The Winter 2018 issue of Rat’s Ass Review has just been released, featuring a large assortment of poems on everyday subjects in plain language. The authors are arranged alphabetically, which is the only reason my work sits at the top; two of my poems made the cut: “Trailing the Blues” and “That Was My First Wife.” You can read them here.
I should note that while “Trailing” was based on a real person I saw in a liquor store one day (while adding to my rum collection), “First Wife” is complete fiction; for one thing, I was never in the army.
Outlaw Poetry is an online journal comprising a who’s who of outlaw poets. So I’m very pleased to appear in their pages again, this time with three poems: “Joyce in Washington,” “On a Roll,” and “Women’s Work is Never Done.” You can read them here.
The first two pieces are based on real people and events. When I was temping at the USPS headquarters many years ago, Joyce worked there as an administrative assistant. She was a real character, very unique for DC, who I couldn’t resist writing about. One detail that didn’t make the poem was the vibrating pillow she used to sit on to soothe her back.
“On a Roll” is the second of two poems I wrote, more or less transcribing one of my dad’s rants in a New Jersey hotel room after a very long day helping my sister move from her apartment. When he’s on a roll, he’s on a roll.
Slipstream literary magazine just released Issue #38, the Water themed issue. It includes one of my poems–alongside a large roster listed in the notice above. This is a print-only magazine, so an issue costs $10–but it is a major outpost of “outlaw” poetry (for lack of a better term). You can check out some sample pieces and place an order here.
Waiting for my author copies to arrive, at which point, more on this publication.
Online journal Outlaw Poetry is something of an encyclopedia for what it says on the tin: outlaw poetry in all forms. Today four of my poems appeared in the journal: “This Drifting Into Air, Alive,” “Winnemucca, Nevada, 9 a.m.,” “Summer Movie,” and “Get Off the Stick and Rest.” You can read them here.
I’m pleased to report that online journal Outlaw Poetry published three of my poems today: “Cosmic Convenience Store,” “The Clover Trick,” and “Discount Radio.” You can read them here.
The first one features Ouija, the metalanguage planchette engaged in some intergalactic communication–part of a series of pieces featuring this character. The others are more or less surrealistic rants about something or other.
Today, Outlaw Poetry journal published three of my poems: “Ghost in the moment of a universe without man,” “Shady Lost Deliveries,” and “Overall, the Dying.” You can read them here.
Underground poetry blog In Between Hangovers keeps dropping that outlaw poetry, several posts a day, day after day. Today, another of my poems got the treatment; this one’s called “A Short History of Time.” You can read it here.
Outlaw Poetry magazine seems like an encyclopedia of outsider, “outlaw” poetry. Just check out the long list of writers published in the journal. Naturally, I’m very pleased to be part of it again. This time, three poems appear in the journal: “View from the Park Bench,” “Please Disregard This Alarm,” and “A Maggot for the Time.” You can read them here.
Outlaw poetry blog In Between Hangovers releases several new poems every day. Today, one of its offerings is my poem “Rabbit Money Tree.” It features a trickster rabbit character–based more on the Mayan idea of such a creature than Bugs Bunny–that I used in a few pieces. In this one, Rabbit robs a bank; he’s always getting into some antisocial mischief. You can read it here.
Poetry blog Rusty Truck posted my poem “Work Hurts” today in company with a batch of outlaw writing. This piece refers to a short-lived temp work assignment I had at the main USPS office in DC many years ago. You can read it here.