Thursday, May 23, 2024

Tonight: Mark Wish 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.


Our Guernica

James is on point again with this week's poem column. Read It's All One Thing at Oddball Magazine. 

Happy Birthday, Rob Struma

 


Elizabeth Doran Features at Stone Soup Poetry, 5-22-24

From this week's online gathering. Apologies for speaker view being used throughout. That's a glitch. Thanks to Elizabeth Doran for a fine feature and thanks to everyone for supporting Stone Soup during it's fifty-third year anniversary.
 


Trust Me, We're Waving


Technical difficulties galore! The Facebook feed stopped recording before the end of the open mic, and no matter what I switched it to, the video is stuck in speaker mode (which means you see a lot of my stupid face). But we have video of Elizabeth Doran's reading, which will be posted soon., Thank you, Elizabeth for a wonderful performance! Thanks also to everyone who attended. We'll see you  next week as Valerie Loveland concludes our fifty-third anniversary month celebration.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

You Know What We Haven't Used to Reach Out to People in a While? Smoke Signals!

The Chad Parenteau's Lost Causes newsletter for May 22 is up now at Substack.


We're a Happy Family...We're a Happy Family...

Keith Nunes is back with poetry and artwork to close out Wednesday at Oddball Magazine. Thanks for reading us today! 

Nostalgia for What No One Can Recall

I doubt many people remember the "Ask a Bitter Man" segments from the late Boston radio station WBCN in the early nineties. I have just the faintest of hopes that someone will finally come across old recordings like that and finally load them up to YouTube. That said, it's awesome someone saved this montage. 




The Big Five-One

My transition from bitter young man to bitter old man is complete. Thanks to everyone for all the birthday well wishes this month. 


Stitched Together

Surprise! Flash fiction by returning contributor Emma Wells and artwork by Claudio Parentela start up our Wednesday at Oddball Magazine. 

Take a Read

 
 
Rich Murphy is featured in this week's Lyrical Somerville over at The Somerville Times.

It's Happening Tonight!

Welcome Elizabeth Doran to Stone Soup Poetry.

Flyer: From Back Bay to the Bookstore to Our House - Stone Soup Poetry welcomes poet and Groiler champion Elizabeth Doran to read for our  fifty third anniversary month -  Wednesday, May 22, 2024 7:00-9:00 P.M. ET - Open mic included! Donations appreciated!  - Visit https://stonesouppoetry.blogspot.com/ for the Zoom link

And How

Pissed off people on both sides. 

Graffiti: BPD - Paid Overtime To Beat Kids


Escalating

And being set in concrete. 

Words drawn in cement: Concrette, Free Palestine from Hamas

A Moment of Comics

What a rotting republic deserves. This is the latest entry in Joe Sacco's "The War on Gaza" series running on the website of The Comics Journal. Check out past pages in this series here. 


American Haiku: Just the Right Spin

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: Just the Right Spin
 
What? Unified reich?
Thought it said unified right!
Totally different...Totally different...

Happy Birthday, Mary Ann Honaker

 


The Why Guy Nearly a Decade Later


I documented the Why Guy back in 2020. Sadly, I think this fading "Why" on South Huntington Avenue is the last one seven years after they first popped up. I wonder if we'll be seeing more of his work in 2025. 

Your Wednesday Morning Poetry,

This week we feature Palestinian-American poet Angie Mazakis and her poem "I Am Looking for You Here" in Drunken Boat. 


Tuesday, May 21, 2024

This Thursday: Mark Wish 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.


Call

Jason Wright's poem column is up. Read the latest Jagged Thought over at Oddball Magazine. 

Struggling

But I'm making a comeback. 

No Truth

Poet Randall Rogers and photographer keep the cynical vibes going this week at Oddball Magazine. Happy Tuesday! 

This Week's Most Distinguished Network Name

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

Network Name: Gryffindor Common Room 2
Can't people let this shit go?

Happy Birthday, Linda Griggs

 


Happy Birthday, Warren Dean Fulton

 


Call of the Pride

Artwork © Eric N. Peterson

Pride Month is upon us! Send your work to Oddball Magazine!


Thanks, Pete


Pete Jaquay asked people on Facebook to send him pictures he could photoshop for free and for fun. I sent him a snapshot of Twig from two weekends ago. Below is the photo after Pete tweaked it.

The Day's for Me Today

Let the monkeys throw fecal matter in each other's faces for a change. 


Monday, May 20, 2024

Comics Spotlight: Anthony Afairo Nze

Thanks you for reading Oddball Magazine this Monday. 

Chapter Two

Steven David Justin Sills continues his ethics essay with art once again by Richard Spisak. It' sup now at Oddball Magazine.

Pope Francis and Comics Go Hand in Hand

And now a thoughtful interlude from cartoonist Anne Skove. Read "She Who Laughs Lasts" is up now at Oddball Magazine. 

I'm Humbled

Shown here is a sampling of the discs of the various works of literature that will go up to the moon as part of the Lunar Codex project this winter. 

The Vagabond Lunar Collection, which I have a poem in, will be included in this launch. 

If I can't leave the planet just as things could get a lot worse, I'm glad one of my poems can get away.


Unclean, Unclean...

My sixtieth Tuesday Poem is up at my Patreon for paid subscribers.


Clyde?!?

Geoffrey keeps dropping more bombs despite his comic being in complete meta disarray. Read 
"The Secrets of Skinny People" and enjoy Oddball Magazine this week. 

Happening This Wednesday!

Elizabeth Doran Performing this Wednesday at Stone Soup Poetry.

Flyer: From Back Bay to the Bookstore to Our House - Stone Soup Poetry welcomes poet and Groiler champion Elizabeth Doran to read for our  fifty third anniversary month -  Wednesday, May 22, 2024 7:00-9:00 P.M. ET - Open mic included! Donations appreciated!  - Visit https://stonesouppoetry.blogspot.com/ for the Zoom link

I Must Say

I haven't felt this beaten down in a while. 

And it's only Monday.

Happy Belated Birthday, Geoffrey Fallon

So sorry I didn't get to this over the weekend. 


Graffiti is Getting Wierder

Okay, I'm just going to not look this sticker up for now and just let it sit here...


This Week's Friendly Reminder

Keeping it simple this week as computer is hanging by a hair. 

Graffiti Sticker: Let Palestine Live - End the Occupation

Last Friday's Evening Music

My computer finally died, so I had no way to post this. 



Friday, May 17, 2024

One Last Time! Stone Soup Croutons, 5-15-24: Keep Walking, or They'll Take You Away


Stone Soup Croutons is a weekly poem I write using lines and impressions selected 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.

This past Wednesday C.C. Arsharga gave us the feature everyone hoped it would be. Full of poetry, music and history. Perfect for the anniversary month. Catch the performance and the open mic now if you haven't. 

Tried to stay on C.C.'s messages and themes for today's poem. Still, I guess I gotta be me.

Title based on Boston's rule for protesting on sidewalks. 

Everything else is a f***ing mess.

Thanks for reading.
 
Final Note: This is the second and final repost I'll be doing After Facebook kept locking me for spamming, I (think I) finally figured out a way to share on all the group pages. I was so scared that Facebook was changing in a way that was going to hurt what I do (mostly because most change does). Turns out this is helping me, so now I'm creating a new post Third time's the charm.  *sigh*


Keep Walking, or They'll Take You Away
 
Activist's sidewalk,
bronze statues mock 
unchiseled rabble.

Wisdom for the Afterlife

Wise Words with Bruce Wise marks the end of the week for Oddball Magazine. See you all back on Monday. 


What We Do

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


Happy Birthday, Ian Thal

 

 


My Friday Morning Music

More music discovered/rediscovered thanks to my girlfriend's iPhone.


 


T.G.I.F.

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

Thursday, May 16, 2024

So Blue

Thursday is James Van Looy's day. Read the latest entry of his poem column It's All One Thing, up now at Oddball Magazine. 


C.C. Arshagra Features at Stone Soup Poetry, 5-15-24

From this week's online gathering. Thank and support C.C. by visiting his website and purchasing his latest book.

 

 


Wave Goodbye with a Song Looping in Your Head

 
 
You missed a wonderful performance by C.C. Arshagra last night. Don't worry, though. The video will be up shortly. Thanks to C.C. for the special feature. You can thank him by visiting his website and purchasing his latest work. Be back next week as Elizabeth Doran also returns for the fifty-third anniversary of Stone Soup Poetry.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

City Haiku

Traffic is hundreds
of people in cars sharing
one awful idea.

One Crawl Through a River of S--t Later...

The day is finally finishing up! Join me tonight for Stone Soup Poetry. C.C. Arshagra is our special feature! 

This Saturday: Poets In The Garden at the Longfellow House in Cambridge

Hosted by Toni Bee and featuring Justice Brooks, Linda Carney-Goodrich, Charles Coe, Parker-Vincent Alva. Click here for more information. 


When All Else Fails, Put a Dog in Your Substack Post

The Chad Parenteau's Lost Causes newsletter for May 15 is up now at Substack.


The Gamut

How's this for changing it up? A string of haiku/senryu from Roberta Beach Jacobson with photography by Jennifer Matthews. 

I like it when my editiorial choices at least feel exciting. May mean I have to get out more, but I'll take whatever excitement I can get. 

Thank you for reading Oddball Magazine this Wednesday. 

Wait Until We Get to the End of the Month!

Valerie Loveland closes out Stone Soup Poetry's fifty-third anniversary month.

Valerie Loveland and Unsolved Mysteries - Stone Soup fifty-third anniversary month concludes with Valerie reading from her new poetry collection. - Wednesday, May 29, 2024 7:00-9:00 P.M. ET - Open mic included! Donations appreciated! - Visit https://stonesouppoetry.blogspot.com/ for the Zoom link

Told Straight

Two different poetic voices today. The differences that will be on display today excite me more than my usual intentional or accidental pairing of themes. First we have John Sweet with artist John Engstrom this Wednesday at Oddball Magazine. 

Join Us Tonight!

Hope to see you at C.C. Arshagra's feature this evening at Stone Soup Poetry.

Flyer: An Artistic Entrepreneur  in Stone Soup’s Court - Stone Soup Poetry’s anniversary month Marches on with special feature C.C. Arshagra - Wednesday, May 15, 2024 7:00-9:00 P.M. ET - Open mic included! Donations appreciated! - Visit https://stonesouppoetry.blogspot.com/ for the Zoom link

And More Here

How is so much of this going on with no one from either side getting caught? This "Free Palestine" graffiti had "from Hamas" added to it, I think, but the "from" part has now been crossed out so much I can't tell anymore. 


More Escalation

The Graffiti wars on Center Street in Jamaica Plain are getting nasty.

Graffiti: "Free Gaza" but "Gaza" is crossed out so it now reads "Free the hostages"

A Moment of Comics

Didn't think I'd be going back to this work so soon, but the more I witness the political climate through people I interact with regularly, the more I think about this page from Berlin: City of Stones by Jason Lutes.


Ups and Downs

We're getting some bloomage, even some growth where we don't remember any from recent years. The hydrangea plants, however, still seem pretty lifeless.

American Haiku: TRUTH Social Justice

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: TRUTH Social Justice
 
It's still just free speech
until somebody hangs (soon)!
Something something damn college students...

Happy Birthday, Julia Carlson

Been a while. 

Happy Birthday, Raffael De Gruttola

 


Happy Birthday, David Somerset

See you in the North Shore soon. 

Happy Birthday, Janet Cormier

 


Early Rise Haiku

Those mornings when sun
wants to get up for their job
even less than you.

Your Wednesday Morning Poetry

Thanks to March Penn for helping me discover Palestinian American poet George Abraham. Thanks to Tin House for publishing his poem "apology."