Maybe this will be the start of a new present tense presidential senryu series.
battled back blitzkrieg
proved presidential prowess
bollocked his Mamie
Maybe this will be the start of a new present tense presidential senryu series.
*Electric* Kevin Eberhardt is a northern Ohio poet whose work has appeared in ArtCrimes, The City Poetry, the Deep Cleveland Junkmail Oracle, Fuck Poetry and accompanied images by London photographer Richard Byerley. He is a featured artist at www.agentofchaos.com. AOC publisher Smith says of Kevin:
Last month, Writing Knights Press published my latest chapbook, Electric Company. Last night they gave the chap its very own Facebook page and made me an admin. Go check it out and click “Like” if indeed you do: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Electric-Company/277670885593753.
I met Kevin Eberhardt online a few years back when he submitted some poems to the Crisis Chronicles Online Library after (I’m pretty sure) finding my site through one of Steven Smith‘s. I came to love his work (his Rounding of the Stone was one of my favorite blogs until he dismantled it this year) and I always thought he seemed like a good guy. My good opinion of him was further confirmed when I finally met Kevin in person a few days ago to deliver copies of his new Crisis Chronicles Press chapbook Burnin’ Shadows:
Burnin’ Shadows is a collection of poems by Kevin Eberhardt. This 14-page chapbook, saddle stitched and hand-assembled with care using high quality ivory paper and a cover foto by Steven B. Smith, features twelve new poems by KE and includes a free Crisis Chronicles “Bone Us” bookmark with two additional KE poems. Burnin’ Shadows is available for only $4 US from Crisis Chronicles Press, 420 Cleveland Street, Elyria, Ohio 44035. You may also order securely via PayPal.
“The Mad Poet KE is rising flame bursting wordage in great gap gasm, grasping gasps in minor moments made large. Or, as KE himself put it:
Pay no attention to the man pulling the strings / it’s a
Minimum wage job and the maximum age is 55 miles
Per hour / with clown suit and headset / optional”
Kevin Eberhardt is a northern Ohio poet whose work has appeared in ArtCrimes, The City Poetry, the Deep Cleveland Junkmail Oracle, Fuck Poetry and accompanied images by London photographer Richard Byerley. He is a featured artist at www.agentofchaos.com. AOC publisher Smith says of Kevin:
*100 Thousand Poets for Change*
Here are some basics. 100 Thousand Poets for Change, the brainchild of poet Michael Rothenberg, is happening in hundreds of cities around the world on September 24th 2011. To find out more or locate an event near you, visit http://www.100tpc.org. The following information applies to our Elyria edition of the project.
Time: Saturday September 24th from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The park closes at dusk, or I’d be happy to go later. One reason we’re starting so early is so we’ll have time for everyone to share.
Location: Black River Reservation, Bur Oak Picnic Area, 1350 Ford Rd. in Elyria, Ohio. Because there is still a bridge out south of the park, you’ll have to enter Ford Rd. on its northern end (near Interstate 90) instead of its southern end (near the mall). Take I-90 to Elyria. To get there from the east, get off at the Rt. 254 exit. Go a couple of miles west on 254 until you reach Gulf Rd. Turn left on Gulf (you’ll see a “bridge out ahead” sign, but don’t let it deter you) and then immediately veer right onto Ford Rd. In about a mile or so (right before the dead end) you’ll see the park on the right, and we’ll be set up at the very first picnic shelter as you enter — impossible to miss.
Hotel: Red Roof Inn in Elyria is offering significant discounts to poets attending this event. Call 440-324-4444 and mention poetry to take advantage.
No Electricity: There will be no electricity or wi-fi at the park. Never fear — the world will keep turning. Homer, Milton, Shakespeare and Whitman did it without microphones and so can we. I’m looking forward to not being as tied to my webcam the whole time as I had to be at some past events — and remember that we had to do the first several hours of our Snoetry 2 marathon in February sans power thanks to a blown transformer downtown. This time we’ll be outside and have natural lighting.
Schedule: The list of poets and acoustic musicians who will be sharing their work at this event keeps expanding, contracting and otherwise evolving. And flexibility served us very well (indeed it was essential) at Snoetry. So…. While we dispense with the microphone, we will also dispense with any strict schedule. In the spirit of the annual Jawbone poetry festival in Kent and the popular annual “Fuck the format, Get-in-where-you-fit-in” free for all editions of the Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza (which we held in Oct. 2009 and Oct. 2010), we won’t have defined reading slots. Come when you like, stay as long as you like, and get up and read/perform when there’s a space and you feel inspired to do so. Read several poems at once or pop in with a poem here and a poem there as you see fit. Break in with your music when the time seems right. This is gonna be totally free and organic — all about community. The poetry and music will go non-stop on the lawn (if it’s dry) or on one end of the pavilion if it’s damp out.
Food, Drink, Seating: Bring your own everything — it’s pot luck. There are a couple barbeque grills available. I was gonna try to at least bring free drinks for everyone, but my wife’s been off work all summer and I still have no “real” job. Hell, I can’t even afford to renew the license plates for my car (which expired on my birthday four days ago). There are about 24 picnic tables under the pavilion (thanks to Dianne Borsenik for donating the cash to rent it!). There’s also plenty of lawn for blankets and any chairs you might bring. Be advised, so far I hear there’s a 40% chance of rain forecast for this weekend. And as much as I hate to disappoint anybody, alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the park (but we’ll be out by 7 pm).
Small Presses (or individual artists/authors): Feel free to bring a table or co-opt one under the pavilion to display, sell, trade and/or give away your books, CDs, etc. Here’s your chance to buy good art at a low cost and show love to a poet who might’ve come a long way to attend. And if you’re in the right place at the right time, I can almost guarantee freebies of some sort will fall your way. No one who wants it will walk away without poetry in their hands as well as their ears.
TRITA Reentry: TRITA‘s mission is “to assist and empower those who have been incarcerated and to assimilate them back into the folds of society, where they can become educated and functional family members, coworkers, and productive members of our great society” — a cause I believe in strongly. TRITA will be joining us at the event to hold their big 50/50 raffle drawing at 3 pm. Raffle tickets are $10 apiece and all proceeds will go to helping TRITA perform its important work in our community. If you’re interested in supporting their cause, or just looking for more information, please visit them on Facebook.
Okay, I’m sure I’ve forgetten something. If you have any questions, please ask in the comments below and I’ll get back to you ASAP.
Facebook page for the Elyria edition of 100 Thousand Poets for Change: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=234752619876596
Peace, love and poetry,
“One beautiful moment / outweighs by far / a lifetime of okay”
[design/painting by Dianne Borsenik, poem/photo by JC — 9/16/2011 in Elyria]
Detroit Superior Bridge – site of Ingenuity Fest 2011 – photo courtesy of Alexander B
Looking for short poems to submit to the 100 Thousand Poets for Change edition of MUST microzine, published by Lynn Alexander, I came across my 7/23/2011 blog Dream Song(s) 1 and/or 2 Unedited, featuring 1/2/3 (I wasn’t sure which) unfinished poems — and decided to finish them. I think I might’ve missed the deadline because my brain is usually going in dozens of directions at once. But here’s how the poems now stand:
Covered with smashed
wild eyed pilgrims
masses of incomprehension
yes just want to get
out of their way.
Soul percent of the city
under forced labor
fractured with unknowing
brown cobweb languages
the only witnesses.
I drank the whole bottle
cannot know all
for a brew sin,
used to walk about
with a group to pull
ourselves past to the end,
now half laughing
murmuring who and how.
[Note: I just now, 12/15/2011, revised the 2nd poem to match the version I’m submitting to Recycled Karma Press as part of my Water Works manuscript.]
As editor/publisher/poolboy of Crisis Chronicles Press, I am pleased to announce our publication of a new chapbook (his 12th or 13th — I’ve lost count) by Cleveland Heights author Michael Bernstein. It features the text of his two poetic multimedia pieces, “Fracture Mechanics” (which, you may recall, he performed with poet T.M. Göttl and guitarist Will Merchant at the 18 May 2011 Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza) and “TRAP DOORS” (which, as far as I know, has not yet been performed live, though we are working on scheduling something soon). These dynamic works meld collaboration and improvisation with Bernstein’s surreal post-urban mindscapes in intriguing fashion. You can buy the chapbook for only $4 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3344 W. 105th Street #4, Cleveland, OH 44111. Or order online via PayPal.
A friend on Facebook marveled at how quickly we were able to publish Fracture Mechanics / TRAP DOORS, and I made these comments in response:
Michael Bernstein is a Chicago-born writer and musician. He is the author of 12 chapbooks, including 8bitskulls, the Fire District, and Well. His work has appeared in publications such as New American Writing, milk, Moria, and BlazeVOX. With Michael Crake, he edits the online literary arts magazine Pinstripe Fedora. Michael currently resides in Cleveland Heights, OH with his partner and fellow poet, Suzanne Savickas.
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Michael Bernstein 1/23/2011 at Jim’s Coffeehouse in Elyria, Ohio
Crisis Chronicles Press has been busy the past few months. Indeed 2011 has been our busiest year yet. We plan to continue that trend. I’m particularly excited about our latest release, Unruly, by Cleveland art legend and friend Steven B. Smith. This 25-page chapbook includes 25 poems on sideways college-ruled paper and 2 cover fotos by Smith. Saddle stitched and lovingly hand-assembled, Unruly is available for $5 US from Crisis Chronicles Press, 420 Cleveland Street, Elyria, Ohio 44035. You may also order via PayPal.
This 25-page chapbook includes 25 poems on sideways college-ruled paper and 2 cover fotos by Smith. Saddle stitched and lovingly hand-assembled, Unruly is available for $5 US from Crisis Chronicles Press, 420 Cleveland Street, Elyria, Ohio 44035. You may also order via PayPal.
I wanted to write a long blog praising Smith, talking about his influence on me, and explaining why it means so much to me to have the opportunity to publish his uniquely brilliant work. But time, focus and good enough words have eluded me, so for now I will refer you to a blog I wrote about him in July of 2008, S Is for Smith (My Favorite Poets from A to Z volume 19), and urge you to buy Unruly. Hell, if you can’t afford to buy it, I will happily give you a copy (while supplies last) just to spread the important word(s). Find more Smith at:
reverbnation.com/mutantsmith = music
walkingthinice.com = Smith & Lady life love art adventures
agentofchaos.com = Smith and friends art / poetry journal
A Short History of Crisis Chronicles Press, part 1
Crisis Chronicles Press began humbly in 2008 with my self published chapbook Bloggerel — a small edition of poems that had already appeared on my blog and gotten a favorable response. I had just attended my first poetry open mic in May 2008, and at that point all I really wanted to do was put together a little something with a few of my poems to give people as a token of appreciation if they heard me and said they liked my work — or to serve as a sort of calling card introduction to poetic people I might meet for the first time. I had my first featured reading (for the Poet’s Haven) on August 23rd 2008 and began co-hosting the Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza with Dianne Borsenik in the fall. Though I didn’t really think of it as a part of the press at the time, I created the Crisis Chronicles Online Library that year as well, and began filling it with work by my favorite writers, old and new.
I was inspired by discovering the small press publishing exploits of d.a.levy (1942-68) and new friends like Cheryl Townsend, mark s kuhar, Jim Lang, Bree (Green Panda Press), Lady K (The City Poetry) and the aforementioned Smith (ArtCrimes). So in early 2009, I decided to try my hand at publishing other writers, beginning with poetry partner Dianne’s HardDrive/SoftWear. I also decided that my year-old half-serious fantasy of publishing an anti-censorship anthology called Fuck Poetry was worth pursuing (more on that in the next installment). That’s when I started getting submissions from all sorts of people. By the end of 2009, Crisis Chronicles had also published chapbooks by Alex Gildzen, d.a.levy and Heather Ann Schmidt — as well as a second of my own, 6/9: Improvisations in Dependence.
[To be continued….]
[cover fotos for Unruly by Smith, text added by JC]
The best 10 to 20 page chapbook manuscript received by Crisis Chronicles Press in the next 24 hours will be published by the end of the year. In case of a tie (or if I can’t make up my mind), I reserve the right to select a winner by throwing the best titles in a hat, closing my eyes and pulling one out. Entries must be received via email to email@example.com no later than 11:35 pm EST on September 6th 2011. Word documents preferred.
Poetry! Peruse, print and pass on. This third installment (comprising Volumes 9 through 12) of Take It to the Streets Poetry, like the earlier ones, is all about “getting words
to people who don’t get words.” I’m proud that one of my photographs (“Whitaker Station,” taken this summer off the Cass Scenic Railroad in West Virginia) and one of my poems
(“Numb And,” written last month in my basement in Ohio) are now part of this project. Many thanks to tireless TITTSP mastermind Lynne Hayes and all the contributors for making this happen!
Dig into the newly published volumes here:
Alex Gildzen and I will be reading poetry Thursday 15 September 2011 at 8:30 pm on the outdoor stage of the Lorain Art’s Council’s Sweet and Savory Bistro, 737 Broadway in Lorain, Ohio. I’m really excited that we were able to work out the scheduling while Alex is in town from Santa Fe for his mom’s 90th birthday and the LAC’s “Go Figure” art show is still going on. For more information on this very special event, please see our D’Elyrious Night page on Facebook.