Monday, June 17, 2019

Welcome to Paradise

Here's Geoffrey Fallon's guerilla comic strip "The Secrets of Skinny People" to close today out at Oddball Magazine.

From Picture to Page: Commuter Poem

Commuter Poem

where you going.

where you been?

The Odds Are Against Us Today

No "The Odds" strip this week. You'll have to come back next week. While you wait, why don't you look through Bill Harvey's catalogue of past strips at Oddball Magazine.

Got it Done

Submitted to Mad Kane's newest limerick-off. Stole a joke from Bill Maher of all people. You have two weeks to submit your own.

This Week's Friendly Reminder

I should have posted this much sooner.

I Accept!

I've been invited to once again participate in the Boston Poetry Marathon.

It will take place the weekend of August 16, 17 and 18.

And unlike prior festivals, it will take place in Boston at the Community Church of Boston.

Special thanks to Bridget Eileen and Suzanne Mercury for helping to continue this annual event.

More info when I know it.

Sending Out Work

Submitting poems to a couple of places this morning.

Haven't seen as much work published so far this year, but if I'm lucky, there will be a little comeback in the fall.

Or even a big comeback. We'll see.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Dad Pic

When my sister had me help with her video project years ago, it meant scanning and/or gathering hundreds of photos. This is one of the many photos I used with my father and uncle. There's a lot more I would like to scan. I started organizing photos into albums and even did a scrapbook back in the late nineties. I can't find any of these now due to Mom's house constantly being reorganized over the last two decades. I hope to come across them soon and share more family history.

Edit: When I first posted this, I originally identified the older gentleman as my grandfather. Showing the picture to my Mom this morning, whe identified it as my Uncle Norman, who I never remembered having hair! I guess that was a popular haircut among the Fraco-American crowd. 

Happy Belated Birthday Erin Reardon

Your Weekly Dose of God

Saw Mom this weekend. Noticed that she accidentally took her church's hymn book with her. She'll return it next week.

Happy Fathers' Day

I already posted a poem in the "voice" of my father earlier this month for my late Dad's birthday. Here's one I wrote years ago about my actual dead father. It was part of a 30 zombie poems in thirty days challenge, three years after my father passed away.

A new resolution will be to try and get at least one more poem about my father published. I tried for a while but stopped when it got to frustrating. Now I have to redouble my efforts.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Our Wisdom Here

Bruce Wise closes us once again. Check out his Wise Words poems now at Oddball Magazine, and thanks for reading us.

Would You Let the Aliens Land Please (they might be here to pick me up)

Now with the Bill Hicks quote out of the way, here's Janet Cormier's Bamboozled No More! at Oddball Magazine.

Stone Soup Croutons, 6-13-19, He buys her smokes and she burns him new eyes,

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.

Gloria Monaghan had a great feature last night. You can see video from last night here. I got there late due to work just as Laurel Lambert kicked off the open mic and hit the ground writing. This is what I have on a day where I have to be in multiple places at once.

The title ends in a comma. That is intentional. Last Sunday at our regular workshop, Ron was mulling over a poem of mine and wondered if I should put a comma in the title of another poem, adding that he had never seen it done before. I didn't do that in the workshop poem, but I'm trying it here just for the challenge. Thanks for reading. 

He buys her smokes
and she burns him new eyes,

the poor balloon boy,
pushover now pushed
right into the gutter.

This Is the Only Motivational Music I Want Today


Because he can apparently say anything except, "I quit."

Art by DL Polonsky

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Hello and Welcome!

Let's cap off today with the return of David Spicer and the debut of new contributing photographer Fabrice Poussin. Thank you for coming by for another Wednesday at Oddball Magazine.

I Had Issues! My Old Review of Adventure Time #7

A small offering this week of a book I was happy to buy and pass on ton a young person. Originally published August 24, 2012. Edited for clarity.

Another Wednesday Array of Writers and Artists

Welcome back poet Rick Christiansen and artist Gunjan Bhardwaj as we kick off another Wednesday of poetry and art at Oddball Magazine.

There Are Some for Whom the Free Press is Not Enough

Some people just need to get a message out. Good luck buddy.

Poetry is Everywhere

Found written on an outside wall of  the Park Street T station. Even in a free speech zone, it's funny that people gotta censor.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

E3 Musings

Flemmings Beaubrun gives his thoughts on Microsoft and the Xbox One. It's all in this week's Epic Autism Report at Oddball Magazine.

Before You Collaspe

Read the 275th Jagged Thought from Editor Jason Wright. Thanks for keeping up with him (and us) all these years at Oddball Magazine.

The Poetry is Back

Norris Vaughn debuts in our pages with returning artist Bill Wolak for embellishments. Tuesday gets a move on now at Oddball Magazine.

Monday, June 10, 2019

City Haiku

Merciful moon calls
for clouds to cold-sheet cover
South Boston's warm night.

Getting a Haircut

The more my hair grows out, the more I start looking like "straight pride."

It Happened

My Alan Moore article is now a part of Noteworthy - The Journal Blog.

And nearly 700 views. Thanks to everyone clicking.

A Great Video Essay for Pride Month

 Kyle Kallgren on My Own Private Idaho.

Like the Sunday Funnies, Only Meta

Geoffrey Fallon's guerrilla comic strip is back again with another new strip. Read "The Secrets of Skinny People" over at Oddball Magazine.

Gloria Monaghan Flyer for Stone Soup This Thursday

From Picture to Page: Pool


Park post-pride
parade flops down

We're Always Up On Time (no lie!)

Bill Harvey's "The Odds" is back again to start another week at Oddball Magazine.

Last Known Location of The Invisible Man

Bad joke courtesy of South Boston.

For Grabs: Boxer Shorts, Hopefully Unused

Doing This Today

I'm doing some proofreading today. It's a proofreading job I should have done weeks ago (at least) because it's been stopping me from making an announcement I've wanted to make since last month.

I'm moving things forward. Really, I am.

Still Life After Breakfast, Part 83

Another Workshop With Ron Goba

Ron Noir
Ron Noir

It's the beginning of the month. Time for another writing workshop with friends. The best part of all these meetings is trying to fit in as many joikes as possible in between careful loving critiques.

Oh, How I Wish

Saw This while heading home from Jamaica Plain.

Fun Day This Way!

The Spion Abides

Nice to know that this street artist is still around. Even if his work tends to get targeted for God knows what reason.

This Week's Friendly Reminder

Something for Pride Month.  Found this while walking to the Park Street T stop on Saturday.