Monday, April 23, 2018

Introducing Geoffrey Fallon

Geoffrey Fallon has been making doodles forever. I was lucky to read his work while we were both waiting tables in an Italian restaurant that used to be on Boston's Newbury Street. I even made copies of his "Biologic Four," the funniest comic ever put to lined notebook paper.

That was over twenty years ago (Christ, I'm old), and he's still doing these drawings. Sometimes he puts them on paper, most of the times he puts them on anything he can get his hands on.

Starting today, he will be sharing them with all of us via a new feature, "The Secrets of Skinny People," debuting today on Oddball Magazine. Please share with your friends, enemies and anyone else you think will like him, which I imagine to be everyone.

Still Life After Breakfast, Part 43

But Why a Bull, Bill?

Bill Harvey's "The Odds" comic strip is up now at Oddball Magazine.

Still Life After Breakfast, Part 42

NaPoWriMo, Day Twenty-Three, Poem Eight

The Ecology of Losers

They wake when they want to wake,
choosing late morning, as artificial light
only clarify failures
they can't catalogue any more.

Pumped Up for The Week

We have a lot of great work closing out National Poetry Month by new authors and new artists. You can keep coming back here for updates or get a Wordpress account and follow Oddball Magaizne directly. Your choice. A win either way.

This Week's Friendly Reminder

Thanks again, Jamaica Plain.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Happy Birthday Gloria Mindock

No Protection, Ever

It's spring once again (again), and the umbrella casualties keep piling up.


The Oddball Show with Mr. PSA

On this edition of the podcast, the Oddballs are joined by someone who has made his name as an MC in the most classic sense of the term. Mr. PSA is a rapper, actor, and host for many of the region's livest performances (including Akrobatik and Termanology on May 11), and you can catch him Wednesday nights in Opus Salem for the Wreck Shop Movement open mics. He joins us to talk about the Massachusetts Hip Hop scene and what's next for both the region and this charismatic emcee/MC. Tune in tonight to the one and only #OddballShow

Thank God It's Wisdom Time (TGIWT?)

Wise Words with Bruce Wise closes us out for the week at Oddball Magazine. Or does it?

Still Life After Breakfast, Part 41

Stone Soup Croutons, 4-19-18, Where We'll Gather Again

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 (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.

Last night was Stone Soup's tribute reading for Walter Howard, organized by Joan Kimball, who along with Debra Martin put together Walter's posthumous collection, Reflections in Moonlight. The poem I came up with last night was compiled from both the selection of Walter's poem read by the speakers and the small open mic that followed afterward.

I was suffering from a head cold last night, so I wasn't up to my usual standards. I took almost no pictures and no notes from the event. I was able to take videos of each reader (which helped enormously for the writing of this piece), but sadly the videos were riddled with sounds of me breathing erratically, coughing and unwrapping lozenges.

In a lot of ways, it was a more ephemeral experience than poetry readings normally already are, which  is what Walter probably would have liked. He defied posterity, which is why I'm glad we have people like Joan and Debra to give Walter's poetry the respect and the opportunity to be read that it always deserved. Let this poem be my own overdue tribute to his life and work.

Where We'll Gather Again

Meet me at the sidewalk cafe
that all the hipsters shun,
where the roses unironically wait
to be placed as a crown
for your favorite cousin
or a wreath to thrown down
by the latest fallen poet.

History Today

Janet Cormier starts us off with her weekly column. Read Bamboozled No More! at Oddball Magazine.

A WCW Kind of Morning

So much depends

those in red

cheering child's

the only school



Thursday, April 19, 2018

Off I Go

Off to the Walter Howard reading at BPL Jamaica Plain. Hope to see you there.

Next Week: Tuesday 4 Poetry

Good way to close out National Poetry Month. Hosted by Ken and Nadine Delano.

Happy Birthday DJ Savuth

For information about the event, check out Liza Zayas' The Underground Garden at Oddball Magazine.

For Jack Powers

Next month will be the anniversary of Stone Soup Poetry, founded in 1971 by the late Jack Powers. James Van Looy gives tribute (as he often does) in poetry. Read It's All One Thing, up now this week at Oddball Magazine.

Flyer for Tonight

Thanks to Laura Pattison of the BPL for making this for the event.

Can't wait to get to Stone Soup Poetry. Come by the Library in Jamaica Plain for our tribute to Walter Howard.

April 2018 Haiku, Part Two

In like a lion,
out like a lion calling
climate change fake news.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

NaPoWriMo, Day Eighteen, Poem Seven


The cashier told the lady
to have a good day,
and she replied, Yes please.

Stopping Here

Michael Lee Johnson is also joining us for the first time.

Two debuting poets on a Wednesday? I can't remember the last time that happened!

Thanks to Johnson and artist Dr. Regina Valluzzi for helping us finish off today at Oddball Magazine.

NaPoWriMo, Day Eighteen, Poem Six


I don't find it ironic
to have muzak Metallica's
"Nothing Else Matters"
playing in the cafe,
even if I'm old enough
to remember when it released.

Starting Up

We start off today with a poet debuting on our site. Welcome Rajnish Mishra and welcome back artist Ira Joel Haber as we try to make the poetry shine a little more this month at Oddball Magazine.

April 19 is Stone Soup's Walter Howard Tribute in Jamaica Plain

Poet's poet and open micer's open micer Walter Howard passed away in January. People are still doing their best to keep his memory alive. Tribute poems are being written for National Poetry Writing month, and people are buying the newly released Walter Howard: Reflections in Moonlight. Better still, people seem psyched that Stone Soup is getting together this Thursday at the Jamaica Plain branch of the Boston Public Library to pay tribute to one of of Boston poetry's best friends. Follow this link for the address and to see all the wonderful poets who will be with us this week. We hope you come too. Stone Soup isn't meeting as much as it used to, but we're making every gathering count.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Though the Marathon is Done...

Flemmings Beaubrun had some thoughts on the fifth year of the Marathon bombing. Check it out now on with this week's Epic Autism Report at Oddball Magazine.

Day One of Poetry Continues

Jason Wright's Jagged Thought is up now at Oddball Magazine.

Poetry Now

Welcome Caleb Coy as his poetry is paired up by our visual (and literary) star Jennifer Matthews today at Oddball Magazine.

Street Hero

One of several drawings I occasionally see on the sidewalks of Jamaica Plain's Centre Street.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Mad Kane's Limerick-Off Monday is back.

She took time off because of a broken laptop, but the limerick-off is back this week. I submitted mine, and you can read and submit yours here.

Happy Birthday Erik Nelson

More Music Covered

SLUFF,  the new ablum by Naked Giants is covered today by Greg von Teig. His Feedback column is up now at Oddball Magazine.

NaPoWriMo, Day Sixteen, Poem Five

Boss Out

While away
open door plicy:

If a door's open
close it now or

Dashing Behind the Curtain of Delerious

Bill Harvey draws the curtain back for another week of "The Odds" at Oddball Magazine.

NaPoWriMo, Day Sixteen, Poem Four


Standing in a city hotel
looking for free snacks,
the out of town family
you saw on the street
searches for bulges
in your coat.

Next in Our Artist/Author (Author/Artist?) Series

Luis Lázaro Tijerina is starting us out as our featured Oddball artist/poet (or poet/artist if they prefer). Check out his work now at Oddball Magazine.

This Week's Friendly Reminder

Just Imagine...

Early Friendly and Practical Reminder

Copley Station is closed tomorrow for April 16.

Those of you with real jobs, plan your commute accordingly.

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