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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

New Release: LUMMOX Number Seven * 2018 (Lummox Press , San Pedro) 223 pages

Recently pleased to receive my copy of the LUMMOX 7 anthology compiled by Editor-In-Chief RD Armstrong and designed by Chris Yeseta, who sadly is leaving the alternative small press publisher after 21 years. Most of the book consists of subscribers' poetry but you will also find remembrances, interviews, short fiction, articles, reviews, black & white photographs and an extensive contributors section. 

You will unearth a wide variety of poems and forms in this book. Some of my favourite poems include Alan Caitlin’s “White Zombie”, Steve Dalachinsky’s “The Bard (A Perfect Day #2)”, Bill Gainer’s “The Someday Plan”, Charles Harmon’s “Mushroom Hunters”, Lyn Lifshin’s “The Last Garden in Aleppo”, Ellaraine Lockie’s “The Art of Resistance”, John Macker’s “Anthropocene”, Jeannine Pitas’s “American Gothic”, Anne Totta’s “Love’s Stages” and Scott Wozniak’s “Walking Through Streets of Fire” and “Some Tools Won’t Get the Job Done”. 

Also highly impressive in the collection are Kenneth Greenley’s short fiction “Come to the Realization” and G. Murray Thomas’s article “Music, Poetry, And Plagiarism”.

Probably most fascinating in the anthology is the section devoted to the winners and honorable mentions in the Angela Consolo Mankiewicz Poetry Prize. Here you get to read in more detail the work of Jeffrey Alfier (First Place), Mike Mahoney (Second), Vachine (Third) and honourable mentions Donna Snyder, William Taylor Jr., James Deahl and April Bulmer.

In the anthology, you will also find a February 2018 interview I had with Bill Gainer about his outstanding poetry collection The Mysterious Book of Old Man Poems, together with a shortened version of my review which first appeared in Bold Monkey. Find the original review and interview here:

Contribute to Lummox 8 in April 2019 here:

Friday, October 12, 2018

New Release: John Grochalski American Alien Invasion

This is the latest chapbook published by Holy & intoxicated Publications. Here is a sample of two poems from the collection:

dog eat dog world

the poetry books
have failed me

the poets and their little mundane yarns

i look into the mirror
hungover again
and see that my face has failed me

while outside 
the pigeons make death curdles

fighting each other
over buffalo chicken bones
in the endless summer heat

dodging the mounds of dog shit
and summer flies

dog shit left by people
who abuse their dogs

who pull and scream and yell
about time and money

as their pets
race to defecate 

people for whom life has been a failure
disguised by small moments of joy

ugly people
dreaming ugly dreams
living ugly mundane lives

people so shallow
that they have to own
something small and anxious and dumb

forced into loving them
for its very survival.

apartment building saturday morning (6:10 a.m.)

drunken dude-bros
loiter outside my bedroom window
playing on cell phones and having a last warm beer
as they wait on cabs to take them away

i shake off the night’s tango of vodka and wine
trying to remember the plot of some show
that i’ll have to re-watch 

taking a long morning piss
i wonder if it’s the booze or the age
that’s making me so forgetful these days

i’m always re-watching shows
or re-reading chapters of books, i think
as one dude-bro says, nah, dude….and they all laugh at nothing

looking outside my window at them
i wonder how many books they’ve read collectively this year

i think they’ve all probably had more ass in a month
then i’ve had in a lifetime

and ass beats books any day of the week on this side of the ocean

for sport i think maybe i’ll call the cops on them
just to see what that experience feels like

but before i can grab the phone the police show up

two vans full of cops
with their blue uniforms their blue helmets their blue guns

they come out of the vans with stone faces and shields 
as the dude-bros say, we didn’t do nothing officer
and i get excited thinking now we’ll see 
the brutal power of punitive america in action

the cops don’t even pay the dude-bros any mind
but come charging into the building instead

i open my door to take a look
but not much more than a crack 
because i say a lot of shit 
about the president and the government online

and people misunderstand patriotism all of the time

the cops are all walking around
making confused cop faces
slamming doors and casing the foyer
going up and down on the shitty elevator

all like it’s part of the plot of a bad orwellian movie

while outside my window the dude-bros are laughing 
and taking selfies with the whirling lights of cop vans

they are white (mostly) and well dressed
and never really had anything to worry about

they spit beer onto the pavement 
as ambulances and firetrucks and cabs joust for parking spaces

and all i can really do is shut the door
sit on the couch hungover and confused as fuck

look at the clock flashing 6:10 a.m. in red devil lights

remember that today hasn’t even begun
that it’s a work day

and it’ll be at least twelve more hours 
before i can even think
about sitting back down

and having myself a goddamned beer.

Also note that editor John D. Robinson of Holy & intoxicated Publications has yet another chapbook out through PaperAndInkZine entitled “Too Many Drinks Ago”: Not only do you get 25 pages of riveting poetry but also a bonus beermat featuring one of Robinson’s poems together with a hand-made collage and all for only 5 quid.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

New Release: John D Robinson ECHOES OF DIABLO (Concrete Meat Press, 2018)

Here’s a couple of poems from UK poet John D. Robinson’s latest collection of poetry: 

Tonight, I’m with my friend
Casillero del Diablo
‘Wine from the Devil’s Cellar’
it’s not often we meet
as he’s expensive
but when we meet it’s
always good, he never
let’s me down, he’s a true
and loyal friend
who knows of the muse
and often brings her
tomorrow morning he’ll
be gone
to another place
and she’ll be in
the shadows
waiting for another

The apartment was small,
cramped, grim, unkempt
and a lingering staleness
dampened the air:
he was in his mid 50’s
and was dying of
alcoholism: his daughter
was in her early 20’s and
was making a living 
making home-made porno
movies in sleazy back-
street rooms with perverts,
drug dealers and other
desperados: she told me
that they were’ good
ordinary folk and didn’t
need no fucking help
from anybody’ as she 
pouted, flirted and smiled 
at me with dismissive
the old man
sat sipping brandy,
looking out of the window,
smoking a cigarette:
he didn’t say a word:
2 weeks later he was dead                                          
and his daughter scurried
to the city seeking her
fortune in the sex trade:
ordinary folks was what
they were.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

New Release: Karina Bush Brain Lace (BareBack Press, 2018) 70 pages

Karina Bush’s third book of poetry has recently been released. Here’s a blurb from the book:  

‘BRAIN LACE’ explodes into a landscape of consciousness and consequence, navigating the space where union meets decay. From “Sutra of the Computer Body”, which captures the transcendental elements of the unspoken in an email exchange, to “Cloud" I through X, a series of poems extracted from the dream state as the unconscious processes desire - ‘BRAIN LACE' slices this desire from the urgency of the flesh, dissects it, and, perhaps, destroys it. “This collection further cements Karina’s evolving voice in contemporary poetry… an unparalleled dynamic poetic output.” C Byck - 48th Street Press 

“Bush is a conjurer, a magician. She creates, via language, a presence both alien and familiar. A wise sibyl - feminine archetype.” Wayne F. Burke - author of A Lark Up The Nose Of Time.

Also find some visual poetry from the book here on Karina Bush’s website:

Sunday, July 8, 2018

48th Street Press Broadside Series (2018)

Announcement by 48thStreet Press:
Pleased to announce the 2018 broadside series contributors.  This year, by far, had the most competitive submissions and some of the strongest poetry published by the press. 
Thank you again for your submission; it was an excellent penultimate year!!  Please to have such amazing poets on board. 


Omar Alexandre
George Anderson 
A. Lynn Blumer  
D.F. Brown 
Marc Bruseke  
Karina Bush 
J.J. Campbell 
Jen Dunford-Roskos 
W. D. Earhart  
Rodney Gardner 
Fiona Helmsley  
Griffin Irvine 
Ryan King 
Casey Renee Kiser 
Scott Laudati
Ron Lucas 
Catfish McDaris 
Leah Mueller  
Ben Newell 
Kevin Ridgeway 
Dave Roskos 
Damian Rucci 
Sanjeev Sethi 
Rania M.M. Watts 
Scott Wozniak 
Here is a link to a partial list of previous contributors to the series . . .