Sunday, May 17, 2020

Rattle and Numb Live #4: "Bloodshot"

Episode #4 features the 4th poem from my Rattle and Numb: New and Selected Poems, 1992-2019.

You can order a copy from almost any place good books are sold, including your favorite independent bookstore and venetianspiderpress.com. And please subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Video permalink: https://youtu.be/xGtFhaJVMcs.



Bloodshot


Indian summer sun squints,
bloodshot like the wide wounded eyes
of my cynical Seneca ancestors.
On and on and anon,
an endless queue of unrelenting conquistadors,
lusting for booty or bust,
defile our trust and defame the name of God
in the name of God.
Opportunity does not knock for trusting tribesmen,
be they from Arizona, Africa, the Amazon or Akron.
Riding roughshod over every allegedly endless empire
including America the beautifully dutiful,
The cursed hearse of history leads a parade
of pathetic and unsympathetic plotters,
plodders, priests and presidents, electable eels
who feel their forked tongues and dung
make them agents of distinction,
instead of extinction.
Sweetly sighing lullabies of liberty
and expediency,
these leaders open their bomb bays as they pray,
first for the unconditional surrender of their enemies
and last, if at all, for the bloodshot
souls of the soon to be charred
children of Hiroshima, Hanoi
Belfast, Belgrade, Baghdad, Bethlehem
New York City and coming soon
to a theatre of war near you.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Rattle and Numb Live #3: "Karma Souptra"

While quarantined at home, I started a new video series, "Rattle & Numb Live." Here's episode #3, featuring the 3rd poem in my recently published Selected and New Poems, "Karma Souptra" (from 2009).

For more about the book, Rattle and Numb: New and Selected Poems, 1992-2019, visit https://venetianspiderpress.com. And please subscribe to my YouTube channel as well.

Video permalink: https://youtu.be/PI7yGsPltQU.



Karma Souptra

Tin can karma
In a cemetery green sedan
Drives into the past
Through the future
Running round and round
And over and over
The illusory track of time
Like a bomb
That never goes off
Like a song that rings
In Campbell's soup cans
Round and round the rims
Not going out or in
Just sticking to the circuit
Like a one ring soup can
Gerbil wheel circus
Till the tin finally erodes
The illusion of time caves in
And full circle
Cemetery green
Karma darts to the next can
In the aisle of now
  

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Burroughs, Babcock and Kahl: 11/9/2019 at the Avon Lake Library

On November 9th, I had the pleasure of being part of the Avon Lake Public Library​'s Read Write Local program. Avon Lake Community Television recently broadcast highlights of the day, including this clip where local poets Monica Weber Babcock, Lisa Kahl and I read from our latest works and answer questions about writing, publishing, and performing poetry. Special thanks to librarian and moderator Gerry Vogel. (The three poems I read in this clip are "Kiss, "Dry Cast" and "Lens.")

Read Write Local Part 2: Poetic Champions Compose from Avon Lake Community Television on Vimeo.

Video permalinks:

https://www.avonlake.org/departments/community-television/online-shows?action=show&category_id=34&video=MTA4Mw==

https://vimeo.com/392775136

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Assiduous Dust podcast featuring S.A. Griffin and John Burroughs

I very much enjoyed talking with Joshua Corwin recently for his Assiduous Dust podcast and then listening to his interview with the legendary S.A. Griffin on that same episode. It's available via Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts and more. In my segment, I read three poems, including my recent "Random Rules" (after David Berman). Thank you, Josh!

Friday, April 3, 2020

My April Events Postponed

Due to the Covid-19 crisis and Ohio's stay-at home order, all of my April events are cancelled. I am hopeful we will be able to reschedule the ones in Buffalo, in Pomeroy and at the Lakewood Public Library for later this year. Stay tuned....

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Rattle and Numb Live #2: "John Cage Engaged and Uncaged"

While quarantined at home, I started a new video series, "Rattle & Numb Live." Here's episode #2, featuring the 2nd poem in my latest book. It's my most known poem, from 2008, but still fits me like a pair of chaps.

For more about the book, Rattle and Numb: New and Selected Poems, 1992-2019, visit https://venetianspiderpress.com. And please subscribe to my YouTube channel as well.

Video permalink: https://youtu.be/Af1JksoTf1s.

Monday, March 16, 2020

The Pragmatic Soundcast features writer/musician Austen Roye


If you're looking for a podcast to check out, I highly recommend The Pragmatic Soundcast "for the DIY Creative." Their latest episode, featuring writer/musician Austen Roye (the author of God Save Your Mad Parade), was just released today and "is brought to you by Crisis Chronicles Press​." Available via Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts and more. Thank you, Adam Roye and Pragmatic Sound Co.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Rattle and Numb Live #1: "After Kao Ch'an"

While I'm cooped up at home thanks to canceled events, I started a new video series, "Rattle and Numb Live." In each episode I'll read a poem from my latest book, Rattle and Numb: New and Selected Poems, 1992-2019 [Venetian Spider Press], and discuss it. The first one is only three lines. I'm still experimenting with YouTube Live and working out the kinks, so please pardon any technical glitches. For more about the book, visit https://venetianspiderpress.com. And please subscribe to my YouTube channel as well.

Video permalink: https://youtu.be/1xn7Rnc9FY4