Friday, January 30, 2015

I am the Locker Room Guy



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Blizzard of 2015

I confess I hate snow. I hate winter.


This was Tuesday afternoon during the blizzard. When it was over, 27" of snow fell in our neck of the woods with more snow on the way today, tomorrow, Sunday, and Tuesday. I went out about 5 p.m. on Tuesday during a lull to remove what I could, and I felt like a failure for not doing more. But there's so much snow I thought, "Well, there's always tomorrow," and it just kept coming. We had two snow days this week--we got out lucky. Many schools systems have been closed all week. 

Some areas have close to three feet on the ground. Again I know we got lucky, but it doesn't feel like it when you see how much snow there is with nowhere to put it.

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I'm grateful for the two days off with my kids. We've had a good time being couch potatoes; although, I don't think my son is keen on snow now that he's old enough to help shovel. The time off has also given me time to catch up on my PAD challenge. Thank goodness this month is almost over. 

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Erin Dionne posted this recipe for snow ice cream. Haven't tried it yet with with new layers of powder on the way we have more opportunities to try it. *sigh*


Friday, January 16, 2015

Theatre of Words and Music


Join me on Saturday for the Theatre of Words and Music. Should be a ton of fun!

TWM featuring January O'Neil, Michael G Martin, and White Veins
Saturday, January 17
7 p.m., Salem Athenaeum 
337 Essex St., Salem MA 
$8 at the door.

I'll have Misery Islands on sale. Hope to see you there. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Confession Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, folks. Hope you've had a good start to the New Year.


To celebrate 2015 and the release of Misery Islands, we're giving away two signed copies!
Go to my Facebook page and leave a comment to enter. Names will be picked on Wednesday, January 14 at 6 p.m. EST.

Watch the video on FB that the kids and I put together (see picture above).

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Now that the holidays have passed, and the kids have gone back to school (YES!), I've been able to recover from the end of year wrap-up. I'm actually looking forward to teaching a new round of classes next week. Didn't know how tired I was until I put the focus back on my homelife. Suffice it to say I needed the break.

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As you know, I'm doing another poem-a-day challenge. And even though it's been a struggle, I actually like everything I've written. Some need more work than others, of course, but the so-called stress I create for myself when I do one of these exercises is ... pleasant. Unfortunately, if I don't write first thing in the morning, I'll stay up late a trying to write a draft. Maybe tonight won't be so bad.

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Much of my free time has been spent working on the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. Our committee just completed the review process for proposals. There's lots of work to be done, but it's good work.

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Come out on Friday, January 16 to hear Mass Poetry's cofounder Michael Ansara read his poetry!


Readers and Writers Guild
January 16, 2015
Friday at 7:30-9:30pm
Preston Culter Room
Christ Church Hamilton/Wenham
149 ASbury Street
Hamilton, Mass


Michael Ansara is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Mass Poetry. After 25 years as an activist and organizer, he founded and led three businesses. He serves on the boards of Mass Poetry, Echo Ditto and Tupelo Press. He has 3 children and 5 grandchildren and lives with his wife Barney Arnold in Carlisle, MA. He began writing poetry seriously 10 years ago and has studied with Lucy Brock-Broido, Joan Houlihan and Barbara Helfgott- Hyett.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Inventing Situations


Happy New Year, folks! 

I'm starting 2015 with a poem published in the latest issue of American Poetry Review (APR)! I don't subscribe to many journals, but APR has been been coming to my mailbox since before my children were born. It's taken me that long to get in, so it feels great that my poem "At Wolf Hollow" found its way into their pages--in the Jan/Feb issue no less. 

Happy to be included with John Skoyles, Alex Dimitrov, Beth Bachmann and many others. 

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Also, if you notice my January poetry count, I've written my first poem of the year. I'm doing another poem-a-day challenge with a group of friends. Of course, it's day 3 so I'm now two poems behind. It's 5 a.m. and I'm up listening to Talking Heads of all things trying to bring the count to even. Here's hoping David Byrne's strange and beautiful voice brings something out in me. 

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Title of this post comes from the Talking Heads' song " Found a Job" from More Songs about Buildings and Food.


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