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Newington Blue Press selects my work for Issue No. 2 of Buk 100!

Great news — I am going to be published in Germany again! The nice folks over at Newington Blue Press have selected one poem and one photograph of mine to appear in the limited edition Issue No. 2 of Buk 100: My Old Man, A Birthday Greeting. The poem is my recent piece “Ode to a New Black Ballpoint Pen.” The photo is of the Shaffer’s Crossing Norfolk Southern Railway Bridge right here in Roanoke.

I am truly honored to learn that my work will appear in Issue No. 2 — especially after several of my poems appeared in Issue No. 1 of Buk 100 back in June. (These were “Guerrilla Poet” and “First Smoke.”) I am also quite happy to see that a photo of my adopted Bible Belt city will appear in a literary publication in Europe.

Buk 100: My Old Man, A Birthday Greeting is a set of chapbooks commemorating what would have been the 100th birthday of Charles Bukowski. Their featured writing and art were selected to showcase “a conversance and artistic involvement with the phenomenon of Bukowski.”

Thanks once again to Matthias Krueger at Newington Blue Press for allowing me to be a part of this unique international tribute to a legendary poet!




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Well, Buk it all!

I received my copy of “Buk 100: My Old Man, A Birthday Greeting” today, and it looks damned terrific!  This is truly a first-rate chapbook that is professionally produced and filled with poetry and photography that would make Charles Bukowski proud.  It looks beautiful.  You can order your own copy right here to see for yourself, but you might want to hurry — this is a limited edition run of 100 copies, and they’re already half gone.  (My copy is #44.)

Thank you again, Newington Blue Press, for allowing me to be a part of such a well crafted commemorative tribute to a legendary poet!  It is an honor to see my poetry included here.

 

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“Some lose all mind and become soul, insane …”

Some lose all mind and become soul, insane.
some lose all soul and become mind, intellectual.
some lose both and become accepted.

― Charles Bukowski

 

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BUK THE SYSTEM!

Now’s the time to order your copy of Buk 100: My Old Man, A Birthday Greeting.  Click right here for Newington Blue Press’ limited edition chapbook.  Only 100 copies will be printed in this initial run, which celebrates what would have been Charles Bukowski’s 100th birthday.

When you read it, be sure take a gander at two poems of mine: “First Smoke” and “Guerrilla Poet.”  (The latter piece is an homage to my good friend and colleague in the writing world, poet Dennis Villelmi.)

I hope you guys are looking forward to a great weekend!  No matter what you’ve got planned, remember Buk’s advice — “what matters most is how well you walk through the fire.”

 

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My poetry will be included in Newington Blue Press’ “100 Years of Bukowski” chapbook!

I have some really damned cool news, guys — two poems of mine will be featured in an upcoming limited-edition chapbook in Europe commemorating what would have been the 100th birthday of Charles Bukowski!  Newington Blue Press announced today that it will release 100 Years of Bukowski (100 Jahre Bukowski) next week.

The chapbook will be 68 pages long, and this initial run will consist of just 100 numbered copies.  Its featured writing and art were selected to showcase “a conversance and artistic involvement with the phenomenon of Bukowski.”  The poems of mine to be included are “Guerrilla Poet” and “First Smoke.”  I am grateful indeed to Newington Blue Press for allowing me to be a part of such a unique publication.

You can pre-order an advance copy of the chapbook via the publisher right here.

Newington Blue Press is based in Germany and the United Kingdom.

 

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I invented the Cheese Bukowski.

I invented my own cheeseburger and I’m damned proud.  I was going to call it “the Nolan Burger,” but that sounds too much like the “nothing burger” of today’s political parlance.  Then I was going to call it “the Roanoker,” but there is actually a restaurant here by that name.  (I could swear one of the local sandwich shops also has a sandwich called “the Roanoker” — maybe McAlister’s?)

So it’s the Cheese Bukowsi.  (I’d like to think old Charles would be happy with that.)

Here’s the recipe:

  1. Begin cooking only after sleeping late.  “Never get out of bed before noon.”
  2. Fry a burger only until it’s somewhat rare.
  3. Fry some thinly sliced hamsteak alongside the burger in the same pan.  Cook the hamsteak until it’s crispy and well done.
  4. Drape the hamsteak over the burger, and add two thick slices of Muenster cheese.  (If available, make it Boar’s Head brand.)
  5. If the grease in the pan sizzles and pops to burn your hand, just grin and bear it.  ““What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.”
  6. Offer to cook them for your buddies.  Because they’re pretty chill.
  7. Enjoy!  Chillax for a bit before moving on to the day’s tasks.  ““My ambition is handicapped by laziness.”

Remember to carry out all of the above with STYLE, God damn it!!!!!  “To do a dull thing with style — now that’s what I call art.”

 

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“Fear the Walking Dead Poets Society?” With music by Glenn Miller?

Besides its references to Charles Bukowski, Sunday’s episode of “Fear the Walking Dead” also referenced Hughes Mearns’ haunting poem, “Antigonish.”  I might have run this poem on the blog before; it is often referred to as “I Met a Man Who Wasn’t There.”  (This is the piece that the character Phil is reciting when he is found by the search party.)

Strangely enough, I discovered just now that Mearns’ poem was set to music by none other than Glenn Miller himself.  Miller entitled his 1939 jazz adaptation “The Little Man Who Wasn’t There,” which is another individual line in the poem.

Now all we need is zombie prep school lit students in the next episode.

 

Antigonish,” by Hughes Mearns

Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
I wish, I wish he’d go away…

When I came home last night at three
The man was waiting there for me
But when I looked around the hall
I couldn’t see him there at all!
Go away, go away, don’t you come back any more!
Go away, go away, and please don’t slam the door… (slam!)

Last night I saw upon the stair
A little man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
Oh, how I wish he’d go away…

 

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