Friday, February 15, 2019

City Haiku, (Belated Valentines Day Edition)

Heading back home
with emergency bouquet.
Thank you, Trader Joe's.

Thank You, Bruce

Bruce wrote a sweet tribute poem to me. Had to check I wasn't dead!

The rest of you can skip that poem and read the rest of his Wise Words at Oddball Magazine.


Janet Cormier gives us two pieces for this week's Bamboozled No More! at Oddball Magazine.

Stone Soup Croutons, 2-14-19, Prelude to Travel

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 our open mic. Given that there was no Valentines related theme, there were a surprising amount of love (or loveish) poems. Not that you'll see that in the work below. I'm taking a trip tomorrow, so that got into my poem, of course. Yes, it's a little silly. Shut up. I have to pack. Thanks for reading.

Prelude to Travel

All rich liberals vacationing on islands
have nightmares of dying in the cold
with the homeless they used to tsk tsk by.


Be nice for something to happen while I'm getting ready to travel today. I won't be able to tweet about it, but I'll be happy.

Art by DL Polonsky

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Wish Me Luck

Trying to getto Stone Soup Poetry's all open mic on time tonight. Wish me luck. Hope you're there.

Good Luck Liza

:Liza Zayas is saying goodbye to her column in order to go back to school. We wish her the best of luck. We originally weren't sure if we were going to publish anything (which is why this is coming out late), but she ended up sharing what ends up being her last piece of music journalism. We're grateful for her work over the last three years and hope she will return if the opportunity arises.. Read her last Underground Garden column now at Oddball Magazine.

Another Lugubrious Poem

Another of James Van Looy's series of poems. His poem column It's All One Thing is up now at Oddball Magazine.

This Saturday in Brockton

Happy VD

Even in a relationship, I can still make this joke like the unlovable kid I used to be.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Open Mic Comics is Back

I started my Open Mic Comics column a few years back but wasn't able to keep it going. I hope this essay (one that I've been trying to write for a while) gets me started again. It's the best twist I can come up with on an old subject. Read "The Year I Channeled Stan Lee" on Medium.

February 14: A Loveless Night at Stone Soup?

I feel bad not having any kind of Valentine's Day themed reading. I hope that doesn't deter anyone from coming to Stone Soup Poetry's extended open mic tomorrow if you don't have any Valentines Day related plans (or if you want to stop by before you carry out those plans). Love-themed or not, the poetry will go on for another week.

Closing Time

Poet Marcus Severns debuts on our site with artwork by Judson Evans. Thanks four checking us out today at Oddball Magazine.

I Had Issues! My Old Review of Batman: Brave and The Bold #16

Hey, nice timing. A comic with a Valentine's theme on the cover on the week of Valentines Day. I really shined to Sholly Fisch work. Years later, it seems he's still regulated to comic adaptations of TV properties. He doesn't even have his own Wikipedia page. Sometimes there is no justice. Originally published February 10, 2012. Edited for clarity.

Wednesday! Wednesday! Wednesday!

Welcome back poet David Somerset and photogrpaher Joe Linker as we start off another wonderful Wednesday at Oddball Magazine.

Happy Birthday Silent E

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

New Cut

Got my long overdue haircut. Now all I need is a shave!

Happy Birthday Jeremiah Walton

Happy Birthday Tu Anh Phan

Post-Grammys Rage

Flemmings Beaubrun has his own thoughts on who won Best Rap Album. Read his take at Oddball Magazine.

This is His Brave

Jason Wright has been doing some speaking lately. He touches on this in his latest poem column. Read his latest Jagged Thought in today's Oddball Magazine.

Tuesday Poetry

Poet DS Maolalai returns, as does Luis Lázaro Tijerina with photography. Let's get things started at Oddball Magazine.

Happy Birthday Frank Reardon

Happy Birthday Zeke Russell

You can read the poem over at Oddball Magazine.

For Any Trump Support Upset About Their Tax Return

Monday, February 11, 2019

Happy Birthday Steve Subrizi

Rah Rah!

Something perfect for Valentine's Day week from Geoffrey Fallon. Read his strip "The Secrets of Skinny People" at Oddball Magazine.

From Picture to Page: Shift


They walk to you
down the same campus grounds
you also like to wander
like a visiting professor
or favorite adjunct.

A Different Side

Even on the week of Valentines Day, sometimes it's important to show the dark side of relationships. Bill Harvey does that for us today. Check out his comic strip "The Odds" at Oddball Magazine.

Bundle Up!

Hope you're keeping warm like Smokey.

Once Again

Submitting to Mad Kane's latest limerick-off. Nice to be doing this again. You have almost two weeks to submit your own limericks under this challenge's guidelines.

A Moment With Ron

From our monthly gathering at Doyle's in Jamaica Plain.

Going over Ron's latest "DWS" poem, Prabakar brought out these (likely to be removed) lines.

this old man walks three miles to
buy the Mega Millions Powerballs tickets
doesnt own a car  (sic)

Prabakar thought the lines seemed too "self-pitying."

Ron shot back, "That's because you're not a walker!"

As a fellow walker, I roared with laughter and respect.

You keep walking, Ron. It helps keep us both alive.

Counting Down

Two more days until my life gets easier again.

After that, two more days until I get ready to travel again.

Did I say life would be easier? I meant slightly easier.

This Week's Friendly Reminder

I have to hang out in Allston again soon.

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Back to Work

Housework comes first, then poetry stuff, then more I hope.