Thursday, September 16, 2021

Yes to All of This

You should definitely read Liza Zayas' latest. Tour The Underground Garden over at Oddball Magazine. 

Just Out

The 5th issue of Molecule by M.P. Carver and Kevin Carey is out now. 

Click here to read it!

In Our Headlights

A last look back at 9/11. Read It's All One Thing by James Van Looy, only at Oddball Magazine. 

Happy Birthday, Aaron Goldstein


Sam Cha Features at Stone Soup Poetry, 9-15-21

From the weekly online gathering. Please support Sam Cha by purchasing his two collections: American Carnage and his latest, The Yellow Book.

Sam Cha Did The Wave! You Saw It!

Thanks to Sam Cha for an amazing feature after being away from our group for too long. Stay tuned for news for next week, and be back in two weeks for Denise Washington.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

We're Almost There!

Just a few more hours until Sam Cha's feature at Stone Soup Poetry. I've waited this long. I can wait a little bit more. I hope you're all there with me on the Zoom call tonight. 

A Video Essay on Asian American Representation

I haven't seen Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, but this video essay makes a lot of interesting points.

Pandemic Poems and Pictures Done for the Day

Poet Rich Murphy and photographer Bonnie Matthews Brock close out our Wednesday at Oddball Magazine. Thanks for stopping by!

Comic Book Haiku Returns!


My Comic Book Haiku has a special guest today! Let's see what they have to say about the last issue of Rorschach and the series in general. Read it now over at Medium.

The Week's Works of COVID Continue

Welcome the poetry of Megan Cartwright and welcome back the photography of Karen A. Szklany. A day of pandemic poetry starts here at Oddball Magazine.

At Long Last

Don't miss Sam Cha's feature tonight at Stone Soup Poetry.

Stone Soup Poetry  Presents Sam Cha - Stone Soup welcomes back Sam Cha for a very special feature. - Wednesday, September 15, 7:00-9:00 p.m. - Visit on how to join the Zoom call. Sign in early!

Annoying Thought of the Day

How can someone be part of the chosen few who get to do what they love, make money, help people and still be so mean.


I'm still tired of everything I try being met with excrement and garbage and passive aggre

American Haiku: Recruitment Drive

When I started my Sarcastic Haiku series, I wrote my first American Haiku. An American Haiku doesn't care about tradition, formality or history and takes as long as it wants to complete because America. You can read others I've written since by clicking here and scrolling down.

American Haiku: Recruitment Drive

My Wednesday Morning Music

Johnny Cash day again. Never heard this cover until today. This one is more of a natural fit for Cash than "Personal Jesus" by Depeche Mode.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Line Drawn

Jason Wright's newest Jagged Thought is ready for you over at Oddball Magazine. Are you ready for it?

Pandemic Poems Are Back (for a little while)

Joseph V. Milford kicks off today's poetry with more photography by Ed Gault. We're always working 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 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 Banana Stand
I like "weefee," but "The Banana Stand," there's money in that...

Happy Birthday, Megha Sood


Monday, September 13, 2021

To Cap Off

We finish off with Oddball Stories with Deborah Robinson. Thanks for reading Oddball Magazine today.

To Mark the Weekend

 Sharron Ferrante and Jack Marty put something together post-9/11 for today at Oddball Magazine. 


I'll be banning someone from my Zoom call in just a little over two days.

I'm looking forward to it.

Only Human (again)

Anne Skove is back with her comic "She Who Laughs Lasts." Read it now at Oddball Magazine. 

See Janet Cormier's Art as Part of JP Open Studios

28th Annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios - September 25th to 26th, 2021  (All things permitting)

Oddball Magazine's own Janet Cormier will be showing her art as part of this year's Jamaica Plain Open Studios. You can find her work at the On Centre gift shop located on 676 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain from September 25 to 26, 11:00 Am to 6:00 PM both days.

Visit the website for more information about the event.



Geoffrey Fallon is back with his comic "The Secrets of Skinny People." The week officially begins at Oddball Magazine. 

We Finally Got Here

Sam Cha returns to Stone Soup Poetry this Wednesday.

Stone Soup Poetry  Presents Sam Cha - Stone Soup welcomes back Sam Cha for a very special feature. - Wednesday, September 15, 7:00-9:00 p.m. - Visit on how to join the Zoom call. Sign in early!

City Haiku

One dreary Monday,
the city cries in your stead
to urge you forward.


More Spion Back in JP

 Spion graces my favorite dead pay phone stand.

Spion Sticker, "#LoveYouFirst" on pay phone

This Week's Friendly Reminder

With elections this week, it's good to remind people at least part of what we're voting for.

(Note: This is likely an old sticker and therefore missing a letter Q).

Sticker: "LGBT Rights Are Human Rights"

My Monday Morning Music

Donna Summer. Got a problem with that? No? Good.


Saturday, September 11, 2021

Friday, September 10, 2021

My Friday Evening Music

A string of Black Sabbath! Maybe there was a theme this week after all. 

This Sunday: The New England Poetry Club Fall Poetry Fest

Hosted by Regie Gibson, Toni Bee and Maria Luisa Arroyo. Click here for the event page and here to register for the Zoom link.

Ending with Pride

New contributing poet Devon Deming give us a moment of Pride and closes out this week's poetry with help from illustrator Eric N. Peterson. Thank you for reading Oddball Magazine this week.

At the End of the Month

Denise Washington closes out the month for Stone Soup Poetry on September 29.

Another Poet Pops Up for September - Stone Soup welcomes poet and organizer Denise Washington to close out September - Wednesday, September 29, 7:00-9:00 p.m. - Visit on how to join the Zoom call. Sign in early!

Wisdom for the Fit

Bruce Wise's Wise Words poem column is ready to read over at Oddball Magazine. 

September 29: Denise Washington Pops Up for Stone Soup

I met Denise Washington years ago as part of a feature for the Extra MoJo Anthology. I've wanted to have her back for a full feature for some time. After years of mishaps and near misses, we have the honor of hearing her words at the end of September. Find out more about her work and her #Pop-Up Poetry series this month.

Join us on September 29 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM ET by clicking this link.

The meeting ID is 870 3900 7224

Password: stonesoup

As Those Before Them

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

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Gordon McKim


City Haiku


Morning time race.
Winners reach peace of mind
before jobs begin.

SAFE DISTANCE EDITION - Stone Soup Croutons, 9-8-21: Bill Barnum's Prison Talk

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

Meg Smith gave us a great feature on Wednesday. This summer was so rough, I forgot things like the second anniversary of Bill Barnum's death. It surprises me we haven't heard a Bill Barnum reference until Jan Rowe read an old Bill Barnum poem by James Van Looy. I just went from there.

My first Bill Barnum tribute poem was written days after his passing. He's due for another.
Disclaimer. Cats were referenced a bit during the open mic. I put that in this poem. I have no idea if Bil even liked cats, but he did write about them at least once. I also don't make any claims to Bill Barnum's philosophy. Instead, I take poetic license and create further apocrypha from Bill's larger-than-life persona.
That's all I have to say about this poem. Thanks for reading.

Bill Barnum's Prison Talk

While your self esteem 
cries Comfort me!
to your family,

Bill Barnum, 
behind bars, holds 
his high throughout,

What I'm Proud of Today (so far)

Forty pushups this morning.

My all-time personal record.

I believe my previous record in my twenties was thirty-five. 

Let's see if I can make it to fifty pushups by the end of 2021.

Change Needed

I'm tired of sharing nothing but Stone Soup Crouton poems.

I'm pretty sure the few readers I have are tired of them, and I'm not far behind.

They'll likely deny it if I post something on Facebook or Twitter, which will make me feel worse.

One or two might even affirm it, which is even more terrifying.

I need a change in my productivity, and I need it fast.

My Friday Morning Music

Here's a Black Sabbath song I never heard of until a few years ago. 


If Florida can't kill him, maybe a courtroom full of unmasked people can.

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