, Frank Messina
Dylan at Midnight
Acrylic, sea salt, shredded poems, poppy seeds
36" x 48"
by Frank Messina
& Of Note! - Frank
Messina's 40th Birthday Celebration! - With
his all-star group,
Scott Murawski (of
Robbie Gordon (of
Gil Scott-Heron's Amnesia Express),
Souren Baronian, Victor Jones, Jay Roosa (of
with special guests
David Amram, Tyrone Cotton, Ron Whitehead, Dawn Lorentz take
the party toThe
Turning Point February 16th.
Of Note! - The Pix and Video Are In!
- The Cams were there and caught the SoulProse Sights and Sounds
of this Party Night at The Turning Point! Click
Here To View The PhotoBook and also Click
Here To View the VidClip of
Ron Whitehead's kick off of the festivities with his PraisePoem, "Searching
for Frank Messina"
New CD from Frank Messina and Ron Whitehead!
Frank's Mets poems, Playing
for the Mets and Just
a Game. This album features Kentucky legend Ron Whitehead,
country music singer Sarah Elizabeth, blues singer Tyrone Cotton
and Andy Cook. An eclectic spoken word and music album.
Here to read Zoe Artemis' review of "Walking
your own CD of "Walking Home" Click
more Messina, The Mets and Everything
Poetry! Click Here!
Messina and OctoPoet
Live at The BPC -
and OctoPoet with special guest, Sudan Baronian slide thru a medley
of the Spokeface favs at The Bowery Poetry
Club. Lensed by Robert O'Haire.
View the medley of
Will Not Break Me, Lead Me Not Into Temptation and Rhythm Vacuum
Frank Messina and OctoPoet -
Live at The BPC -
2nd, 2004 Messina and OctoPoet take the stage at The
Bowery Poetry Club and what was penned in 2001 is not much different as
we make for 2005. Lensed by Robert O'Haire. Click
Here to view the video!
Also view the classic, "Bicycle"
more on Frank Messina, go to www.spokeface.com