Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Let The Tuesday Festivities Commence

Poet Chelsea Belle Goodell and artist Cesar Valtierra kick things off today at Oddball Magazine.

Stone Soup Croutons, 6-27-16, Wipe

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. To paraphrase Lorne Michaels, the poem doesn't go up because it's good; it goes up because it's Tuesday morning.

There was an extended open mic last night, and everything went right. A full house with plenty of new people here. Several names below appear for the first time ever and it's exciting to share the words, nonsensical as they may be.


Attempting sacred sans profane.

Is an absence of anything
a cheap attempt at profundity?

If the Atlantic drained overnight,
would we react equally in awe and horror,

the urge to run narrowly giving way
to dropping down on both knees.

Some of us call that our birthdays.

Every year, born again, embarrassed,
we leave each annual afterbirth
in the recycle bins.

Somehow, it's still gone on trash day
by the time we're back form work.

Our lease to live is renewed once again.
We are never consulted on exact terms.

Instead, we fill out surveys,
circle "fine" for each answer,
 not wanting to look like complainers,
save fill-in opinions for our headstones, 

dream of omnipotence, shaking our own
caged bodies while they struggle in sleep,
standing absolved from our self-destruction.

It gets harder each year to dump
our dirty laundry for someone else,
not tripping over it later.

We shatter and dare loved ones
to gather us with ungloved hands.

The angels behind our demons,
named after all our lost friends,
throw knives out the window

By morning, we shake in disgust
at our inability to cut deeper wounds.

Instead we resort to pens on napkins
the whiteness perhaps enough to hold loneliness.

Not shown: Deb Priestly, who came in just after the last poet.

Special thanks to Rich Herb, Nancy Messom, Chris Fitzgerald, Pamela Taylor, David Miller, Lee Varon, Olivia Doh, Surat Lozowick, Martha Boss, Dexter Garcia, Angelica Maria Aguilera, Preston Stokes, Luz Jenifer Martinez and Deborah Priestly.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Copley at Night, May 2016

Took these just before my birthday.

Late Again

Heading to Stone Soup. It's an all-open mic night. Hope to see you there.

People I Want to See Tonight at Stone Soup

Angelica Maria Aguilera and Gladys Teresa Hidalgo

Gladys (seen right) came back to Stone Soup this past Monday. Angelica (left), on the other hand, I last saw when it was still jacket weather.  Hopefully, she'll be back for Dexter Garcia's feature in a couple of weeks.

 Matt Parker

One of SOUP's mainstays, I haven't seen enough of him these past few months. If I don't see him tonight, I'll be sure to see him (along with Angelica and Gladys) on July 5th for the SOUP'ed Up Poetry Slam.

June 27: Extended Open Mic Tonight at Stone Soup Poetry

It's been an intense couple of weeks for poetry and performance art as a whole at the Out of The Blue. I'm looking forward to more features in July, but for tonight, we will be giving the mic over the audience. It's another extra-long open mic night for those who can brave the heat. After that, we will take July Fourth off and be tack on July 11 for Dexter Garcia's book release party.

What DO They Think?

Check out Episode 2 of Jus Enuff and Steve Warren's experimental local cable TV series brought to the web today at Oddball Magazine.

Welcome Him to The Ranks of The Unknown

Bill Harvey is back with his comic "The Odds." See his latest strip now in Oddball Magazine.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Jason Wright's New Pet?

Jason Wright, my Editor at Oddball Magazine, is considering this handsome fellow for a pet. He's a pit bull. And he's got my name.

I don't like where this is headed.

Not a Haiku, but Better

For reasons I couldn't begin to contemplate, the people who ask for spare change in the streets of San Fran are much more...aggressive...than I've seen in other cities. That's why I appreciated this person's more passive approach. 

I hope this person is being taken care of now in some shelter. They deserve that much at the very least for handing me the idea for the next bestband name ever. I will so buy that first alubm.

San Francisco's (other) Hidden Haiku

I have finally gotten around to sharing photos and videos of my San Francisco trip with friends and family. This is one I left out.

I was so excited when I found that hidden haiku during a ballgame in San Francisco. I never got that lucky again. This was as close as I got.

It's less than 17 syllables, but for all its pornography, it lacks any proper punch.

Summertime, and The Living is Sh*tty

Even when I forget it's summer, the season still finds a way to make me loathe my surroundings.

Don't be around me in July.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Another Dig

"Empyrean Hands," the latest from Liza Zayas Underground Garden. Read it over at Oddball Magazine.

History With James Van Looy

Read "Genesis 1998," the latest poem column from James Van Looy. It's All One Thing, today at Oddball Magazine.

This Sunday: Merrimac Open Mic

News courtesy of Ken and Nadine Delano.

On Sunday morning, June 26th, 2016, the new Merrimac Mic in Merrimac will meet again!

We had a great time in May - Come on down for June!
Merrimac Public Library
86 W. Main Street (Route 110)
Merrimac, MA
is graciously allowing us to use their spacious COMMUNITY ROOM
from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sign up starts at 10:15.
There's a podium - no actual mic!
Get inspired on a Sunday morning!!
Spout words!

Get inspired before Sunday morning - and share you inspirations!

The library itself will be closed,
so enter in the door to the right of the main entrance
and we'll be meeting in this glorious room to the right!

We are also scheduled for:

July 24th, 2016
(4th Sunday)

Some things will be the same! Some things will be different!
The cathedral-ceilinged space is beautiful!

THANK YOU, Merrimac Public Library!!!

For more information, call Isabell @ 978-409-2516
or e-mail merrimacmic@gmail.com

Borne Than Meets The Eye

Okay, I know that above title makes no sense at all. Doesn't matter.

Check out "Transformers," the non-franchise related poem in Andrew Borne's column Seven Times, today in Oddball Magazine.

Next Week: Tuesday 4 Poetry

Ken and Nadine Delano host another open mic.

Off The Grid

I'll be away from a computer for a while. The usual Oddball posts and maybe one or two other things will go up. Besides that, I'll be busy elsewhere. Hopefully, I'll be back on tonight. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Good Day

John Lowther returns with Ira Joel Haber today to close off Wednesday's poetry at Oddball Magazine.


A 90's pop culture explosion courtesy by way of Cathryn Shea and artist DJ Barry. Must be seen to be believed at Oddball Magazine.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

July 5: The SOUP'ed Up Slam

Join the SOUP's (Society Of Urban Poetry) Monthly Slam at the Dudley Cafe, either as an audience member or feel free to compete! If you think you got what it takes, then step to the Soup Mic and just, just: Just Slam!!

The Time: 7:00 PM.
The Deal: 12 poets, 3 rounds, 5 judges, and amazing poetry
The Bounty: Three cash prizes: $50 for First Place, $35 for Second Place, and $15 for Third Place.
Slam Poets: Please come early to ensure your spot on the list.

Tickets are $10 at the door and $8 if pre-purchased online.

SOUP will have merchandise for sale. So feel free to get some "SOUPer Swag"

Click here to purchase tickets.

So It's Already Summer?

Usually, I mark the day in annoyance. This time, I was so tired and busy, it passed me by.

My Wierdest Publication Experience (or, why I want to submit to more print journals)

Late last year, I met up with he editor of a new online journal, who told me I should submit work, which excited me since it was an "invite only" type of publication. I won't say which journal, and the poem itself is now gone anyway (we'll get to that).

So on the editor's verbal recommendation, I sent some poems then didn't hear anything for a while. When I shot over a request for an update, I received what I guess was my "official" invite.

Que Dice "Jagged" En Espanol?

"Esperanza," the latest Jagged Thought from Jason Wright, today in Oddball Magazine.

Cleveland Rocks?

Jonathan J. Joseph's take on Cleveland's recent win, with artwork by Adric Giles, today at Oddball Magazine.

Stone Soup Croutons, 6-20-16, Lessons by Way of Orchestra

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. To paraphrase Lorne Michaels, the poem doesn't go up because it's good; it goes up because it's Tuesday morning.

Toni Bee gave us a verbal symphony yesterday, which gave us the title of our poem today. Why that title? Why not? None of this makes sense! I'm not even 100% sure if everyone on the list below actually "made it" into the poem. But I figure what the hell. You were brave enough to go out to hear poetry on a hot summer night. You're all winners.

If it wasn't the end of an exhausting school year, I would care about things like "detail" and "sense" a little more. Right now I'm too tired to stop myself from having fun like a true New England native.

Thanks to Toni and her spoken word band for everything.

Lessons by Way of Orchestra

Children of the fifties are grounding themselves
from the flesh of their favorite recurring lamb
until their children come back to release them
by saying they were right.

They should have learned to never work
for salvation from children and their animals
to be forgiven for their racial slurs.