Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Final E3 Thoughts

Flemmings Beaubrun has his post-E3 column for us today. Check out this week's Epic Autism Report at Oddball Magazine.

Back to Work!

Jason Wright is ready with another Jagged Thought. Check it out over at Oddball Magazine.

Happy Birthday David Miller

Here We Gooooo!

Joe Mills joins our Oddball ranks and is joined by my late friend, James Conant, whose work I'm determined to present for as long as I can. Thanks for reading Oddball Magazine.

Something from the Weekend

This past Friday, I checked out artist and friend Dexter Roberts' gallery show, "The uncomfortable Habits to change habits," held at the AAMARP Gallery in Jamaica Plain. He was there with his partner, fellow friend and poet about Cambridge Toni Bee. I was so happy to have chance to look at more new pieces from Dexter, especially one he named "Extinction."

"Extinction" © Dexter Roberts

The painting seemed like the freshest commentary on race and the continuing marginalizing of (and profiting from) minorities since cartoonist John Backderf drew his comic swapping Chief Wahoo with Jesus.

© John Backderf.

It's become a tradition of mine of to write poems based on the few art events I go to. I decided to take a picture of Dexter and Toni near the "Extinction" painting. At one point they chose a side-by-side pose, which helped with the poem below.

For Dexter and Toni

Every agenda
hides end
for someone.

What teams
chosen if down
to logos.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Toni Bee and Dexter Roberts

Taken at the opening show this past Friday at Dexter's opening night at the AAMARP Gallery in Jamaica Plain.

Geoffrey Fallon Gets in The Paper (his way)

A very unusual week of Geoffrey Fallon's found medium comic strip. Read "The Secrets of Skinny People," up now at Oddball Magazine.

Back With the Straightforward Zaininess (Thank God!)

Read Bill Harvey's comic strip "The Odds" today at Oddball Magazine.

Still Life After Breakfast, Part 48

This Week's Friendly Reminder

I've been showing a lot of sticker art by the artist I only know as "Spion." I didn't want to show more again so soon, but this piece (seen in Southie) is pretty amazing.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

New Poem (New Project?)

A new poem. Maybe the start of some new series? Let's find out. 

Illustration by "Jewela"

The Ballad of Eggy Allan


Born in Boston
because Yankees suck.


He doesn't sit down all day writing.
He has bigger things to crack.

Goofing Around with WCW

so much depends

a bk

eaten while


patio at

City Haiku for the Weekend

Whether all-full
or all-empty type person
Southie has your back.

Lenox Pride

This came out nicer than I thought.

Copley at Night Once Again

Taken this past Friday.

Walking Down a Bike Path

 I finally spent time around the Stony Brook T stop in Jamaica Plain.

Happy Father's Day

This isn't quite my day on a number of levels. I really want to write and publish more poems about my father. Until then, I have this to offer once again.

Saturday, June 16, 2018


I have a lot to do today. Will hopefully get back here.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Annoying Thought of The Day

Sometimes I'm haunted less by the people no longer with me and more by the people who still are.

A day when I'm around no one is like a temporary exorcism. my soul feels cleaner, lighter.

On any given day, the living want to possess me far more than the dead.

Crush That Thing!

Happy Birthday Erin Reardon

Still Life After Breakfast, Part 47

I Like This One

Another Close-Up

Window Box

Back from His Own Personal Summit

Bruce Wise is back with another Wise Words. Read it now at Oddball Magazine.

Stone Soup Croutons, 6-14-18, Treadbare

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. To paraphrase Lorne Michaels, this poem doesn't go up because it's ready, it goes up because it's Friday afternoon.

Another open mic happened last night. More people are coming, and I'm starting to get the feeling that this new location could work for Stone Soup. This week's poem is still dark, though. Maybe I'm still upset that I screwed up when I posted " Random Acts of Penitence" last Friday and used the word "pertinence" in the title instead. It's corrected now, and I like my made up word for this week's title. That was intentional. Thanks for reading.


What is more terrifying,
crocodile at the zoo
or mosquitoes in your room,

quality or proximity,
argument made meaningless
as all addicts wake to both

My Mid-Year Resolution

I have to try and get less hung-up about what time my work shows up. It's only "late" because of outside forces, not because I'm lazy. I can't worry if I can't post everything on line at "peak times." Then I'll get too obsessed and won't put anything out ever again.

Focus on the work. If it's good enough, and I'm as professional as I can be, people will watch it. I have to try to have faith in that.

Janet, You're Up

Here's Janet Cormier's Bamboozled No More! at Oddball Magazine.

Busy Morning

Busy enough to have my rings almost done by noon. And yet, I have nothing done. I hope I can catch up.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Oh, Man...

My Stone Soup Croutons poem "Random Acts of Penitence" was originally misspelled title "Random Acts of Pertinence." Good God. 

The Gaslight Anthem

It's the 10 anniversary of their album The '59 Sound. Greg von Teig gives his thoughts on it with this week's Feedback, up now at Oddball Magzine.

Time to Step Outside

Liza Zayas is back. Check out The Underground Garden over at Oddball Magazine.

Feel Good About The POTUS Yet?

This week's poem by Jmes Van Looy won't help, but it's still worth reading all the same. Read the latest It's All One Thing now at Oddball Magazine.

June 14: Stone Soup Poetry's Open Mic

Stone Soup continues on this Monday. With any luck, I'll be able to introduce features either by the end of the month or after the July 4th weekend. I hope to see you this Thursday.

#TBT Photo

Taken during the Republican National Convention. I don't know where the quote "It's better to study the living fact than to analyze history," came from. A search reveals nothing. Probably something an ad writer came up with. I liked it's juxtaposition amidst the chaos on the streets, including the "Goat with a Vote" performers, who I saw perform here and  months later at the 2000 Debate protest at UMass Boston.