Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Ends Well

We now add poet Gareth Culshaw to our ranks, joined by jack of all trades Luis Lázaro Tijerina for photography. Thanks for reading us this Wednesday at Oddball Magazine.

I Had Issues! My Old Review of Killing PIckman

One of the strangest reviews I ever did for the old site I worked for. I came by this book under odd circumstances when one of the book's creators (I can't remember who) sent it to us (ore me directly) inquiring if we could review it. I felt more pressure due to this, and it might even show in my words below. 

Looking over the article as I checked for errors, I was surprised to find that I claimed the title was taken from a Lovecraft story. I have no memory of any rock solid evidence to back up this claim, so I took it out of the draft below. Originally published January 13, 2012.Otherwise edited for clarity.

It's Wednesday Again!

Please welcome the return of poet Gerard Sarnat and artist Dr. Regina Valluzzi. Welcome to another Wednesday at Oddball Magazine.

Advent Calendar, Day Twelve

Been feeling my mortality as of late. So here's some Monty Python (upping my ante from yesterday's Eric Idle entry).

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Another Take on Geroge H.W. Bush

Flemmings Beaubrun offers a fresh take on the president's recent death that I hadn't seen or heard yet. Read the latest Epic Autism Report at Oddball Magazine. 

Here's Part Three for You

Oddball editor Jason Wright's up to Part Three in his latest saga. Read his Jagged Thought poem column now (with links to parts you missed) over at Oddball Magazine.

While I'm Sleeping

Welcome poet David Flynn. He's joining forces with our photographer Steve Warren. Enjoy today's offerings from Oddball Magazine.

Advent Calendar, Day Eleven

This suits my mood over the last twenty-four hours.

RIP Lynne Sticklor

I just received word of Lynne's passing yesterday afternoon as I was preparing for my medical procedure happening in the next hour. I hope to have much more to say afterwards.  

Monday, December 10, 2018

Never Stop

Geoffrey Fallon's strip "The Secrets of Skinny People" is up at Oddball Magazine.

Call for Submissions: The Christmas Wars 2

It's that time of the year again.

Are you a Christmas kind of person? A Happy Holidays person? A Dear God Shut UP and Leave Me Alone kind of person? We want your words and artwork. Click here for the link and more of the gist.


No Bill Harvey's "The Odds" this week. He'll be back. In the meantime, check out his backlog over at Oddball Magazine.

December 13: Bring on the Mic!

Stone Soup is having another open mic this week. I have something doctor-related to do this Tuesday, but I should hopefully be back in business by Wednesday and ready to do the open mic with no problem. I'll even workshop poems if I'm up to it. Hope your week is less eventful than mine and you can make it to this event no problem.

This Week's Extra Friendly Reminder

Please be kinder to the the artist I only know as Spion.

I love when I see his their work. I just wish people weren't trying to tear it off all the time.


This Week's Friendly Reminder

Found this in the Boston Common. Go, Spion, go!

Advent Calendar, Day Ten

I'm neutral on most of the newer Looney Tunes, but this made me laugh. 

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Advent Calendar, Day Eight

 Larry David and Christmas doesn't quite mix, does it? Here's the paring anyway.

That's right. It's a little dark today.

Friday, December 07, 2018

Remnder:This is Tonight

Evan Greer at First Friday Open Mic in Jamaica Plain.

The Oddball Show with Jake Tringali

On this edition the Oddballs are joined by poet and author Jake Tringali, whose book Poetry for the Neon Apocalypse is available now on Amazon.

Not Just Trump (but he covers him too)

Bruce Wise is up again with his unique week in review. Read his Wise Words now at Oddball Magazine.

Happy Birthday Martha Boss

Actually, it's was two years ago, but I wanted to post a picture of her reading on her birthday for the Spare Change anthology at Trident Booksellers and Cafe.

Dammit No Janet

Hopefully Janet Cormier will be back soon with her column Bamboozled No More! Until then, check out her substantial backlog over at Oddball Magazine.

Stone Soup Croutons, 12-6-18, It's Up to Your Knees

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.

We had a great night of poetry with Gordon Marshall, who presented the Jack Powers Stone Soup Savor Poetry Prize to Jan Rowe and James Van Looy. This week's poem started with reference to a certain controversial holiday song, but hearing Gordon's stream of consciousness poetry really helped me write in a similar vein, which gave me some lines I couldn't have thought up otherwise. I appreciate when that happens. Thanks for reading.

It's Up to Your Knees

Ray Charles and Betty Carter
have thoughts about #metoo.
It's just too cold out here
for them to rise.

Advent Calendar, Day Seven

A scene from Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas. You can find the whole Jim Henson holiday special online, but this is one of my favorite parts.


Maybe if the "I" stood for "Indicted," things would be happening by now.

Art by DL Polonsky

Thursday, December 06, 2018

I'm Off!

See you at Gordon's feature. Congratulations again to Jan Rowe and James Van Looy, winners of the Jack Powers Stone Soup Savor Poetry Prize.

First Friday at Jamaica Plain This Friday Featuring Evan Greer

A Little Something Different Today

No Liza Zayas today due to some bad luck on her part. Sorry to her and to  you. You can catch up on her Underground backlog here.

Now check out Elizabeth von Teig, who offers up her top seven favorite Christmas songs. An early Feedback column is up now at Oddball Magazine.

The Last(?) Labyrinth Poem of the Year

James Van Looy's poem column is back with another labyrinth poem. Read It's All One Thing today at Oddball Magazine.

Advent Calendar, Day Six

 Found this video via a Martha Quinn interview a few months back.