Saturday, April 22, 2017

Crisis Chronicles Press publishes Scraping the Sky by Luba Gawur

Crisis Chronicles Press is happy to announce the publication of Scraping the Sky by Luba Gawur, the latest release in our NineSense series of 9-poem chapbooks by writers you need to read.
Scraping the Sky includes "In One Day in New York City," "Almost Satori in Times Square," "Suspended," "The Girls of Midtown," "Christmas in Harlem," "Nostalgia," "Poem for Sasha," "Thief," "Defying Gravity" and more. The chapbook is available beginning 15 April 2017 for only $4.99 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.

Where Do You Want It?

Scraping the Sky is hand assembled and saddle stapled. It features a pale gray stock cover, sky blue end papers and eggshell faux parchment pages. Cover photo by Luba Gawur. 8.5 x 5.5". Laser printed. ISBN: 978-1-940996-41-7. Limited 1st edition of 99 copies.

About Luba Gawur: Born in Cleveland, Ohio of Ukrainian parents who immigrated to the US in 1949 as post-war refugees. Studied at Kent State University, and the University of Toronto (Canada). Has lived also in Toronto, New York, NY, Prague, and Kyiv, Ukraine. Worked as a Slavic Languages cataloguer at the New York Public Library and the Cleveland Public Library. Presently works as a translator. Writes poetry in English and Ukrainian, and translates poetry and prose into both languages. Presently lives in Kent, Ohio.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

My Sibyl Lipsmacked

My poem "Sibyl" appears in the just published Lipsmack! A Sampler Platter of Poets from NightBallet Press, Year Five 2016, alongside work by George Wallace, Andy Roberts, Joey Nicoletti, Chansonette Buck, Lenny DellaRocca, D.R. Wagner, Steve Abbott, Robert Walicki, Wolfgang Carstens, Janne Karlsson and M.J. Arcangelini.  I wrote "Sibyl" last year for an Ekphrastacy program hosted by Heights Arts in Cleveland Heights. The poem was inspired by a Herbert Ascherman Jr. photograph, and exhibited next to that photograph during the retrospective Herbert Ascherman Jr.: 40 Years.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Poetry Alliance 4/29/2017!

This will be my first featured reading since October, and is the only one I have etched in stone for 2017. Looking forward to reading alongside Robert Miltner, Diane Kendig, and Melanie Murphy on April 29th at the Rodman Public Library!
The library says, "The festivities are on Saturday, April 29th at 3:00pm. It's a FREE event, with coffee, and refreshments provided. We hope you can make it out to witness some amazing local NE Ohio poets. If you have any questions, please contact us at 330-821-2665 ex. 216."

Rodman Public Library
215 E Broadway St
Alliance, Ohio 44601

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Showing My Behind Again

In October 2015, I was so far behind I still had 36 books in the Crisis Chronicles Press to-publish queue. Talk about biting off more than you can fit in your mouth at the same time! This was shortly after Geri's TIPS surgery. As that gave her some relief and she started feeling better, I started trying to catch up, and by May 2016, I only had 20 in the queue. That was still too much for me to do in a reasonable amount of time, but it was progress. Then due to a combination of factors including non-press work picking up dramatically (as it tends to do in the spring, summer and fall) and then our moving into a new house in August and Geri becoming more ill, the number stayed at 20 until March 2017. Now I'm back at it as much as my mood will allow, aiming to get as much done as possible before non-press work picks up again. The magic to-publish number is down to 17 currently and with the expected publication of three more Crisis Chronicles titles in the month of April it will soon be 14. I foresee no reason I shouldn't be able to get all these done this year. That will be a lot of fantastic publications. Stay tuned to for the latest, and thanks so much for your continued support.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Crisis Chronicles Press publishes 13 Poems from the Edge of Extinction by Adrian Manning

Crisis Chronicles Press is thrilled to announce the long awaited publication of 13 Poems from the Edge of Extinction by Adrian Manning. This fine chapbook is now available for $6 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.

Where Do You Want It?

"Adrian Manning has a phenomenal ability to transform words into pictures. I love the way he paints his poems, brushed with this highly surreal and emotional tone. His newest poetry collection is no exception. Read it and see for yourself."
   —Janne Karlsson

"These short poems do a 'dance on your tongue,' delivering a feast for the mind. I was drawn to them like a moth is drawn to the heat of a lightbulb. Taste them like a hummingbird tastes the nectar of a flower in bloom. Each poem is like a step ladder, each rung leading you to the next one. Food for thought, digest them as you would a warm meal on a cold winter night."
   —A.D. Winans

"When I read work by Adrian Manning I fully expect to be challenged, intrigued, entertained and surprised. This little book is no exception to the rule."
   —John Yamrus

"Adrian Manning is a live-wire from Leicester, England, an old school old soul poet/publisher. Stay on your toes because these lean poems punch well above their weight."
   —Kent Taylor

Adrian Manning's 13 Poems from the Edge of Extinction is hand assembled and saddle stapled. It features white cover stock, pastel light yellow end papers and pastel ivory pages. Cover art by Kevin Eberhardt. 8.5 x 5.5". 18 pp. Laser printed. ISBN: 978-1-940996-39-4. Limited 1st edition of 100 copies.

Adrian Manning lives and writes in Leicester, England. He is a Pushcart nominated poet who has had a number of chapbooks published and many of his poems have appeared in print and online around the world.  For more, visit his Concrete Meat Press.

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.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Oh, Bummer (Healthcare)

We found out today that to get back on my wife's health insurance will only cost me a little over $950 a month. That's more than double what I paid for it in 2015. Good thing I have Obamacare to fall back on.

But interestingly, although it would cost us $950-ish to insure me, it only costs us around $350 to ensure my wife under the same plan, despite the fact that she's had far more health problems than I. So at least the one of us who needs it most is getting it.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Weekend update - 6 January 2017

Geri is in Interventional Radiology to have the current, weeks-old dialysis catheter that's been coming out of her neck replaced with a new one that'll come out of her chest. Her new liver is working great. But prior to transplant she developed what appears to be hepato-renal syndrome, so it's taking some time for her kidneys to get back up to speed. Meanwhile, the other main thing we need to work on is getting her up and walking after being essentially bedridden for about three months. Physical and occupational therapy (and her doctors) have recommended that she go to the Cleveland Clinic's own acute rehab center in the next day or so, but first we need insurance approval. Yesterday, Medical Mutual denied it was necessary. But this is the same insurance company that tried at first to claim she didn't need hospitalized the last two times (though she would've died if she hadn't gone).  Their motto seems to be "Reject first, then finally actually consider the claim after it's appealed." So the appeal conference is this morning and I'm optimistic we'll get it resolved.

UPDATE a couple hours later: She's approved for one week of acute rehab. They'll extend it if she makes good progress.  So we'll be heading to M80 later today.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Best day in a while

Best day yet for Geri! She's been in the hospital since November, got her liver transplant on 22 December, and continues to improve. We learned today that she'll be heading to rehab by the end of this week and hopefully home soon after. Happy new year!


In 2016 I traveled west of the Mississippi for the first time in my life, we got a new house, a good friend beat cancer, Barack Obama was president, the Cleveland Cavaliers won a championship, and my wife got a new liver. Beat THAT, 2017.