Friday, October 31, 2014

Trick or Treat: Smokey's Best-Dressed Moments

Smokey as Stardust, the Not-So-Magical but Very Purple Wizard.

Not too long ago, it was a huge baffling small obsession of mine to film my sister's dog, Smokey around the time of his birthday, Christmas time, and October, when Kristen had him dressed up for Halloween, occasionally interacting with trick or treaters. Mercifully, my Mom didn't discourage me and sometimes went along with it. This, along with my endless pictures, provided a lot of good times for my sister, who has been in a wheelchair for years and spends a good deal of time in bed with the internet to help pass the time.

Though I never stopped taking pictures, the video part of the tradition was put on the back burner over the last year due to a number of reasons (mostly a huge lack a time). Also, my sister today has an increasingly difficult time hearing or seeing anything as her condition has worsenet. And yet she still wants me to keep doing it.

Today, she's in the hospital for reasons that have become fairly routine. She's doing well and might finally be out today, but the Halloween plans we tentatively made have been scrapped. I have old non-Halloween footage I might be able to work into a video later this weekend that will hopefully cheer her up. Until then, I present a "Best-of" selection of Smokey videos from Halloweens past.


And I'm saving my favorite for last. Taken during Columbus Day weekend during an Octoberfest in the town my sister lives in. Set to Bruce Springsteen? I was getting artsy towards the end.


Happy Halloween

My other personality, the Luchador villian wrestler known only as  El Baño, seems to be sitting out this Halloween, but he wishes the rest of you all the best.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

It's Been One Year of It's All One thing

Here's james Van Looy's 52nd It's All One thing column at Oddball Magazine.

Today's Halloween Parade at Oddball Magazine

First, we had Janet Cormier's Bamboozled No More dealing with the horror of the MBTA. Then, Andrew Borne's Seven Times with a good old Salem ghost story.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Happy One Year Anniversary, James Van Looy

From the back cover of the recently published Stone's Throw #1 using artwork created by James over 30 years ago

James Van Looy was involved with Stone Soup Poetry since the early per-milleneal years.  He had been a way for a few years but returned to the open mic when I was a couple of years into hosting Stone Soup Poetry for the late host Jack Powers.  

I was amazed by how prolific James was and tried to use his work whenever I had the opportunity.  When I accepted an Associate Editor position at Jason Wright's Oddball Magazine, one of my first target goals was to give James a regular weekly forum on the magazine.  

After watching him contribute new work to Stone Soup's open mic week after week, it was clear to me that he would have no problem at all adhering to a weekly schedule.  The concept of the poem-column was underway and James Van Looy's "It's All One Thing" was born.

It is now one year later.  James Van Looy published his 50th column 2 weeks ago, and this week marks his one year anniversary at Oddball Magazine, never missing a week.  And I call it divine coincidence that I picked out his 52nd column months before I realized that it was going to fall on the week of Halloween.

Read his poem, "It's All One Thing," which inspired the title of his regular column.* Then tomorrow at one o'clock, visit Oddball Magazine for his one year anniversary poem, "Monsters of The Deep."  An appropriate Halloween and Anniversary piece.


*I guess this means he's already published 52 poems, but I'll keep a secret if you can.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Most Peculiar Halloween Poem

My girlfriend found this on Kinja.  I cracked up on the first stanza but ended reading it thinking, how odd. 

Oddball Magazine is Sponsoring INTO YOUR ART

Oddball Magazine is happy to sponsor and promote Into Your Art's "Live Art Event" happening November 7 at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury. Join us for a wonderful night celebrating the brightest of Boston. Beginning next week, we will introduce you to the electrifying performers that are going to bless the stage two weeks from now. Read about them starting October 27, visit their Facebook page for further information, then go out on November 7 and show your support!

October 27: Here Comes Flatline Poetry

The four members of Flatline Poetry have entertained Stone Soup for four straight individual monthly features Lewis Morris, Kaleigh O’Keefe, Lissa Piercy and Guillermo Caballero. Now comes the feature we've all been waiting for with the entire group (minus Guillermo, who cannot make it this Monday, so we might have to bring him back again sooner than normal). Go over to this week's Stone Soup Servings column, which has links to the plethora of samples Oddball Magazine has published from all of four artists, and then please be at the event on Monday October 27. There's been a lot of build-up, and you'll finally get to see why.

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Halloween Preview

My sister sent me pictures of Smokey's new costume.

I think having long-tonuged Smokey as a frog is a little redundant, but what the hey.


Did four loads of laundry this morning starting at quarter of five so I wouldn't have to do any laundry this weekend.  Anyone who's done Sunday laundry at least five weeks in a row will see that this makes perfect sense.

Responding to an invitation to submit to a journal coming out next year.  Might be my first bit of good news for 2015.

More to come.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Over at Oddball: A Shade of Things to Come

Flatline Poetry is featuring next Monday at Stone Soup.  See two members, Lissa Piercy and Kaleigh O'Keefe, perform in a segment for Oddball Magazine's 3TV. 

One More DiDi Delgado Item Before Tonight's Feature

I forgot to post her Stone Soup Servings poem from this Friday at Oddball Magazine.

Yet Another Reason to Attend DiDi Delgado's Reading at Stone Soup Poetry Tonight

I was informed over the weekend that DiDi Delgado has put together a chapbook of her poems to debut at tonight's Stone Soup reading (October 20).  Keep in mind this is just the latest reason for you to attend. 

DiDi also promises a raffle drawing she has put together with prizes to be announced.  DiDi also promises complimentary food, including:

Coconut Square Fried Chicken
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Arroz con Gandules (Rice and Peas)
Bacon Pasta Salad
Heavenly Veggied Pasta Salad

Add to this the work of DiDi, as you have all had the opportunity to read ahead of time (at least twice, and you have no excuse at all.  We'll see you at 541 Massachusetts Avenue, the Out of The Blue Art Gallery's new location.  I guarantee we will have room for you.

My Work in The Blue Max Review(?)

I submitted work to The Blue Mas review, an Irish anthology, which comes out as part of the annual Fermoy International Poetry Festival.  This year, the theme was "Fathers and what must be said," a topic I had no shortage of poems on.  Months later, I received notice from poet Gene Barry, who also had work accepted and was nice enough to congratulate me on my Facebook wall.  I hope soon to find out what poems of mine were published and how to obtain a copy.    After some web searches that I was even able to find an image of the cover.  

I am honored that my work was accepted.  I've been throwing out questions to some of the contributors, likeDaniel Roy Connelly, who was able to attend the event after winning a separate competition.  Here's hoping I can get some answers and be able to get this book in my hands someday.