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).

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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.

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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....

[UPDATE: My May events were cancelled as well.]