Friday, April 30, 2010

Allen Planz Remembered


Today's program is dedicated to the memory of Allen Planz.  a poet, teacher and fisherman who died at age 73 on March 23.  Allen Planz who lived in Sag Harbor for many years is associated with the literary scene here. Planz was the poetry editor of The Nation from 1969 to 1973.

Jack Graves wrote in the East Hampton Star in 1975:
“The fit combination of poet and fisherman  is embodied in Allen Planz: his compact, well-muscled frame and gnarled hands speak of the fisherman, and the language — sometimes reeled up as a fish from the depths, and at other times staccato — speaks of the poet,” 
To honor Allen Planz we have assembled a group of Long Island poets, whose work was recorded for East End Ink. 

Heard are Allen Planz, Grace Shulman, Philip Schultz, Shinnecock elder Elizabeth Thunder Bird Haile reading Olivia Ward Bush-Banks's Morning at Shinnecock, George Wallace, Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan,  Julie Sheehan, Megan Chaskey, Terry Sullivan, Kathy Engel, Vince Clemente and Kathryn Szoka reading from Allen Planz's "My Village Under a Northeaster"