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Ten Ducks and a Poet

            My friend Scott once said that bad poets get into language poetry so they can just write the word “duck” on a piece of paper ten times and be done with it.            I don’t know if that’s necessarily true, but it feels like it.            By way of explaining, language poetry is a movement that started with poets like Gertrude Stein and took off in the 1970s and emphasizes the way words work together instead of meaning.            It’s easy to…See More
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Close Talker

I had just finished giving a reading in Long Beach a couple of months ago and was standing a little apart from everyone. It was a hot room, and I’d been wearing a suit and speaking for a long hour, and I think people were giving me a comfortable distance because I am a sweater in the best of times. In the worst, I’m a stick of butter on a hot day. “So you work at Mt. SAC?” someone said behind me. I turned to find a close talker – someone who invades your…See More
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New Magazines

            Despite the fact that I post on blogs, I’m kind of a Luddite, but I have to say I love what technology is doing for our local writing communities.            It used to be that if someone without a lot of money put out a small magazine, the result they would have terrible production (which was kind of charming) and not a lot of people would know about them. I loved small magazines. It was fun to be one of the few people who read The Chiron Review or The Small Press…See More
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In My Head, I Can Still Hear the Drums

               Last year, I opened for Officer Problem, a punk band at Pizza Supreme on Nogales in West Covina. I’m a poet, and I’m used to a certain kind of audience, which isn’t exactly refined or entirely quiet, but I’m not running punk shows, after all. And the audiences for punk bands don’t exactly expect poets. They’re all sensitive people, I’m sure, but no one goes to a punk show expecting a large, middle-aged, bearded poet. Too bad. They got me.               But it was a good…See More
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Blessings, Bullets, and Bad Bad Men

            I like Westerns that are really just updated stories of knights or samurais. A lot of the old Spaghetti Westerns were those kinds of stories. Clint Eastwood’s man with no name in A Fist Full of Dollars was such a hero. He rides into town in the first act to see injustice, and by the end, he has vanquished the evil. I’m not giving anything away here. Everyone knows it’s going to happen. So many of those cowboys riding about in fiction are really just knights, and I love them…See More
Oct 28, 2012

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A Case of Home Town Blues

            W. S. Gager’s A Case of Hometown Blues follows Mitch Malone, award winning journalist, as he returns to the chaos and evil of the Michigan town where he grew up. Malone is a success out in the larger world, but when he comes home, he – like the rest of us – reverts back to the social status he had when he was in high school. And like for most of us, that’s not good.            While he’s dealing with this reversion, he also has to deal with the murder of his old friends and…See More
Oct 14, 2012

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Devil's Kitchen

“The border is its own country. It has its own rules.” Clark Lohr, Devil’s Kitchen I have a soft spot for the The Naked City, the old police procedural filmed in New York in 1948. I have a soft spot for James Ellroy and James Cain and Mickey Spillane and Cormac McCarthy’s border novels. I have a soft spot for any book that looks at crime and violence in an unsentimental way and lets us follow the machinations of cops or criminals. I have a soft spot for Clark Lohr’s Devil’s Kitchen. Devil’s…See More
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In Pursuit of Poetry -- Postmark Atlantis

Anyone who has met Paul Tayyar, a local poet and author of the books Scenes from a Good Life and Everyday Magic, likes him. It’s impossible not to. There is a genuine kindness and caring that comes through for anyone talking to him that I don’t know that I’ve ever seen before. This…See More
Sep 28, 2012

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Teacher at Point Blank

Neil Webb had been my teacher and my colleague. He was used and eventually discarded by an educational system permeated by the belief that all teachers should be heroic, obedient, and utterly dedicated to their jobs and students every day of their work-lives, often at the expense of their personal lives. But this “perfect teacher” fantasy does not make allowances for imperfection or dissatisfaction. And asking a teacher to perform in this way ignores the passions and ambivalences that draw some…See More
Sep 19, 2012

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The Magicians -- Kit Sloane

            The Magicians by Kit Sloane gives us an interesting insider’s look at some of the various subcultures that make Hollywood what it is. The Magicians is a mystery novel involving a murder on a reality show set, but the murder investigation itself, while definitely interesting, takes a backseat to the crazy world that those driven by their Hollywood dreams inhabit.            Sloane sets her story in the set of a. show gone too far. The protagonist of the book, Margot O’Banion, has…See More
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I'm proud to be mentioned on Oak Tree Press's blog. A Friday round up includes all of their author's latest blogs. Interviews with Lawrence Block, Alafair Burke, Chris Grabenstein, and Sunny Frazier and one author is asking for insomnia cures.http://otpblog.blogspot.com/See More
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Long Beach Poetry

Last night, I went to this month’s After the Carnival reading in Long Beach. It was the book launch for Michael Buckley’s new short story collection, Miniature Men, from World Parade Books. Tonight, I’ll be heading down…See More
Aug 28, 2012

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How Much Promotion Is Too Much

I am a poet, writer and blogger, and I tend to publish or post three or four times a week. That sounds like I'm bragging, but I'm not. Poetry can publish all the time, and I'm trying to promote a couple of  upcoming novels and to create a brand. The thing is that I want to support those places that have my work, but at the same time, I don't want to annoy facebook friends and email friends. So my question is how often should someone promote and where? How often do you do it? When does it become…See More
Aug 21, 2012

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Ten Ducks and a Poet

            My friend Scott once said that bad poets get into language poetry so they can just write the word “duck” on a piece of paper ten times and be done with it.

            I don’t know if that’s necessarily true, but it feels like it.

            By way of explaining, language poetry is a movement that started with poets like Gertrude Stein and took off in the 1970s and emphasizes the way words work together instead of…

Continue

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 7:00pm

Close Talker

I had just finished giving a reading in Long Beach a couple of months ago and was standing a little apart from everyone. It was a hot room, and I’d been wearing a suit and speaking for a long hour, and I think people were giving me a comfortable distance because I am a sweater in the best of times. In the worst, I’m a stick of butter on a hot day.

 

“So you work at Mt. SAC?” someone said behind me.

 

I turned to find a close…

Continue

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 7:00pm

New Magazines

            Despite the fact that I post on blogs, I’m kind of a Luddite, but I have to say I love what technology is doing for our local writing communities.

            It used to be that if someone without a lot of money put out a small magazine, the result they would have terrible production (which was kind of charming) and not a lot of people would know about them. I loved small magazines. It was fun to be one of the few people who read The Chiron Review or The Small…

Continue

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 7:00pm

In My Head, I Can Still Hear the Drums

               Last year, I opened for Officer Problem, a punk band at Pizza Supreme on Nogales in West Covina. I’m a poet, and I’m used to a certain kind of audience, which isn’t exactly refined or entirely quiet, but I’m not running punk shows, after all. And the audiences for punk bands don’t exactly expect poets. They’re all sensitive people, I’m sure, but no one goes to a punk show expecting a large, middle-aged, bearded poet. Too bad. They got me.

               But it was a…

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Posted on November 7, 2012 at 7:00pm

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Hi, My name is anita buice and I'm new to Book Blogs.  I would love to follow your work and if you'd send me a link to anitawbuice@gmail.com, I will.  My site is anitabook.com as in "I need a book."  I would LOVE for you to check it out and if you like it get ready to send me some books to review.  My address is anita buice, 202 Richards Street, Carrollton, Georgia 30117.  Then just look for the review on anitabook.com.  If you could send multiple books I would use them for giveaways to promote your work and my site.  I look forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance for the time and effort that it takes to make this happen. Blessings, anita of anitabook.com

At 5:19pm on September 27, 2012,
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IronFist
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Hello John. Just visited and followed your blog. Whenever time allows you visit, follow and comment on http://iron2112fist.blogspot.com/

Best wishes.

At 11:09pm on July 24, 2012,
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Cheyenne Williams
said…

Hi, and welcome to Book Blogs! If there's anything you want to know, feel free to ask me! (:

Anyway, I have two blogs: {This Girl Reads} and [Cover to Cover], and I'd love it if you'd check them out. Leave me a link to your blog so we can follow each other!

Oh, and be sure to check out my giveaway going on right now for a book of your choice!

At 5:44pm on July 11, 2012, David Coles said…

Thanks for the invitation, John. I would enjoy being your friend, David 

At 12:57pm on July 11, 2012, jack everett said…

Thanks for the invitation, John it will be my pleasure to become your friend

At 12:31am on July 11, 2012, Chasity Brewer said…

Hello welcome to Book Blogs, I think you will really like this site the people on here are very nice and very helpful. If you need anything please let me know.

I would appreciate if you could take a look at my blog and if you follow let me know and I will followback.

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Have a nice day!

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At 10:21am on July 8, 2012,
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Hello and welcome to Book Blogs, amazing place with amazing people who helped me a lot with finding myself in the book bloggers world :) I hope you will enjoy this site!

Check my book blog anyway, and if you choose to follow it leave me a comment with your blog link and I'll follow you back.
Liking my facebook page would be amazing too!  ;)
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At 12:34am on July 7, 2012,
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Emily Yu
said…

Hey John!

Welcome to Book Blogs ;) I'm sure you'll make many great friends around here and have a great time!

This site may be slightly confusing, but I'm sure you'll get the hang of it in no time! However, if you do need any help, feel free to ask me. I'll try to help you in any way I can ^^

If you do have time, feel free to check out my blog: http://anythinginfantasy.blogspot.com If you do decide to follow me, please leave your blog's address on my page so that I can return the favour :)

All the best and see you around!

Cheerio!

Emily

 
 
 

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