Friday, July 31, 2015


Feeling lucky my airbag didn't deploy when that semi hit me in the ass a winter or two ago.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SpaceMonWine - first week of August

I'm still catching up from weeks (months? years?) of so much, I don't have the time I used to for blogging, but I at least want to mention this.  I'm thrilled to be a part of three very cool events in the next week. I'd love to see you at one or all of them.

8/1 at 6 pm
Expedition : SPACES!!! A Guided Journey of Words, Sights & Sounds 
Curated by Craig Chojnicki & Lisa Miralia.  Integrated media performances by Faaaaangdolph, SPACEBEACH, Rural Carrier, Glacial23, John Burroughs and Jeff Gerish.  As always, click the link for more info.
SPACES Gallery, 2220 Superior Viaduct, Cleveland, Ohio 

8/3 at 7:30 pm
Monday at Mahall's feat. Mike Finley, Danny Klecko, Marisa Moks-Unger & Tracie Morell
Two poets from St. Paul, MN. Two poets from Erie, PA.  Plus an open mic led by me (my last as regular host of Monday at Mahall's before Terry Provost takes over).  Also the Cleveland launch of Tracie Morell's new book, Matilda's Battle Waltz, from Crisis Chronicles Press.
Mahall's 20 Lanes, 13200 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio

8/4 at 6:30 p.m.
Words and Wine featuring John Burroughs
My last solo featured reading for the foreseeable future.  Event begins with an open mic emceed by Tobin Terry.  I last read here in August 2014 and had a great time.
Your Vine or Mine, 154 Main Street, Painesville, Ohio


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Mad Sing Blue

Alas, I have to cancel my performance this afternoon at Mad Sing You III due to a bit of a family emergency. It'll still be a good show, probably even better without me committing an aural assault with keyboard, banjo ukulele and poems. I'm really sorry to pull out at the last minute. But first things first, you know?

Friday, July 17, 2015

Jesus Crisis Ban/ne/d at Mad Sing You III

If I get home from Florida in time, as expected, I will be playing music and spouting words as my alter-ego Jesus Crisis Ban/ne/d a week from now during Mad Sing You III.

From the press release:
Now in its 3rd year, the Mad Sing You poetry-music festival happens Saturday July 25th, 2015 at the Barking Spider Tavern in University Circle. Things kick off at 2 p.m.

Performers include:

• Vince Robinson – Tha Soul Poet
• anitakeys + Jeffrey Bowen
• The Bottom Dogs
• Shelley Chernin
• Theresa Gottl Brightman
• Jesus Crisis Ban/ne/d
• Latex Menagerie
• The Deep Cleveland Trio Band
• Nick Traenkner & Amanda Howland

Suggested donation is $5.

Barking Spider
11310 Juniper Road
Cleveland, Ohio

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Creating Silences?

“It is the job of poetry to clean up our word-clogged reality by creating silences around things.”
― Stéphane Mallarmé

I usually dislike saying poetry should or shouldn't do anything in particular. But in the moment, I like this.

Saturday, July 11, 2015


Crisis Chronicles Press work is kinda on hold for the next week or two while I'm out of town taking care of family business. But then we hope to get out some great books between when I get home and the end of September, including: 

When You Don't Know Who You Are by Alinda Wasner

Balefire by Susan A Sheppard

Contents Under Pressure by Kevin Ridgeway

Special Watch by Richard M. O'Donnell

Oct Tongue 2 by Eric Anderson, Margaret Bashaar, Dianne Borsenik, Kathleen Cerveny, Juliet Cook, Mark Sebastian Jordan, Lyn Lifshin, and George Wallace

Inquiry into Loneliness by Meg Harris

god save your mad parade by Austen Roye

Fractured Fairy Tales by William Merricle

Ship of Theseus by Christopher Willard

Of Friends & Liars & Intelligent Crows by Carolyn Srygley-Moore

Desire Doesn't Work Here by Lisa Cihlar

Turnstile Burlesque by John Greiner

Of course, as always, a lot depends on a lot.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

7 year Crisis Chronicles Press anniversary deal

Crisis Chronicles Press has published 11 fantastic titles so far this year. That makes 71 in all since we started out back on 8 July 2008. We plan to publish at least 13 more by the end of 2015 and reach 100 titles in print by next summer. To celebrate our 7-year anniversary (and raise funds for upcoming publications) we are offering a special deal for the next 7 days only: send us $71 to receive (postage free in the U.S.) all 11 titles we've published between January and June 2015 - plus an added bonus book. That's a $95 value (more if you had to pay postage). Any takers?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

This Un D'Elyrious

I recently (for the first time) stumbled upon this clip of me reading my poem "This Un" during D'Elyrious Night at the Lorain Arts Council's 737 Gallery on 15 September 2011.  Sal Kovach filmed it.  Alex Gildzen (with whom I read that night) uploaded it.  "This Un" was written in October 2010, first published in Rising in Hope: A Tinfoildresses Anthology, and finally included in my 2013 chapbook It Takes More Than Chance to Make Change.  Now the Lorain Arts Council needs our help to keep their gallery alive.  Please consider donating to the cause.

This Un

if i was nameless
my name would be
or like nothing
or unlike
if i were
nick cave
i’d be the place
where i reside
where i died
or e-did
or convinced
myself i.e. did
assuming nick
is an adjective
but i’ve been
nicked inside
and out of the cave
and i’ve been
caved in
and naked
and named things
i was and wasn’t
and am and
damned if mane
and mean
and amen
aren’t anagrams
of my name
and every other
which is also
an anagram
of o very there
which means both
nothing and whatever
you think it does
like this un
named poem