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Gino Peregrini
The Missouri Ozarks
I'm a grandpa with a bad reading habit.
Interests: blues, jack kerouac, science fiction, fantasy, nietzsche, hip-hop, rumi, mahabharata, techno, vivaldi, monet, jazz, cowboy bebop, manet, tank girl, zen, walt whitman, sartre, homer, virgil, kenneth rexroth, hafiz, emil nolde, samuel beckett, ovid, ramayana, satoshi kon, william carlos williams, jackson pollock
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Hi, Saroja, In reply to this comment, the blog on TypePad is inactive. If you repost your query to the current blog, I will publish it. It may attract some attention -- I get more hits on the new blog. The URL for that particular post is (I moved all the Typepad posts over to WordPress.) In fact, it might be better for your query to be the basis of a new post, where I could give it appropriate keywords and so on. I could use this message from you and write a brief intro for it. Please let me know what you think. Your project sounds really good. I don't have any source suggestion right now. I don't have regular contact with Naranjan but can contact him and also put out a general query. All the best, Gino
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2011 on Haiku & Ghazals? at Gino's Ghazal Blog
Hi, everyone! (Both of ya'!) I'm relocating both Gino's Ghazal Blog and Old Man Blues; Gino's Blog now uses WordPress and is hosted on The Ghazal Page. I've imported the posts and (I think) comments from here. The posts from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2011 at Gino's Ghazal Blog
The quarterly publishing schedule is off to a good start. The third quarterly issue was published a few days ago. It follows the practice of the last couple of years of presenting ghazals that are unusual in some fashion. Previously,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2011 at Gino's Ghazal Blog
Thanks, Fergus. There may be a poem in this!
Toggle Commented Mar 26, 2011 on Did Jesus Die for ET? at Old Man Blues
Dan DiMaggio was blown away the first time he heard his boss say it. via If you care about the education of our children, K-12, take the time to read this piece about mass testing. It has to change! Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 28, 2011 at Old Man Blues
Several years ago, David Sutherland was the main editor and publisher of a literary Web 'zine, Recursive Angel. RA published cutting edge poetry, fiction, and graphics. I was one of the poetry editors for RA then. David Sutherland is starting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2011 at Gino's Ghazal Blog
When you go to The Ghazal Page, you'll see a search box. This box uses the Google search engine. It's more than noticeable, but I'll look into tweaking it. I added the search box because The Ghazal Page is so... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2011 at Gino's Ghazal Blog
Lynx, an online triannual, has just published its February issue. That this is the first issue of the 26th volume says a lot about Lynx's staying power. As usual, the new issue contains a variety of work, emphasizing collaborative and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at Gino's Ghazal Blog
The astronomy ghazal challenge is completed: The issue presenting the results is now online. You may go directly to the index page for the challenge or go to the main page and follow links from there. If you have comments... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2011 at Gino's Ghazal Blog
The December Solstice issue is now available. It has ten poems by several accomplished poets (Fergus Carty, Winston Plowes, Rose Ades, Christine Bloom, Sarah Glaz, Ash Krafton, and Marie-Suzanne Niedielska). The next issue will present the results of the astronomy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2010 at Gino's Ghazal Blog
Several years ago, Miss Ayn Rand wrote The Fountainhead. Despite a generally poor press, it is said to have sold some four hundred thousand copies. Thus, it became a wonder of the book trade of a kind that publishers dream about after taxes. So Atlas Shrugged had a first printing of one hundred thousand copies. It appears to be slowly climbing the best-seller lists. via Given the recent return of Ayn Rand's ideas, this 50-year-old review of Atlas Shrugged is relevant. It is especially pertinent because it is a take-down of Rand from a conservative perspective. Chanbers' review makes... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 23, 2010 at Old Man Blues
We all know about the conflict between science and religion -- well, specifically, between science and Christianity. Because of the Christian claim that salvation is available only through faith in Jesus Christ, the question arises, "What about those who never had the opportunity to have that faith?" While this question traditionally addressed those who died before Christian missions arrived, it also applies forcefully to extra-terrestrial intelligences. Further questions arise: do such intelligent aliens need salvation at all? If so, can they benefit from faith in Jesus? I've just finished reading Eifelheim by Michael Flynn, a science fiction novel that deals... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2010 at Old Man Blues
Email? Snail mail? It is indeed a Yikes! situation.
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A caller to The Car Guys asked about teaching his daughter to drive a stick-shift car. The discussion flipped me back over 50 years to when I learned to drive. We still had a team of work horses, named Dick and Prince, when I was young. These two were Belgians and they earned their keep, mostly by pulling wagons but sometimes other machinery, mowers, rakes, cultivators, and so on. I learned to harness Dick and Prince and drive them pulling a hay wagon. (I'd been riding since I was four or five.) The team was very patient with my fumbling... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2010 at Old Man Blues
In past elections, third party candidates have been considered spoilers: Ralph Nader in 2000, Ross Perot in 1992 and 1996, as well as others. This year, a supposed "third party" is actually folded into one of the two major parties, that is, the Tea Party is essentlally part of the Republican party. In 1968, George C. Wallace, infamous governor of Alabama, ran for president on the American Independent Party ticket. Wallace was a die-hard segregations, although he changed his views later in life. In the 1968 election season, I wrote a poem, reproduced below, triggered by the Wallace bumper-stickers on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2010 at Old Man Blues
Well, I'm at my silliest when I'm alone. And I do find myself hearing my wife in the house when actually she's out of town.
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2010 on The Very Large Shadow at Old Man Blues
That schedule is a goal. I can sustain it sometimes but not all of the time. I do recommend a reasonable level of exercise, though. I know I feel better when I get some.
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2010 on The Heart Has Many Chambers at Old Man Blues
Walter Mosley is probably best known for his mystery novels about Easy Rawlins and Fearless Jones. I really like the Easy Rawlins books and have read them all. Fearless Jones I don't care for so much, and I've not yet... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at Gino's Ghazal Blog
Several years ago, I wrote the story below while my wife was out-of-town, out-of-state, visiting our daughter and her family. My daughter recently sent it to me, and I decided to share it. It's both slight and short. Grandpa, 8 Ball, and the Very Large Shadow A Nearly True Story by Grandpa Doty Sunday, February 18, 2001 One evening, Grandpa Doty was home alone. Well, he wasn’t completely alone because the dog, 8 Ball, and the three cats, Yithil, Thumper, and Spenser, were with him. But he was almost alone because Grandma Doty had gone to visit Laurie, Eric, Steven,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at Old Man Blues
The first quarterly issue of The Ghazal Page is now online. The September equinox issue features nine ghazals by two poets, Carl Schmottlach and Syed Faizan. The next issue, for the December solstice, will appear around 21 December. There is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2010 at Gino's Ghazal Blog
Small Town Jazz William Allen White’s impermeable skull stared across the lake. The streetlamps hummed in the summer dark. Someone went out for beer, and didn’t come back. A boy and a girl in a hot room with the windows closed. Traffic shook the glass. In the college music hall they played small town jazz, and snuck beer in the back. William Allen White wrote the charts. Electric sunbeams illumined the corroded music stands. In the art department a girl in a flesh-colored bikini yawned while a nervous freshman scribbled his sketchpad. They had many sessions that summer somewhere. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2010 at Old Man Blues
I did it again! I left two ghazals by Susan Melot out of the book challenge issue: they were omitted due to inattention (mine) and not for want of quality, as you can see by reading them. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2010 at Gino's Ghazal Blog
I goofed. Tree Riesener sent two good ghazals for the book challenge; I unintentionally left them out of the issue with the challenge results. They are now in pages two (Antiek Boek) and three (The Eternal Book), where they add... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2010 at Gino's Ghazal Blog
In an earlier post, I announced that The Ghazal Page will be published quarterly, starting with the fall issue next month. Another change is the addition of several contributing editors. The seven people who have agreed to be contributing editors... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2010 at Gino's Ghazal Blog
The most recent challenge on The Ghazal Page is concluded, and the results can be read online. There are 16 poems by a dozen poets. The poems explore various historical, technical, and personal aspects of books. As a bibliophile (and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2010 at Gino's Ghazal Blog