Saturday, February 24, 2018

Happy Birthday Ira Joel Haber

Check out the poem this artwork is paired with at Oddball Magazine. He'll be back with us before long. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Happy Belated Birthday LUCCI

Less Words, More Impact

Bruce Wise gives us a paired down post regarding the recent Parkland, Florida shooting. Read Wise Words now at Oddball Magazine.

There's Going to Be a Year Three?!?

Janet Cormier's Bamboozled No More! is up at Oddball Magazine.

Stone Soup Croutons, 2-22-18, Fronting

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. To paraphrase Lorne Michaels, this poem doesn't go up because it's ready, it goes up because it's Friday morning.

Jamilla Bailey killed it last night with a daringly personal body of work. It touched on several trigger warning-style subjects that normally I might step around in this type of poem because it's hard to make them work when you draw so many random ideas from the open mic. The poems can go from police violence in one step then move to unicorns with eye lasers in another. However, Jamilla's strong presence gave me more reason to try and tackle it head on.  Thanks to her and everyone else on the mic that night for giving me that challenge.


There's always a righteous
behind every said pair of eyes,

a holocaust of clipped green behind
the birth of an American Beauty rose.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Going Out With a Burst (of color)!

Ira Joel Haber keeps the  colors going with the final poem of the day by Kiriti Sengupta. Thank you for reading Oddball Magazine.

It's Here at Last!

Dr. Regina Valluzzi's art is a great pairing with the first poem of the day by Hanna Pachman. Welcome to Wednesday poetry at Oddball Magazine.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018


I've been mostly sitting this afternoon. It's what I needed to do, given how my feet have been giving me trouble for the last few weeks.

I can sit down because I don't have to work today.

A little over a decade ago, that wouldn't have been the case, holiday or now.

If I hadn't made fortunate changes (with the help of others in my life at the time), I would still be at the whims of the people who rule the lowest rungs of the service sector, working a double shift until I was on my knees, crying to no one who would care.

So thankful.

February 22: Jamilla Returns to Stone Soup

The last time we saw Jamilla Bailey, she was heading up the release party for the third issue of her journal The Elephant. That journal is no more, but now Jamilla is back with a new collection of poetry Black Girls Burn Blue. She's coming back this Thursday to Stone Soup, where you can grab a print copy. We're spreading the word of Stone Soup's new day, time and location. We hope you can do the same as we work to establish Stone Soup in it's new Cambridge Home at Brew on the Grid. I want every new show to be bigger than the last one we did. It can be done, but we need your help. Spread the word! Share our event! Above all, join us this week!

Threw My Hat in Again

Wrote and submitted a limerick to Mad Kane's new limerick-off. You can read it here. There's plenty of time to submit if you're interested.

Behind the Odds, Part Umpteen

(too busy to keep count).

Getting close to the end of the behind the scenes trip. Enjoy them while you can. Check out Bill Harvey's "The Odds" at Oddball Magazine.

Thinking of Birthdays Past

The scene from DiDi's birthday from two years back.

Happy Birthday DiDi Delgado

\This Week's Friendly Reminder

I'm pretty sure I've posted a picture of this banner before. I'm just so glad this church still has this hanging.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Heading Out

I have a ton of flyers to bring up to Cambridge and hand off to Toni Bee.

Hoping to do some serious canvassing and bring more people to Stone Soup this Thursday.

Last Night

I finally wrote and posted my limerick for  Mad Kane limerick-off before it ended. I didn't win, but it was still fun. You can read it here. Plus the new limerick-off already started.

Mom Texted:

"Just had a bath."

Annoying Thought of The Day

I need to stop using my iPhone camera as much and start using my old camera more (at least until I figure out how to use iPhone cameras better).

I don't care if people bitch about the flash. Most of the best pictures I've ever taken (which poets have used for promo and/or Facebook profile pics) used a good deal of flash. Nowadays, I have to dump almost every picture I take because almost all of the readers and performers have blurred hands.

I used to think the blurred affect was cool. Now I think it makes all the poets look like chronic masturbators.

City Haiku

God is following
his next victim, hopes winter
will cover His tracks.

City Haiku

Weekend party crowd
come back in morning commute,
call Boston a dump.

Wrote this last week, but it seems appropriate to put it up now, even if Monday is a holiday.

Last Night's Snow in Southie

As much as my iPhone camera has come in useful, I realized how much I missed a more traditional camera (if digital camera's are traditional). There's just things I can do with them that I either can't do with an iPhone or haven't figured out yet.

Dug Up Last Night

On Friday, I finally took time to clean out my laptop bag. While doing that, I pulled the last camera I ever bought from the bottom of it. I charged it and finally got to looking through it last night as I walked around Southie while it snowed, taking what shots I could.

 The shots below are from August 1st, 2016, when Mark Lipman featured. It also included shots of one of Bill Barnum's last performances at the Out of The Blue before it moved away from Cambridge.

I've already posted the other photos on my Facebook. The dates are all off because I didn't set the camera up properly. Hopefully, I can  piece together the other dates and post more soon.