Hot Art, Alfalfa, Left and Right, Captain Armor, Hot Art, Body Palace, The Football Game, A Fifth Apart, Billy the Kid in Bed, Pecos Bill, Each Other, Rabbit Stew and short short plays called "Diversions" from the poet playwright performer publisher painter composer Larry Goodell.
Plays for Leader and Chorus, crazy word chant playlets, plays for spontaneous performance. "Poetry's a revolution, and Larry's our peace-loving drum major," says Gino Sky. A quck paced word play theater, post-Yeatsian, post-Steinian, simply the excitement of verbal dance, the play and byplay of voices bouncing out of his head, hilariously so. Ann Waldman says that Goodell presents in his work "A personal vocal mythology of New Mexico expressed in songs of words." These plays, whether long as in "Pecos Bill" or short as in "The Football Game," move dialogue entertainingly from the characters to the audience.
“I think of myself as a poet of stage and page. Nabbed as a ‘performance poet’ early on, I discovered that word play can turn into a play. The ‘call and response’ of church service can turn into a fun thing for leader and chorus on stage, often with little or no rehearsal. It’s environmental, socio-political, satirical, nonsensical. It’s rooted in my home state of New Mexico, a bit of returning poetry to its original focus.”
His writing comes from the myth of local inspiration, and his work often generates from organic gardening and love for his native New Mexico. He is a risk-taker in language and a political and social and literary satirist in his songs and poems. This poet encourages new works, new collaborations, cross-fertilization of the arts, bursting through "critical" categories, enhancement of presentation, audience and community involvement, risk-taking, environmental and socio-political concerns in satire and song: in short, returning poetry to its original focus.
A New Land comes out of the late 60's when colorful, open-minded young people begin moving in and finding abandoned or cheap places to rent, forming communes, building wild dwellings, taking over the local bar and building it into a music mecca for the Southwest. The poet goes to New Buffalo in Arroyo Hondo while right in Placitas Village there is The Lower Farm, Manera Nueva and Towapa. Dried Apricots explores the crazier parts of Goodell’s brain where anything goes and the unleashed verbal input knows no bounds. There's a multi-gender base that keeps moving through his work as Earth Consciousness continually beats like a drum. Samurai Dog Biscuits and Rodeo Guts reflect fragmentary assaults to a his thinking while working and while at home with his muse. Other short prose pieces scatter out satire as well as some biography and commentary. A New Land and other writings range from 1968 to 1980 in this native New Mexican's life.
Larry Goodell was born in Roswell, New Mexico in 1935 and studied with Robert Creeley at the University of New Mexico. He is a performance poet, playwright, music maker, and publisher. His life has been a model of, as he calls it, “Poet as Publisher.”
Robert Creeley, Bobbie Creeley (Bobbie Louise Hawkins), Ronald Bayes, Sara and Kate Creeley, a neighbor kid and Larry Goodell in 1964.
In 1963 he moved to Placitas, New Mexico. Caught up in the “whirlwind” of the Vancouver Poetry Conference of 1963 (which he attended) and the “New American Poetry Pantheon,” Larry bought a Rex-Rotary mimeo machine and published his first issue of Duende (dedicated to publishing the poetry of his friend Ronald Bayes) in 1964. [Larry Goodell. “musing backwards to duende.” Originally published in Beatitude, Golden Anniversary 1959–2009, Latif Harris, ed.] Click to read a PDF of “musing backwards to duende”
After publishing fourteen issues of Duende (each dedicated to the work of one poet), he published the one-shot Oriental Blue Streak (1968), followed by the four-issue run of Fervent Valley (1972–74). In addition to numerous broadsides, Duende Press has published books including Bill Pearlman’s Inzorbital (1974), Jean Calais’ Villon (translation and commentary by Stephen Rodefer, for whom Jean Calais is a pseudonym) (1976), Stephen Rodefer’s One or Two Love Poems from the White World (1976), and Judson Crews’s The Noose, a Retrospective: 4 Decades (1980).
In 1972, Larry and his friend Stephen Rodefer travelled doing poetry performances. Since the 1970’s, Larry has actively been organizing poetry readings for numerous venues throughout New Mexico, always, as he says, with the aim “to offer many poets a place and audience for their work.”
His own books include, Seven Sonnets (Duende Press,1987), Firecracker Soup: Poems 1980–1987 (Cinco Puntos Press, 1990), Out of Secrecy (Yoo-Hoo Press 1992), Here on Earth: 59 Sonnets (La Alameda Press, 1996), and Pieces of Heart: Poems 2014 (Beatlick Press, 2015). He has been published in numerous anthologies, including In Company: An Anthology of New Mexico Poets After 1960 (Lee Bartlett, V.B. Price, Dianne Edwards, eds., University of New Mexico Press, 2004) and New Mexico Poetry Renaissance (Sharon Niederman and Miriam Sagan, eds., foreword by Robert Creeley, Red Crane Books, 1994). His blog lotsa, larry goodell (larrygoodell.wordpress.com) has been an active document of his life, poetry and numerous activities since 2009.