Hot Tears

(for Earth Day 2016)

Sun, 24 Apr 2016 15:19:48 -0400

Names Attached

Sun, 17 Apr 2016 14:40:05 -0400

Peppermint Rain, 2012. With Ken Rabiroff on guitar solos.

Peppermint Rain, 2012. With Ken Rabiroff on guitar solos.

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 19:20:41 -0400

Stanley and Magneson @ Luna’s Cafe - April 14, 2016

I’m reading at Luna’s at 8pm - Geoffrey Neill hosts.

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 19:16:50 -0400

The band is getting ready for our August Tour

 Sat. August 23 we’re playing at a benefit for the River City Food Bank 

At “Beats in the Backyard”   1153 Mariemont Avenue, Sacramento, from 6 to 10pm. It’s picnic style - bring lawn chairs, food and drink for yourself, and canned food donations for the Food Bank. 

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 03:12:07 -0400

This weekend I'm reading with Jeff Knorr in Livermore

Sunday September 1 – Ravenswood Poetry Series


Livermore’s current Poet Laureate, Kevin Gunn, will host the continuing series, Ravenswood Poetry onSunday September 1, 2013. The program is from 2-4 p.m.  The featured  poets start at two and then there is an open mic that follows about 3 p.m.


    The featured Poets for this event will beJeff Knorr and Bob Stanley.


Bob Stanley

Poet Laureate of Sacramento from 2009 to 2012, Bob Stanley has published two chapbooks: Eleven Blue Strings (little m press) and Walt Whitman Orders a Cheeseburger (Rattlesnake Press).  He and his son John Stanley recorded and released a CD of original compositions entitled Songs from Random Lane. Bob serves as President of the Sacramento Poetry Center, and teaches English at Sac State and Sac City College. His new poetry collection, Miracle Shine, was published by CW Books in May 2013.


Jeff Knorr

Jeff Knorr is the current Poet Laureate of Sacramento.  He is the author of the three books of poetry, The Third Body (Cherry Grove Collections),Keeper (Mammoth Books), and Standing Up to the Day (Pecan Grove Press).  His other works includeMooring Against the Tide: Writing Poetry and Fiction(Prentice Hall); the anthology, A Writer’s Country(Prentice Hall). His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including Chelsea, Connecticut Review, The Journal, North American Review, Red Rock Review, Barrow Street, and

Like Thunder: Poets Respond to Violence in America(University of Iowa).




The event is $5.00 for admission and light refreshments are served.

Open mic is after the featured reading!


Ravenswood is located at 2657 Arroyo Road In Livermore, California


For more information please contact Kevin Gunn:

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 01:55:55 -0400

City of Slow Rivers Video by Andrew Nixon, Capital Public Radio

City of Slow Rivers

Video by Andrew Nixon, Capital Public Radio

Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:41:43 -0400

Bob with W.S. Merwin, 2011

Bob with W.S. Merwin, 2011

Thu, 11 Jul 2013 19:00:56 -0400

A Villanelle

Delta Song



Remember when we learned genetic code?

As spirals started curving on their inward line,

we found our rhythm on the levee road.


The turns we wandered down were slow and wide

fog’s cooling labyrinth a lazy rhyme,

but delta water wasn’t all that flowed.


I cut the engine, but the headlights showed

a way through mist. Not certain of the time,

we felt a rhythm on the levee road.


From farm hard by the river, a cock crowed

to celebrate the moon’s mistaken rise.

The delta water wasn’t all that flowed.


That night we shifted, learning one seed sowed

could grow in soil where we could improvise.

We danced the rhythm of the levee road.


Between the current and the land we rode

the edge of what had been, to seabirds’ cries,

and delta water wasn’t all that flowed.

We found our rhythm on the levee road.

Tue, 09 Jul 2013 22:00:47 -0400

poem 55

poem 55

Tue, 09 Jul 2013 19:37:23 -0400