Friday, April 28, 2017

Wrapping up the Week

Wise Words with Bruce Wise is up now at Oddball Magazine.

NaPoWriMo, Day Twenty-Eight, Poem Twenty-Two

Good Fridays at Good Wages

Prophets no-show
messiahs reschedule.

No JP Lime This Week

Sorry, guys. Stay tuned, though.

I Suppose We Can Never Have Too Many Prayers in The Morning

Check out the this week's Bamboozled No More! by Janet Cormier at Oddball Magazine.

NaPoWriMo, Day Twenty-Eight, Poem Twenty-One

Alt-Right Post

We will always win
because they have jobs
which require smiles
demand apologies.

NaPoWriMo, Day Twenty-Eight, Poem Twenty


I do not want another revival,
no come-to-whatever moment.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

10 Years Deep

Find out more about this new compilation from SEED at Liza Zayyas' The Undergroud Garden, where she explains her own contribution to the release. It's all over at Oddball Magazine.

In Anticipation of May Day

May Day is an important day in history, and in Stone Soup's history in particular. To get us in the spirit of the day and Stone Soup';s anniversary month, here is James latest poem column "May Day Mother Earth Day." It's All One Thing is live now at Oddball Magazine.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Call for Poetry: Framed Poems show May 16-31

Info courtesy of Gloria Mindock.

Arts at the Armory and Somerville's Poet Laureate Gloria Mindock are pleased to announce an exhibit of Framed Poems in the Armory Cafe at the end of May.

Any form of poetry that fits a single page will be considered. The poems can be on any subject so long as it is appropriate for all ages.

Submissions can be sent to James Putnam at and should be in PDF format, minimum 16 point font. Maximum four poems submitted per person. Deadline April 30th, 2017.

Up on Deck

Ananya Chatterjee was among the earliest poets I published as an Oddball editor. She is back today and joined by Sally Deskins. This is going to be great. Thanks for checking out Oddball Magazine.

This Saturday in Medfield

Information courtesy of Thea Iberall.

Featuring: Mark Stepakoff

April 29, 2017
THEME: "Food and Spirits"

TIME: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
LOCATION: First Parish UU
26 North Street, Medfield, MA

The Expresso Yourself Coffeehouse is an opportunity for spoken word artists to share their poetry, stories, and songs. It is held the last Saturday of every month at 7pm at First Parish Unitarian Universalist, Medfield, MA. Come and join in the fun, either to enjoy as an audience member or to participate. Open mic readers have 5 minutes to share. Original or non-original poetry, stories, performance art, music or songs welcome. Sticking to theme encouraged. Teens and adults welcome. Refreshments from Starbucks are served. Medfield TV films event and posts to Youtube. $5 suggested donation ($3 students)

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Let's Get to Wednesday's Poetry, Shall We?

Leah Mueller is on board with photography by Jennifer Matthews. Let's head on over to Oddball Magazine. 

This Friday in Weymouth

Info courtesy of Jack Scully.

Located at the New England Wildlife Center's Catbird Cafe in South Weymouth.

Original poetry and spoken word from some of the area's finest poets: Christine Zaremba / Elizabeth Hanson / Muriel Thumm / Cynthia Perkins / Susan Mahan / Johnny Flaherty.

Proceeds benefit the New England Wildlife Center.

Happy Birthday, Lewis Reginald Morris

For the text to this amazing poem, visit Oddball Magazine.

Workshop at The Dudley Cafe

Thanks to Tu Anh Phan and SOUP for a great night. 


Peter poet picks
a pal to prompt pickled poem
now pays the piper.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Still Time to Make This

I'll be at The Dudley Cafe in an hour, if all goes well. Get there as soon as you can, order some food and get ready for the workshop.

Tuesday 4 Poetry Tonight

Let's All Give a DAMN

A review of Kendrick Lamar's new album in this week's Epic Autism Report by Flemmings Beaubrun in Oddball Magazine.

Poetry Set Adrift

Check out "Crash! Poetry lost in the Digital Sea" by Jason Wright. It's another Jagged Thought by Jason Wright. His poem column is up now at Oddball Magazine.

'Bout Time We Got Back to Poetry

Poet Ricky Garni and photographer Glenn Bowie start today off at Oddball Magazine. 


You might say I'm phenomenally ****ed.

And that I did it to myself.

But I'm not out yet.

I've been more behind than this before.

Just don't ask me to remember when.

Stone Soup Croutons, 4-24-17, Broken Party Music

Stone Soup Croutons is a weekly poem I write using lines and impressions butchered 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.

National Poetry Month came to a close yesterday, with little fanfare but plenty of poetry. This is the poem I came up with.

Broken Party Music

Your sentence for caring at all
means a flood of confessions
you will choke on or vomit back
into batter for their Thank You cake
on your missed birthday.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Happy Birthday Ryan "Ratt" Travis

Maybe I'll see you the next witching hour.

Happy Belated Birthday, Erik Nelson

I'm getting really REALLY bad at this.

Happy Belated Birthday, Gloria Mindock

Remember: We'll always have Plymouth.

The Last Monday of National Poetry Month...

And Stone Soup Poetry will rise up one more time in celebration of the open mic. I hope you'll be there tonight.

A Different View of Copley

Took a couple of shots on Thursday afternoon while the light was still out.Nice that the sun's coming out again. Hope to get some more shots like this later this week.

Tomorrow: SOUP Poetry Workshop

I hope you'll be able to make this tomorrow night at The Dudley Cafe.

Bill Gets Weird with Robots Again

It's the latest "The Odds" comic by Bill Harvey. Happy Monday from Oddball Magazine.

NaPoWriMo, Day Twenty-Four, Poem Nineteen

You and I Watch 
"House Hunters International"

The first couple moving to Paris
seem incompatible
but are far more pleasant
than the Iowa holdovers
whose wife and kids long for a yard
from city centers where a fence
won't look out of place.

Another Important Reminder

Turning to Inspiration

Thanks to Martha Boss, I finally got to read the Bill Knott article in the April 3rd issue of The New Yorker.

Now I'm ready to write poetry again.


I'm a bit screwed, aren't I?

I'm doing my best, people.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Stone Soup Back on Monday, April 24

Stone is back up to it's regular Monday schedule (for now) as we continue to celebrate National Poetry Month the best way we can: through the open mic. I hope you'll be able to make it on the twenty-fourth as the month slowly draws to a close. 

See Me in On The Spot

I took part in my On The Spot interview with Victor D. Infante of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Thanks for the opportunity, Victor. 

Okay, That's It, I Give Up!

But in all seriousness, consider heading to the Aspects of Me Showcase on May 9 from Into Your Art Inc. The final previews are up now at Oddball Magazine.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Between the Headlines

Politics Means Politics wasn't interested in my found poem from yesterday as part of my #arewegreatyet series (which is fine, given that they're into more traditional political commentary.

So I'm repackaging it as part of a (hopefully) ongoing series. Let me know what you think. Likes shares and all that are much appreciated.


Weekend Preview Time

I'll convince you to buy a ticket for Into Your Art's Aspects of Me Showcase if it kills me. Read our second-to-last installment of our previews at Oddball Magazine.