Friday, May 27, 2016

Scenes from The Elephant Release Party

The release party for the second Issue of The Elephant happened this Wednesday.

Hosted by Jamilla VanDyke-Bailey, Erik Anker, and Warren Hinckle, the party included ample supplies of pizza and an array of performers (shown here courtesy of my dying iPhone).

Lewis Reginald Morris, who will hopefully return to Stone Soup.

Ryan Kim, whose work I never heard before.

Maylin Pavletic, kicking off the featured comics quite nicely.

Kevin O'Brien, who had an epic battle with some loud ladies at the ba.

The print issue can be ordered here.  The online issue(which I'm a part of) can be read here.


Jeru The Damaja Coming Clean

Jeru The Damaja's album The Sun Rises in the East is covered in a mini-rap flashback in this week's Twist of JP Lime. It' sup today in Oddball Magazine.

Warning! Warning!

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

Scenes from Marliave

DiDi Delgado from Tuesday's Poets Under 35 reading with John-Paul Catenza and Lora Straub at the restaurant Marliave.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

What Sprouts from The Underground Today?

"Infinity'/s End (a fairy tale)," the latest spoken word piece from Liza Zayas is her latest offering for The Underground Garden. Check it out today with all due haste at Oddball Magazine.

Another James Van Looy Epic

"The Lone Stranger Meets the Drone Ranger" is new favorite of mine from James Van Looy. It's over at his poem column. Read It's All One Thing today at Oddball Magazine.

Andrew Borne Laughs at Himself

Andrew Borne's first of s series for his poem column kicks off today. Read Seven Times at Oddball Magazine.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Comeback Kids

It's the return of one of my favorite oddball combos. Poet Anne Whitehouse and artist Stacy Esch today on Oddball Magazine.

Bring on The Wednesday Goodness

Let's welcome the poet randall with art by much longer-named Dr. Regina Valluzzi. Good poetry today on Oddball Magazine.

I'll be Reading at This Tonight

10 Minutes of a much bigger show with cooler poets than me. You should go to this.

May 30: C.C. Arshagra Finishes Stone Soup's Forty-Fifth Anniversary Month

C.C. Arshagra has been a part of many memorable Stone Soup Poetry events. He will be part of one more this Monday. He's bringing both his A-Game and members of his new experimental band Funk Physics to the Stone Soup stage. It's all happening on May 30. This is a fantastic way to end the month of festivities. It's been a good mix of old and new voices, and we have much more of both coming your way this summer. We are going to do our best to make Stone Soup Poetry even more exciting and unpredictable than it's been the last two years. Thank you all for your support and contributions to keeping Jack Powers' reading series going.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Jaggity Jaggity!

"Till The Microphone Rusts," the latest Jagged Thought from Editor Jason Wright today at Oddball Magazine.


Hosted by Ken and Nadine Delano.

Something New

Ish Klein is up on Incessant Pipe. Read and listen to "Every Animal is Your Mother."

The Poetry Starts Here

Introducing Melodic Rose and welcoming back contributing artist Fabio Sassi. This is how we kick off Tuesday at Oddball Magazine.

Today's The Last Day

Submit while you can to the Prince anthology from NightBallet Press. The book is scheduled to be released by Prince's birthday on June 7.

Stone Soup Croutons, 5-23-16, Sick Day

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 later. To paraphrase Lorne Michaels, the poem doesn't go up because it's good; it goes up because it's Tuesday morning.

Last night was an extended open mic for Stone Soup. I wasn't expecting that for Stone Soup's anniversary month, but it was the best choice given how crazy it's been the last three weeks (and we have a strong finish planned for next Monday). We even had a new voice come up, so that's always great. Here's the poem.

Sick Day

Instead of the Japanese method
of mending broken pottery with gold
I heal myself with other broken things,
transfuse with the bloodline
of infected generations.

My therapeutic massages
come as strikes on the back
from an angry sister's brush.

Is This Just Kicking Someone While They're Down

Read Dennis Daly's review of James Franco latest poetry collection.

I wonder if it's just mean to pick on Franco's work. Then again, if you call your book something silly like Straight James/Gay James, you're at least subconsciously asking for trouble.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Happy Birthday, Rob Sturma

Visit Rob's pop-art publishing empire here.

Happy Belated Birthday, Mary Ann Honaker

No Jack Powers Tribute Poem Today

Sorry guys. Messed up today. We'll cap off the month next week with at least one in Oddball Magazine as we finish Stone Soup's forty-fifth anniversary month.

The Oddness is Upon Us

We kick off the week with Bill Harvey's weekly comic "The Odds" over at Oddball Magazine.

Poetry Under The Trees

A colorful press release by way of Jack Scully and Sheila Twyman.

“Poetry Under the Trees”
Open Mike at the

142 Old Main Street, Marshfield Hills Village, MA

Sunday, May 29, 2016   1:00pm – 3:30pm

Come and read your poetry at our 13th annual “Poetry Under the Trees.” Poets read their works in the yard of an historic house at 142 Old Main Street as festival goers make their way from exhibit tent to tent. It’s a very relaxed & fun atmosphere.

This 40th Annual Festival of the Arts is sponsored by the North River Arts Society.   Last year’s festival included the work of over 200 artists, craftsmen, and performers, and attracted well over 9,000 visitors. Featured events include ”Poetry Under the Trees”-Open Mike, hosted by Rich Berg and Sheila TwymanJuried Art, Sculpture and Photography; Art Sale, Artisan’s Sale, Book Sale, Feature Barn, Food Tent, & Full Entertainment Schedule.

LOCATION: Look for the bright red and white “Poetry Open Mic” sign in the front yard of 142 Old Main St., Marshfield Hills Village.

TO GET THERE: From Boston: Take Route 3 South. Get off at the Hanover Exit 13 and turn left onto Route 53 toward Rt 123/Norwell. From the Cape: Take Route 3 North. Get off at the Hanover Exit 13 and turn right onto Route 53 toward Rt 123/Norwell.     Continue........
About 1/2 mile & turn right onto Route 123 and travel to the end (6 miles). Turn right onto Route 3A toward Marshfield. Cross the bridge over the marsh and take the 2nd left onto Old Main Street (landmark = blue/white/orange auto shop sign). The Festival is about ½ mile up the road so find a parking place wherever you can. Or…continue driving up Rt. 3A to the next intersection (Highland Ave) to find parking.

There will be a SHUTTLE BUS to and from the Festival from the Eames Way School. Follow directions above turning onto Highland Street, which becomes Pleasant Street, continue past Cliff Rogers Library for about a mile…Eames Way will be a street on your right. Follow to the Eames Way School. Please park in the school lot…not on the street.

Amplification is provided

May 23: Let's Do The Open Mic Thing Again

With Lee Litif and Mark Hänser last Monday and C.C. Arshagra next Monday, it's time for Stone Soup to kick back and enjoy one of the core reasons Stone Soup has persevered over the past four-and-a-half decades: It's open mic. Come by tonight for an extended open mic session and enjoy the diversity of voices, which should definitely include yours.