Patton - Conclusion of Tension

Gregory Greyhawk, Tom Peters, Ben Porter Lewis, and David “Uncle” Patton

Gregory Greyhawk (d. 2011), long a fixture of literary culture in Denver, was an American Indian poet whose book of poetry, art, and essays, Wailing in Heaven, Whistling in Hell (Howling Dog Press, 1996), “illuminates all of the contradictions of western culture in the modern age. From despair to humor, from light to dark, from love to war, Greyhawk disects the human condition,” according to his friend and poetic companion, David Patton. He wore his busted hockey teeth in a necklace.

Tom Peters was born in Detroit, attended TCU, CMU, and graduated Naropa Institute. He also has made films, acted in films, television and music video. He runs the Beat Book Shop in Boulder, Colorado & curates and hosts the longest running weekly open poetry reading in the world, every Monday since 1987. Peters has performed with members of The Laughing Hyenas, Mule, Negative Approach, L7, Sonic Youth, DeVotchka, Tribe Called Quest, Architects Office etc. He has read with Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Jack Micheline and hundreds of other poets, and has shared a stage and opened for The Flaming Lips, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, The Beastie Boys, The Smashing Pumpkins. His performance at Lallapaloosa was said to be “the first time a poet of his generation engaged a crowd of that size (20,000 people) in a positive manner.” The poet Robert Creeley said of Peters as a poet that he is “the real thing.”

Ben Porter Lewis is a Spoken Word Poet, Writer, Filmmaker and Educator Currently living in Berlin. Over the past fifteen years working in creative and artistic media of Slam/spoken word poetry, film and education, he has been a featured Poet at Lollapalooza and worked as a consultant and performing artist in the Beat Poet film, The Source. He has also collaborated with Warner Brothers on their Short Films on DVD Series. A road Poet and documentor for Slam-America, a 32-city coast-to-coast poetry slam tour across the U.S., he was a consultant for HBO Def poetry Jam. Among Ben’s many accolades, he has received a perfect score at the world famous Nuyorican Poets Café in NYC, and has won over fifty poetry slams across North America and Europe, including at the historic Chicago Green Mill home of the original Poetry Slam. Ben has also been a six-time grand Slam Champion in Denver Colorado, Ithaca, NY, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Hollywood California.

Born in St. Louis, MO. in 1953, David “Uncle” Patton continues as a poetic spy to survey the landscape that is humanity. He has no degrees, but once lied his way into a writing course at the UW of Milwaukee. Of that he has remarked, “Well, the best liars are children and Poets. The thing is that children get spanked for their lies and Poets get paid.” He does, however, see his role as Uncle as an advanced degree of sort– a kind of teacher without portfolio– which he awarded himself when he noticed that America’s Uncle Sam had gone missing in action after WW II. He studied with Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Larry Fagin, Anslm Hollo,.and Tom Pickard at Naropa Institute in the early 1980s.

Also check out David “Uncle” Patton’s music and Graphic Art for fabric on Youtube: