Monday, August 31, 2015

An Evening of Poetry with M. J. Arcangelini and Friends at the Happy Dog East

Poetry! California and Ohio converge at a legendary locale on Wednesday 2 September 2015 at 7 p.m.

M.J. Arcangelini was born 1952 in western Pennsylvania, grew up there & in Cleveland. He’s resided on the west coast since 1973. He began writing poetry at age 11, stories in his teens and memoirs in his late 40s. His work has been published in a lot of little magazines, small newspapers and anthologies. I especially love his collection of poems With Fingers at the Tips of My Words.

Co-features including Jim Lang, Steven Smith, Dianne Borsenik, Kathy Smith, Christopher Franke and me will read short sets first, followed by the main event, Mr. Arcangelini's reading. An open mic where all friends and strangers and strangests are encouraged to participate will follow.

Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern
11625 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

No wonder the Dog is so Happy.

Note on parking: A lot across the street from the Euclid Tavern is free after 6pm for people coming to the Tavern.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Barking Spider Diddley Groove Uncaged

Don't worry, it goes right side up in about 7 seconds.  This is me spewing an incomplete version of my poem "John Cage Engaged and Uncaged" to the accompaniment of Ray McNiece's Tongue-in-Groove band on 16 May 2015 at the Barking Spider Tavern in Cleveland during the Hessler Street Fair.  Thanks to Dianne Borsenik for recording it.  I promise no microphones were harmed in the making of this video.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Diarrhea of the Mind by Burroughs

Now on exhibit at SPACES! Thanks to artist Ward Shelley for creating The Last Library and including my title. Go check it out while you have a chance.  And submit your own titles!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Contents of My Books So Far

I had planned to have the final version of my Beat Attitude manuscript to NightBallet Press by now.  It's supposed to be released 19 September during BeatStreet Cleveland, and time is getting short.  This evening, for some reason, in deciding what to include in it while half dozing off and watching the Hall of Fame game, I thought it would be helpful to make a list of which poems appeared in my previous books.  Who knows?  But here they are:

Bloggerel [2008, Crisis Chronicles Press]:

Peer through
Prison Scene
At Mass
Holier than Thou
Past Present Future Tense
Allen Ginsberg Wants You
John Cage Engaged and Uncaged
Lobal Warman
Rapists [*later renamed Bloodshot]
Gas Hike Coup

Identity Crises [2009, Green Panda Press]

Identity Crisis
[plus a poem each by Bree and Douglas Manson]

6/9: Improvisations in Dependence [2009, Crisis Chronicles Press]:

Karma Souptra
"One of the Most Illuminating"
Tol' Story
Met a Mat, a Door I Didn't Like
17 June 2009
Do Dew
Rough Love
Preacher Gunn
Tell a Vision

Identity Crisis [2010, Crisis Chronicles Press]:

Identity Crisis [revised]

Electric Company [2011, Writing Knights Press]:

I Hear Change
For One [*bonus poem only appears in the 2nd edition, 2014]
Out and In Audible
Strongsville Coffee
Mercy Less
K(lar)iss(a) [*renamed Kiss in the 2nd edition, 2014]
More, Man [*bonus poem only appears in the 2nd edition, 2014]
Cannot Believe William S Burroughs Is Dead
Tell Them I Am Sent You
Think You Very Much
A Poem Like John Dorsey
Zzzz Bra
Plus Sighs [*bonus poem only appears in the 2nd edition, 2014]
Come Pass
Electric Miasma
Alarm Blocks

Water Works [2012, Recycled Karma Press]

Cover Girl
Dish Work
Peace in Queues
Been Dover Beach
After Kao Ch'an
A Taste of Heaven
Rain Blow
Is Rain or Rhyme the Greater Crime?
Dry Cast
Can Do
Numb And
Peacing It Together
Halfwet Dream
Stream of Con
Jesus Drank
Green Heart
Piss on Arson
Much Adieu (or, The Opposite of Coming)
Last Call
(Therefore) I Am?

Lens [2012, Crisis Chronicles Press]:


Barry Merry Baloney [2012, Spare Change Press]

Clothes n Time
Trans Mission
Lady Leda
The Wanterror
Pa Tricked
Sleep Indictment

The Eater of the Absurd [2012, NightBallet Press]

The Final Frontier
Idée Unfixe
Lit (Er, a Tour)
     I. See
     II. Leave
     III. Land
Art Achoke
Kill All
Unwhet Dream
Roué Let
Low Kaye Shun
Fuck Poetry
Ahem (A Hymn)
Dry Blind
Three Nights' Drafts
Two Against Nature
From Here to Inequity
Numb and Numbered
Three Dot Night
The Beater of the Absurd
Diarrhea of a Mad Mind
Will, or "A Way of Heming"
Kenyon: A Review
Under Aware
Mark This

It Takes More Than Chance to Make Change [2013, The Poet's Haven]

Top Less
Keyed Up
Note to Self While Writing
Horror Scope
First Watch
Out (Not Fade Away)
Going Mobile
This Un
Et Tu?
Tooth Telling
On Cadillac Mountain
Slipping Backwards into Blue Eden
More Than Sax
Met Hymn
Perfection Per Fiction
A Wrinkle in Time
Jean Cocteau
Break Fast
Expiration Date
Deep Seated
Can It
Moment Tarry
Being the Change Is Not Enough
Way Erred Scenes Inside a Jazz Mine
Change You Can Believe In

Oct Tongue -1 [2014, Crisis Chronicles Press]

Oct. Dawn
Pitching a Wake
Hungry in Cleveland
Fuck It
Words Dance
Training Camp
Need Not
What's Left?
Ink Welling
Makes Her Mark
Blank Et
Reggie Bush in Cleveland
Three Sum
Iamb Not
Hell In
Rough Morning
Going Garbanzo
Near Black Jack
Slo Brr
Bon Appétit
Po' 'Em
Y in Tasting
Soft Opening
Muddle Fruit
[plus 31 poems each by Mary Weems, John Swain, Steven Smith, Lady, Shelley Chernin and Steve Brightman]

Beat Attitude [2015, NightBallet Press] 

Divided, We Fall Together
Allen Ginsberg Wants You
Magnetic Repulsion
Inner Expedition
Holy Sheet
Call of Poetry
A Cross Tic
To a Fruit
In Due Season
Aye, Pod
From BS to BA
More, Man
Mastering Ascension
Cannot Believe William S. Burroughs Is Dead

[Update: on 9/21/2015, I added the titles of  the poems in Beat Attitude.]

Monday, August 3, 2015

SCCA presents Insight and Expression this Saturday

Friends at the S.O.U.L. Collective of Collaborative Arts near Detroit have recently christened their new gallery and performance space, and this Saturday several other friends and I will head up there to share poetry and celebrate with them.

August 8th from 7pm to midnight SCCA's featured poets will include me, Ohioans Dianne Borsenik and Michael Ceraolo, Erie's Chuck Joy and Thasia Anne, and Detroit's own Tawana Honeycomb Perry.  There will also be an open mic, prizes,  music, work by various local artists and more.

This event also serves as the official release celebration for Michael Ceraolo's new chapbook, Readings / The Road, published by Crisis Chronicles Press.

It all happens at The S.O.U.L. Community House, 32905 Grand River Avenue in Farmington, Michigan.  Special thanks to William Burkholder, Matvey Troitsky and Ginger Wiechers for always being so welcoming to us traveling poets.