Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Running Late

I'll be looking forward to seeing you all at Stone Soup's all open mic tonight. 

Gotta run until then.

June 16: Just Another All Open Mic Night


I'll be having another quiet time tonight with my fellow all open micers. I want to announce more, but I can't. So until then, let's chill.

Join us this Wednesday night from 7:00 to 9:00 PM ET by clicking this link.

The meeting ID is 898 7606 0255

Password: stonesoup

Naomi Jones And Dr. Maru Colbert

The latest Hard Work of Hope Entries are up now at Mass Poetry.

My Monday Afternoon Music

A late Johnny Cash fix.

Written While in Exile

New contributing poet Kamalini Natesan is joined by regular artist Judson Evans. Thank you so much for joining us this Wednesday at Oddball Magazine.

Sailing Into Poetry

 Harry Ricciardi makes another summer visit and has some sailing poems. Add in a sailing related photograph by Jennifer Matthews, and you have a nice beginning for our Wednesday over at Oddball Magazine. 

What Wonderful Thing Happened Yesterday

Molly and bestie Sahomi with their best "We didn't just crash this thing" faces.

American Haiku: GOP C-Block

When I started my Sarcastic Haiku series, I wrote my first American Haiku. You can read others I've written since by clicking here and scrolling down. 

American Haiku: 

Five-seven-five, Dems!
(Four more years...Lock her up...Four more years...Lock her up...)

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Lean In

A different kind of Jagged Thought this week. Check out Jason Wright's latest at Oddball Magazine. 

Another Team-Up

Glad to have photography with poet Vern Fein to kick off our Tuesday at Oddball Magazine. 

This Week's Most Distinguished Network Name

It's amazing what people will name their online networks. I'm always trying to hijack wifi when I'm commuting, so I often come across a number or interesting names. Every Tuesday, I post the most impressive and/or cringe-inducing names. 

Network Name: The Drug House
Given the names people use like "Dream House" or "Party Manor," I appreciate the honesty.

Happy Birthday, Erin Reardon


Monday, June 14, 2021

Pride Poetry Starts Here

Let's welcome poet Roméo Desmarais III, whose work is joined by more artwork by Eric N. Peterson. Welcome to our first pride moment for Pride Month (and beyond) over at Oddball Magazine. 

Smokin' Hot!

Anne Skove is back with "She Who Laughs Last" at Oddball Magazine. 

Join Stone Soup Poetry on June 30

Patricia Carragon closes out the month.

Boston and New York Team Up One More Time at Stone Soup - Stone Soup Poetry closes out June with author/editor/publisher Patricia Carragon - Wednesday, June 30, 7:00-9:00 p.m. - Visit on how to join the Zoom call. Sign in early!

We All Have to Start Somewhere

Geoffrey Fallon's comic "The Secrets of Skinny People" concludes it's arc today at Oddball Magazine. 

It Must Be Monday

Just entered Mad Kane's latest limerick-off. You have until June 26 to enter your own limerick.

June 30: Patricia Carragon Serves it Up New York Style


My jokey headline aside, I've had the privilege of featuring twice (once in person, once online) for Patricia's Brownstone Poets reading series. It's only right to return the favor. On the last Wednesday of June, we finally welcome Patricia to Stone Soup. She's been on fire lately, and I can't wait for her to share that energy for a full feature timeslot.

Join us this Wednesday night from 7:00 to 9:00 PM ET by clicking this link.

The meeting ID is 859 8647 7048

Password: stonesoup

Happy Birthday, Erik Tate


City Haiku from the Weekend


Burden free Sunday.
No weight on my head except
persistent sunlight.

Waiting by the iPhone

Contacted an artist I've long admired to see if they are interested in contributing pride-themed art for Oddball Magazine. 

I hope they respond today.

This Week's Friendly Reminder

This is a anti-littering campaign poster, one of many created by Mission Grammar School students. Congratulations Braeden Falaise, Grade 5.

Picture of a cartoon planet earth cheering as a cartoon recycling bin gives a thumbs up, both next to a basket ball hoop, with a trashcan right below the hoop, the catchphrase is "Slam Dunk Your Junk," by Braeden Falaise, Grade 5

Monday Morning Music Footnote

This was the first time I heard "Roadrunner," with Johnny Rotten messing up the lyrics. Kind of crazy hearing him sing about Stop & Shop.

My Monday Morning Music

Finally listened to this Modern Lovers song BY The Modern Lovers for the first time yesterday. Good anthem for the morning.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Little Victory

Three Fridays ago, I feverishly wrote a poem I had delusions of sending to Poetry Magazine later that night.

I didn't. Never even got the chance to type it in.

Instead I typed it in a week later and sat on it until today.

That's when I edited the hell out of it.

Slouching to a Bethlehem Near You


I reviewed the first two issues of Second Coming: Only Begotten Son. Read it now on Medium.

It's Spring, and restrictions are being lifted. God is coming out again.

This was handed to me from a member of the Source of Grace Mountain of Glory in Hyde Park.

It says "Jesus King of kings is alive" up top and asks "What is salvation?" It offers the following quotes for answers.

Acts 4:12

John 14:16

Romans 3:23 

and Romans 6:23

Just to name a few.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Let's! Get! This! Week! Over With!

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

Damn Kids

Janet Cormier's Bamboozled No More! is up now at Oddball Magazine. 

Happy Birthday, Porsha Olayiwola


SAFE DISTANCE EDITION - Stone Soup Croutons, 6-9-21: No Pride Left to Roost

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 an award nominated book out now collecting the best of my first year of poems. Click here to purchase it.

J. Barrett Wolf killed it on Wednesday. Despite people not being able to stay on or not able to use microphones, we had a pretty full house. The open mic beforehand opened with Bil Lewis talking about helping the homeless. James Van Looy chimed in with his own piece on homelessness and Mr. Wolf (I just like calling him that) had his own piece during the feature. 

I did my best to honor this spur-of-the-moment collaboration between poets with my piece below. May actually revisit this poem sooner than others I post here. Thanks for reading. 

No Pride Left to Roost

Owl, panther and crocodile 
at their barren dinner table
wonder how they'll survive
in a less cruel world. 

None had a whooping
cough's care who was hurt 
before. Angel of death
always several doors down.


 Writing in my new home is still an alien concept to me.

This morning, I'm trying it for the first time in months. 


Here for Another Year

Despite my second thoughts, I renewed the domain name to my main website.

Very few people go to my site anymore. 

People don't search out Stone Soup information I put out weekly. They don't come to Stone Soup unless I spoon-feed the Zoom links to them,.

I would have said the hell with my whole brand if it wasn't for all the work I've put on that website, on my brand, for the last ten-plus years.

You should check out my website. It needs a few more visual touches, but I'm still proud of it.


My Friday Morning Music

I started the week with "Loser" by Beck, and now I'm ending the week in pretty much the same vein.



While I like recent reports of his current pathetic state of being, nothing short of him sitting in a jail cell and playing with his own feces will suffice.

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

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Not Lyon? 3TV is Back!

Watch "Myself First" by Lyon Brave for our next 3TV video segment at Oddball Magazine. 

2nd Thursday Poetry Reading with Anthony Febo and Daniel Johnson

Anthony Febo and Daniel Johnson read tonight as part of the Menino Arts Center from 7-9. You can sign up for the Zoom call here.

Don't Try Picking Apart a Planet

Liza Zayas and The Underground Garden are back for another week at Oddball Magazine. 

Massive Takedown

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

Happy Birthday, John Bonanni

Support the release of the eighth issue of Cape Cod Poetry Review on June 29.

Cape Cod Poetry Review's Issue 8 Release Party Tuesday June 29 at 6:30 Pm EST Via Zoom It's heeeerrre! Issue 8! Come join us for our virtual launch by emailing for the link.

J. Barrett Wolf Features at Stone Soup Poetry, 6-9-21

From the weekly online gathering. Keep an eye out for Mr. Wolf's work with The Bundy Museum and WordPlace – The Southern Tier Literary Center.


From New York to Idaho, the Wave Grows



Stone Soup thanks J. Barrett Wolf for a fine feature last night. We resolve to pay more attention to Mr. Wolf and his ongoing work with The Bundy Museum and WordPlace – The Southern Tier Literary Center. Stay tuned for news on more features (promise).


Wednesday, June 09, 2021

I Like This Pairing Too

To close out, we have  poem from Christian Prince, recently back from Paris, and photography from Luis Lazaro Tijerina, whose work for today was actually shot in Paris. We hope you enjoyed the range of work today at Oddball Magazine. See you next Wednesday!


J. Barrett Wolf features tonight at Stone Soup Poetry.

Tonight There’s a Wolf  at Stone Soup’s Door - Stone Soup Poetry continues Year 50 with feature J. Barrett Wolf - Wednesday, June 9, 7:00-9:00 p.m. - Visit on how to join the Zoom call. Sign in early!

Now We're Having Fun!

I love today's poems by Sarah Sarai. I love the artwork by Lance Ward. I love when I get excited pairing words and pictures. It's the best day to start off Wednesday at Oddball Magazine. Enjoy.

June 9: The Wolf is at Stone Soup's Door


I promised you features for June, and I intend to deliver. I want to thank J. Barrett Wolf for featuring tonight on June 9. You might remember him from the days when the Highway Poets would feature at Stone Soup. He's finally back for a solo feature, which I've always wanted to see.

​Join us this Wednesday night from 7:00 to 9:00 PM ET by clicking this link.

The meeting ID is 838 0230 8637

Password: stonesoup

Happy Birthday, Felipe Victor Martinez

I knew you when.

American Haiku: Another Rudy Non-Surprise!

When I started my Sarcastic Haiku series, I wrote my first American Haiku. You can read others I've written since by clicking here and scrolling down. 

American Haiku: Another Rudy Non-Surprise!

Five-seven oh no!
Rudy's known bad thing? Real bad!
Who can keep up? Who can keep up?

My Wednesday Morning Music

It's still a Johnny Cash. I don't care how hot it is. Here's a song about Johnny Cash and his memory of James A. Garfield's assassination attempt. How many musical legends live long enough to see two presidential get shot?