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Donald Lev, the Co-founder of Home Planet is dead. He was a remarkable man, a poet, an editor, a New York City taxi driver, and a good friend to everyone involved in our crazy world of poetry, particularly to the open poetry scene. He even had a part (playing himself) in the 1969 movie, Putney Swope.

On February 3, 2019, at 3pm, there will be a memorial reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, 310 Bowery, A Donald Lev Praise day.

I want to acknowledge two other reading that were held for Donald, One up in Woodstock at Woodstock's Harmony Cafe and one down here. I have also created a link here to the two Memorial Pages for Donald Lev in this magazine. Mitch Corber has created an excellent film as well. vimeo.com/297956056

As I worked to wrap this issue up and post it, I felt many things. Donald was a friend. We met in the sixties, worked together on the Poetry Calendar for years, drank, talked, read together, and exchanged poetry over the years. Although Donald gave me a free hand when (at his request) I began the online version of his very successful magazine, I often spoke with him, asking his advice or just running things by him. In our last conversation Donald asked me how the magazine was going—and did I get his poems. His last words to me were so typically Donald, that even in grief I chuckled remembering them. He was feeling well and thought he was going home when he said to me, “I guess all’s well that mends well, Hey, I like that; I need a pencil.”

I reviewed his latest book Focus in our last issue.

And, sadly, I must write of another death in our community. Paul Pines lost his long battle with cancer. It was a battle he fought with quiet bravely. Paul’s poetry is as fine as any I have read. He was also a novelist, and a psychotherapist, a seaman, and someone who worked constantly to heal the wounds of war inflicted on himself and others. His latest book, Trolling with the Fisher King” brings it all together in remarkable prose.

I met Paul when I worked at the Tin Palace in the seventies. The Tin Palace was a Jazz Bar Paul co-owned. He loved jazz. He founded and programmed,"Jazz at the Lake: the Lake George Jazz Weekend." He also started a group called “The Tin Palace All Stars,” Of which I was a proud member, along with Paul, Lisa Bond, Jim Nelson, Margo de Silver and back up by Richie Cole’s alto saxophone.

Two New York born poets, one from Brooklyn, the other from Queens, reach out, each in his unique style, and touched the lives of all of us. Two poets who’s work will continue to be read and enjoyed. Rest easy my friends. You were both so loved.

Welcome to the 6th issue of Home Planet News Online. Home Planet News began as a paper edition in 1979. The Online Edition of Home Planet News was started many years later. Its basic mission is to continue the excellent work of Donald and his late wife, the poet Enid Dame, of bringing new and exciting writing to as wide an audience as possible.

As you read through Home Planet News Online, you will come across this image, , click on it and you will see the poem in larger print and by itself on a white background.

Our two feature poets this month are Bob Heman and Bob Holman.

Bob Heman is a collagist, an artist, and editor (CLWN WR, and its predecessor Clown War) and a poet. His poems have appeared in Home Planet, Kayak, Center, Hanging Loose. His collages and cut out drawing have been displayed at The Brooklyn Museum (He was artist-in-residence there at one time) at BACA’s Downtown Cultural Center, and in group shows in Toronto, Los Angeles and New York.

In addition to Bob Holman being an extremely fine poet, he has long champion the oral tridition of poetry. Along with Sarah Miles, he founded the New York Poetry Calander, he coordinated the readings at the Poetry Project from 1977 through 1984, was co-director of the Nuyorican Poetry Cafe, and he founded the Bowery Poetry club. He received THE OSTANA AWARD FOR SERVICE TO ENDANGERED LANGUAGES. He is a force, a dynamic whirlwind who has done more for the poetry scene than anyone I can recall.