Al's words and music

Al's work is informed by mid-20th century values and the best achievements of masters across the genres: his music is influenced by blues, jazz, gospel, and soul from the classic period 1930-1970; his poetry uses meter and subtle musical devices in narrative and essay forms and is best experienced when heard aloud.

New Book - May 2017

Tonesmith is my second 100 poem collection, this time published by Antrim House and available May 2017. I make a point of saying in the book that the poems should be heard as I read them aloud to give them their full effect, and to that end there is a link provided in the book which allows readers to download an audio version of all the poems. With an introduction by Christopher Ricks.