Saturday, September 18, 2010

Poetry Spark

SPARKcon is an annual creative event involving music, dance, poetry, photography, and many other creative activities that takes place all around downtown Raleigh for one weekend this time each year.

Tonight (Friday) I read at a reception for fashionSPARK at Mahler Gallery in Raleigh. I enjoyed great food from local restaurateurs and a very appreciative audience. I even had two fashion-related poems to read. Thanks to Shawn Brewster for inviting me to participate.

Sunday 9/19, I will be MC for a reading as part of poetrySPARK. This event begins at 2PM at Isaac Hunter's Tavern on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Headlining are Dave Manning, Maureen Sherbondy, and Bruce Lader. I'll get five minutes to read my own work as part of the event.

You can find selections from poetrySPARK 2009, including two poems by me (under the Humor Me section) online here. You can buy the 2009 anthology book or an e-version from Lulu here, and you can buy it from Amazon here.

During SPARKcon, Living Poetry is running a booth on Fayetteville Street right in front of Isaac Hunter's. Give us $1 and a word and in three minutes we will write you a poem featuring that word. I didn't write any poetry on demand today, but I was at the booth for a while with a bunch of other people, and it was a lot of fun. Stop by and buy a poem. Check out the chalk drawings by high school students, right on the pavement on Fayetteville Street while you're there.


Monday, September 13, 2010

New poem published

My poem, "Infinitely Annoyed" is now online at Prime Number Magazine, issue 2.5.

The poem makes reference to different orders of infinity (explained beside the poem at Prime Number) and I have Miss Shenuski to thank for this bit of knowledge. She taught math at my high school and was so offended at the idea of working one period each day as hall monitor that she volunteered to teach an extra class instead. For my junior year she taught math electives, including number theory, during lunch hour to six math nerds (who all happened to be debate team nerds as well) in the math lab. We ate bagged lunches while learning things like proof by induction and orders of infinity.

I'm confident Miss Shenuski would have been as annoyed as I was by the guy next to me on the bus. Thanks to her I put my time to productive use composing this poem instead of banging the guy over the head with my backpack.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Week in haiku

Hadrons collided.
Measurements were collected.
The Earth kept spinning.


National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, a time to promote poetry. April is also National Sexually Transmitted Disease Month, a time to promote...well, lots of things.

I'm participating in the Poem A Day challenge at the Poetic Asides blog. Every day there is a new prompt to inspire a poem. I'll post some of my efforts here.

In response to the prompt for April 3, to write a poem titled "Partly ____", here is my poem.

Partly Pretending That You’re Courteous

Partly in my way and partly not,
I’ll partly yield to the part of you
that is on the part of the sidewalk
that belongs to you and partly bump
the part of you that is not.

Happy writing.


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Free Lunch

Happy Saint Paddy's Day, everyone. Sláinte.

I've been slothful in my posts of late. Apologies for that.

I just got word that three poems have been accepted for publication in Main Street Rag, and will probably appear in print early next year. The three are Grandma's on Facebook, Paper, and Virtual/Reality. Since MSR only accepts previously unpublished poetry, they won't be showing up on the blog.

I have now written 15 poems about or inspired by Facebook, and to celebrate the first acceptance of a Facebook poem (which is actually the most recent, fifteenth poem), here is a revised version of my first Facebook poem, which I read at the Sacrificial Poets open mike two weeks ago at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill.

The title of the poem is timely because this week Qdoba emailed me a coupon for a free burrito, in honor of my birthday this month. I don't even have to defriend anybody to use it.

Free Lunch

I have defriended you. Nothing personal,
just like it wasn’t all that personal
accepting your invitation in the first place.
Promiscuous in my friending then,
and since we had five friends in common,
and despite the vaguest idea of who you were,
I accepted.

But now I have defriended you.
I still don’t really know who you are,
though I see your status updates regularly:
looking forward to the weekend,
sipping wine now that the kids are in bed,
watching Steel Magnolias for the thirteenth time.
People I don’t know post Farmville requests and stickers
and Bejeweled Blitz scores on your wall,
share comments on Gossip Girl and Doctor McDreamy,
tag you to answer 25 personal questions
about things I really don’t want to know.

Burger King will give a free Whopper
to defriend ten Facebook friends.
Let’s face it, it’s a stretch to call you a friend,
making this a true freebie.
Tomorrow while I’m eating my Whopper,
I’ll enjoy it as much as ever, probably more,
since it’s free. No guilt. No one will know
I earned it by defriending ten friends.
Not to say that you are worth no more
than a tenth of a fast food sandwich,
but there’s no denying your friendship
is worth less than that to me.


Friday, January 1, 2010

Greetings from the Florida office

Where I've been doing my writing the past two weeks, just a ten-minute drive from my mother's house:

Some of my office mates: