announcing the announcement

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this is poetry

THIS IS POETRY
The Literary Underground is pleased to announce a new project called “This is Poetry”. The project will ultimately result in an eight-volume collection of poetry, each volume representing poets from a specific geographic region as well as several special collections. These perfect-bound books will be published under Citizens for Decent Literature Press, founded as part of The Literary Underground. Co-edited by Michele McDannold and Brian W. Fugett, we are currently working on the first two volumes: Women of the Small Press and the American Midwest.

Poems selected for this project will first be published online via tumblr blog – http://thisispoetry.tumblr.com/ – a bit of a social media experiment with poetry. Wouldn’t it be great if poetry went viral? We think so.

Submissions are taken by invitation only and based on referral from poets participating in the project. This is how the project is taking on an organic life of its own. It’s not just the eds hitting up their favorite poets. It’s the eds hitting up their favorite poets, their favorite poets tossing in their favorite poets and so on etc into awesomeness.

Another important and exciting aspect of this project is that we are encouraging contributors to send in their best, most defining work including and emphasizing on previously published poems. It is our intent to highlight other small press publishers, noting the publication credit with a link to the online presence of the small press publisher with each poem published on the tumblr as well as a links page including the same, gathered for easier reference.

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http://theliteraryunderground.org

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Authenticity Rocks!

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man, I argued with myself over this, endlessly. but, Michele– this time you might really piss someone off with consequences much worse than getting blasted on facebook. but… but… FUCKEM!

note to self: you really should stop preceding fuck, of any kind, with but. just saying.

what-if-its-supposed-to-be-i-love-you-butt-fuck-you

so i started this blog because it was an assignment for a social media class i’m taking. this has been a good class.. i have learned many things and confirmed some thoughts about social networking that i already had. here’s the dilemma. like most new things i start, i jump right in and obsessively go nuts with it until i feel like i understand what’s going on. i did this with the blog, of course… not looking ahead to the other assignments like.. post a link to your 1st, 2nd, 3rd blog post so your classmates can comment on it.

YIKES! um, does it have to be those particular posts? i’m an over-achiever. gimme a break. those are not the particular posts I would choose to share in order to solicit comment from classmates. i already moved post #2 to post #3 when i encountered this yikes moment a few weeks ago and now i’m here again. it’s titled “Google Images: Hookers & Chuck E. Cheese.” see? what if it really offends one of the classmates, they complain to the professor, and he flunks me? that would suck balls. then i think of those times i was sure i was going to offend some people.. and nuthin. and those times i offended all kinds of people when it was the furthest thing from my mind or intention. >>>fuck. it. seriously

i have looked all over the assignment rubric and there is nothing that says “no hookers or blow or foul language.” so, there ya go. it’s a pretty decent blog post that employs some of the tactics taught in this class. winner winner chicken dinner.

i know it’s just a silly little blog post but apply to anything you feel good about but are hesitating with for some reason and.. isn’t it nice how the universe delivers when you’re looking for a reason to do something.. because you want to, because you need to be brave, because how difficult it is–doesn’t matter. just be real. be true to yourself, to your failing and learning, making it up as you go along like everyone else self.

maybe my walls aren’t rainbow-covered, but like the lady said… it doesn’t much matter. the phrase of the day is >>>>>Nothing to Lose<<<<<

is a poem     is a radio show     was an event (and hopefully will be again… soon!)

is something to save your sanity!

no, I have not lost everything. I have not lost the most important things. but, I gotta tell ya… most of it just doesn’t matter. “It” in most cases here covering all those external expectations. maybe it’s your neighbor or your mail man or that dick in the checkout lane at walmart. sometimes it’s even your friends and if you’re anything like me… it’s 75% of your family, 99.9% of the time. forget it, kids. living up to your own expectations is going to be hard enough. sometimes you just gotta pony up and say fuck this shit… what have I got to lose?

nothingtolose

it’s funny how a vibrating needle in your back can bring things in to sharp focus.

oh, also… is in this song. let’s all sing along, now

and, looks like this in practice. <3

freedomhappy sunday, bitches!

new use for the coin jar?

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Father-Guido-Sarducci LIFE IS A JOB

thank you, Father Guido. 35cents, good to know. just a guess (and I’m not judging) but I think I know a few people that must have a pretty big coin jar. not me, of course. I don’t even know what Father Guido is talking about. my ‘big bad’ lately is not updating this blog. Sinful, I know. but, here’s why…

Rule #1 No Stabbing No Killing (and can't say it)Please, dear universe–send the teens back to school. This latest rule seemed both worthy of rule #1 status and necessary to my very survival. and the teens survival. It’s adoption has led to many “conversations” involving I’M GOING TO (stutter stutter stutter) kick you in the face (or similar), whatever, get away from me.

If I hear WOW! Can you not? one. more. freaking time. #digme?

can you tell i'm not listening (meme)on another note..

i heart BookTv for its nap-inducing qualities. Every now and then, though, there’s some interesting stuff on there. this one, about the Self-Publishing Expo …might cause yawning for the presentation, but there is a lot of good information in here or i’m just a big nerd, whatever. http://www.booktv.org/Watch/15314/Self+Publishing+Book+Expo.aspx

along those lines, there is a new article on Writer’s Digest.com by James H. Duncan, founding editor of Hobo Camp Review, called “When Authors Become Publishers: Creating A DIY Literary Anthology”. He talks with poet/author/editor/publisher/radio show host/all-around-cool guy Bud Smith about his work with Uno Kudo, Kleft Jaw, Unknown Press, and others. http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/when-authors-become-publishers-creating-a-diy-literary-anthology

One of the questions I am asked over and over again is how do you handle rejecting work submitted from friends or people you know. not very well– would be my first answer. I have changed my stance on this several times over the years, and, finally- came to the realization that it doesn’t matter how you handle it. You could be golden, ingenious with your response… someone will get pissy over it. Such is life.

You just gotta suck it up like Mr. Bill here…and roll with the punches the best you can

one last thing, if you can stop masturbating for just a second. (seriously, i’m not judging)

check out this great tumblr blog by William Seward Bonnie. He’s been running this blog and posting poetry on a regular basis for some time. good stuff, cool guy. i mean, he wears a lion coat for fuck’s sake.

if you dig it, gather a few of those coins you’re saving from not spending ALL of your online time with internet porn, and maybe donate a little bit to keep the Cheeseburger Nebula going.

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