Monday, November 20, 2017


Marriage! AAAAAHHHH!!!!!

Okay, it's not really scary (or even remotely close to Halloween anymore), but still...

Here's the latest "The Odds" comic strip by Bill Harvey at Oddball Magazine.

“Prayer For The Misbegotten” by Julia Carlson

Winter’s coming, and you’re ready because you don’t have a choice. There is no quaint New England in these poems. No pretty fall colors, no kids laughing on a summer beach. They bespeak the dead of winter. You’ll hear the cracking of ice, slush on the harbor, arctic channels. The prayed-for misbegotten are all of us, including the animals (sparrows, a turtle, a cow, guinea pigs, various species of birds). Verse that is bracing, inclement, severe and 100% natural. It is the man-made disasters for which she reserves judgement: the plight of the homeless man in a Boston winter, a train platform in France from which 50,000 Jews had been shipped camp-ward, abuse of animals, coal mine explosions… “Acts of God I can forgive, but not the acts of men.” 

--Dawn Oberg, Songwriter

This Week's Friendly Reminder

Saw this sign one night in Jamaica Plain last week. I didn't know there was any demonstrations or protests happening in JP. I hope it's not the last.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

November 20: Stone Soup! Krystal Spencer! Curtis Luke!

Krystal Spencer and Curtis Luke wowed me on Stone Soup's open mic a couple of weeks back. I offered her a feature, and she said yes. You will see them both this Monday. This will be the second-to-last feature held at the Out of The Blue's current location on Massachusetts Avenue. I hope you are there.

Happy Birthday Ethan Mackler

The pulse of Stone Soup is missed.

Friday, November 17, 2017

November 27: Elizabeth Gordon McKim Helps Us Say Goodbye

On November 27, we say goodbye to an era, as Cambridge's Out of The Blue Art Gallery is being forced to move from it's Massachusetts Avenue location. Stone Soup has had a long run with the Gallery in three different locations.

Where we go from here is in question. For now, we thank Elizabeth Gordon McKim for agreeing to feature on this final night. This event is getting a great response online. It looks like we'll have a great turnout for Stone Soup's last night at this location. If Stone Soup never resurfaces again, it will be a great, final end. Let's hope that doesn't happen. For now, plan to be in the audience, bring cash so you can buy an item at the gallery to help with the move.

Thanks to everyone who has supported us and the Gallery all these years. We hope to see you on the 27th.

November 20: Stone Soup! Krystal Spencer! More?

Krystal Spencer wowed me a couple of weeks back. I offered her a feature, and she said yes. You will see her this Monday. She is supposed to have a a co-feature this Monday. As of this writing, I have not received that co-feature's information. When it comes my way, I will post it as soon as possible. In the meantime, you have enough reason to come this Monday. This will be the second-to-last feature held at the Out of The Blue's current location on Massachusetts Avenue. I hope you are there.

Wise Words Abound

Bruce Wise is back again at Oddball Magazine. 

Is it Year Two Already?

Janet Cormier returns with another Bamboozled No More! column today at Oddball Magazine.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Newest Found Poem Out Now

It seems that any time I get some extra time off, I get an opportunity (sadly via some tragedy) to write a particularly timely found poem."Tales of the Lone Gunmen" is the latest Between the Headlines found poem is up today on Medium.

What's Happened to Oddball Magazine

Ira Joel Haber wrote me recently to let me know that Oddball Magazine looks...different. Very different. As in completely different from when I finished laying out the magazine for today. Jason thought it might have to do with renewing, but we still have the Oddball domain name. I hope we weren't hacked. Jason's not able to fix this right now but will as soon as possible. Apologies to Ira and Dr. Regina Valluzzi, as the journal's current look is not friendly to their visual work.

Elizabeth Reitzell closes us out today with artwork by Dr. Regina Valluzzi. Thanks for reading Oddball Magazine.

John Hancock by Day

I have to get up pretty early to capture that cloud effect on the building's side.

I also have to stop trying to take all my photos in HD. The HD version of this picture is actually darker and worse.

Next Tuesday: The First and Last Word Poetry Series


7:00 PM/ADMISSION: $4.00

Thank You, Larry

We try not to publish people back to back (if they're not regular columnists), but Larry Thacker has been MVP lately, and we want to show our appreciation. Plus it's another timely piece (with appropriate iconography themed art courtesy of Ira Joel Haber. Welcome to Wednesday at Oddball Magazine.

North of Oxford in November

Check out the poetry that g emil reutter, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri have put together this month at North of Oxford. 

Stream Crossed

Brewer Fountain, Boston Common.

Still Life After Breakfast, Part 20

Taken while walking from the Common.

City Haiku

Before morning rush
cities only come to life
when no one's looking.

Today I'm Free

Long story short, a day I was expecting to be excruciatingly long became oh so mercifully short.

I plan to blog a bit later, but I have a few personal projects (including one big one) to try and finish up.

For now, I'm visiting old haunts in the city.

Be back soon. 


Just saying hi.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

When Black Friday Comes...

Flemmings Beaubrun will be there to warn you about so called post-Thanksgiving sales.

Check out the Epic Autism Report today at Oddball Magazine.

The Two-Hundred Mark!

Congratulations to Jason Wright with his two-hundredth Jagged Thought today.

Read Jason's "Clap Your Hands Magic Poem" today at Oddball Magazine.

Quiet Start

No poetry at 11:00 AM. We're taking a slight break after yesterday's bonus Trump round. the columnists will come on at their regular time. In the meantime, check out what you've missed over the last week over at Oddball Magazine.

Stone Soup Croutons, 11-13-17, Motions Away

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 on because it's Tuesday morning.

Yesterday we had the last full-length open mic in the Out of The Blue's current location.
 The unexpected common theme of the night was family, seemingly omthers in particular. Maybe not so surprising after all, given that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It no doubt helped me that I actually spent time with my Mom over the long weekend.

Props to David Agee, who introduced me to the Poetry of Sally Crabill. Yes, the title is taken from a Paul Simon song. I make it slightly less sad here.

Motions Away

Your mother will tell you
there will be time to self reflect
when you are older and sleep longer.

Revelations are like erotic dreams.
Keep them to yourself
that you may truly find peace.

Monday, November 13, 2017

November 12: Stone Soup Open Mic

The bad news is that I got the news up late again. The good news is I should have the news for the rest of November up by tomorrow night. I have some surprises in mind. For now, you can come tonight for what will likely be the last open mic to be held at the Out of The Blue's last location. I also hope to update on Stone Soup's future soon.

Trump Bonus Round

Today we present a one act play by John Ladd with art by returning artist Jim Agpalza. It's the Trump bonus round at Oddball Magazine.

Happy Anniversary Mike and Karen!

I'm dedicating Bill Harvey's latest comic strip to my friends who are celebrating their umpteenth anniversary this month.

Check out Bill Harvey's "The Odds" over at Oddball Magazine.

This Week's Friendly Reminder

It's not the clearest written message, but I need the reminder more than you.

City Haiku in Noir

Taken as part of one of those seven b&w photos in seven day challenges. I was invited by both my girlfriend's sister and Susan Deer Cloud.

Two lane battlefield
Who charges into new day
Who retreats