Friday, February 24, 2017

Happy Birthday Ira Joel Haber

Hope it was a good one!Let's get you back into Oddball soon.

Check out his work before we publish him here.

Skoot is Featuring This Monday at Stone Soup Poetry

Read his poem in this week's Stone Soup Servings at Oddball Magazine. Then be in the audience on February 27.

Six Word Novel from Southie (after Hemingway)

For grabs:
queen bedposts
never notched.


One Man, Many Authors

Check out Wise Words with Bruce Wise at Oddball Magazine.


His Name is...Slim Shady (along with one or two more)

JP Lime celebrates the release of The Slim Shady LP by Eminem. It's a Rap Flashback for this week's Twist of JP Lime over at Oddball Magazine.

Janet Cormier is in The Spotlight

Janet is very involved in Somerville Community Access TV, and she has an art show on display there until March 3. 

Find out more via this week's Bamboozled No More! column at Oddball Magazine, which includes a link to recent interview with Janet by SCATV's Dave Ortega. 

Good News

Earlier this week, I received news from Lee Varon that her chapbook, Affairs Run In The Family, was accepted by Finishing Line Press. 

I've been waiting to give Kee a full feature at Stone Soup. Now I only have to wait a little longer. 

Silly City Haiku

For own safety
never cross in front of bus
or cross bus driver.

Early Start

I have an appointment later this afternoon, but I do have a lot of things to prepare for today.

Keep coming back to this blog, since I won't be able to.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

None the Worse for Verse

"Greener Grass Strolls," the latest from Liza Zayas. Read The Underground Garden today at Oddball Magazine.

Hard to Tell The Difference Sometimes...

Part four of James Van Looy's "Funny Strange Not Funny Ha! Ha!" poems is up now. Check out It's All One Thing at Oddball Magazine.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Happy Birthday, LUCCI

For the text of the poem, visit Oddball Magazine.


No Love for Lottery Players

Not with "respect" in quotes (albeit inappropriate "quotes").

Don't Forget

Skoot is performing this Monday at Stone Soup Poetry. He recently won the Lizard Lounge's 20th anniversary slam this Sunday. Those who have never read or heard his work before will get the chance this Friday courtesy of Stone Soup Servings at Oddball Magazine.

March 13: The Release Party and Slam for The Elephant Magazine

I am a big supporter of Jamilla VanDyke-Bailey and her literary magazine, The Elephant. I've appeared in their online version of the zine and read at the release party for the print version of the second issue. Now the third issue has been released with the theme "Brown Face, White Space." The release party for this issue will be at Stone Soup on March 13. This will include a poetry slam with substantial cash prizes. I hope you come by, whether it's to compete, read on the open mic, or just to pick up a copy of this important collection.

The SOUP'ed Up Poetry Slam is Bigger and Blacker for March

The Society of Urban Poetry feels that Black History Month should have an extension this year, and who are we to argue? Be in the audience for the SOUP'ed Up Poetry Slam on Tuesday, March 7 at the Dudley Cafe. Enter the slam for a chance to win a $100 cash prize. Say hi to me, as I'll be in the back keeping time and score.

I Want My Poetry Day Back WHOLE

No more poem links for the rest of today.

Sorry to keep not being able to put up poets on Oddball Magazine. I hope to correct this very soon. I might be catching a break for the first time in weeks if not months.

Another Day, Another Poetry...Day...I Guess

Welcome Harry Ricciardi with Edward S. Gault to kick off Wednesday at Oddball Magazine.

Stone Soup Croutons, 2-20-17, Midview

Stone Soup Croutons is a weekly poem I write using lines and impressions picked up from poems overheard from Stone Soup's open mic readers and features. I figure out a title (and sometimes the rest of the poem) later. You can read the other ones I've done since 2015 here.

Monday night, I hosted an open mic specifically ribbing President Trump, history's biggest sore winner. Wouldn't you know it! Not a Trump inspired line in this week's piece.

I was tired, a little in pain (long story), and I was juggling the largest open mic we've had since last year (including some people back after being away for a while). What follows is a veritable Smörgåsbord of lines that may not fully connect with each other--or connect even less than usual.

This is the most heavily edited Crouton piece since November. I couldn't get my act together Tuesday morning to type out the piece, so I sat with it for a while and tried to make it more fragmented than when I first jotted it down.

I refuse to call the poem "Smörgåsbord."


Grand plan,  never fall in love,
keeps bullet from brain.

Daddy's home, no one notices.
Love contract, doesn't mean works.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tuesday 4 Poetry February 28 in Andover

Hosted by Ken and Nadine Delano.

Get Off The Internet (after reading this)

The next four years and social media. A primer by Flemmings Beaubrun in this week's Epic Autism Report, up now at Oddball Magazine.

On Vacation

This week's poem column from Jason Wright comes as a dispatch from overseas. Read the latest Jagged Thought in Oddball Magazine.

Tonight: The First and Last Word Poetry Series

Information courtesy of Harris Gardner.


7:00 PM/ADMISSION: $4.00

Hosted by: Harris Gardner and Gloria Mindock

Doug Holder is the founder of the Ibbetson Street Press. His poetry and prose have appeared in Rattle, The Boston Globe, Grey Sparrow, Cafe Review, spoKe Constellations, and many more... Holder has interviewed hundreds of poets and writers-both podcasts and videos-that are collected at Harvard University, Buffalo University, and on the Internet Archive. He teaches at Endicott College in Beverly and Bunker Hill Community College in Boston.
Dorothy Shubow Nelson's book The Dream of the Sea came out in 2008. Her poems have been published in Polis IV, 2014; Human Architecture VII, 2009: The Human Promise of Poetry; Consequence I; Atelier; Cafe Review; Sojourner; and other publications. Her review of Bruce Weigl's The Abundance of Nothing, appeared in Consequence V. She facilitates the Gloucester Veterans Writing Workshop.

The Center for the Arts is located between Davis Square and Union Square. Parking is located behind the armory at the rear of the building. Arts at the Armory is approximately a 15 minute walk from Davis Square which is on the MTBA Red Line. You can also find us by using either the MBTA RT 88 and RT 90 bus that can be caught either at Lechmere (Green Line) or Davis Square (Red Line). Get off at the Highland Avenue and Lowell Street stop. You can also get to us from Sullivan Square (Orange Line) by using the MBTA RT 90 bus. Get off at the Highland Avenue and Benton Road stop.

Dum Dum Dummmm!!!!

Dorian Dyler debuts with the help of the Dr. (Regina Valuzzi)! 

No more alliteration. Check out Oddball Magazine.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Belated Birthday, DiDi Delgado

For the words to the poem, check out Oddball Magazine.

Let's Do This

It's time for tonight's reading. Promoting tonight's open mic tribute to the sore winners got me some attention, and I even got trolled. That's more attention that I've gotten in a while. Let's see what happens.

T/he Elephant Issue #3 is Out

And Stone Soup will be hosting the release party, which includes a slam. It's coming together quickly. I will have more formal information on my website later. 

Until then, visit the Elephant website to order a copy and be ahead of the game.

Tax Season Haiku

Lady Liberty
ignored by America.
We're already great.

We're All Waiting for Relief, Bill

Bill Harvey's "The Odds" is up now at Oddball Magazine.

What the View Would Have Looked Like Today...

If it weren't for the long weekend.
Happy (past) Presidents Day.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

After Camus

In winter's midst
my invincible summer
was still pretty cold.

Dorchester Heights on a Saturday

Finally took my iPhone out yesterday morning when the sun gave me a good view of the are I always find myself walking by.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Here Come The Words

Wise Words with Bruce Wise is up again at Oddball Magazine.

Ode to the NBA

Some words about the NBA All-Star Weekend. It's another Twist of JP Lime over at Oddball Magazine.

Belated Valentine

A story of Valentine's spirit, awkwardness and Barry White comes from Janet Cormier. See the latest Bamboozled No More! at Oddball Magazine.


I'll be writing for pay this weekend. A nice feeling.

Nothing to announce. At least not right away. We'll see how it goes.