Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Thousand Shades of Gray

New poems are ready for reading and a short story as well. First, there is a poem of mine up at Thousand Shades of Gray. It is based on a picture I once saw on Unhappy Hipsters. I write a lot of poems based on what I see there.

A not so big poem up at Big River Poetry Review.

Another poem of mine is in this anthology here.

Now for all of you who like your lines long and your words to build a narrative dome for you to sleep under, here's a treat for you, a piece of flash fiction courtesy of Danse Macabre.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Personal Ads and Eno Numbers

This month I have two poems up at Five 2 One Magazine. They are from my cycle of fake personals ads. 

New idea: the Eno number. Basically it functions like an Erdos number. It measures the distance a musician is from musician and producer Brian Eno. Eno has a number of 0. David Byrne of the Talking Heads has an Eno number of 1 because they worked together on several albums. St. Vincent has worked with David Byrne but not with Brian Eno (yet). Her Eno number is 2. Some people who also have an Eno number of 1: Philip Glass, Bryan Ferry, David Bowie, Paul Simon, and Mark Mothersbaugh.

Also, Donald Trump is a hoax.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

A New Story, A New Method

I have a short story, Walled By the Clean Frame up at First Stop Fiction. It is a bit of sound and furry. Perhaps it signifies something. If you are pressed for time, do not worry. It is a piece of what we in the business call "flash fiction." Recently, I have been writing more of it than I usual.

In other news, I have been shortlisted for the Erbacce Prize (along with a lot of other people) and my book Common Symptoms of an Enduring Chill Explained is now at the Poets House in New York City. I think it will also be part of their summer showcase. Buy it here at Amazon!

Below is a poem I composed using nothing but this week's top search terms for my blog. I have been writing a few like it. Perhaps the form can be called a "keywording," or something like that. I have underlined the words that people typed in when they stumbled upon this old mirror sponge of a site.

What Animals Live In Romania!
(Top Search Terms June 9, 2012)

Once more, I slept in hopes of reaching
A good time emporium where I be
Empowered to reach a decision, instead
I got visions of Oktoberfest
With no end in sight, blinded by beer
And attractive cutouts of German girls,
At least the music was different this time,
Someone was laying down
Romanian fresh tracks - may 2012 album,
I had no idea what the translation
Was urging me to believe in,
I recall black men hair designs edge ups
Though it all came out sounding
Like Old English poems, Beowulf,
Tergo sex woke me up,
Plus a misplaced titled from
The of best "walter ancarrow" poetry
At least the words had an awesome font
Even if they were dumb poems about butts
I take what I can get these days,
Memory refuses to act like a sponge,
Picturing an germany eagle gif
Seems to make things better for once.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Things That Have Nothing to Do With Me

Just some links to entertain you this first weekend in June. The first is a link to some songs that my sister made. You can listen to them here :

An artist has been imagining famous albums as book covers, look at the results and judge for yourself:

And finally, a project where the sounds of our recent technological past are preserved for posterity, called the Museum of Endangered sounds. It even has the background music for Encarta's MindMaze: