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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Ernest Noyes Brookings

Ernest Noyes Brookings was born in 1898, but didn't begin writing poetry until he met David Greenberger at the Duplex Nursing Home in 1979. Brookings' verse became a staple of Greenberger's acclaimed Duplex Planet magazine until the poet's death in 1987. Then in 1989, Shimmy-Disc released a tribute to Brookings' work with a compilation of some of his lyrics set to music. From this collection, I give to you my favorite cuts on the album:
Picnic by Eugene Chadbourne
Shoelaces by the Rev. Fred Lane & Ron "Pate's" Debonairs
Elevator by John Foster.