Tuesday, September 27, 2016

RIP Cory

Read Jason Wright's tribute to his fallen friend, "We Are All One in Verse." It's this week's Jagged Thoughts column at Oddball Magazine.

More Morning Verse

Natalie Crick kicks off the poetry with photography by returning contributor Edward S. Gault. Check it out over at Oddball Magazine.

Happy Birthday, Chris Robbins

aka Aspie Chris.

My Poem from BlackYard

On Saturday, I attended the first BlackYard event hosted by Toni Bee and Dexter Roberts. People from all around gathered to feast, perform and most importantly take in the Dexter’s new paintings. Toni encouraged people to share and write their thoughts about Dexter’s work, all of which was centered around the idea of race to one degree or another, some very obvious some slightly less so.

Stone Soup Croutons, 9-26-16, Hush Money

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 access them all here.

Yesterday, we attempted a type of medicine to last night's debate fiasco (which sadly didn't work given the online comments everywhere) by having Tarishi Shuler, the poet known as M.I.D.N.I.G.H.T. It was a fantastic performance and a great night. The debates loomed nontheles. And though I didn't listen until I got home, my imagination about what was happening (and what was going to happen) lingered. It lent to the piece below. Thanks for reading.

Hush Money

 Bleeding is always a tender moment
most can't handle, often enjoyed in secret
like our tattoos during work hours.

Later, we will wish to expatriate our ink,
along with all our manifestos written
after we learned racial slurs from relatives
and could say ass in a sentence without being told on.

We move to their Latin equivalents
when we're more educated.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Not Debatable

Skip the spectacle tonight. Come instead to Stone Soup Poetry to hear M.I.D.N.I.G.H.T. I promise to riff on the debates if I can (get streaming video at the gallery) and get anything of interest without throwing up.

People I Want to See Tonight at Stone Soup

Toni Bee

 She missed last week, so I'm really hopefull she'll be back for this special night.

Deta Galloway

Really, I'm putting most of my intention wishing towards her coming tonight. Especially after the delicious food she cooked for BlackYard. I need to thank her again.

Big Poppa Ben Comes to Oddball

Big Poppa Ben finally comes to us as a 3TV segment, courtesy of his farewell micro-feature at Stone Soup. Read about Boston's Spectacle Island today in Oddball Magazine.

I found this fortune at the bottom of the donation box at the Out of The Blue last week after last week's Stone Soup festivities. The wisdom is nothing I haven't heard before, but  I like the new Chinese phrase to learn. 

I like that. I hope that's what the phrase actually means.

Bill Harvey Knows The Job I Secretly Want

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

Poetry & Music Update, October 2016

 Information courtesy of Rich Berg.

Saturday Oct 8th 10am-12pm
'Methods & Madness-Developing the Successful Poet'
SESSION 2: Intelligent by Design
1st Hour: Professional Development
Training for the Masterpiece, Conditioning & Expectations
2nd Hour: Reading & Writing Skills
Read your poem & hear your poem read
Writing samples at any stage of completeness encouraged.
Workshops are free & intended for adults at any writing level.
Instructors-Easton Poets: George Comeaux & Rich Berg
Location: Ames Free Library/Queset House,
53 Main St. N. Easton , MA, 2nd  Fl. Conference Rm.


Sunday October 9thth 12-3pm
POETRY: The Art of Words
Music Feature: Mike Shea
Poetry Features: Michael Daley & Carolyn Gregory
Poetry Bookings: Jack Scully email: jackptaow36@gmail.com
Music Bookings: Rich Berg email: beachchair@verizon.net
Hosts: Jack Scully, Rene Schwiesow & Tim Reed
Location: Plymouth Center for the Arts
11 North St. Plymouth , MA Website: ptaow.com

Thursday October 20th, 7-9pm, Doors open 6:30pm.
For the Love of Words – Artist Interviews & Performances
Poetry Artist: Jason Wright        
Music Artist: Colette O'Connor
Hosts:  George Comeaux, John Holgerson & Rich Berg
Bookings & info: beachchair@verizon.net
Location: ECAT Studios  50 Oliver St. N. Easton , MA
Website: eastoncat.org

Saturday, October 22, 2016. 7:30-9:30pm,
Your Theatre Inc. Storytelling & Story Slam
1st Hour-Featured Storytellers: Edward Maguire, Gloria Clark,
Cora Peirce, Janine da Silva & Mark Fuller
2nd Hour-Story Slam with Story Slam Master: Rich Berg,  Last 1
standing walks off with 50 Bucks.
Coffee/dessert-7pm. Tickets ($10 adults, $5 students/seniors) or
to Register for the Story Slam, contact: Your Theatre Inc.
508-993-0772 or yourtheatre.org. Advanced tickets suggested, as
the venue does sell out.
Location: Your Theatre Inc., St Martin ’s Church, 146 Rivet St .
(corner of County) New Bedford . Handicapped accessible & free
parking lot off County St .


Saturday, October 29th 2016, 7-9pm
Friends of Borderland State Park
Rich Berg,  as Edgar Allen Poe
In a 1 Hr Solo Performance
Poe Night is Always Standing Room Only
Location: Ames Mansion Library, Borderland State Park

259 Massapoag Ave. North Easton , MA

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Scenes from Wilderess House Literary Review's 10th Anniversary Bash

Yesterday I was late getting to the Out of The Blue for the celebration of this acclaimed ten year old online web journal, but I got there just in time to get on the open mic and read a revised version of the first poem I ever had published in WHLR ("Charon's Slow Day," retittled "Charon Works Through Lunch") More importantly, I made it in time for cake.

The cake was presented, and there was much rejoicing.
And when we were finished photographing the cake, there was even more rejoicing.
WHLR founder Steve Glines makes the first cut.

Julia Carlson and Teisha Dawn Twomey.

Beatriz Alba Del Rio.
I even got to see Tim Gager too.

Maybe it was the new beard but when others offered to take pictures of Tim, Teisha and me with my camera, Tim wanted to mug in front of the gallery's microphones. He was picturing us doing a rendition of a CSNY song.

Good times.

F.A.L.D. Accepting Submissions for Issue #013

Information courtesy of Jeremiah Walton.

Click here to find out how to submit (and what F.A.L.D. stands for).

Weekend Clouds

With the fall comes less sun and more clouds. I been trying to catch more interesting cloud formations with my out of date iPhone camera.

First Friday night in Coolidge Corner, Brookline.

Then Saturday in Cambridge.

M.I.D.N.I.G.H.T. is Featuring this Monday at Stone Soup Poetry

Watch a sample video from the poet in this week's Stone Soup Servings at Oddball Magazine, then be in the audience this Monday. It beats staying at home punching yourself in the head during the presidential debates.

Tony Toledo on Brother Blue, Part Two

From Tony Toledo's Brother Blue tribute feature at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery on November 14, 2011. A sequel to the video post I  made on Tony Toledo's birthday.

Another Good (bye) Hair Day

The strands of summer have gone.

Moving on through autumn.

The Oddball Show with Alyssa Marie

The Oddballs welcome Hip Hop artist Alyssa Marie, whose new album Louder than Words is available now on Bandcamp. Fresh from  last weekend’s Freedom Rally on Boston Common, we’ll explore what drives this young talented lyricist and what’s coming next on the rap horizon. Press play above to tune in tonight at 8:30 to the one and only #OddballShow.   Follow The Oddball Show on iTunes.  

Friday, September 23, 2016

September 26: M.I.D.N.I.G.H.T. Comes Early to Cambridge (and Stone Soup)

M.I.D.N.I.G.H.T. is the stage name of Tarishi Shuler, a poet from Connecticut who blew our minds at the last poetry slam at the Dudley Cafe. I wanted to hear him again as soon as possible, and many people in attendance (including slam organizer Navah The Buddaphliii) agreed. I hope those of you who weren't in the audience take our word for it and join us this Monday for an amazing performance by M.I.D.N.I.G.H.T. Think of it as a proactive tonic to that upcoming spectacle they're calling the Presidential debates. M.I.D.N.I.G.H.T. has his own opinions. It's just as deserving to be heard, if not more. You have opinions too. Let's hear those on the open mic.

Ten years of Wilderness House Literary Review

This is taking place at the Out of The Blue tomorrow at 2:00 PM. 

Wilderness House Literary Review is celebrating ten years of publication. Come join us for an open mike and the chance to meet some of our authors. $5.00 at the door to help defray the cost. If you have a book to sell bring it.

Click here for the Facebook invite. 

Happy Birthday Steve Onderick

Show him some love and either rent or buy his documentary Who is Vermin Supreme?

Happy Belated Birthday, Peter Storey

 Cambridge misses you.

(go here to read the poem and listen to it).

The 2nd Annual Cosmic All White Affair: JP Lime Was There!

You read about the 2nd annual ERATO related event last week in Liza Zayas' Underground Garden column. Well JP Lime's Scholar was there last Saturday, and he shares his thoughts on it in this week's Twist of JP Lime column. Check it out at Oddball Magazine.

No Cormier today

Janet Cormier's a little wiped out after last weekend's Jamaica Plain Open Studios. She'll be back net week. In the mean time, check out her previous Bamboozled No More! columns at Oddball Magazine.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Liza Zayas Takes Root

"Gypsy Love" is up now at Liza Zayas' The Underground Garden. Read it at Oddball Magazine.

Reminder: BlackYard This Saturday

Catch this event on Saturday and be there for the open mic. Invite yourself and others.

Congratulations, Ken and Nadine Delano

 A new message from Ken and Nadine, aka "Kenadine."

Next Tuesday on Sept. 27th-- A special open mic. Your Host and Hostess, Nadine and Ken Delano will formally be proclaimed the Poets Laureate of North Andover MA. Karen Kline, the present poet Laureate, will receive the thanks of town in the form of a letter presented by members of the Board of Selectmen. Followed by refreshments and open mic-ing. Come and sign up to perform your poem at 6:30 we have till 9:00 PM. Attaching the Poster with more info.

The Poetry Will Rise Again

"The Lost Cause and the Bloody Shirt," the latest poem by James Van Looy. Read It's All One Thing at Oddball Magazine.

End of Summer Haiku

Sunset Grill has closed,
boys of summer have gone
and Don Henley must die.

Summer's Fnally Over! (isn't It?)

It's going to be in the 80's for the rest of the week, but at least autumn has officially begun. Time for the annual linking to my poem "Bye to Summer" poem.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


The Skinny Poetry Journal published my poem "Labor" this week. As an added bonus, they reprinted Dennis Daly's review of my 2013 book, Patron Emeritus. Read it here if you haven't already. It even includes a link to buy it. Thanks, Truth Thomas!

Happy Birthday, Jeannie Nunes.

Happy Birthday, Tony Toledo

 For the first time, I'm showing footage from Tony's tribute to the late Brother Blue in 2011.

Best Birthday wishes, sir.

Jack by David

Last night David Agee unveiled one of the many photos he has taken over the years as an audience member at Stone Soup.

This picture of Jack Powers was taken some time after his stroke in 2006, which eventually led to his loss of speech. David caught Jack standing at the podium and using his body to emote the poem his companion, Margaret Nairn, was reading.

It would be a perfect picture, if not for the a-hole on the left photobombing it.

Poetry Times Too

"Too Times Too," the latest in Jason Wright's Jagged Thoughts series, is up now at Oddball Magazine.

Tuesday Underway

Allison Goldin returns with artwork for a new prose poem by Sophia Li. Thanks for reading Oddball Magazine.

Stone Soup Croutons, 9-19-16, Debris

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 access them all here.
Read and comment on them before I go catatonic trying to get to poem one-hundred.

Yesterday, Gordon Marshall  presented the Jack Powers Stone Soup Savor Poetry Prize to Jonathan J. Joseph. As if that wasn't enough, Beatriz Alba Del Rio dropped in to show off an original sculpture by the late Jack Powers. It was one of many pieces he constructed from found items in the street, signing the under the moniker "Jack Debris."

Continuing the Tradition with Jonathan J. Joseph

Yesterday Jonathan J. Joseph became the fifth person to win the Jack Powers Stone Soup Savor Poetry Prize, presented by last night's feature Gordon Marshall, the award's founder.

Thanks also to David Agee for providing the photo of Jack Powers we'll continue to use for the ongoing yearly event.

Wakey Wakey

On a morning like this, I want to wake up as much as my honorary nephew does. 

Go sleepy now.