Tuesday, May 24, 2022

I Am So Tired

Hopefully work will be done later tonight when I'm home and done with other things.


Jason Wright just sent me a new series of poems. Here's the first of them for this week's Jagged Thought up now at Oddball Magazine. 

Welcome Back, Tuesday

Poet Andrea Jones Walker debuts alongside photography by returning contributor Nicholas J.J. Smith (been a while). Tuesday starts again over 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 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: Christmas Paradise
I took this screenshot in April.

Oddball News!

Call for Submissions! The A-Word and more!

Passport Photos

At some point during my busy weekend, somehow, I got my new passport photo taken. At least it's not as bad as the one I took in 2010, but I wish they would have let me wear my glasses. Stupid new rules.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Last View of Cambridge Before Hitting the T

People playing drums in the streets. I missed Central Square. Look for footage of him playing on my Instagram.

It's Official

I am so tired.

After the Show

Post-Poets in the Garden posing.

The Grand Finale

Toni Bee rightly ended Poets in the Garden with music from Jusitce Isaiah. Appropriate for the young voice closing out after the older voices had their say. Check out his singing on my Instagram or Facebook.

Oh Theodore

Poet Julene Tripp Weaver closes us out with a COVID poem paired with photography from Jennifer Matthews. A pairing to make Theodore Roethke proud. Thank you for reading Oddball Magazine today. We're just getting started. 

Good to See You Again, Deta!

During the pandemic, poet, artist and 50th Anniversary Stone Soup Feature Deta Galloway did not stop. It was good to witness her energy live once again at Saturday's Poets in the Garden.

Anne's Show and Tell Returns!

Anne Skove's comic is another list of things she's seen. Read "She Who Laughs Lasts" now at Oddball Magazine. 

Thirty-One Days of Stone Soup Stuff

A wonderful case of nepotism as we get back to the Stone Soup archives. This piece of artwork is from Jack Powers' son, Andreas, drawn for his fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Freeman. Posted with permission.

Tuesday for Monday Again

My latest Tuesday Poem is up and viewable by members of my Patreon page. Sign up to be a patron and gain access to my growing body of work. 

This is What Happens When The Hosting Site Censors Our Cartoonist

Geoffrey Fallon digs deeper into the topic of The A Word. Read "The Secrets of Skinny People" over at Oddball Magazine. 

More from the Weekend

Tom Daley reading from his new chapbook Far Cry at Poets in the Garden.

Technical Difficulties

As the event was underway, Someone turned the sprinklers on. 

A Poet's New Home

Stephanie Kaylor, poet, scholar and past Stone Soup feature, now has their own website. Check it out. 

Overlooked Weekend Highlight

My Comic Book Haiku on Batman: The Knight #5 was published on Saturday at The Ugly Monster.

Happy Birthday, Rob Sturma


Pressing Through the Heat

Thanks to Anjalequa Birkett, Boston's Youth Poet Laureate, for braving Saturday's heat for Poets in the Garden.

Great Run, Toni

Thank you, Toni Bee, for letting me be part of your last ever Poets in the Garden event. Thanks to you, I got to read in front of a live group of friends for the first time in over two years. Looking forward to being a part of whatever your next venture is, wherever you do it, watching you earn many more titles on top of Poet Populist. 

Cambridge Bloom

Forgot how nice the flowers in Central Square can be. From Saturday. 

The Spion Abides

Nice to see this Spion sticker still around almost a year later.

Spion sticker: #LoveYouFirst, #AllYouNeedIsLove


Pleasant Graffiti

Sometime, graffiti writers have a less controversial statement to make. 

Graffiti on wall written in orange: "Clementines Are Good"


This Week's Friendly Reminder

The time to fight for abortion rights is now.

Flyer: Overturn Roe? Hell no! - Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights - Thursday May 26 - Shut it down nationwide - Coverge Harvard Square Noon

My Monday Morning Music

Talked with my girlfriend yesterday about this specific live MTV appearance by Nirvana performing this specific song. It was its own music video segment for a while. Blew my mind when I first saw it. Wasn't even sure I liked it. Knew I'd never forget it.

Friday, May 20, 2022

That Feeling

When you want to just go home but you just got a new follower on Medium and you've GOT to put out some content tonight.

My Friday Evening Music

Think you know forgotten songs from the eighties and nineties?

Better Late Pride Than Never

Poet Gabby Ibrahim and artist Jordana Chana Mayim give us our last piece of the day. Thank you for reading Oddball Magazine this week.

Tonight: Ron Tanner 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.

From Bruce's Book of Wisdom

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


Really wish I had something to say.


Janet Cormier's Bamboozed No More! starts off Friday at Oddball Magazine. 

DISTANCE EDITION - Stone Soup Croutons, 5-18-22: Lost in 2022

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.

Stone Soup had another online open mic. I was lucky to show up. It's been a long week. I'm ready to close it out. I feel so bad that I was running so late and had so much on my mind, it took me watching the video again to realize I forgot to contact Carol Weston and Nancy Dodson. 

I was also thrilled to see Jan Roe and James Van Looy again after being away traveling for six weeks. That probably distracted me too. I'll do better next week.

Surprisingly, this poem came out pretty quickly and was short. Probably a sign I need to shut up. Thanks for reading.

Lost in 2022

Monsters can be so needy,
picking scabs the way
humans pick politicians 

or republicans deem
every conception
as immaculate. 

Did I say Doomed?

I meant that I'm immaculately f***ed.

I’m Doomed

Happy Friday!

My Friday Morning Music

Summer weather is coming. Might as well post this. 


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

Thursday, May 19, 2022


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

Stone Soup Poetry Open Mic, 5-18-22

From the weekly online gathering. Thanks to everyone for having the patience to wait while I was getting home late.

Now Wave Before I Collapse

Thanks to everyone sticking with the online Stone Soup for one more week. I hope good news about our venue comes soon. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Wrapping Up

Heading out early to do some birthday shopping for my girlfriend. Stone Soup has an open mic tonight. I hope you're on the Zoom waiting for me when I finally get home.

This Friday: Ron Tanner 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.

Bumping the Night

Linda M. Crate returns with poetry to close out the day alongside photographer Ed Gault. Thank you for reading Oddball Magazine today.

Stone Soup is Sponsoring Poets in the Garden on May 21

Proud to be supporting another of Toni Bee's events. Be there this Saturday at Squirrel Brand Park on 268 Broadway Street in Cambridge for this spring celebration with open mic, music by James Isaiah from CRLS and a feature performance by Anjalequa Birkett, Boston's second Youth Poet Laureate. It's a free event, but anyone who wants to donate can do so via Toni Bee's CashApp at $toekneebee.

Let's Cool Down

Perfect poem to post after the recent mini-heatwave in Boston. Here's Bill Gardam with photography by Bonnie Matthews Brock to kick off our Wednesday at Oddball Magazine. 

Love a Quiet Day

Attitude of gratitude and all.

More Small Drawings by Janet

Another Janet Cormier email: "Here are some other drawings by moi."

Portrait on graph paper, 2018.
Eyes Closed, 2016.
The Silent Prayer.

For Janet's written work, read her Bamboozled No More! column every Friday at Oddball Magazine.

May 18: Stone Soup's Online Anniversary Continues

The good news is I have prospects for Stone Soup to be involved in two different locations on two different nights of the month. The bad news is none of those may happen this month. While we all wait, I hope you will join me for another online open mic tonight.

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

The meeting ID is 880 6510 8004

Password: stonesoup

A Moment of Comics

Who would have thought that Patt Mills and Kevin O'Neill's satirical Superman stand-in the Public Spirit would fit right in with the MAGA goober-patriots of today. From Marshal Law #6.

Little Deaths of Childhood, Part Nineteen

The way this thing stares, it's more creepy than sad.

Happy Birthday, Geoffrey Fallon

Kick back and watch some TV today.

American Haiku: Cawthorn's Shoulder Angel

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: Cawthorn's Shoulder Angel

Blow all your second chances.
I'll still be here. I'll still be here.

Still Life After College Breakfast

The Pringles and Cheez-Its put on the table so lovingly by Molly...

Your Wednesday Morning Poetry

My favorite Marge Piercy poem, "The friend," courtesy of Poetry Foundation.