SDZinefest!

The 2018 San Diego Zinefest just happened, and lots of love to everyone who came out with their creative wears, and to those who picked up poems at my table. For all the details, scour their site: http://www.sandiegozinefest.com/

In the picture are artifacts from Jillian Sandell, modempunk.com, Jennsteffey.com, clairekrueger.com, the SDSU Zine Club, https://thegiantrat.carrd.co/, wendyandthevoid.com, jaylilliane.com, thekidandi.bandcamp.com, and a few others who are a bit more elusive. You might find their stuff at Verbatim Books in San Diego, but check out their work if you’re into the zine-arts!

Carry On in Print

If you’ve been a fan of digital chapbooks that were housed for free on press websites, but then found those presses to have disappeared, you know just how delicate some areas of our poetry ecosystem are, and what they simply cannot handle. I used to have a chap that went away, but now it’s back again.

I hope you enjoy Carry On, a collection of elegies. You can find it, along with other zine projects in the Chap/Zine part of this site. Carry On is also available wherever you like to pick up books of poems.

“Hammer” in pacificREVIEW!

There’s a new issue of pacificREVIEW out of SDSU, and I have a poem in there called “Hammer,” side by side with work by Jim Ruland, Kazim Ali, Hanna Tawater, and Michelle Bonczek Evory. It’s also on the amazon.

The editor of this Errant Mythologies issue was Hari Alluri, a poet I missing having in the San Diego community.

Double Kiss Poem

I know you love stories, poems, and essays, but how do you feel about a game of 8-ball? How about literature racked up and ready to break?

Sean Thomas Dougherty has curated a new collection called Double Kiss: Stories, Poems, & Essays on the Art of Billiards, and included a poem of mine there in. You can find more details over at Mammoth Books,  and if you want to find the poem, you’ll have to go through the joyous task of digging through the wonderland of the old No Tell Motel archive…wherein there is much magic….

“Please Don’t Center Poems” returns…

The latest issue of Poetry International is out, with some of the finest writing I’ve read all year. Among much talent is a little poem I wrote last year called “Please Don’t Center Poems.” If you want to subscribe, and get that issue of damn near 600 pages, it’s out!

This poem will come around again, in a tiny tiny chapbook soon, and I’ll be sure to let you know all about it when it does.

Three Poems in Across the Margin

There are three poems up at Across the Margin. If we’re allowed to dig out own work a bit, I don’t mind saying that “Feast” and “Barking Spiders” are two of my favorites of the work I’ve done in the last few years. I hope you enjoy them, too.

“Gestate” in the TCR

There’s a new issues of The Cossack Review, and you can find everyone who’s in it, and how to order a copy over at their website. There’s also a rumor that there will be contributor interviews up there pretty soon, over at The Volga, their blog (which already has some excellent content).

You can read a sample of the right here.

Quick Poem for Students…

I cranked out this little sonnet for my students, and thought this would be a good place to share it. If you teach, and would like to use it, go for it! Just please let me know.

Please Don’t Center Poems

Please don’t center your poems. Margin left,
which is natural and easy on eyes.
The lines want to sit over here, chickens
on a perch, together and warm, left left.

Please don’t center your poems, since they are
not greeting cards, nor lyrics. They are not
the lines in the road, sides spaced for cars
to pass through, avoiding the swept clean curbs.

Please don’t center your poems, but feel free
.                       to play with the spacing a little bit.
.                                     No one will die if a line wanders out
.                                       with purpose: poetry as detective
.                                                  seeking answers in wide open danger
who makes it home, safely, or                                                                                            moves way out.

 

 

Note: the periods at the beginning of the lines in the last stanza are only to get the spacing to show up on here on WordPress.

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2 Poems in Ping Pong

Look for two poems in the latest Ping Pong. This issue also features a folio of poems from Central America: lots of work I’m excited to read!

Details for ordering and subscribing at here.

Listen to “Pre-War”

I recorded a poem called “Pre-War,” originally published in InDigest, into a microphone I made out of a Foster’s can, a 27mm piezo, a 1/4″ jack, an old Academy of American Poets membership card, and some painters’ tape. You can listen to it over at H_NGM_N, and I hope you like it.

A Sharp Piece of Awesome!

If you come across A Sharp Piece of Awesome out of Taft College, I hope you enjoy a poem I have in there called “On a Morning of Resolve.” The design work from James Meetze is pretty wonderful, and the cover art by Kerry Hyatt makes it look very good!

2 Poems in HM#16

Check out H_NGM_N #16, where I have two poems among many wonderful people! #HM16

If you click the twitter link, it’s already hashtagged up for you!