from me to you
Here is the new unpublished poem that made me a finalist.
and the Bardo Group's MAY 2017 BeZINE published me HERE
May 2017, Vol.3, Issue 8, Honesty and Transparency the Post Truth Era
[...I finished Crime Machine by Giles Blunt (OMG, I love his entire crime series), finished Letter from Point Clear and Prince Edward by Dennis McFarland, then on to any book I can find by Wilson Roberts who I met at the Poet's Seat contest. And my friend AskiAkira published a new book HAIKU POEMS which I reviewed on this blog and on Amazon. I'm reading a pile of books at one time - it's my escape.]
One task at a time... I have to remind myself.
I came home from work and found him sitting in front of the clothes dryer, which was in the garage. Apparently someone had gnawed and eaten a hole from the crawl space (maybe) into the garage behind the oil boiler/furnace.
The crawl space (dirt floor) was home to family of skunks, too.
Yes, I had a critter farm in the city of Groton, CT.
I didn't feed Woody, my grass did. (Or the skunks ate the mice/rats in the crawl space, as I was told by the Skunk Lady (via email).
One night we heard little baby skunks having a squealing match under the floor. (Not good) Those little fuckers could spray as bad as their parents. (It was totally impossible to sleep with that smell.)
So I bought bobcat urine. Yes, there was a hardware store that sold it. (Don't ask how they harvest it. I have no clue.)
You dip toothpicks and cotton balls in that urine and put them around the yard and crawl space.
They told me a bigger predator would make the skunks rethink living under my 100+ year old cottage. Maybe it would scare off Woody, too.
No chance of that.
Groundhogs in the Garden
Every writer needs a hobby. When he isn’t writing bleak, bloody fiction or exploring the primal violence at the heart of the American experience, Cormac McCarthy likes to unwind with a little theoretical scientific research. Who doesn’t? His work at the Santa Fe Institute has led him to write a new treatise on the nature of the unconscious and the emergence of human language: “The sort of isolation that gave us tall and short and light and dark and other variations in our species was no protection against the advance of language. It crossed mountains and oceans as if they weren’t there. Did it meet some need? No. The other five thousand plus mammals among us do fine without it. But useful? Oh yes. We might further point out that when it arrived it had no place to go. The brain was not expecting it and had made no plans for its arrival. It simply invaded those areas of the brain that were the least dedicated. I suggested once in conversation at the Santa Fe Institute that language had acted very much like a parasitic invasion … The difference between the history of a virus and that of language is that the virus has arrived by way of Darwinian selection and language has not. The virus comes nicely machined. Offer it up. Turn it slightly. Push it in. Click. Nice fit.”VIA
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As for rituals, I recall writing a poem about my mixed-breed dog Bubbles when he died; I might have been 10 or 11 years old.
I was grieving very very hard, crying and so miserable, I had no choice but to write something down. Honestly, after that, I knew (for me) writing was therapeutic. It’s was about the same time I started a diary/journal.
Losing Bubbles was my first “serious” poem about death, losing my best friend, my dog. No one ever read that poem or any other lovesick poems that followed.
Actually I was a closet writer most of my life!
In the years that followed, I filled many cheap spiral notebooks with all kinds of poems, rants, quotes, other author’s poems, like Judy Garland and Lois Wyse (http://www.poemhunter.com/lois-wyse/). Both ladies: remarkable poets!
(This was before blogs.)
This BOOM blog is part of this process, too. (Just in case you were wondering.) I'm always working on something, like a new chapbook Mental Midgets: Am I Supposed to Be Doing This?
Poetry book contributor:
TENDING THE FIRE 2017
IN THE VEINS 2017
POET'S SEAT 2017 FINALIST
“I didn’t choose poetry, poetry chose me.” —Philip Larkin https://t.co/RQ06CDaCHL— The Paris Review (@parisreview) May 7, 2017
Way back in 1988, at least I think it was, the William S. Burroughs - Gus Van Sant film Drugstore Cowboy was filming in Portland Oregon and a friend of mine, Ray Monge, was in it. He brought actor Matt Dillon to my gift store to meet me and GUESS WHAT? I wasn't there that afternoon.
WHAT THE___!!! I was really messed up when Ray told me. But Matt and Kelly Lynch signed a publicity photo for me. And my photo was stored by a supposed-friend in Tillamook and I never saw it again. So that's my bad story for the day.
***“We submerged tiny mirrors in tubes of oil, connected [them] to an oscillator, and drew where these points of light were flying. The effect was thrilling for us—it was so pure. But it wasn’t enough. Finally we got a Bolex camera and started… to make my first film, Rhythm in Light.” –Mary Ellen Bute
The sounds of nature help us work, sleep, and relax — and now it's all just a click away. https://t.co/Sk421zTnvm via @onsraco #soundscape
— Katherine Krause (@KatKrause) April 25, 2017
CLICK THIS for a rain app
I'm in it!
Tucked away on the second floor of an East Harlem garage, the Treasures in the Trash Museum features items saved from the landfill over three decades by Nelson Molina (the ultimate dumpman).
Upcoming programs for Open House New York’s Getting to Zero: New York + Waste 2017 are listed online.
You are not the content.I wanted them to understand that they are not the books they read. They are not the grades they earn or the jobs they get. They (and YOU) are more, much more and somehow that thought is being lost in today's world.
We are more than a grade. We are more than a wardrobe or haircut. We are more important than any technology that exists. We are indeed a soul in progress. And each of us has to be more.
When you live on Gipsy Avenue, you and your roomies have crazy parties and dress up. This party we were celebrating Mexico. I'm on the floor and Emily is right behind me. That girl was a party all by herself.
I remember MTV was brand new. I was mesmerized. I couldn't stop watching. Yes, that was in 1983, a very long time ago.
In Vegas, I got a temp job doing demo's for liquor candy - yup, fancy chocolate candy that had liquor in each piece. (This was not my first demo job) (Paid well)
Marty, back row left, and Jeff, center, were minor league semi-pro baseball players, recruited from Minneapolis to Vegas. (On Sundays, Marty and Jeff had "pro-fun tours" in Minneapolis/St. Paul sports bars. I met Marty and Jeff when I sang in Tropic Zone.) Emily was from New Orleans.
Those were fun times.
The group of us went up to Mount Charleston Lodge often - a very hip hangout with live music.
[The Las Vegas 51s, formerly known as the Las Vegas Stars, are a Minor League Baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. They are located in Las Vegas, and are named for Area 51 which is located near Rachel, Nevada, about 80 miles north of Las Vegas. The team logo jokingly depicts one of the grey aliens thought by UFO believers to inhabit that base. They play at Cashman Field which has a capacity of 9,334 people. The 51s won the PCL championship as the Stars in 1986 and 1988.]
Spooky AREA 51
READ ABOUT BASEBALL THERE
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I will mail you something handmade in the mail back.
The post office will love us.
What's inside your wallet? (I can't stop hearing that on damn TV!)
I meant to say... What's inside your head!
We don't need any lovebombing* when we love someone.
Gaslighting? Oh yeah, that is serious stuff, too.
READ THIS NOW
*Be wary of: constant texting, shallow flattery and wanting to be around you at all times. This is a technique known as “lovebombing” and it is how most victims get sucked in: they are tired of the “games” people play with each other in communication and are flattered by the constant attention they get from the narcissist.
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Ancient village discovered in Canada is 10,000 years older than the pyramids https://t.co/VqmWg6CkBv
— A Chaos Fairy (@AChaosFairy) April 21, 2017
Related: World’s oldest fossils discovered in Canada – and they’re 4 billion years old
and on our wish list:
Why I'm Involved
Caring about animals and their survival ensures our survival, if we want to not go extinct ourselves.
WATCH: The Sixth Extinction - Years Of Living Dangerously
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I don't know about you but I never missed Dick Clark's BANDSTAND. In the 80s, I was kinda busy so I missed these shows about SCANDAL and PATTY SMYTHE, who I thought was the best rock singer female in that era... BOOOM
and Dylan wrote the music track THINGS HAVE CHANGED which won an Oscar [In 2000, Bob Dylan released 'Things Have Changed' for the Wonder Boys official soundtrack - watch the official music video of 'Things Have Changed,' which was directed by Academy Award winner Curtis Hanson and won the Academy Award for Best Song from a Motion Picture in 2001.]
She recently founded Microsoft’s first ever artist-in-residence program, called studio99. This grassroots effort, driven by employees, invites unconventional thinkers and artists to collaborate with researchers on the next wave of technologies.
I don't think my thoughts ought to be on a dress, or tweeted out in the public... (swearing included) BOOM !
Electricfoxy talks with Asta Roseway at Microsoft Research from Electricfoxy on Vimeo.
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Survivors of sexual exploitation share their voices and experiences, from birth to adolescence to adulthood on The Life Story: Moments of Change. Their stories and hopes highlight opportunities for change -- for all girls and women. https://t.co/nwlp9rsIKr #thelifestory pic.twitter.com/nWOwGzxuaw— NoVo Foundation (@NoVoFoundation) January 31, 2018