Jaffe says he was born on a mountaintop in the South Bronx (despite statements to the contrary and that there are no mountains in the Bronx), in the shadow of Yankee Stadium. From the time he could walk he either was going to play baseball, hoops or be a poet or writer. Either that or is the spiritual reincarnation of Davy Crockett. He just could not make up his mind. Jaffe felt he had that mountaintop thing in common with Crockett and his folks once bought him a coonskin cap that he felt ridiculous in, thus took off on this peculiar tangent. He is the product of his own dreams born and bred from Eastern European stock of Russia and Romania.
He has decided that he no longer believe in biographies. And adamantly poses that, “ If you want to know who I am read my poetry… why must I trot out lists of places I have appeared and places I have been published or tell you about my childhood dreams to be a beatnik when I grew-up. Ain’t that just plain boring? Read the words, read the poetry. It’s all in there. The simplicity is I don’t want to know what I have done I want to know what I am doing and will do. Another simplicity: the air is letters I breathe them in and simply breathe out poetry.”
With this in mind his biographer, grimacing at the above grammar and language has decided to say that Jaffe has been featured in poetry venues and festivals both throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is very active in the poetry community hosting the very hot ultra chic weekly PoeticLicense series at Zen Restaurant in Silverlake, California. (www.poetix.net). Jaffe is also a featured poet for Daimler/Chrysler’s Spirit in the Words poetry program. His web sites have won numerous awards (www.lgjaffe.com) and feels one of his best creations is the poets4peace site at www.poets4peace.com. Each month Jaffe writes a poetry column for www.about.com as the socal poetspondent for their Museletter. He has produced several chapbooks including: Winter Rose, Hates not Natural and Eating the Rain. He has one e-book entitled Jewish Soulfood available from Dead End Street Publications (www.deadendstreet.com). His new CD Unprotected Poetry and accompanying book has just been released by PoetWarrior Press (www.poetwarrior.com). Pudding House Publications will be releasing a special book of Jaffe’s Greatest Hits along with 12 other poets this June. Salmon Publishing will be publishing his forthcoming book Lying Half-Naked in the Doorway. He is contemplating his career as Davy Crockett poet, once again, having named his computer and truck after Crockett’s rifle Ol’ Betsy. He says that he is not confused as to which Betsy is which. And poet/critic Mike Cluff once said something very nice about him: : “The best feature I have heard this year anywhere took place at Mc Clain’s… Larry Jaffe, gave a wonderful reading that was wow inspiring. His presentation was a lively, intense, well-modulated, emotional read: precise and never over-the-top, forced or phony.”