Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The Tuesday Poem

Welcome poet Paul Smith to our ranks. He's joined by photographer Ed Gault. Welcome to Tuesday at Oddball Magazine.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Still Life After Breakfast, Part 99: Evening Freeze Edition

Porsha Olayiwola Book Tour Makes Its First Stop in Boston Tonight

Tonight she reads at the Boston Public Library. I hope to make her reading at Northeastern University a couple of weeks from now. If you can make it tonight, you should.

My Last Time in the Light

My shadow is the only way I'll look impressive while walking down the sidewalk and carrying two Sprite Zeros without a bag.

Happy Birthday Linda Carney-Goodrich

This Friday, November 23: Expresso Yourself - A Special Evening to Raise Money for Detained Children

Information courtesy of Thea Iberall.

It's Here!

Geoffrey Fallon's totally non-problematic Rick and Morty storyline concludes today! Thanks for reading the longest storyline to date. Thanks for reading his comic "The Secrets of Skinny People" at Oddball Magazine.

Tom Daley, DeWitt Henry and Caitlin Krause on November 25

From Tom Daley:

I'll be participating in a panel/reading on mindfulness in poetry and prose with DeWitt Henry and Caitlin Krause Monday, November 25, 2019, 7 pm-8:30 pm at Chris Warner's Merrimack Valley Center for Mindfulness One Water Street Haverhill, MA 01830 MINDFUL POETRY AND PROSE: READINGS, DISCUSSION AND SIGNING.

Tom Daley, Dewitt Henry, Caitlin Krause, Haverhill Massachusetts, Poetry Reading, Merrimack Valley Center for Mindfullness, November 25
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From Picture to Page: Reunion Road

Last Friday, I ended up in my old neighborhood.

Reunion Road

Street where
you lived
is quiet,
at first.

Surprises Abound

Bill Harvey is back with "The Odds" comic strip at Oddball Magazine.

Last Ride

Tomorrow, November 19: The First And Last Word Poetry Series

Information courtesy of hosts Harris Gardner and Gloria Mindock.

Left Behind, Part Two

Found these outside the Kendall Square T stop.

Haiku for an Early Winter

Morning winter rain
bringing down on you all things
that do not forgive.


An Extra Dose of Spion Today

I'm including extra Spion art today because I could use it. This piece was spoted in the Downtown Crossing T stop.

Spion All You Need is Love - Love You First

Recently, I've been putting the text of the words behind the art  (particularly for the friendly reminder posts) as alt text for people who are blind. I feel bad that I wasn't doing this from the start. I may have to go back and correct as many of these posts as I can.

This Week's Not-So Friendly Reminder

Tell the Truth - Climate Change: We're Fucked

I'm not sure what to say about the group that created these, but you can't deny the message has never felt truer and less hyperbolic.

Sunday, November 17, 2019


Really hoping to write something today.

Your Weekly Dose of God

Here's something I found on a back street sidewalk in Southie.

This was one of a few on the ground. Spread like leaves, or rose petals leading nowhere.

I guess it's apropos for this month's holiday.

Call for Submissions: Planet Crisis Poetry Anthology

Information courtesy of Michael Czarnecki,
Dwain Wilder and Bart White, editors

“Our house on fire… We will not just stand aside and watch.”
Greta Thunberg, New York City, September 20, 2019

We seek poems for an anthology to address the planetary crisis unfolding
around us.

Send poems that bear witness to our changing climate and humankind’s
part in causing the change. Send poems that show our consumer mindset,
our industries, street protests, politics and science. Send poems that
sound the alarm of species and habitat loss, new weather extremes, our
response and lack of response; how ecological ideals collide with the
challenge of changing habits and how we live. Send poems of grief or
fury, despair or hope. Send poems that show how we might yet save our Earth.

We want to showcase a range of voices and perspectives. We are looking
for well-crafted poems with emotional power and a richness of language.
Longer poems will be considered (make every line count).

Send one to three original, previously unpublished, poems. Send poems by
email attached as a .doc (or .docx or .txt only)

as a SINGLE ATTACHMENT of 1-3 poems.

Put your contact information (name, mailing address, email), the titles
of your three poems, and a one-line bio note (max. 25 words) in the body
of the email.

Contributors will receive one contributor’s copy of the anthology and
will be able to purchase additional copies at a 50% discount, plus shipping.

DEADLINE for submissions – December 31, 2019

Send Submissions To

  (response given by January 31)

Happy Birthday Michael Czarnecki

Good Way to End the Day

"Whistleblower Jesus Tanka, Take Two" and "Roger Stone Jesus Tanka" are up now at What Rough Beast. As always, much appreciation to Michael Broder.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Tonight: Rant and Chant with Toni Bee

From 6-9 tonight.
Located at the Black Indian Inn
38 Bicknell Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02124

Poet Toni Bee presents Rant & Chant - new poems & ditties this Saturday Nov. 16. From 6-9pm at The Black Indian Inn.

RANT & CHANT is the musing of a woman poet grabbing on and embracing change - holding on to love, fear, spirit and the future. Letting hope burst into a flame of words & song. SHARE WITH US

Hosted By David Barkley
- Toni reads @ 7pm
- Open Mic @ 8pm
- Refreshments served

22 Again - Toni's poetry book published this year- Availiable for purchase!

BIO - Toni Bee is a writer, photographer, educator, and advocate. Grew up in Dorchester, educated in Roxbury, the storyteller raised her daughter in Cambridge, MA. She was elected as the 2011 Poet Populist of Cambridge and was the first woman to grace that position. Bee was also the 2016 Inaugural Cambridge Poetry Ambassador. This teaching artist has worked extensively with the City Spotlight teens of The Wang Theatre Theatre, and lectures at schools and colleges. Toni is a graduate of Simmons University.

We Did It For You! The Musical and a Special Exhibit - This Evening

Information courtesy of Thea Iberall

Today: Portrait of an Artist & Poet

If I weren't going out of town today, I'd go to this. Featuring Mark Fleckenstein and Lo Galluccio. Hosted by Gloria Mindock.

Friday, November 15, 2019

This Saturday!!! Brockton Library Poetry: Series Everyone Has a Voice

Information courtesy of Tim Reed.

Look What I Found

I found this in one of the distribution boxes for The Weekly Dig outside of the Copley Square T stop

If You Read It, The Wisdom Will Come

You can tell with the above post title that I'm nearly out of clever phrases today. At least I'm introducing the final column of the week.

Check out the latest Wise Words by Bruce Wise at Oddball Magazine, and thanks again for reading.

Choose Wisely

Click the link in the last sentence to the newest Bamboozled No More! column by Janet Cormier. Friday at Oddball Magazine starts here.

Stone Soup Croutons, 11-13-19, Ill Blown

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.

This Wednesday, despite the cold, we had a wonderful feature performance by Kelly DuMare. I appreciate the people coming to our new location for the first time. There was a lot of good material to help me get back on the Croutons poem horse after a week away.

Kelly had a lot of inspirational verse that night, and yet my poem still turned out a bit dark. There's only me to blame. Thanks for reading.

Ill Blown

The new casinos let us all
pull at their neon windmills
for the chance at a pauper's grave.


Finished my Stone Soup Croutons poem in record time! It will be up later.

More work to do.

On Editing

Sometimes a writer throws you a word salad and leaves it to you to do all the cutting.

I'm talking an entire head of lettuce. Whole peppers, tomatoes and onions.

Oh, and they also make you have to go out and buy the dressing.

And they make you bend over for the carrot.

Going Out Swinging

This week was bad for a number of reasons. Today will be bad for reasons completely similar and different to the past few days. Doesn't matter. I'm doing everything I can do to end the week better than I started.


Trump Gets Impeached Friday?

 Art by DL Polonsky

Thursday, November 14, 2019

It Starts Here

Lizi von Teig begins her countdown today of the top 50 albums in the 2010s. Check out the first ten in today's Feedback at Oddball Magazine.

About the Empire

James Van Looy comes at us with an older poem he wrote from 1993. The fact that it's still relevant today is both impressive for a poem and sad for our country. Read his latest It's All One Thing column at Oddball Magazine.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Here I Go Again

Still Timely

Anne Whitehouse submitted a poem for Veterans Day. We decided to wait till today to post it with some art by Judson Evans. Thanks to Anne, and thanks to you for visiting Oddball Magazine this Wednesday.

It Starts Here

Some familiar faces this week. We're starting off with the return of poet Seth Howard and artist Bill Wolak. Thanks for visiting us for Wednesday poetry at Oddball Magazine.

City Haiku

Cold-blooded busses
slither to stops at half speed
first frosty morning.

I Had Issues! My Old Review of Happy #1-2

Well, I guess I called it about Happy being made for adaptation. I just didn't think it would be the small screen. Still, this was written before streaming services caught on.  I was heavy on trying to use graphics to write my review for me. That means this review hasn't aged as well in my mind. I did end up enjoying Happy when it was completed, but I'm in no hurry to watch the show. Originally published November 5, 2012. Edited for spelling and clarity.