Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Today at Oddball Magazine

A poem by Tiffany Metty.

Two poems by Ben Nardolilli.

Both poets are illustrated by Ira Joel Haber!

A good day at the site for me.  Love how these came together.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Recapping Today's Oddball Magazine

A poem by Mel Waldman with photography by Allison Goldin.

And Jason Wright's Jagged Thoughts column. 

Tomorrow, two poets make a first appearance in Oddball Magazine, accompanied by a double dose of Ira Joel Haber.

Before I Forget (again)

Yesterday I posted a 3TV post with returning guest LUCCI and forgot to post the video!  I finally posted it but forgot to post about it on my blog!  Quick, see it before it drops from the front page of Oddball Magazine!

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Tribute Poem to Robin Williams

Go over to Oddball Magazine and read the poem by Chris Warner.  And make sure you take in the illustration by George Panagopoulos.


Missing Puppet

A week ago, i got this photo posted on my Facebook page from a friend of Uncle Scam.

Sadly, it's one of those things that feels like a joke, though it's not.

It took all I had to not post a picture of video on Facebook of this as the prime suspect in the theft.

Friday, August 15, 2014

And Speaking of Stone Soup Features

Martin Willitts Jr. and Linda Griggs were also in today's Stone Soup Servings column in Oddball Magazine.

August 18: New York Poets Visit Stone Soup Again

With August's first Stone Soup feature being returning friends from out of state and last weekend's poetry marathon bringing poets from New York, New Jersey and elsewhere, it seems that Boston and its surrounding era has become an ideal vacation spot for poets.  Two who have visited Stone Soup time and time again, Martin Willitts Jr and Linda Grigs, will be featuring once again this Monday.  I've been told that this may be their last year visiting Boston.  Whether or not this is true, it will be their last time featuring at the Out of The Blue at its current location.   The gallery's closing (with hopes to relocate elsewhere) is finally sinking in amongst members of the poetry community.  People are starting to come in just to be in the gallery one last time before the inevitable move.  It's changed the energy of the room and the open mic, and not in a negative way.  You'll just have to come by and experience this for yourself while you still can. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

When Maya Angelou Came to Framingham

A late entry in the spirit of Throwback Thursday, also inspired by the recent mini-event with Toni Bee's poem on Maya Angelou being recited on the radio.  When I was a Junior at Framingham State College (now Framingham State University), we had the thrill of having Maya Angelou come to speak there in February 1994.

It's one of the times when I wish I could go back in time with an iPhone.  Then again, the lack of easy technology back then might be why I remember that night so well.  Aside from speaking on Black History Month, she shared a number of stories, including one about her Uncle Willie teaching her how to recite her times tables (details in the article below), culminating (somewhat too crazy to believe) meeting a mayor of her old hometown praising her uncle for teaching him as well.  Then there was her off-page recitation of poets from Edgar Allen Poe to William Shakespeare to Nikki Giovanni.  So much good stuff.  Too much to remember it all.  I hope film of her night there (if any) still exists somewhere.

During my college years, I obsessively saved copies of every copy of the school's student newspaper that I worked on.  It didn't take long for me to dig it up so I could share it with you.
The front page featuring Maya Angelou's visit.
I remember the editor letting the author of the article (whose name I omitted in case they aren't cool with it) be a little more flowery with the language and less "newsy." Which is why the writer took liberties in quoting me for the article!!!  Even though I think the writer waited till we were working on the issue in the newsroom to do so.  The reason why no one bothered to talk to any of the multitudes of people there at the time is a mystery me now (if I even knew why then).

Clearly I was trying WAY too hard to "give good quote.'

I was the only the editor of the paper's comics section at the time, but I wrote a lot for its Living/Arts section until I became the section's editor during my senior year.  I wasn't able to conduct an interview with her (no one was).  Having read I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings in my sophomore year and collections of her works before that, I wanted to be part of the Big Issue of Angelou somehow.  The article below was what the best I could come up with (aided with a press packet photo).

I can't even bear to read it, but I know for a fact it wasn't the worst thing I ever wrote.  That honor is for something I wrote my Freshman year.  I vow to reveal that to people immediately after I win the Pulitzer Prize.

This Will Probably Be My New Facebook Picture

From my July 13th reading at the Courtyard Gallery in Mystic, Connecticut with Jake St. John as hosted by Joanie DiMartino.  It was taken by my girlfriend, and I like it despite my disheveled, grown-too-long hair.

The Last Poet column of The Week

Another Labyrinth Poem this week at Oddball Magazine for James Van Looy's It's All One Thing.

Our Next Poet Column This Week at Oddball Magazine

Everything that has to go up is up now at Oddball Magazine.  If you'd still rather take it in small doses via this site, you can follow Andrew Borne's 7 Times column here.

Day of The Columnists at Oddball Magazine

Let's start with Janet Cormier's Bamboozled No More column.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

And Today at Oddball

A poem by Broc Riblet with photography from my friend, James Conant.

And an ambitious fiction piece from Peter Story, with illustrations galore from Allison Goldin!

Oddball Recap

From Monday's Oddball Magazine:

Our last 3TV poem by Louie Clay.

From Tuesday's Oddball Magazine:

A poem by Rysia Burmicz with art by Ira Joel Haber. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Night of Poet Populists is Almost Upon Us

See Jean Dany Joachim read tonight at Stone Soup Poetry (hosted by Toni Bee).  Here's a poem of his published in Friday's Stone Soup Servings in Oddball Magazine.