Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Going to submit to a journal I haven't been able to get published in for over two years.
This was ever since they got a poetry editor who rejected my work in record time.
That editor is finally gone!
I almost wanted to send the new editor all the old work that got turned down, but that would be too obvious.
Hope I can wow the new kid.
It's amazing what people will name their online networks. I'm always trying to hijack wifi when I'm commuting, so I often come across a number or interesting names. Every Tuesday, I post the most impressive and/or cringe-inducing names.
|Nice pun, and it reminds me of a cool Aerosmith song.|
Monday, January 25, 2021
Came across this on the corner of Huntington and South Huntington, waiting for the 39 bus. The word "Pretend" placed in solid letters up along building wall. No idea what this was put up for. Was it art? It couldn't be part of anyone's business, could it? I thought about it and wrote this poem today.
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My favorite soup hands down is tomato bisque. The first bowl I ever had was at Milano's Italian Kitchen, formerly on Berkley and Newbury in Boston, where I worked for two years. It would be over a decade later until I would get something comparable at the Hawaiian Hilton in Honolulu, where I was passing through to train new technicians in American Samoa.
|From the Justseeds website.|
Joe Biden is president, but the problems that made us accept Joe Biden as a candidate still exist. Trump will be back. His followers are still here. It's up to us to continue to protect each other and to fight for what we want.
It was hard for me to keep active during Obama's administration. I'll be looking for ways to do it now. I am open to suggestions and will share when I can.
The piece I worked on all afternoon yesterday is up. Read "America: The water cooler taken off the boiler" over at Politics Means Politics. Special thanks to J.N. Paquet for publishing my first piece of the new year.
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Last week my Mom took out my brother's cross for me to keep at my new home.
I didn't really understand what that meant. For all their beliefs, not even my maternal grandmother ever had any large, extravagant holy symbols. I was expecting something small.
Keith died before I was ever born.
I didn't realize it was the cross on his casket. Such a heavy thing.
Nwo I really have to really think about where to put this.
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Friday, January 22, 2021
Just made a count of all of my poems published last year.
It's a lot of head line poems. Too many Jesus tanka.
That's not even including my book.
I keep obsessing over doing more and doing better.
I have to stop and tell myself I did okay last year.
In fact, last year was arguably my best year ever.
Thanks to everyone who published and read a poem of mine in 2020.
Beginning January 20, 2021, the Indolent Books website will publish a poem-a-day to celebrate the resurgent spirit of truth, justice, and democracy that awoke in our nation at noon on that day. We want poems about what we are seeing, hearing, thinking, feeling, hoping and fearing at the dawn of this historic presidency. Let's use poetry to engage in a rich and layered conversation about the ongoing polarization of this nation and the opportunities bringing the nation and its people together, for moving forward, for making a difference.
There's not an easy link from the home page to the page and the poems published so far, but it's there.
Read one of the poems from the new endeavor. This one's by Jade Yeung.
Stone Soup Croutons is a weekly poem I write using lines and impressions picked from Stone Soup Poetry'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.
I also have an award nominated book out now collecting the best of my first year of poems. Click here to purchase it.
Thursday, January 21, 2021
From the weekly open mic. Art is working on a book, and when it finally comes out, we are definitely having him back! We're grateful for him featuring on this momentous day.
Thanks to Art Collins for last night's amazing Stone Soup feature. Thanks to everyone taking time to stop by after a very full day. Stay tuned for more feature announcements.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Conservatives are calling for a blackout today. No social media, no going into work.
To which I would normally say...Thanks!
Except I doubt that's all that's happening today.
Stay safe, friends. Keep an eye out for weirdness.
See you on the other side of the inauguration.