Angel City Review just released their 3rd issue! Two of my poems, “Keansburg Park, 2012” and “Boy, Emaciating Slow”, were chosen. This lovely journal focuses on authors in the Los Angles area, including a few friends, Mike Sonksen, Marcus Clayton, and AJ Urquidi. It’s a completely free download featuring the photography of Benjamin Harmon.
I saw you on TV lastnight
tall and skinnyextra nervous
your off-set fashion
you were talking with David Letterman
(who wouldn’t listen)
you kept looking away grimacing
you mention Ulysses and Snoop Dogg
I felt like calling or driving
to your apartment and no-talking
I just wanted you to know
he was trying to be nice
maybe you knew
he didn’t get you
but the likeness wasn’t perfect
maybe it wasn’t you
he displayed his hair and his face
you are much more socially adept
still there you were
sitting in your brownpantsuit
talking about taped bacon
I just thought you’d want to know
sometimes I see your handwriting in my stereo cabinet
sometimes I hear you standing with hands on your hips
sometimes I forget I can’t drink Kool-Aid anymore
I have the deepest honor to be selected for the 3rd year in a row in Kind of a Hurricane Press’s Best of Anthology, Storm Cycle 2015. The collection draws from their many print anthologies and from their online journals. This year, “Oceans Once Receded” and “To Hello Kitty From My Little Pony at WE Labs” share pages with other incredible poets such as my dear friends Kelsey Bryan-Zwick and Tina Pocha. Please go to kindofahurricanepress.com to get a copy and view the long list of poetry publications they offer!
You are the mistake I want to make
I will wrap myself in your red flags
and let you peel them off
one silk layer at a time
You are the regret I want to have
I’ll bind you in my caution tape
lay on a bed of warning signs
cold metal against warm skin
cools your burning in my eyes
You are the fucked up mess
I want to roll around in
like a mud happy dog
drenched in your scent
I will not shake you out
How do you unsense me?
(First published in East Jasmine Review)
I’ll be featuring at The Last Saturday of the Month Open Mic in Tarzana on May 28th from 2 to 4:30 pm. I’m looking forward to a full set of poems after a much needed break. They have an open reading list if you want to share something of your own. Check out lots more details on Facebook!
The last in our dual release reading tour, Larry Raymond Duncan and I, Sarah Thursday, will be featuring at the Redondo Poets Reading at the Coffee Cartel in Redondo Beach. Hosted by Larry Colker and James Doane, this is one of the longest running weekly poetry reading in the South Bay. They have an open list for poets and song writers. Come sign up and hang out with us one more time! RSVP on Facebook
Redondo Cartel 1820 S Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, California 90277
Drunk Monkeys puts out a collection of the best of their website features each year. This year, I am ecstatic to be included among a long list of incredible writers of poetry and prose. My poem, “Pressboard Salvation”, is featured with work by Kevin Ridgeway, Erin Parker, Matthew Guerruckey, Bud Smith, Karla Cordero, Steven Hendrix, and many more. This anthology includes essays, review, fiction, as well as poetry. You can find out how to order the print or ebook version at Drunk Monkeys Bookstore.
I am honored once again to be selected by the editor of the Spectrum series, Don Kingfisher Campbell, for Spectrum 3: LoveLoveLove, an anthology about love poems. My poem, “Diamond” is featured along with many other talented poets and friends, including Michael Cantin, Teresa Mei Chuc, Beverly Collins, Boris Ingles, Karineh Mahdessian, Ellyn Maybe, and my girl, Raquel Reyes-Lopez. You can obtain your own copy along with the others in the series by going to the website spectrumpublishing.blogspot.com.