Category Archives: My Poetry

Erasure Poems

I got really into doing erasure/blackout poems in July. I’d never tried them before really, but I was doing a 30-poems-in-30-days challenge with some friends, and wanted to participate more days of the month than not—but I didn’t have the poetry-emergy-wherewithal to write from scratch everyday. Blackout poems, I discovered, were a really fun and rewarding way to still participate in the making of poetry without having the burden of the totally blank page.

I’ve gotten quite into it, and have some larger erasure projects in mind for the winter when being outside isn’t so tempting. But in the meantime, I’m thoroughly enjoying the occasional foray of taking a Sharpie to a magazine. Entertainment Weekly is surprisingly fecund (though Us Weekly is not), and Money Magazine, Elle Decor, Architectural Digest and House Beautiful work well. The New Yorker’s vocabulary of course makes it a fantastic source too (and now I finally know what to do with all those years-old New Yorkers I am never going to get around to reading!). But the most fun was definitely the night I used the King County Voters pamphlet.

Here are a few of the ones I did in July that I like best. (Click on the images to see them larger). Enjoy!

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“Because entrances! Audacity! Breakdowns! The hots!”

Delighted to end 2015 with a poem of mine about the TV show Empire published in The Broken City’s “Remotely Controlled” TV issue (#17), which you can read online or download. It begins,

Because Cookie punched BooBooKitty right in the damn face
then 40 seconds of ohhellno awyeah on a red pool table!

(The poem uses up my entire lifetime’s allotment of exclamation points but it did seem, given the subject, an appropriate place to put them all at once…)

This caps off a lovely 2015 for me from a reading and writing perspective, with a grand independent bookstore adventure and library book bingo fun, and poems published in FIELD, The Operating System, and The Human. And I even survived the rampant Seahawks fans of my new city.  I only managed six of my supposed-to-be-monthly posts this year, but that just gives me an easy new year’s resolution.

Happy new year!

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New poem “Leaf Blower” in The Human Journal

I am delighted to see my brand-new poem “Leaf Blower” published in The Human Journal’s Crime Issue (Issue 5), hot off the press.

The poem begins:

I watch the manager next door
where older, poorer people have to live,
just stand and blow the dust around, and hate him some.

Head over to The Human to read the whole thing

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p.s. A Summer Book Bingo update: “No I can’t hang out with you today, I have to finish my bingo card” is something I am saying nowadays — 7 more books to finish before Labor Day!

 

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Rimbaud/Rambo Essay & Poem Are Up!

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So delighted to be a part of The Operating System’s 30/30/30 Poetry Month project, an always fascinating series of essays by a variety of artists about poets who have inspired them. New essays are posted each day of Poetry Month ( frequently including art directly inspired by that poet) and mine went up today — so you can read about my unconventional relationship with 19th century French bad boy poet Arthur Rimbaud and 1980s bad action hero Rambo, as well as my poem “Filling Station (Rambo & Rimbaud, Proprietors)” here.

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Random Books, Forgotten Poems, Funny Podcasts, and A Forklift Whose Beep Has Lost Its Tone

Pop Culture Happy Hour, the awesome NPR pop culture podcast hosted by Linda Holmes, ends each podcast with a round-the-table of “What’s making us happy this week.” And one of the things that’s making me happy this week is their Oscars Omnibus podcast (all about the nominated pictures) — an even more awesome than usual feast of smart, clever people being intelligent and entertaining about pop culture from high to low.

Other things that are making me happy this week: having been reminded of a poem I’d somehow forgotten about, Philip Levin’s “This Be the Verse” (the one that begins “They fuck you up, your mum and dad”), the two books I’m reading, The Bullpen Gospels, recommended by a friend last summer because I liked Scott Simon’s Home and Away so much, and The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, a mystery with, as the blurb promised, a heroine who’s a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Eloise, which I picked up at Mercer Street Books on a jaunt to lower Queen Anne last weekend.  Continue reading

Rambo and Rimbaud at the Seashore

Delightful to open my email today and see that Bellingham Review‘s latest issue is up…including my poem “The Vagabonds, Now Mortgage-Bound” — in which Rambo and Rimbaud “are living out their golden years / together in a house on the coast / with ropes and buoys decorating the deck.”

I wrote this poem several years ago — part of a whole series I wrote mashing up the 80s action symbol and the French Symbolist bad boy — and it’s really fun to see it out in the world at last. You can read the whole poem here: “The Vagabonds, Now Mortgage-Bound.”

 

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“First Day in Sydney, 1992”

Just a quick note that Literary Bohemian’s Spring 2014 issue is up, including the poem “First Day in Sydney, 1992” by yours truly — a trip to Australia and to the 10th grade. Check it out!

2013

2013 ends on a great note, with another poem of mine published in online journal  The Broken City‘s music-themed issue, just posted today! (My poem, “At the Bardot,” is on page 9). 13 was a bit my lucky number this year — I had work in Beatdom‘s #13 issue too, and (though it was doesn’t work for a number-13 trifecta) I was terribly excited to be in issue #89 of FIELD this fall.

And now, after a quick reminder that you can sign up to receive an email alert when there’s a new post in the new year towards the bottom of the page (the “Yes Please” button on the lower left under where it says “Be Alerted To New Posts”), here’s my traditional quick look back at what I read and watched this year… first the books: Continue reading

FIELD #89 arrives in the mail

FIELD #89 has arrived! I’m so happy to say you can find my poem “Spider Plant Boulevard” on page 92, in addition to a symposium on Gerald Stern and poems by one of my grad school profs, Sandy McPherson, plus Dennis Schmitz and Bob Hicok who I’ve talked about here before, and lots of other fine folks whose company I’m so delighted to be keeping. You can get ahold of FIELD at some bookstores and through Oberlin College Press, and, for your various iDevices, on LitRagger.com.

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Beatdom #13 & The Attic Recommends

Just a quick note about two other places you can find me —

My poem “The Drunken Helicopter” is hot off the press in Beatdom #13 (The Drinking Issue) which is available on Amazon in hard copy or for Kindle. It’s a Rambo-era take on Rimbaud’s “The Drunken Boat.” A taste:

Up through the veils, gravity’s fingers
slipped from my runners and then nothing
but the Poem of the Universe
uncorked with a wet squeak […]

And I am delighted to be editing The Attic Institute’s new monthly “The Attic Recommends, a Hot Sheet for Writers” which spotlights new and interesting work in all genres, plus publication news, contest opportunities, and updates on the doings of Attic alums.

p.s. I also pop in to Twitter and say something or (or, you know, retweet something cool someone else said) every once in a while too…

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