Monday, July 21, 2014

July 14: Motorcycle Poets Invade Stone Soup (with our blessings)

Peddlar K. Bridges, Lisa Golda-Shields and a host of potential surprise readers stop at Stone Soup tonight as part of the Roadpoet Fortnight event taking place this month. It's going to be a potentially rowdy night, and I for one welcome it.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

How Word Travels in Southie

A few weeks ago, I found this sign hanging on the corner of East Eighth and Dorchester on the way to Bell's Market.

I guess this is what South Boston residents do in place of trees to carve on.

Still, with all of today's technology in our hands, sometimes we forget that in older, not-so-instant days of messaging, a key component of trying to get your word to another person was faith.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Today at Oddball Magazine

Muriel Soule poetry with art by TJ Edson (who just finished Janet Cormier's new banner).

Michael Grover poetry with art by Allison Goldin (paired this up months ago, been looking forward to it).

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Jason Wright Contines His Story

"Art, the City and The Elevator Dream" by Jason Wright continues this week with Part 3 over at his Jagged thoughts column at Oddball Magazine.  The page also has links to Parts One and Two.

The Last(ish) Word Is Back

I'm over at Oddball Magazine again with my humor column, collaborating with George Panagopoulos on two pieces.  They were published Monday.  I'm a bit disgusted with the irregularity of the column (we can't seem to settle on a schedule or a regular day), but I'm glad with the work we did.  Check out:

Our eulogy on Casey Kasem.

Some commentary on the Hobby Lobby travesty. 

Carmelo J Rizzo today in Oddball Magazine

With some lovely photography by Allison Goldin.

Late 3TV Entry in Oddball Magazine

Starring David Miller!

July 4th Weekend Fireworks

I spent the night of the fourth on the 50th floor of the Prudential, with most pics subpar and shot behind a window (though I may post those later).  The shots below were taken at my hometown of Bellingham's annual July 4th celebration on the grounds of my old high school.  Aside from spending time with family, firends, my girlfriend, and her daughter, I also got to play with my iPhone's camera.  I especially like the first one.


Seen but Not Believed

I know your family name is important, but I wouldn't want anything associated with the word "Roach."  Only in the poetry biz do names like "Rat" work out for you.  And that's because you're not making money anyway.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Scarfaced 2: Electric Boogaloo (or How I Looked on My Summer Vacation)

So many people commented one way or another on my previous blog post on my injury last month, so I figured I should follow up with good news.

I got the stitches out last Tuesday. Any longer, the nurse in the emergency department said, and I was even more likely to have a scar.  So I went to my primary care as early as I could and finally got the uncomfortable things pulled (they weren't painful, but they brushed against my eye lashes whenever I blinked to the point of driving me crazy). I took the picture below just after the last thread was pulled out.

Less than five days later, the cut seemed to heal quickly.

Though my face still looks beaten up in this pic.


And the picture below shows the way my eye looks as of this morning.

To me, it looks like I could end up with a permanent "bag" under my eye, which seems a little too poetically appropriate given the last few years of late nights, early mornings and multiple projects.  No telling yet whether this mark will eventually fade or not, though people who have had stitches before have told me--a first timer--that the nurse did a better job than the look of the stitches first implied.

In the mean time, I have plenty of vitamin E.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The Mo' Joe Anthology: Lest I Forget

In addition to everything I wrote yesterday, there's also a Facebook page you can join for news on any future readings.  I hope I'm part of at least one this year.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Happy Birthday, Doug Holder

And thanks for all you do.

Timothy Gager at Oddball Magazine

Paried today with Ira Joel Haber.  I'm very excited.

See My Work in The New Mo' Joe AnthologyI

I'm very lucky and thrilled to be part of this collection published by Beatlik Press and edited by John Roche, who gave over a hundred contributors the chance to feature their own versions of a "Joe Poem."

A "Joe Poem" is a a form Roche invented for his book The Joe Poems: The Continuing Saga of Joe the Poet, which was one of the funnest books I've read in the last few years.  Ten lines, no more than a hundred words, and the legendary Joe should ideally make an appearance somewhere in there.    John put Joe in different places, eras and even different bodies for his first collection from FootHills Publishing.  I dipped into recent history and local color to contribute "Joe the Poet and Billy Barnum" as well as "Joe the Poet at Occupy Wall Street" to the anthology. 

I'm so glad to appear alongside so many talents, including friends like Susan Deer Cloud and Doug Holder.  This is going to be as enjoyable a read for me as I hope it is for you.  Please grab this book while you can via this link and try to grab a copy of the first collection as well.

Today at Oddball Magazine

Here's a nice timely poem by Martha Boss with art by Ira Joel Haber!


A Tribute to Ed Galing: Ibbetson Street 35 Out Now

The late Ed Galing always seemed like some alternative universe version of Bill Barnum.  I wish I could have featured him or at least published his work.  Ibbetson Street, a print home for Galing's work for many years, is giving him a tribute in it's latest issue.  Special thanks to Timothy Gager, who helped reminded this was out via his blog.  His work is also featured in this issue, in case you need further incentive.