Just some random notes:

You may recall my 5 January blog celebrating Pulitzer Prize winning poet W.D. Snodgrass’ 83rd birthday.  When I wrote it, I was unaware that De (as the poet is familiarly known) was battling lung cancer.  Yesterday morning, he lost that battle.  May he rest in peace.

Tonight Mac’s Backs bookstore in Cleveland Heights (1802 Coventry Rd.) is having their monthly poetry reading at 7 p.m.  It’s being billed as guys’ night, though guys and gals are enthusiastically invited, and the featured poets will be C.Allen Rearick, Jason Floyd Williams, Mike Goldstein, and me.  Even if I suck, it’ll be well worth going to hear the others.  Plus, poetry reading aside, the store rocks.

This past week, additions to the Crisis Chronicles Online Library have included Cleveland: The Rectal Eye Visions [#4 & 5] (by d.a. levy), Manifestation of a Buddha (by Cheryl Lynn Moyer), We Wear the Mask (by Paul Laurence Dunbar), Magnetic Notes from a Refrigerator (by Kevin Eberhardt & Co.), Sonnet to Sleep (by John Keats), Fucking Cruel (by Mister Eeee), Ode: Intimations of Immortality (by William Wordsworth), Moon in the Window (by Dorianne Laux), A Man Adrift on a Slim Spar (by Stephen Crane), Bhagavad-Gita (Chapter 6), Las Palomas (by Steve Goldberg), How the End Begins (by Will Northerner), Praise for an Urn (by Hart Crane), Handguns (by Willie Smith), Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (by Robert Frost), I Just Noticed (by Chocolate Waters), Eveline (by James Joyce), Ars Poetica (by Michael Grover), and Hélas! (by Oscar Wilde).  Click any title in this paragraph to see that entry.

Finally, here’s a new poem I’ll be reading tonight.

Rough Love

front to back
back to front
right to left
left to right
poopy to licky
licky to poopy
snoopy is snoopy

snoopy is snoopy
dog is dog
god is god is
dog is god

love ruff