Saturday, March 25, 2017

Crisis Chronicles Press' first new publication since May 2016 is Bestiary by Michael Estabrook

Crisis Chronicles Press is  pleased to announce the publication of Bestiary by Michael Estabrook. This modern bestiarum vocabulum is the latest release in our NineSense series of 9-poem chapbooks by writers you need to read.

Where Do You Want It?

Estabrook's writing has been described as growlingly good. His Bestiary includes "Extremophiles," "Humboldt Penguin," "Burmese Python," "Megalodon," "Colossal Squid," "Giant Huntsman Spider," "Mountain Gorilla," "Grendel" and "Swarm Bots." This chapbook is available beginning 24 March 2017 for only $4.99 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.
Bestiary is hand assembled and saddle stapled. It features white cover stock, pastel lavender end papers and pastel ivory pages. Cover art by John Burroughs. 8.5 x 5.5". Laser printed. ISBN: 978-1-940996-38-7. Limited 1st edition of 100 copies.

Michael Estabrook is a recently retired baby boomer child-of-the-sixties poet freed finally after working 40 years for The Man and sometimes The Woman. No more useless meetings under fluorescent lights in stuffy windowless rooms. Now he’s able to devote serious time to making better poems when he’s not, of course, trying to satisfy his wife’s legendary Honey-Do list.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Poetry for the Birds

photo by Dianne Borsenik, 3/8/2017
in North Olmsted, Ohio
I have not written much the past two years (only 4 poems in all of 2016). But I did write a couple short pieces in January following the presidential inauguration and I'm honored that they have been included in the March 2017 flock of 13 Myna Birds, also featuring Poetry by Ariana D. Den Bleyker, Eileen Murphy, Jessica McKenna, Robert Ford and Michael Grover.  Thank you to editor Juliet Cook!

Find the flock at

Monday, February 27, 2017

Still Alive

selfie 2/25/2017
Early yesterday morning, I dreamt Geri was still alive in the hospital. Someone had made a mistake. I went to see her and she was fine and in good spirits, wondering where I'd been. I told her we thought she had died, that we'd even had a funeral and everything. "Really?" she asked, incredulous. Waking up felt less real than my dream.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Give Me Healthcare or Give Me Death

Today I attended a Resistance Recess National Day of Action event in front of Congressman Jim Renacci's Parma office. Thanks to Sarah Keiser Scott for snapping this photo of me.

Wanna get involved?  Follow the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus here.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Yes, I'm a Mutt

I first signed up with 23andMe to have my DNA analyzed back in 2013.  It didn't give me as much detail as I'd hoped, pretty much saying just that I was 90-some percent European, with most of that being British and Irish.  Prior to that I had been under the impression that I had some Melungeon and/or Native American ancestry.  This testing made me think maybe not.

Flash forward to yesterday. I was trying to stay off Facebook and I got an email from 23andMe suggesting there were updated results. So I signed in, not expecting to learn much more. However, I was pleased to find that there is a lot more detail available in my DNA analysis than there was when I first signed up, and it looks like the Melungeon theory might be right after all.

Check out this chart of the components of my ancestry:

Yes, I'm still mostly European, and most of that British/Irish.  And yes, I already I knew I had a German ancestor who came to America around the 1700s.  But this is the first time I've learned for certain that I have Scandivavian, Sardinian, Iberian, Native American and even West African ancestry. I "most likely had a fourth great-grandparent, fifth great-grandparent, sixth great-grandparent, or seventh great (or greater) grandparent who was 100% West African. This person was likely born between 1700 and 1790."  Also, I "most likely had a fourth great-grandparent, fifth great-grandparent, sixth great-grandparent, or seventh great (or greater) grandparent who was 100% Native American. This person was likely born between 1700 and 1790."

Here's the full break down of my ancestry composition by percentages, to the best they can determine:

European 99.0%:
Northwestern European 91.9%
British & Irish 58.1%
French & German 9.6%
Scandinavian 3.8%
Finnish 0.0%
Broadly Northwestern European 20.5%

Southern European 2.6%
Sardinian 1.0%
Iberian 0.6%
Italian 0.0%
Balkan 0.0%
Broadly Southern European 1.0%
Eastern European 1.4%
Ashkenazi Jewish 0.0%

Broadly European

South Asian 0.0%:

Broadly South Asian 0.0%

East Asian & Native American 0.3%:

East Asian
Japanese 0.0%
Korean 0.0%
Yakut 0.0%
Mongolian 0.0%
Chinese 0.0%
Broadly East Asian 0.1%
Native American 0.1%
Southeast Asian 0.0%
Broadly East Asian & Native American 0.0%

Sub-Saharan African 0.7%: 

West African 0.3%
East African 0.0%
Central & South African 0.0%
Broadly Sub-Saharan African 0.4%

Middle Eastern & North African 0.0%:
Middle Eastern 0.0%
North African 0.0%
Broadly Middle Eastern & North African 0.0%

Oceanian 0.0%:
Broadly Oceanian 0.0%

Unassigned < 0.1%

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Geri Lynne Burroughs

Around 6:20 on Wednesday morning, February 8th, I received a call from the Cleveland Clinic saying Geri's heart had stopped and they were trying to resuscitate her. I sped to the hospital and when I arrived I learned that they were unsuccessful. Just the day before the doctors had seemed so certain she would be fine. I've been wanting to write more but I have more tears than words. 

We will receive guests from 6 to 7 pm on Monday February 13th at Laubenthal-Mercado funeral home, 38475 Chestnut Ridge Road, Elyria, Ohio 44035, right down the street from where I grew up. Memorial service will follow at 7 pm. And then I'm gonna hibernate for a while.

Thank you so much to everyone who has been so kind and supportive to our family and me. Love to you.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Third time on the ventilator

Through her sputum culture they've finally identified the specific staph infection that's been causing Geri's pneumonia. This strain is resistant to the antibiotics they've been treating her with, which explains why she's not gotten better. So they've switched to a medication that targets that specific strain. Meanwhile, at 6:40 am, I got a call from the ICU doctor saying they needed to intubate her again. Despite accelerated diuresis, her lungs kept filling with fluid, and days of breathing difficulty were putting undue strain on her heart. Now with the machine breathing for her, her heart rate and blood pressure have normalized. It will likely take several days, but we expect this new medication will finally knock out her pneumonia.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Crimson Tide

Within two months
Death caught both
Greg Lake
and John Wetton.

Adrian Belew,
don't let him catch you.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Make America Literate Again

My friend Jane Rosenberg LaForge put one of my Facebook statuses onto a sign and carried it in DC during Saturday's Women's March. This is her photo.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Water Works (Re)Published!

Celebrating five years after it was originally published by Recycled Karma Press, my chapbook Water Works is now being reissued by the The Poet's Haven as part of their Archive Series! Only $6. Get it here.