Saturday, July 26, 2014

Checklist

Ok, several glasses of port... Consumed. 

Weird selfies in the elevator... Done... 

Next?


Next?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Poetry Month-Influence #2

April is Poetry Month and whether you know it or not, I've had quite a bit of poetry published over the last few years. I'm still writing poetry, but focusing more on my novels. For the month of April, I'd want to introduce you to some of the poets that made an impact on me and encourage you to check them out as well. If you aren't a fan of poetry, I'd suggest that some of these may change your mind. 

I'll present them in no particular order.

April 17, 2014


Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present




This anthology was a great eye-opener and introduction to the wider world of prose poetry. I'd had a pretty small set to pull from until I received this one as a gift. It came out in 2003 from Scribner, so it's been over a decade since it was published, but every piece holds up wonderfully. Editor David Lehman does a great job pulling them all together, with an exceptional introduction.

Some poets and pieces here that I enjoyed include Russell Edson, Charles Simic, Margaret Atwood and Billy Collins. Yusef Komunyakaa was a wonderful find for me, as well as Aaron Fogel. There are many of the early masters represented here, including Stein, Poe and even Hemingway.

If you're interested in prose poetry, I suggest you grab this one. It's now available in ebook form, if that's your thing, but it is a great collection that shows off the flexibility of the form. 


Stay tuned. I'll present more wonderful poets and books throughout the month!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Poetry Month-Influence #1

April is Poetry Month and whether you know it or not, I've had quite a bit of poetry published over the last few years. I'm still writing poetry, but focusing more on my novels. For the month of April, I'd want to introduce you to some of the poets that made an impact on me and encourage you to check them out as well. If you aren't a fan of poetry, I'd suggest that some of these may change your mind. 

I'll present them in no particular order.

April 5, 2014

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

I met Aimee at the Winter Wheat writer's conference in Bowling Green. I was blown away by the ease of her words and the power her words could have. It was conversational, free-flowing and interesting to listen to. She reeled me in with poems with symbols that already interested me, like the Incredible Hulk and the obscurities of language, but she added twists that I didn't see coming. She made (and continues to make) poems that make you feel things you didn't expect to feel. Darn it, she even occasionally makes you learn things. 

The nerve. 

I got her book Miracle Fruit and read it cover to cover until the next one, At the Drive-In Volcano, came out. They were both bedside reading for me for years. They taught me about unusual structures in poetry and writing from the heart on subjects close to you. 



Check out her poem "By the Light of a Single Worm" at Virginia Quarterly Review. And read one of my favorites "What I learned from the Incredible Hulk" at the Poetry Foundation website.

Aimee has since come out with additional collections and I really need to catch up. Hey, my birthday isn't far away, her latest would be a great addition to my wish list!

Stay tuned. I'll present more wonderful poets and books throughout the month!


Monday, March 31, 2014

Early 90s Action Heroes

I was cleaning out some boxes in the basement and came across this: 


It's an Action Heroes magazine from 1991. Check out the cover and you'll get the general idea of what the magazine is all about. It's little stories on movies that were current and coming soon to 1991. This was the sort of thing we had before the Internet. This and Entertainment Tonight. That was it, if we wanted to know about movies.

Let's take a look inside. You'll notice by the cover, that things haven't really come a long way for action movies. Terminator? Dolph Lundgren? Jack Ryan?


 Here is Dolph Lundgren in his prime. This is for Big Trouble in Little China. He's had that resurgence lately, thanks to the Expendables movies.
 Speaking of a resurgence... In 1991 you could buy a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael mask for a mere $31 plus postage. If you order now, you can have it in time for the opening of the next TMNT movie next year.
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 In a magazine full of action heroes, who is America's greatest cop? Leslie Nielsen. 



Here's another look at Arnold from Terminator II. Hey! Aren't they trying to make another one of these movies today? WITH him?

The Rocketeer was one of my favorites. Still is. Guess it's the steampunk/dieselpunk sensibility.



Star Trek? 25th Anniversary? Hey. Aren't they still making those movies today?

Hulk Hogan gets in on the action, brother! In the excerpt below, Hogan likens his character to the Star Wars characters. "Except that I have a heart. I have a conscience..."


It's good to see this guy still making terrible movies today.

This is a story about Robocop III. Which forced them to stop making Robocop movies until right... about... now. 
Backdraft! Russell. The other Baldwin! Fire!

Remember when Kevin Costner was an action hero?

Better yet, remember when Alec Baldwin was an action hero? The little caption says that after he did The Hunt for Red October, that he'd be going on to be Jack Ryan in Clear and Present Danger and Patriot Games. Not so fast. Harrison Ford took over that role, and then Ben Affleck took it over, and very recently Chris Pine became the latest Jack Ryan.
Pine, of course , is also in Star Trek. Affleck will become Batman and, just a few years before this magazine was released, Alec Baldwin appeared in She's Having a Baby with...

Kevin Bacon. Had to be done.

So, there it is. The movie industry is stuck in the early 90s and there is nothing anyone can do about it. It's only a matter of time before Big Trouble in Little China gets remade, if this magazine is to be trusted.