Category Archives: My Poetry

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…

Taking Heart

I’ve taken heart recently, creatively speaking, from three books: Stephen Greenblatt’s Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare,  Alan Sepinwall’s The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Forever, and Keith Richards’ autobiography Life.

From Greenblatt’s very readable and fascinating biography of Shakespeare, just how much Shakespeare stole plots/basic ideas from other existing plays or stories. (I knew he had done so sometimes, but didn’t realize quite how much.) Creative lesson: you don’t, necessarily, have to reinvent the wheel. Continue reading

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Beatdom arrives in the mail

Just a note that the latest issue of Beatdom, in which you can find one of my poems, “Rambo’s Bohemia,” (along with a Patti Smith interview, essays, other poetry and more)  is now out. Got it in the mail today. (If “publishing a volume of poetry is like dropping a rose-petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for an echo” (Don Marquis) then a single poem in a literary magazine would be, well, quieter, but I am of course happy to point out that it’s dropped nonetheless!) You can either download to Kindle or order the old-fashioned paper version.


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