Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Come See My Festival Program in Salem on May 7

The Massachusetts Poetry Festival will be taking place from Monday the fifth to Sunday the seventh. My program "Motherhood and The Muse: Poets on Passion and Parenting," will be taking place on Sunday May 7, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the library of the Hawthorne Hotel. It will be amazing to spend time with friends and colleagues. It will be amazing to spend time with friends and colleagues. Please join us for the weekend long event.

Come to the Boston National Poetry Month Festival

The annual festival organized without fail by Harris Gardner and friends is taking place from April 5-9. I'll be both featuring and taking part in the open mic on Saturday, April 8. This is just one day of the four day event. Please visit the site and take part in as much as you can. Take in as many poets as you can. It will be good practice for May.

Here Comes the Closer

Welcome poet Alex Encomienda and welcome back photographer Glenn Bowie. Good closer today at Oddball Magazine.

It's Wednesday, and We're Off!

Matt Stefon returns to the fold and is joined with photography by Jennifer Matthews. We're starting strong today at Oddball Magazine.

F.A.L.D. Accepting Submissions Until Friday

Click here for info on how to submit.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Now Playing: The Oddball Show with Amanda Shea

On the program this week we are pleased to welcome Amanda Shea, psychologist and advocate for those working with anxiety and other mental health conditions. We'll talk about her Voices of Anxiety podcast, some of the challenges in the modern mental health conversation, and the most effective tools for dealing with anxiety especially the power of sharing one's story. Join us for an important discussion on mental health, on this edition of the Oddball Show.

New Work

After a four-month dry spell, I started to write my first Jesus poems again. One that won't  see publication anytime soon for personal reasons, one that will probably be published tomorrow and one that I'm hoping to finish and send out as soon as I can.

And with the store around the corner, coincidentally enough.

Gamer Time Again

Flemmings Beaubrun reviews the Nintendo Switch today as part of the Epic Autism Report at Oddball Magazine.

Tuesday 4 Poetry Tonight

Annoying Thought of The Day

I find it curious that most good poetry classes are scheduled the same nights as really good poetry readings.

Maybe that's an intentional strategy on the part of The instructors.


Today it Means Rapid Editorial Maneuvering

We have quick 1, 2, 3 delivery today. Let's keep it going it Jason Wright's Jagged Thought poem column. Read "In r.e.m." today in Oddball Magazine.

Getting Started Quickly AND Right

Kicking things of with poetry by Tatjana Debeljacki and artwork by returning favorite Sally Deskins. Thanks for reading Oddball Magazine.

Stone Soup Croutons, 3-27-17, Mother Says

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.

Dexter Roberts had his reading yesterday. A nice opening for his upcoming gallery show. Friends reuniting, poems being read, and me trying to make sense of it, as usual. Here's what I came up with.

Mother Says

God looks for something
to make something.

Those who are too thin-skinned
can slip through the lock.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Off I Go

See you for Dexter Roberts' feature tonight.

Being My Own Press Agent

Taking time during my lunch break to send info to a journalist I met last Monday at Stone Soup. I didn't know she was a journalist at the time, but she contacted me the next day with help from Toni Bee to get some basic information on Stone Soup for an article.

Good timing with both National Poetry Month and Stone Soup's anniversary around the corner. 

A WCW Riff to Help Start the Week

So sorry friends

ol' remit

filled w'rain

post satur'night

Be Thankful We Still Have Obamacare

Check out Bill Harvey's "The Odds" at Oddball Magazine.

Yet Another Reminder

Saw this written (and likely edited) on a pathway in the Boston Common.

Edward S. Gault is Running for Selectman

The former Stone Soup headliner is running for office in his home town of Berlin, Massachusetts.

Check out his Facebook page.

If you know anyone who lives in Berlin, spread the good word about Edward. He has my endorsement.

Good Weekend

I found out yesterday that I had at least one poem accepted for Scotland's Big Lit Festival.

Also, it looks like I'm a writer for Politics Means Politics.

Still feeling like a Sunday writer for some reason.

I'll have to do something about that later today.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Here Come the Words That Are Wise

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

Room Service

Liza Zayas is back with Room 287. It's The Underground Garden at Oddball Magazine.

Van Looy and the I Ching

"You Can Always" is the latest poem column from James Van Looy. Check out It's All One Thing at Oddball Magazine.

Annoying Thoughts with a March Hare

This rabbit seems to function in a green field that is surrounded by, concrete, industry, students and all sorts of hustle and bustle.

When I took the picture, the rabbit seemed nervous amidst all his surroundings.

There's no doubt passersby who watch this rabbit day in and day out wondering what the hell it was thinking picking such a public spot hoping to be left alone.

There might even be people who accidentally kick or bump into the rabbit. The rabbit will probably be blamed for choosing to be in such an open space.

But they won't have any suggestions as to where it could go besides smaller cage.

So the rabbit will have to just take it and wait to die or move and risk everything with no one to help it along.

Some days, I empathize with this rabbit too well.

Long Day

I'll be grinding away this morning. And most of the afternoon. Trying to work on an article or two before Friday. Maybe I'll have something up somewhere by tomorrow. 

Boy that's detailed. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

From The Bathroom at Out of The Blue

Continuing a series of random scenes of one of the overlooked but more active creative outlets at Out of The Blue.

Now that it's spring, it's good to remind us of love again.

Tuesday 4 Poetry Next Tuesday

Just the thing to do before National Poetry Month begins. Thanks to Ken and Nadine Delano for the reminder. Be there if you can on March 28.

The Art of Words for April

Information from co-ost Jack Scully.

The Plymouth Center for the Arts 11 North St, Plymouth
Sunday April 9, 2017 @ 12 NOON
Our 9th Anniversary

Let's Close This Strong

Poet Kristin Maaskamp debuts today with art from our favorite returning contributor, the always great Ira Joel Haber.  Go read Oddball Magazine now.

Here Comes the Poetry

Just starting to get my editing mojo back. Today we're bringing back poet Neil Ellman and artist Alex Duensing today at Oddball Magazine.

Quick Photo/Poem (a new challenge)

I'm trying something new today, combining slightly longer poems with pictures I take around the city. I got the idea when I took the picture below a few weeks back. I don't know how many of these I'll do simply because I don't take that many great pictures. Let's see what happens.


She says That's great!
when I tell her I have no where
to go but my apartment.

As if I never used a mat
to wipe the hope that keeps
my shoes padded.

As if I don't have a wall peg
where I hang my head,
rest defeat on make shift ottomans.

Go home and die
is shortened to Go home, 
just to lull you.

A shelter is where people
went during bomb drills
to die anyway.

Home is where your heart
is put in a safe
where no one can touch it.