Many thanks to John Paul Davis and everyone at Bestiary Magazine for including “Pantoum for 1979” in Bestiary Two: Hip-Hop.
The lineup for this issue is all kinds of fly and the layout is clean. I’m loving the image of the circa 1970s graffed out NYC MTA train that accompanies my poem. Classic!
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Bestiary, Issue Two: Hip-Hop Hip-hop is music and culture, and it’s our relationships to those things. The poems and art here explore hip-hop as an celebrity culture, a musical history, a participatory sport, a cause for concern, a highlighter of racism, a transmitter of racism, and a source of hope.
F. Douglas Brown
Darrel Alejandro Holmes
Many thanks to all the folks at Eleven Eleven for nominating one of my poems for a Pushcart Prize. This is some of the best news I’ve heard in a long time since it really came completely unexpected. I’m also in good company. So, yeah, I’m feeling good.
Many thanks to Editor Didi Menendez for including work from To the Break of Dawn for the latest issue of MiPOesias.
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MiPOesias (October 2010)
Edited by Didi Menendez and featuring work by GRACE CAVALIERI, SCOT SIEGEL, OSCAR BERMEO, KIMBERLY ALIDIO, MIRANDA MERKLEIN, DONAVON DAVIDSON, JASON RYBERG, MARTIN WILLITTS JR., GREGORY SHERL, MELISSA ELEFTHERION, KRISTINA MARIE DARLING, JEFFERY BERG, CHRISTINA MURPHY, DARYL ROGERS, MAGDALAWIT MAKONNEN, COLEEN SHIN, AMANDA GENTRY, KARINA BOROWICZ, MICHAEL BROEK, MARIA MIRANDA MALONEY, KIRK CURNUTT, MELISSA MCEWEN, JEFF FRIEDMAN, and art by AMY HUDDLESTON.
I’m also thankful for editors, like Didi, who are always looking for new work to include in their publications. It’s been keeping me on my toes when it comes to having my cover letters and poems ready to go when a publishing opportunity comes around. In short, I’m trying to do my best to keep my work out in the world and keep momentum going strong on my new chapbook and my developing manuscript. It feels like I’m working three jobs: my normal 9-5, my work as an aspiring author and being my own PR team. Yeah, it has been a little draining as of late but it’s either work hard to get published or crawl away and I don’t plan on leaving. End personal pep talk.
I’m getting ready for my feature at Writers with Drinkstonight and I can’t remember the last time I was so nervous for a feature.
If you’ve been to a Writers with Drinks, then you know what I’m talking about. The energy is incredibly kinetic and the caliber of writers is always top notch so I’m feeling some serious pressure on what I should read. I can go with the set that I’ve been used to doing the last couple of readings or go with all new stuff. The way I’m talking about this, you’d think I was doing these same poems for five years or sumthin.
Segue: Watching the National Poetry Slam finals recently through live internet stream was a nice experience cuz even if I didn’t like the poems per se, I do appreciate the spirit of competition. What I didn’t appreciate was the asshattery in the chat room. Way too many internet jerks saying things you know they would never say in real life. But, one comment did crack me up, as a poet came up and did a poem they’ve been doing in competition for a long time, and one of the commentators types “This is their Stairway to Heaven!” And as someone who used to have his own Stairway to Heaven I cracked up. End segue.
Ok, time to really get ready and I do want to try to add at least one really new poem to the mix because I don’t ever want to be that poet that does all the same things at all the same places. Been there, when I was younger, and done with it. I know all the reasons poets do the “hits” all the time but I really don’t care if there is “at least one person” in the room who has never heard that poem before. You know, that poem guaranteed to change lives. What I most care about is that the only way I can write that poem—the one that if I’m extremely lucky might get remembered 100 years from now—is by writing new stuff.
Speaking of new stuff. Here’s the latest revision of a poem I started at Martín Espada’sCantoMundo workshop. There’s at least three good stories behind this poem but that’ll have to wait for latah. See ya at the Make Out Room!
The Neighborhood and Tenant Association of Tremont Avenue, The Bronx, Gather to Erect a Statue for Robert Moses
Many thanks to Francisco X. Alarcón and all the editors at Facebook’s Poets Responding to SB 1070 for including my poem “By the Time I Get to Arizona” in their online anthology. It’s an honor to be included in such a diverse and populous list of voices who continue to speak up against the terror legislation of Gov Jan Brewer. Even as key parts of the law are being struck down by the Federal government, the fight against SB 1070 goes on and the voices continue to ring.
Speaking of a multitude of voices, La Bloga’s On-Line Floricanto is reprinting select poems from the Facebook anthology and are also including my work. Mil gracias to Michael Sedano and all the gente at La Bloga for providing another opportunity to declare our hope that Arizona can take care of all her children equally and justly.
An extra shout out to Francisco Aragón for passing on my poem to Señor Alarcón and helping creating more poetry bridges.