Friday, April 19, 2019

Day's End


Wisdom Deployed

Bruce Wise is back with Wise Words up at Oddball Magazine. Thank you for checking out the site this week.

Reminder: This Sunday

The Trump and Mueller Show!

Janet Cormier's Bamboozled No More! is up and lively today over at Oddball Magazine.

Stone Soup Croutons, 4-18-19, Things to do Before Easter Weekend



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.

Jason Wright featured last night. It was his first time back in a few years, and...wow. Just...wow. Some open mics you have to be there for. That's all I'll say. Some of it's on video via my Facebook, but even that doesn't...wow.

If I show you this movie clip from Last Temptation of Christ, will that give you an idea of what took place last night? Maybe not, but...wow.

I don't claim that somehow I found a way to get it all in this week's poem but...wow. That's all. Jason, you couldn't have come back at a more perfect...wow.

I guess I should mention I take a line from a poem in Jason's new book Train of Thought. It's the first time I've ever tried such a direct lift. He will know why once he reads it. Other than that...wow. Thanks for reading.


Things to do Before Easter Weekend

There are thirty ways
to betray the friend
that buys you smokes.
You just need research.

NaPoWriMo, Day Nineteen, Poem Nineteen


Update

Poetry is not dead.
It's waiting for you
to die first.

City Haiku


Street musician
angrily sings "Radar Love,"
plays out inbound train.


Video of performer on Instagram (not the "Radar Love" part).

T.G.I.F.

According to the Mueller report, Trump said, "This is the end of my Presidency."

America, are you going to make a liar out of him?

Art by DL Polonsky


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Practice

Trying to practice up close shots with my new iPhone's camera. Can't wait to try again when the sun actually comes out again.


NaPoWriMo, Day Eighteen, Poem Eighteen



Hallways

Fast or
famine.

It's Almost Time

I'll be going to see Jason Wright before he reads at Stone Soup tonight. Hope you're there too.

A Look Back at The Monitor



Elizabeth von Teig,  looks at the 2010 album by Titus Andronicus. Read his latest Feedback music column now at Oddball Magazine.


It's Starting

James Van Looy is on vacation, but his poem column continues. Read the latest It's All One Thing at Oddball Magazine.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

April 18: Jason Wright Comes Back to Stone Soup


Jason Wright has had a lot happen since the last time he was at the Stone Soup podium. He will no doubt share what he's been up to when he comes back to Stone Soup this Thursday to read old and upcoming work. His book Train of Thought will be coming out later this year. I'm sure there will be other surpises as well. This Thursday night will be just the tip of what's coming from Jason for the rest of 2019.

One in a Million

Taken at work.


I Had Issues! My Old Review of Aquaman #6



This review needs a longer intro than usual. In fact, it's this review in particular that made me want to have intros to all my old pieces in the first place. 

All-Star Ending

Welcome back poet John Grey and visual artist Ira Joel Haber for a great finish to Wednesday poetry at Oddball Magazine.

Time to be a (published) Smartass

Not quite one of my typical "Jesus poems," but not quite disconnected from those works. Fitting that it's right before Easter. You can read it now (paired with my own photography, because why drag anyone down with me) at Oddball Magazine.

NaPoWriMo, Day Seventeen, Poem Seventeen


Indeed

The apostrophe
more open ended
than a question mark.

The diplomat's
constant closer.

Monday, April 15, 2019

This Sunday: The Brockton Library Poetry Series

Information courtesy of Tim Reed .

Brockton Library Poetry Series
Everyone Has a Voice
Saturday, April 20
1:00–3:00 Driscoll Art Gallery
Featuring
Ryk McIntyre
Caitlin Shannon
With Open Mic
Featuring You

Way to Go, Geoffrey!

Geoffrey's first two-part comic story is done. You didn't know last week was just a part one? Well now we all know. Read the first part here, then read the conclusion today in Oddball Magazine.

From Picture to Page: Gathered


Gathered

Praise your streetwise
affordable altar,

close enough to both
their life and death.

Since It's National Poetry Month

Check out the latest issue of North of Oxford from g emil reutter and Diane Sahms-Guarnieri.

Southie Sprinkler


NaPoWriMo, Day Fifteen, Poem Fifteen


Lease

Safeword
is Stockholm.

Eyes fold
into blinds.

Aren't We All?

Seen right outside the back entrance of my work.


This Week's Friendly Reminder

Another sticker from my girlfriend teacher.Support your non-charter school teachers!


Time to Be Better

Last week I had some successes, but  I also made a lot of mistakes.

Just before midnight, I had one more failure just to cap things off.

If mistakes are what makes us human, then I'd like to be a little less human this week.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

NaPoWriMo, Day Fourteen, Poem Fourteen


Shape of Days

Circles look too easy
to represent our life.

If  cycles resembled
an isosceles triangle,
our descent to lowest point,
would feel more honest.

NaPoWriMo, Day Fourteen, Poem Thirteen


Laundry Day

What do lovers
do on Sunday?

Same as every
sad sack single.

NaPoWriMo, Day Fourteen, Poem Twelve


hashtag

you wanted
this

deserve  each
twitch

NaPoWriMo, Day Fourteen, Poem Eleven



Break

Why do we
rain plague
of frogs

in our
stomachs
instead

Almost Missed This One

Judson Evans from yesterday at What Rough Beast.

Your Weekly Dose of God

Beginning what will hopefully be a regular series of found religious oddities found in my daily travels. We'll start with something around my current stomping grounds.