The House at 24 Huntington Ave.
buffaloFOCUS is a special section of BlazeVOX that looks at the writing of one writer from our hometown, Buffalo, NY. It is a real pleasure to present the writings of Aaron Lowinger. He is a real poetic force, working with House Press and setting up and organizing poetry readings with Just Buffalo Literary Center. And to be truthful, with full disclosure, I consider him a very good friend.
He is a poet of place, using Buffalo, NY as a position for his poems to exist. More than a backdrop, Buffalo holds a special place for Lowinger. He grew up in a house down the street from the apartment Ted Berrigan and Alice Notley lived while in Buffalo. He deals with this beautifully in the talk this section takes its title from, The House at 24 Huntington Ave. While dealing with Berrigan’s poetry, Aaron here best describes his own work: “The poem resonates in typical Berrigan fashion. It's clear and reads like an occasional poem for the everyday.” Here are poems that blend sincerity with anarchy, beatific narratives mixed with experimental language forms, and social justice with near-drowning irony. I truly admire how easily Aaron can tell such a powerful story while bypassing all the traps of convention. I hope you enjoy these poems as much as I do!