I write goofy limericks to strangers, seal them in envelopes, and leave them in public places with strict instructions that they only be opened by someone bearing the name on the envelope. [more inside]
In late 2017, I moved to Oliva, Spain, a small city on the Mediterranean coast, 70km south of Valencia. I spent 87 days taking photos in the streets and alleys, laneways and boardwalks. Nights, I wrote poems and worked on my first novel, often dining at one of the local bars or restaurants. Here are some of my favorite poems, pictures, and snippets from the trip. (Best viewed NOT on a phone.)
One of the problems in publishing poetry is that the books are so short. Of course nobody wants to pay $10-12 for a 40-page read, but it's difficult to produce a professional book (with editors, proofreaders, cover artists, book design, printing costs, promotional costs, etc.) for much less than that. We realized that we could steal from the tradition of 18th and 19th century British and American literary annuals and the Penguin Modern Poets Series of the 1960s and ’70s, and put together three books from different poets in one volume. Somewhere between an anthology and a single-author collection, the Floodgate Poetry Series was born. Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 3 contains:
- Northern Corn by brothers Anders and Kai Carlson-Wee, which invites us on a trip across an America of dust, trains, poverty, dignity, and dreams;
- Begotten, by Cave Canem fellows F. Douglas Brown and Geffrey Davis, which unflinchingly explores fatherhood in the era of Black Lives Matter;
- and Driving through the Animal by Enid Shomer, which witnesses the tiniest details of ecological destruction and still provides some hope for the future, and which is Shomer's first poetry book since Stars At Noon (U Arkansas, 2001).
My first book of poetry is being published by a small press. I drew the cover art, and then decided that I should also record myself reading every single poem. (Remember this AskMe?) But I didn't want a simple audiobook. So I composed and recorded original music for every single poem in the book and posted the resulting mega-album to Bandcamp. Then I made a little microsite for the entire project.
TwitPoet is an iOS app and friend and I wrote. It automatically generates poems from your Twitter feed, and (if you choose!) tweets them. It can compose Limericks, Haiku, and Rhyming Couplets. You can compose poems from your Home feed , a Trend, someone you're following or tweets you've searched for. twitpoet.com , Twitpoet on the App Store [more inside]
I wrote a chapbook of poems about the 2008 California wildfires, drought, love, and anxiety about the future called Northern California Lightning Series. [more inside]
Funded by a $1,000 grant from the Chicago Awesome Foundation, A Poem From Us is kicking off National Poetry Month by inviting people to share a favorite poem via YouTube or Vimeo. The one rule for the project: the poem you read cannot be your own. [more inside]
We're assembling a motley compendium of homages, covers and remixes of the worst performance poem in the world - Tom Cruise's 'The Last Barman Poet' in Cocktail - for a blog, and a live event at the end of September. [more inside]