Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Now We've Come to the End

Thomas Gagnon returns to us alongside art by Judson Evans. Thanks for reading Oddball Magazine.

I Had Issues! My Old Review of The Red Wing #1-3

Enjoyed this book when it came out. I don't know if I would have applauded the twist ending in issue #4 at the time I was writing this, but it's grown on me a lot more over time. I'd definitely read the whole series again. This was also the first time a creator (the penciler) even posted thanks on the website this first appeared. Never asked for it, but it was still nice. Originally published September 22, 2011. Edited for spelling and other errors.

Nice to Work With You, Seth

Today, I pair my photography with recurring Oddball Seth Howard. Thanks for checking out Oddball Magazine this wonderful Wednesday morning.

An Exquisite Corpse

This past Friday, there was a kick off party for Mass Poetry's Raise Your Verse at Trident Booksellers and Cafe. Aside from meeting each other. Daniel Johnson, Mass Poetry's Executive Director, decided to have us do an exquisite corpse.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

On Sacrifice and Other Things

Flemmings Beaubrun is back with the Epic Autism Report at Oddball Magazine.

Tuesday 4 Poetry Next Week

The 4th Tuesday of September is next Tuesday. Hosted by Ken and Nadine Delano.

You Need to Read This

Jason Wright is back with his weekly poem column. Read the latest Jagged Thought over at Oddball Magazine.

Tuesday Morning Blues?

Poet Kopuri Sreekanth helps us get through the early part of the week along with photography by Luis Lázaro Tijerina. Let's get through Tuesday together with Oddball Magazine.

More Coming

Hope to have more writing tonight after work. I'll be working on stuff on and off all day if I can. Stay tuned.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Please Pass This Around Too

Jerk Jesus?

Is Geoffrey Fallon horning in on my territory? Find out this week with his guerilla comic strip "The Secrets of Skinny People," up now at Oddball Magazine.

His Simpliest Joke Ever

Bill Harvey's "The Odds" is up now at Oddball Magazine.

Stonecoast Review #9 Release Party at The Dudley Cafe

I've posted this on my Stone Soup page and elsewhere. I really want this event to do well so I can have future events at The Dudley. If you are a Boston poet, I am encouraging you to send your work to Stonecoast Review while the reading period is still going. Click here to submit you work the journal.

Please Pass This Around

September 20: Welcome Home, Deborah M. Priestly

Deb Priestly has been a friend to the late Jack Powers and the Stone Soup legacy for as long as I can remember. She's been away from our podium for too long, This Thursday, September 20, Deb is coming back to feature. I've wanted to have Deb every time Stone Soup changed its home location (three times total over the past few years). I'm glad it's finally able to happen. I hope you join us as we say goodbye to summer and look forward to the fall season.

Autumn is Coming

Can't wait to see fresh pumpkins again.

This Week's Friendly Reminder

This is more of a suggested topic of the week, but it's a question we should be asking ourselves more than ever in these times. Once again, taken in Cambridge last month.

Getting An Early Start

Sunday, September 16, 2018

I'm Raising Money for Free Your Verse

I'm raising money for Mass Poetry's Raise Your Verse. My Crowdrise page has joined with the campaign and is up and available for viewing here. Please consider donating.

Friday, September 14, 2018

The Wisdom is On!

Check out the latest litany of poems and personas from Bruce Wise. It's Wise Words at Oddball Magazine.

Liza Zayas is OK!

Liza Zayas of The Underground Garden fame is the only person I know who lives in Lawrence, one of the Massachusetts towns that suffered the gas explosion yesterday. My girlfriend checked on everyone she knew last night. I hope anyone else I know who might live in the Lawrence/Andover area is safe.

City Haiku

Post moving day
scavengers leave skeletons
of built-up lives.

Get Well Janet

Janet Cormier's column Bamboozled No More! is absent for another week due to illness. Let's wish Janet a speedy recovery. Until then, if you haven't already, catch up on her past columns in the Bamboozled No More! archive at Oddball Magazine.

Stone Soup Croutons, 9-13-18, Casting Call

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.

Meg Smith read last night. It was a very unique night for Stone Soup.  Because of an extended meeting with a visiting bishop (I think that's what happened, it was all so fast), we didn't get our usual spot and instead were moved upstairs to a nearby chapel. The Chapel of St. John The Evangelist, to be precise. I have to say that all poets look profound reading in front of church glass.

David's Rough Beast

Forgot to highlight David Miller's recent poem in What Rough Beast. I first heard him read it at Stone Soup a couple of weeks back. Glad he found a great home for it.


Thursday, September 13, 2018


Happy Birthday Jack Powers

Photo by  Bill Perrault.

Too Much is Never Enough!

And now I'm ripping off MTV! Oh, well. Just check out Liza Zayas latest piece for The Underground Garden, up now at Oddball Magazine.

Happy 250th Birthday James Van Looy!

I'll never get tired of ripping off that joke from Homestar Runner. And if you don't know it, shame on you. Stop being afraid of Flash and visit Homestar's site. You'll find it if you look at the site over a month or two (if you don't take too many breaks).

Anyway, long tangent aside, here's the 250th installment of Jame Van Looy's poem column. Read It's All One Thing Now at Oddball Magazine.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Today Was More Boring (for me) Than Usual

Doctor's appointment went well enough. Announcements I thought would come did not.

I worked on Oddball Magazine. Things are now lined up for the next couple of weeks.

I will feel better about this when I have more time to do my own stuff next week. I'm looking forward to that.

Welcomes All Around

We welcome the poetry of Dr. A.V. Koshy, with photography by the great Glenn Bowie. Thanks for reading Oddball Magazine today.

Good Things

Got a contract signed.

More waiting now. 

Will hopefully make announcements sooner.

I Had Issues! My Old Review of Justice League #1

A meager offering this week. Included mostly for the continuity of future (re)postings about the New 52. The funnier one are coming, promise. Originally published September 21, 2011. Edited lightly to correct grammar errors.

Fire It Up!

Both poet Christopher Stolle and photographer Jennifer Matthews return to kick off Wednesday's poetry at Oddball Magazine.

Annoying Thought of The Day

Sometimes I think only weak people gravitate towards where they're most wanted.