Monday, August 29, 2016

Happy Belated Birthday, Jla!

If you missed her birthday yesterday, you can make it up to her by seeing her feature tonight at Stone Soup!


Long weekend. Lots to do before I even get off to work.

Tired of wasting time. This weather has got to go.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

From My Photo Archives: Did You Vote for The Unabomber?

This was sadly prophetic.

 Here's another photo I was able to finally rescue form my old, old memory card with a help of Steve Onderick a few weeks back.

The photo above was taken in late November 2001, probably just as I was getting back from Thanksgiving with my parents. 9/11, of course, was still hanging low over our heads, and I caught this bumper sticker outside the Hynes T stop.

The Unabomber write-in campaign, was the brainchild of Lyida Eccles, who is also one of the many people being interviewed for Steve's documentary on the Church of Euthanasia. The differences between demonstrations and political moments then and twenty years later as starkly different as night and day.

Like I was trying to tell Steve the other day, it's as if the political demonstrations were much more experiential and carefree, feeling like we had nothing to lose and everything to gain by way of being different and shocking. Now its almost two decades later, and now we have barely anything to gain and much much more to lose.

Salvation at Night

I took this picture last week, standing outside my new favorite place after a night of actual work done.

I wasn't there this week. I thought I had a chance on Thursday.

Soon. Soon I'll be back.


Seven hours of sleep. Got up at 4:30. Getting to work . Will be offline for most of today, visiting family. Hoping to be productive before then.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Early Evening Clouds

Took this last Thursday to try and capture the unreal looking clouds hovering. They seemed so fake. Now that the picture's up, they just look like regular clouds.

Jla is Featuring at Stone Soup this Monday

Read her poem in today's Stone Soup Servings column at Oddball Magazine. Then be in the audience on August 29.

Reminder: The 9/1 Now! Comedy Show

Janet Cormier of Bamboozled No More! will be part of this show. Don't miss it next Thursday.

Normal Friday No More!

Two pieces from Janet Cormier's Bamboozled No More! Check it out over at Oddball Magazine. 

City Haiku

Deflated baloons
on unopened hydrant
summer party's done.


Shout out to the best lemonade stand in South Boston. I tipped them an extra dollar in exchange for a group photo. Such a large team for a modest startup! 

Older Journal, New Look

Jamilla Vandyke-Bailey just revamped the online version of The Elephant's issue #2. My poem "G.W. Bush Jesus" appears in it.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

August 29: Jla, Stone Soup and The End of August

I've called Jla a collage poet, an open mic phenom, and several other complimentary thing since she came on the scene. Now I finally get to call her our Monday night feature poet at Stone Soup. Jla will be coming to us on August 29 to help say farewell to our hottest month of the year and help segue our new season of Stone Soup in September. Jla thrives on your willingness to participate, so I hope you will all bring your a game when she asks for the audience to throw out words for her to turn into poetry. If you're good, she's better!

From The Streets of Boston

James Van Looy takes one of his public performances, "Jeremiah in the Ox Yoke," and gives us the latest It's all One Thing poem column today in Oddball Magazine. 

Respect Your Elders Before They Become Elders

"We Are The Future Ancestors" by Liza Zayas, today via The Underground  Garden in Oddball Magazine.

Happy Birthday, John Cimino

Stay wild forever.

Happy Birthday, Michael Quigg

Pioneer of the seaweed baby genre, we salute you!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

TONIGHT: Tuesday 4 Poetry

Happening tonight in North Andover. Hosted by Ken and Nadine Delano.

It Took Me Longer to Post This Than it Did for Jason to Wright

"Throw Away" is the latest from Jason Wright's Jagged Thoughts. Read it now at Oddball Magazine. 

Tuesday Underway

Welcome Don Orr, whose poetry comes with Richie Montgomery. It's up now at Oddball Magazine.

Stone Soup Croutons, 8-22-16, Playtime

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. I've done fifty of them now, and you can read them here.

Not only did we have Mik Augustin's feature, we also bid farewell to the man known as Big Poppa Ben, who has graced our open mic many times over the past year. A slightly sad but happy night. So it's a surprise the poem came out so dark. I hope you enjoy it nonetheless.


The ongoing dilemma
either to serve others faithfully
or ride the Paris caravan
until you're left with your hand out

in the clothes your mother dressed you in
when she confided to her yogi
that she couldn't see bringing you to term,
which to her meant middle school.

Monday, August 22, 2016


Mik Augustin is featuring tonight at Stone Soup. Be there for the north shore invasion!

3TV is Back (and Risque)!

The title of today's piece is appropriate. Read and listen to Reece Cotton's "Controversial" courtesy of 3TV and Oddball Magazine.

Affirmative Art = Affirmative Action

It's the sixth episode of "What do you Think?" with Jus Enuf and Steve Warren up now at Oddball Magazine.

Happy Birthday, Samantha Jane

Wherever you are, friend, I hope you're doing well.

Summertime Passtimes Bill Harvey Style

Bill Harvey's "The Odds" does his own take on summer today in Oddball Magazine.

Happy Birthday, C.C. Arshagra

Here's a clip of him with his band Funk Physics.

My Favorite Photo From Last Week

From Valerie Loveland's reading at The Cantab, ladies and gentleman, Rene Schwiesow (courtesy of David Marshall).

So pleasant, she blurs unpleasant people taking up space in her picture.

Monday Morning Mom

This is a picture of my Mom I took almost twenty years ago when I was trying out my new digital camera. With a storage card holding upwards of eight megabytes!

I'm not able to take many pictures of my camera shy family. With this one, she was likely turning to greet me after I came in the door one Friday in October after being picked up from the train station by my Dad. So she didn't see it coming.

This might be my new favorite picture of her.

A Monday Morning Writing Prompt

Write a haiku
using the words in pic for
your middle seven.

Morning Frustration

I gave most of my time last night to scooping filthy water from a dishwater, unscrewing a filter and figuring out how to put it back together.

All to have the problem being slowly fixed by my girlfriend suggesting to pour vinegar in the dishwasher.

Now there's one more appliance with the stench of my inexperienced work.

It makes me want to be a homeowner even less.