Friday, August 12, 2022

One More for the Week

My Comic Book Haiku on Punisher #5 just got put up at The Ugly Monster.

I've Missed the Local Bodega Cat

The Walk Home

My Friday Evening Music

My absolute favorite DJ Cummberbund creation.

Tonight: Ellene Glenn Moore at the Virtual Dire Literary Series

Hosted by Timothy Gager. Click here to join the group and get information on how to join the call.

And don't forget to visit the author's website.

Wisdom Raid!

Wise Words with Bruce Wise is up now at Oddball Magazine. 

Some Things

Janet Cormier's Bamboozled No More! kicks off the last day of the week at Oddball Magazine. 

Stone Soup Croutons, 8-10-22: On Strike Against the FBI

Stone Soup Croutons is a weekly poem I write using lines and impressions picked from Stone Soup Poetry'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.
I also have a book collecting the best of my first year of poems. Click here to purchase it.

The live open mic turned into an online open mic. I'm sorry to do that, but I had responsibilities to my injured girlfriend, who I'm taking again to the doctor this afternoon. I've been very short with my crouton posts in recent weeks. Emotionally speaking, this summer has beaten me to a f---ing pulp. No joke. I hope in the fall I can be more mellow. Until then, here's another poem very, very loosely influenced by recent events. Thanks for reading.

On Strike Against the FBI

Last week they threw a smoke bomb
through your kitchen window so you 
couldn't see the water you're drinking,

My Friday Morning Music

My second favorite DJ Cummerbund mix.



Picture of braying Donald Trump, words saying "T.G.I.F. Trump, Get Indicted Forever"
Inspired by DL Polonsky.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

At the Sacred Center

James Van Looy's poem column is up now. Read It's All One Thing now at Oddball Magazine. 

Stone Soup Poetry Open Mic, 8-10-22

From this week's online gathering. This was supposed to be a live gathering, but things didn't work out. It was nice when everyone still showed up anyway.



Everyone Wave to Julianne's Pug!

Thanks to everyone for adjusting to this week's cancellation of our live gathering and getting together online. In the future, it looks like we'll be moving to two live shows a month. I hope I can iron this out in the days to come. The news will be announced sooner rather than later.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Superman Primal

My Comic book Haiku on Jurassic League #4 is now up at The Ugly Monster.

How Did I Get Through Today?

I'll be home soon to get ready for this unexpected online Stone Soup tonight. Hope you're there.

This Friday: Ellene Glenn Moore at the Virtual Dire Literary Series

Hosted by Timothy Gager. Click here to join the group and get information on how to join the call.

Click here to visit the author's website.

Messing Around

Trump had a lot to say on Monday, and I was curious. Had a bit of time and created a new Statement of the United blackout poem for the first time in a while! Read it now over at Medium.

Already Gone, Already Done

Thanks to poet Phip Ross and photographer Bonnie Matthews Brock for their work. We close out the day on a strong note. Thank you for reading Oddball Magazine this Wednesday. More exciting work coming soon.

August 10: No Stone Soup Live Show Tonight! Join Us Online Instead!

My girlfriend suffered an injury over the weekend. I can't in good conscience be at a poetry reading on the other side of the city until we find out more from the doctor. I hope you can forgive this late notice and catch up with me tonight for another online open mic.

Join us on August 10 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM ET by clicking this link.
The meeting ID is 810 1339 1307

​Password: stonesoup

Freak Angel Takes Flight

Emerging poet Leigh Parsons joins up with returning artist Bill Wolak. It's another exciting Wednesday at Oddball Magazine. We're glad you stopped by.

A Moment of Comics

I posted one of my two favorite pages from Crisis on Infinite Earths #12. Might as well post the other one. It's easy to make fun of Marv Wolfman's purple prose as a modern reader, but when he wanted to be subtle, he could be. Aside form George Perez's haunting image of Psycho Pirate, Wolfman did a good job giving us an unsettling ending to the series. The one who remembers what happened to the DC Multiverse is an insane man and therefore the ultimate unreliable narrator? An anti-narrator, if you will? Chilling. 

American Haiku: White Lines

When I started my Sarcastic Haiku series, I wrote my first American Haiku. An American Haiku doesn't care about tradition, formality or history. it takes as long as it wants to make its point because America. You can read others I've written since by clicking here and scrolling down. 

American Haiku: Trump Names A Name

Your Wednesday Morning Poetry

I was thinking about Rudyard Kipling's "If" while half-asleep last night. It's been shared innumerable times. I've seen it in poetry anthologies, in comics books, even on Dr. Bronner's s soap bottles. 
I remember one writer opining on how its "political incorrectness" (referring to the gender specific line "'ll be a Man, my son!" ) as being necessary for the poem to have its emotional weight.
I asked myself this: What is its twenty-first century equivalent? Does there need to be one?
Has anyone presented a response poem to it? Have I read it without knowing it?
I'll look into this later. For now, here's If" courtesy once again of the Poetry Foundation.

Monday, August 08, 2022

 Here's Oddball Stories with Laura Jean Carney. Thank you for reading Oddball Magazine today.

Shadow Language

Welcome back Mark Blickley and photographer Kellie Scott-Reed. Turning up the heat on an already hot summer day over at Oddball Magazine. 

There's a Sport for Everyone

Anne Skove's comic keeps the Mondays going. Read "She Who Laughs Lasts" at Oddball Magazine. 

Photo of Me at the Boston Poetry Marathon by Timothy Gager

And through the magic of proper photo cropping, my hair is magically restored (kind of). Thanks, Tim!

Me Reading at the Boston Poetry Marathon While Missing the Top of My Head.

With this photo, I now have an idea what I'll look like at the podium with no hair. Which is why I might start hoping to die before that happens.

Self-Portrait at the Boston Poetry Marathon

I look like a mess, but at least the top of my head isn't cropped off.

Limits Have Been Reached

The week starts again! Time for comics! Read Geoffrey Fallon's "The Secrets of Skinny People" now at Oddball Magazine. 

Keep Watching

I'll be posting photos from the Boston Poetry Marathon onto my Instagram and Facebook. They aren't anything to write home about. Just some photos I was able to take while doing other duties during the event. Still, I want to be thorough in my documentation.

Sunrise, Sunset

Spent Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening at the Community Church of Boston. Decided to photograph the John Hancock Tower before and after the event. 

A Little Spion Goes a Long Way

Nice to see Spion in Copley Square over the weekend.

Sticker on MBTA sign: "Spion - #LoveYoSelf"

This Week's Friendly Reminder

 Extinction Rebellion Radio makes its way into Boston. The system needs fixing.

My Monday Morning Music

DJ Cummerbund is a different kind of DJ, mixing several songs together to create new fun and amazing musical creatures. This might be his most popular mix. If you browse TikTok or view YouTube and Facebook's mini videos, you've likely heard it.


Sunday, August 07, 2022

It's the Final Hour of the Boston Poetry Marathon!



Here Comes the Third Hour of Sunday's Boston Poetry Marathon



The Two O'Clock Segment of the Boston Poetry Marathon is Underway



Sunday's Boston Poetry Marathon Has Begun



Happy Belated Birthday, Yuri Hospodar



Happy Belated Birthday, Suzanne O'Toole

Wishing you the best.

Your Weekly Dose of God

Some weeks I'm too super busy to do a substantial post. Other weeks I'm lazy. This is a case of being both.