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My rarest chapbook is in print again! Spare Change Press published my Barry Merry Baloney as part of its Ten Leaves Poetry Series on 1 December 2012. Only 30 copies were made. The publisher kept and did God knows what with 5 of them and sent the other 25 to me. I sold and/or gave away 24 of them pretty quickly, then priced my last copy at $20 on Amazon hoping to keep it but willing to let it go to someone who valued it enough. Meanwhile, with the publisher’s permission, I created a Kindle edition on 27 February 2013, mainly because I wanted to figure out how to make my Crisis Chronicles Press books available in e-format, but also because Kindle allowed me to do a 5-day giveaway of the chapbook via Amazon to get it into more peoples hands (and sometimes I like peoples’ hands on my work). Finally, this month, almost exactly a year after it was originally published, someone dropped the big bucks and bought my last hard copy of Barry Merry Baloney. And it was even harder for me to let go than I thought it would be. So before I dropped it in the mail, I used my new printer to make 50 photocopies of the chapbook. I’ve already placed a couple of these at Mac’s Backs in Cleveland Heights and will place more at Guide to Kulchur and maybe Visible Voice in Cleveland. I’m making the rest of this limited photocopy edition available to you here. To get a copy, send $5 to John Burroughs, 3344 W. 105th Street #4, Cleveland, Ohio 44111, or use this handy PayPal button:
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Here’s me reading two poems on Saturday 27 July 2013 at Poets’ Hall in Erie Pennsylvania. “Top Less” appears in my 2013 chapbook It Takes More Than Chance to Make Change, published by The Poet’s Haven. “John Cage Engaged and Uncaged” appears in my self-published 2008 chapbook Bloggerel. Thanks to Dianne Borsenik for recording and posting this video.
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Here’s me reading “Statuesque” yesterday at Main Street Books in Mansfield, Ohio. It was a more intimate sort of poetry event than my typical, which made me feel comfortable sharing some less-than performance-ready poems that I don’t usually pull out. I also paused a lot several times in the middle of poems (which I almost never do) to give asides about the work. This poem originally appeared in my 2012 chapbook Barry Merry Baloney, published by Spare Change Press. Video courtesy of Dianne Borsenik.
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On March 25th 2013 I had the honor and pleasure of being The Poetry Forum‘s featured reader at the Rumba Cafe in Columbus, Ohio. They had me read for approximately 20 minutes before we took a break, then they called me up for another 20 minute set. After that there was an open mic. I got paid $50 (enough to cover my gas) and made another $50 or so selling books (and that’s after giving away several copies). All in all, it was the longest I’d ever read during a feature (not counting Snoetry 2) and probably the most I’ve made at a reading. I had a lot of fun and dug deeper than usual into my catalog. Steve Abbott, Rose Smith, Connie Everett and Nathan Moore were gracious hosts, the audience was very into it and the other readers were quite good. Can’t wait to go back!
Here are three clips Dianne Borsenik recorded that evening and kindly posted on YouTube:
“Loveshot” comes from my chapbook Water Works (2012, Recycled Karma Press).
“Two Against Nature” comes from my book The Eater of the Absurd (2012, NightBallet Press).
“Out and In Audible” comes from my forthcoming chapbook It Takes More Than Chance to Make Change (2013, The Poet’s Haven) and first appeared online in The City Poetry and in print in the anthology What I Knew Before I Knew: Poems from the Pudding House Salon-Cleveland.
Here I’m reading my poem “Diarrhea of a Mad Mind,” from The Eater of the Absurd (2012, NightBallet Press), at my book release party on 12/12/12 at Mac’s Backs Books on Coventry in Cleveland Heights. Thanks to editor/publisher Dianne Borsenik for recording and posting this clip!
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Many thanks to the Slow Train Cafe and Meeko Israel for hosting me last night — and to all the friends and poets who came out and helped make this a most enjoyable event. Here’s a webcam recording I made of my part of the evening. I’ll post clips from the open mic that came before me soon.
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This clip features me reading 10 of my own poems and one by Kevin Reid from his new Crisis Chronicles Press chapbook Body Voices.
1. John Cage Engaged and Uncaged
2. Penis [by Kevin Reid]
3. Top Less
4. Note to Self While Writing
5. Horror Scope
7. You Shit
8. From Here to Inequity
9. Diarrhea of a Mad Mind
[Early versions of poems 1 & 6 appear in my self-published 2008 chapbook Bloggerel. Poems 3, 4 & 5 will appear in my 2013 Poet’s Haven chapbook It Takes More than Chance to Make Change. Poem 10 appears in my 2012 chapbook Water Works (Recycled Karma Press). Poems 7, 8, 9 & 11 are from my 2012 book The Eater of the Absurd (NightBallet Press).]
I stayed up late last night after spending a good portion of yesterday on baby shower preparations. Yes, my step-daughter Jamie will soon have her first baby, giving Geri and me a total of eight grandchildren. For some reason Dick Van Patten keeps popping into my head.
This morning we rose early, sleep deprived (with the household clocks, sprung forward an hour, mocking us) and Geri had me mix some real caffeinated coffee in with her now usual morning decaf. I packed her truck with the shower stuff, cleaned up dog poop in our yard, uploaded video of Lacie Semenovich’s Deep Cleveland reading to the cyber litmag, washed dishes, replaced our broken toilet seat, drank the last of our root beer and recorded this tired mess. Maybe the best part is where I read “The Four Temperaments” from Tomas Tranströmer’s The Great Enigma. I need to get some real work done, but I’m kinda tired and brain-fried.
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