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Idiom Podcast with Ron Kolm and Chekhov….

Ron Kolm's chapbook Divine Comedy

Ron Kolm’s chapbook Divine Comedy

Just a reminder to check out our recent podcast with Ron Kolm about the poem “Divine Comedy” the same title as his new chapbook….

 

It’s a sunny Sunday so listen to it on the way to the Jersey Shore or whereever else yer hanging today and don’t forget your book of short stories by Chekhov our Flashback Friday feature….

Chekhov reading the idiom

Chekhov reading the idiom on a blustery day….

An excerpt from “Ward No. 6” by Anton….

“There is no real difference between a warm, snug study and this ward,” said Andrey Yefimitch. “A man’s peace and contentment do not lie outside a man, but in himself.”

“What do you mean?”

“The ordinary man looks for good and evil in external things — that is, in carriages, in studies — but a thinking man looks for it in himself.”

“You should go and preach that philosophy in Greece, where it’s warm and fragrant with the scent of pomegranates, but here it is not suited to the climate. With whom was it I was talking of Diogenes? Was it with you?”

“Yes, with me yesterday.”

“Diogenes did not need a study or a warm habitation; it’s hot there without. You can lie in your tub and eat oranges and olives. But bring him to Russia to live: he’d be begging to be let indoors in May, let alone December. He’d be doubled up with the cold.”

“No. One can be insensible to cold as to every other pain. Marcus Aurelius says: ‘A pain is a vivid idea of pain; make an effort of will to change that idea, dismiss it, cease to complain, and the pain will disappear.’ That is true. The wise man, or simply the reflecting, thoughtful man, is distinguished precisely by his contempt for suffering; he is always contented and surprised at nothing.”

“Then I am an idiot, since I suffer and am discontented and surprised at the baseness of mankind.”

“You are wrong in that; if you will reflect more on the subject you will understand how insignificant is all that external world that agitates us. One must strive for the comprehension of life, and in that is true happiness.”

 

 

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Idiom Podcast #7 with Ron Kolm Part 2

Ron Kolm's chapbook Divine Comedy

Ron Kolm’s chapbook Divine Comedy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Kolm Podcast #2 Divine Comedy

We have Ron Kolm back again…well not back again but the second half of our first interview with him. 

We are releasing this now because he is coming out with a chapbook entitled Divine Comedy which is the three part poem we talk about in this interview.

the book launch will be at Gathering of the Tribes (Fly By Night Press is a tribes imprint):  285 E. 3rd Street New York, on Saturday, May 18th, at seven in the evening.

Thad Rutkowski, Chavisa Woods, Carl Watson, Bonny Finberg, George Spencer, Tsaurah Litzky, Rob Hardin and Steve Dalachinsky will be reading poems from the book. As always, Jim Feast will be the MC.  There will be copies of the book for sale; it should also be in St. Mark’s Books by then — eventually autonomedia will put it up on amazon —

Ron Kolm podcast #2

This weekend we will be posting the second half of our interview with Ron Kolm from the Poetry group the Unbearables. We interviewed him back in November and split up our conversation about his poems.

Ron is releasing his book Divine Comedy and in our podcast we talk about some of the poems available in the chapbook.

Here is a link to the first half of the interview:

Ron Kolm Idiom Podcast #1

The Idiom Podcast #2 with Ron Kolm

The Idiom Podcast #2 with Ron Kolm

Our second podcast we traveled to the lower East side of New York with our new microphone to talk with Ron Kolm about some of his poems. This is part 1 where we discuss the two pieces below and then we also talked about a longer piece title “The Divine Comedy” which we will give to you in a few months. Ron Kolm is part of a group of poets called The Unbearables who have done some pretty cool things for the underground writing scene. Check out his bio and The Unbearables (unbearables.com) sites for more information about them.

Also check out The Idiom Homepage to see some upcoming events!

The Idiom Volume 8 Issue 1 online and subscriptions now available!

Volume 8 Issue 1 Cover

Can you name all the twilight zone characters and objects on this cover?

The newest issue of the idiom is out and ready to read!  Check out our cover done by Nicole Greenwood….Here at the Idiom we love the Twilight Zone and when she approached us with the idea to draw a cover with characters and objects from the series….well we loved the idea and it came out great….

In this issue Gregg Glory address the idea of politics in poetry, Chris Rockwell from the Tuesday nite readings has a piece about our worth, some Diner Haikus from Keith Baird, and Walking English makes a comeback in this issue!

Ron Kolm also has a piece and we will be interviewing him this month in our Idiom Podcast….

You can check out the new issue here and also download it in PDF form if you need too….

Also on the site….The Idiom is now accepting Subscriptions for the first time ever!  Send $10 to our paypal account and throughout the year you will receive a copy of the current issue of the Idiom Magazine to bring with you where ever you go….