PAUL PINES grew up in Brooklyn around the corner from Ebbet’s Field and passed the early 60’s on the Lower East Side of New York. He shipped out as a Merchant Seaman, spending 65-66 in Vietnam, after which he drove a taxi and tended bar until he opened his jazz club The Tin Palace in 1973 the setting for his novel, The Tin Angel (Morrow, 1983). Redemption (Editions du Rocher, 1997), a second novel, is set against the genocide of Guatemalan Mayans. His memoir, My Brother’s Madness, (Curbstone Press, 2007) explores the unfolding of intertwined lives and the nature of delusion. Pines has published nine books of poetry: Onion, Hotel Madden Poems, Pines Songs, Breath, Adrift on Blinding Light, Taxidancing, Last Call at the Tin Palace, Reflections in a Smoking Mirror and Divine Madness. Poems set by composer Daniel Asia appear on the Summit label. As a translator he has contributed to Small Hours of the Night, Selected Poems of Roque Dalton, (Curbstone, 1996); Pyramids of Glass, (Corona 1995); Nicanor Parra, Antipoems: New and Selected, (New Directions,1986). He is the editor of Dark Times Full of Light, the Juan Gelman tribute issue of The Cafe Riview (Summer, 2009) and the book by that name from Open Letters Press. Pines lives in Glens Falls, New York, where he practices as a psychotherapist and hosts the Lake George Jazz Weekend.
Publications and Prizes
Last Call at the Tin Palace (Marsh Hawk Press, 2009), My Brother's Madness (Curbstone Press, 2007), Adrift on Blinding Light: Selected Poems (Ikon Press, 2003), Reflections in a Smoking Mirror (Dos Madres Press, 1992), The Tin Angel (Morrow, 1983)
Big Bridge, Exquisite Corpse, Golden Handcuffs Review