Monday, May 26, 2014

SVR

These days, most little magazines publish online, so I hadn't seen my poetry in an actual ink & paper magazine in quite some time.  Thanks to the editors of Suisun Valley Review, however, this week I received my copies of SVR in which my poem "The Distant Sea" appears.  The title--if you're interested & even if you're not, though I wonder, if the latter, why you're reading this--comes from Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet (Stephen Mitchell, trans.): 

"It must be immense, this silence, in which sounds and movements have room, and if one thinks that along with all this the presence of the distant sea also resounds, perhaps as the innermost note in this preshistoric harmony, then one can only wish that you are trustingly and patiently letting the magnificent solitude work upon you, this solitude which can no longer be erased from your life." 

It's a good looking magazine:  96 pages, perfect binding, color cover.  However, for some reason, my contributor's note was inadvertantly--one hopes, though conspiracy theories hold a certain allure--omitted, despite my having sent one twice.  These things happen--as evidenced by the fact that it did.  The way I see it, though, that lack of personal information lends me an air of mystery.     

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The NSA Took My Laptop Away

I went away for a holiday
Flew back home to the USA
But when I got there, when I got there
When I got there I was detained

I went away for a holiday
Flew back home to the USA
But when I got there, when I got there
When I got there I was detained

The NSA took my laptop away
They took it away, away from me
The NSA took my laptop away
They took it away, away from me

I don’t know where my laptop can be
They took it from me, they took it from me
I don’t know where my laptop can be
They took it from me, they took it from me

Ring me ring me ring me up the president
Find out where my laptop went
Ring me ring me ring me up the FBI
Find out why my hard drive was swiped yeah yeah yeah

I went away for a holiday
Flew back home to the USA
But when I got there, when I got there
When I got there I was detained

I went away for a holiday
Flew back home to the USA
But when I got there, when I got there
When I got there I was detained

The NSA took my laptop away
They took it away, away from me
The NSA took my laptop away
They took it away, away from me

The NSA took my laptop away
They took it away, away from me
The NSA took my laptop away
They took it away, away from me

       –with apologies to the Ramones

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

If Not the Tomb of Alexander the Great

Alexander the So-So, Alexander the Meh, Alexander the OK, Alexander the ‘Ight, Alexander the Regular Guy, Alexander the Mediocre, Alexander the Usual, Alexander the Commonplace, Alexander the Ordinary, Alexander the Median, Alexander the All-Too-Familiar, Alexander the Customary, Alexander the Everyday, Alexander the Average, Alexander the Not-Too-Shaky, Alexander the Fair-to-Middling, Alexander the Banal, Alexander the Ho-hum, Alexander the Humdrum, Alexander the Prosaic, Alexander the Normal, Alexander the Typical, Alexander the Solid C, Alexander the Workaday, Alexander the Garden Variety, Alexander the Plain, Alexander the Run-of-the-Mill, Alexander the Conventional, Alexander the Household Sort, Alexander the Middle-of-the Road, Alexander the Intermediate, Alexander the Second Rate, Alexander the Unexceptional, Alexander the Unremarkable, Alexander the Undistinguished, Alexander the Standard, Alexander the Joe-Schmo-Next-Door, Alexander the Everyman, Alexander the Little Guy, Alexander the 99%, Alexander the Good Enough, Alexander the Basic, Alexander the 3 . . . Out of 5, Alexander the Unadorned, Alexander the Off-the-Rack, Alexander the Middle-of-the-Pack, Alexander the Serviceable, Alexander the Will-Have-to-Do, Alexander the Passable, Alexander the Cookie-Cutter Kind, Alexander the No Bells & Whistles, Alexander the No-Frills, Alexander the Pedestrian, Alexander the Acceptable, Alexander the Whatever, Alexander the Adequate, Alexander the Capable, Alexander the Joe Six-Pack, Alexander the Unexceptional, Alexander the Okey-Dokey-Artichokey

See story here.