Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Monday, December 26, 2022
An Article I Wrote On Medium
You can find it HERE.
It's about 5 singers who labored in near or total obscurity in decades past but who have found a new following thanks to the internet.
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Word List Break
Friday, December 16, 2022
Thursday, December 15, 2022
Word Garden Word List--Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Hello poets and welcome to another Word List! I'm sorry to be a day late (and presumably a dollar short to complete the old saying) with this, but I had too many irons on the fire yesterday, plus I generally have no idea what day of the week it is, only whether it's a weekday or a weekend, and even that is sometimes dicey with me.
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
And Now You Know.... The Rest of The Story
Somehow, the Modesto Mud Pigeons vault into second place in the Pacific Crust League baseball season of 1930.
A perennial doormat playing in a ramshackle firetrap of a ballpark and managed by an unstable loon called Double Hatchet MacGillicuddy, the team's fortunes changed when rookie phenom Handsome Henry Faraday arrived and slugged 42 home runs in 25 games, all while setting ladies' hearts aflutter.
Imagine then, how Double Hatchet and the soft-hearted ladies reacted when fire-balling Franco "Frank" Spizeymeatballi cracked Faraday right in the dome with a pitch!
Down he went, and down went the Mud Pigeons with him, finishing a distant fifth as Spizeymeatballi's San Jose Hosers took the championship. :-(
Double Hatchet MacGillicuddy was last seen running amok on the Pacific island of Watyagonnadonow where he vanished into a grove of palm trees and was killed by a falling coconut.
As for our hero Handsome Henry Faraday, his head injury resulted in a new and amazing musical talent, enabling him to invent the electric piano--not popularized until some 40 years later--when his recording of a barrelhouse version of One Meat Ball unexpectedly (and posthumously) topped the charts, making Handsome Henry second only to Fleetwood Mac and Led Zeppelin in 1970's musical importance.
for Denise's Six Sentence Stories. Key word: "vault"
Music: Tony Pastor One Meat Ball
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Lantern On A Wooden Walk
Monday, December 12, 2022
Crackerjack For Lancelot
Friday, December 9, 2022
There You Are, Little Sparkler
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Word Garden Word List--The Smiths
Hello poets! Today we'll be joining Mr. Peabody and Sherman as they graciously lend us the use of the Wayback Machine so that we can go back to the 1980s and listen to The Smiths!
My ears perked right up. I sensed a kindred spirit. (And for our purposes here, we'll skip over some of Morrissey's more recent bouts of foot in mouth.) Somehow these songs managed to be fatalistic and funny, edgy and vulnerable, all at once. I know, you can't imagine why they appealed to me, right? *rolls eyes*
Your word list this week is taken entirely from the lyrics of songs by The Smiths. No doubt, at some point I'll do a Morrissey solo list, but for today, it's all Smiths. Here's the lowdown: please use at least 3 of the 20 words provided in an original new poem of your own, then link up and visit others. So easy a child could do it!
Monday, December 5, 2022
Friday, December 2, 2022
Thursday, December 1, 2022
On The Way Home From Finishing School
On her way home through a deep dark wood, after studying rhyme and meter, what do you suppose should greet her but a big burly black bear.
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Word Garden Word List--Paige Ackerson-Kiely
Hello friends, and welcome to this week's Word Garden Word List. Hey listen, do you ever just take a chance on something because it sounds like it might be interesting? I know I have. Sometimes it's a dumpster fire, sometimes just a dud that doesn't do anything for me at all, but sometimes I find a new favorite song, dish, friend or whatever it may be. This week's words are all taken from a volume of poetry I bought a year ago or so, just because I liked the title: My Love Is A Dead Arctic Explorer by Paige Ackerson-Kiely. I just wish the content had been as interesting as the title, but as an old supervisor of mine used to say, "Eat the meat, spit out the bones." Therefore, that's exactly what we're going to do.
While I wasn't that keen on the poems--she seems to be about to dig into something important, then continually gets lost in dense language; moreover, there is so much alcohol in these poems that I could practically hear the ice cubes hitting the sides of the glass--she does make some very interesting word choices, and that's right up our alley, yes? (And I do need to add that occasionally she does make her point simply and strongly.)
I hope you'll enjoy this List. Please use at least 3 of the 20 words provided in a new original poem, then link up and visit others. Nothing to it but to do it!
And now, your List!
The chime of your kiss
Sunday, November 27, 2022
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Saturday, November 19, 2022
Nurse to the Water
Thursday, November 17, 2022
My Question For The Unabomber
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Word Garden Word List--Ghost Eaters
Hello, my intrepid group, and welcome to another Word Garden Word List! Not long ago, I was on Goodreads and saw an ad for a new book called Ghost Eaters by Clay McLeod Chapman, an author I was not familiar with. The cover art was creepy and striking, plus it was Halloween time, so I investigated.