Posts Tagged ‘NEWSPAPER BLACKOUT POEMS’
“join us / and discover the joys of skinny-dipping / f a r a way / on a yellow school bus / three of the day’s passengers / are not to be found”
“anything goes in America / the rules / not really rules / but a kind of guesswork”
“the worth of these things is beyond measure / the way she left pieces of us / for me to discover / a pair or panties / on the floorboards of my civic / a teenage boy pondering / future re-enactments”
Austin food blogger Addie Broyles asked me to make a blackout poem from one of her columns.
The folks over at the Speakeasy Blog asked me to make some poems from the WSJ, and I obliged.
“as long as there is / open road / the familiar has the most formidable competitor”
These tees are handprinted on American Apparel triblend atheletic heathered gray t-shirts.
I can’t think of a nicer way to cap a release day than with a successful release party in your home town bookstore.
Finally! After almost 2 years, Newspaper Blackout is out in the wild. You can buy it now wherever books are sold.
“origins are easy to come by / more so than dreams”
“if yr home alone / to feel that someone is near / set the TV all the way up / and have a third cookie”
“you sprint to get away / from two oversize kuntry lineman / while the cool kids french kiss / by the junior high school”
“The Pursuit of Landscaping / is the cause of a deranged man / imperfect is emancipation”
“catching fireflies saves everything / for one fleeting evening / 2 circus with unrelenting grins / i remember floating / the play so full of potential / u and me out after the lights”
“live with me / in a house in Texas / it is just the right mix / of armed and happy”
Newspaper Blackout is so cheap that it doesn’t qualify for Amazon’s free super-saver shipping deal. Have no fear, I’ve got you covered…
“i got out of the woods / and let me tell you / i felt more at home in the woods”
“buckets catch the rain / coming inside the store where she works / i watch her happily bookkeep”
“one day i’ll just be able to stay at home and write and read / after that / what i’m most scared of / is that at home / with a bazillion good things/ i’ll struggle all the way”
Even though I still prefer the old analog way, there are times (mostly on the bus or out on the porch or lying in bed) when I don’t have a newspaper and a marker in front of me, so I’ve been experimenting with making them on my iPad.
“if we dance before we get hung / the hangin aint so sad”
“the young man / wants the world to warm to his beard/ instead / it considers calling the police”
I’m giving away four limited-edition screenprints as incentive to help me spread the word about the book.
On Monday, I did my first-ever NEWSPAPER BLACKOUT booksigning at the SXSW bookstore
Our first review is a good one.
“the machines and memories / i would love to destroy / they’d miss me / and i in turn them”
“the idea crowned / to the shock of the father / it has always been his”
“to become a household name / is to be captive on some lonesome island”
“i know you don’t like this music / but i love you / you dumb broad / so you have the music and the floor”
“no not the girl / butcher the world / just bring her to me”
The awesome guys at Texas Country Reporter uploaded our show from last year to YouTube — it’s a really nice piece.
“i believe in God / the parent unhappy at work / who disappears into the bathroom / in an attempt to minimize his rage / at the young”
Tonight I’ll be giving a slideshow about Newspaper Blackout as part of Austin Pecha Kucha night #7.
“his approach to love / taught him to appeal to psychology / when attacked with a hammer / he said “you’re a rose / i could not accuse of crime / the best wife in town”
“the result / called for us to spend 20 minutes / in the dark / the fans yowled and taunted / as we turned up / the saturday night sportsmanship”
“make a mess of me / this is a romantic comedy, after all, and / even dumb trouble / is trouble sufficient”
“in love / all you can do / is fail so badly / the rest you don’t mind at all”
A site where people can go read how-to tips, ask me questions, and then try out their own Newspaper Blackout Poems.
“the big question is / will you pledge to be good / even if you want to have revenge / for so many years of my candid lip?”
“the eager-to-please architect / unveils his design for the watchdogs / who haven’t moved since the Middle Ages”
“it’s possible / to be the good wife / and try to build something / and keep a respectful distance / but be careful / you may find yourself tiptoeing off / a cliff”
“we hoot and holler / at people over 40 / for a spot in the world”
time-traveling so they look as they did / when i was 10 / the old king and his queen / my parents the size of Egyptian sculptures / all secrets / that i didn’t know”
A newspaper blackout poem.
“i pray for a long living room and a piano”
“imagine the barn that came to mind / when I saw the plans of the architect / what is a vision / but a threat to dismantle a relationship”
“in the Oldsmobile / we shout and yell jokes / but after the third, fourth, and fifth gag / even we / are done with R bland lives”
“sizing up the six of us / he stopped and drove home”
“what happens to the married / we live in a buddy comedy / we fight, kiss, and then eat chinese takeout / there’s a little acting / and we get lost / but i will take more”
“you had me in between a rock and the back wall / the setting is all white / but at times / heaven feels driven by wires / rather than transcendence”