Friday, October 17, 2014

"EverAfter" and "Demons" and "Boredom" and more --

Five of my poems have recently been published, 4 of them in journal online versions - I hope you will take a look and I hope you will enjoy what you find.

"EverAfter" - here is a direct link: Postcard Poems

"Good Friday at Christ the King On Vine" & "Against Metaphor" are at Edgar Allan Poet
This link will get you to an electronic version of the issue - you'll find the titles in the Table of Contents.

"Demons At Midnight" is at Voices de la Luna
Click on October 2014 and you'll get a .pdf of the issue; "Demons" is on page 21

"A Certain Boredom" - Poetry Quarterly, Summer, 2014
This appears in the print-only journal available at Poetry Quarterly.com ($15-22). if you'd like a copy of the poem, I'd be happy to send one to to you - just send me an email request,

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Published in the May-June Issue of SMALL PRESS REVIEW

The SPR Questionnaire: Angela Consolo Mankiewicz 1. What is your idea of happiness? Working on what I’m passionate about and living with whom I’m passionate about. 2. What is your idea of misery? Being the last one left alive. 3. Where would you most like to live? Wherever my beloved is but if I have to pick a physical place, it would be back home, Brooklyn NY. 4. What is your favorite virtue? Kindness – and mercy 5. What do you most value in your friends? A hand to hold – and let go and let go of “sensa rancor” 6. What is your biggest weakness? Ohh – so many to choose from – I’m awfully susceptible to proclamations or intimations that I’m special. I’m also terribly susceptible to whatever is proclaimed or intimated by someone who actually is special. 7. What do you enjoy doing most? Working, making love, listening to Beethoven, listening to – and watching – Callas, reading and re-reading; live theatre. 8. What is your most marked characteristic? Physically? I had great legs. Still good just not so important anymore. Personally? I think a lot of people would say that I can be very cold. It’s a defensive reaction – I learned it in the womb. 9. If not yourself, who would you like to be? At this point in my life, I think I’d be very uncomfortable being anyone else. I might like to try on someone else’s personality for awhile, like trying on someone else’s clothes, but I have all I can handle with my own demons and would rather not take on someone else’s. Still, as a “try on”, I’d go for Callas, maybe Jean Paul Sartre or Einstein, Catherine the Great, a Rockette. 10. Who are your favorite writers? Anonymous is a favorite. Dostoyevsky probably #1; Gordimer, Paule Marshall, Coetzee, Balzac, James Farrell, the Greek playwrights, Toni Morrison, Edna O’Brien, Anatole France, W.G. Sebald, Beckett. Ignazio Silone, Pessoa, Verga. 11. Who are your favorite poets? Funny you would separate poets from writers – this list is pretty fluid but right now: Long Dead: Blake, Dickenson, Yeats, Browning, Shelley, Keats, Byron, Pope, Donne; Quasi Contemporary: Eliot, WC Williams, Swinburne, Levertov, Auden, Bishop, Stevens, Dylan Thomas. Frost; Today – dead and alive: Dario, Khoury-Ghata, Rich, Kasischuke, Kumin, Ginsberg, Olds, Doubiago, Larkin, Pastan, Anna Swir. And speaking of poets vs. writers, I am often struck by how very well poets write non-fiction, essays and how infrequently their poetry, reaches the same level – writing poetry seems to aid the writing of prose but truly excellent, long living poetry, poetry as art, remains infrequent. 12. Who are your favorite heroes and heroines in fiction? I don’t know that I have any – lots of favorite characters though, like Madame Bovary, Miss Julie, Juliet, Lady Macbeth, Medea, Electra, Antigone; on the male side: Ivan Karamazov, Richard III, Pessoa’s heteronyms and probably above all, the nameless 1st person narrator of Dostoyevsky’s “Notes From Underground.” 13. Who are the heroes and heroines in your life? I think Americans tend to overdo the heroic a bit, but I would say: so many women of color – men too – some that I know personally and others that I’ve only read about. And though I wouldn’t call them heroes or heroines, some well known people also, like Sartre and Susan Sontag who have influenced my thinking. And Tony Judt, Isabel Allende, Arundahti Roy, Stephen J. Gould, Angela Davis, Bernie Sanders, Jim Hightower. Resisters and people who work and fight every day for the powerless and hungry, like the late Dorothy Day of the Catholic Worker, like the people I’ve worked with over the years at Project Angel Food – I come in now and then, they’re at it every day, feeding the sick and homebound. 14. Who are your favorite heroes and heroines in history? Lady Livia, wife of Augustus (even though she was a monster), Beethoven, Vittorio di Sica and Ingmar Bergman, da Vinci, all the female composers we’ve never gotten to hear, Voltaire, Nietzsche. 15. Which historical figures do you most dislike? The usual: Hitler, Stalin, Attila, Dick Cheney 16. What event in history do you most admire? The development of theatre in ancient Athens and the building of aqueducts by Rome; the development of socialism as practiced in Scandinavia, France and Germany 17. What social movement do you most admire? The Civil Rights, Women’s Liberation, and Free Speech Movements of the 60s; Occupy – I’m still hoping. 18. What natural gift would you most like to possess? Music 19. How would you like to die? Very quietly and moderately quickly. 20. What is your present state of mind? Both anxiety ridden and content: I’m antsy, don’t have enough time, am never satisfied, and am happy with my lot. 21. Which fault in others do you most easily tolerate? I’m not terribly patient but I think I’m most tolerant, in general, of human foibles, of our poor judgments, our ignorance, sometimes plain stupidity, of not thinking things through. 22. Which fault in yourself do you most easily tolerate? Rambling – especially when I’m very tired. 23. What is your motto? From Beckett: I can’t go on. I go on.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

CRACK THE SPINE now available

The 2014 Crack the Spine Anthology is now available. It has a great batch of stories and poems to enjoy, including my "Blood & Diamonds". Take a look here.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

OBSESSION: SESTINAS Anthology

I'm pleased to announce the inclusion of my "Sestina For Solo Nights" in the recently published anthology, OBSESSION: Sestinas in the Twenty-First Century, from UPNE - University Press of New England. It's a beautifully produced book of more than 100 versions of this marvelous poetic form - find out more about it here. - also available from Amazon.com

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

New Journal Publishing

I'm pleased to be part of RD Armstrong's latest poetry anthology, LUMMOX 2: Poets on Place, available from Lummox Press. You'll find my page-length prosepoem "Anniversary .... Downtown L.A." there plus dozens more, essays, interviews, and reviews - a big, beautiful books-worth of poets and poetry.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

POIESIS #6

I am pleased to announce the publication of Leah Angstman's POIESIS #6 in which I am more than pleased to have 2 poems. This issue is filled with poetry, fiction, and non-fiction pieces - almost 200 pages worth to enjoy. You can order a copy here.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

New Publishing on CRACK THE SPINE

My poem "Blood and Diamonds" has been beautifully presented by the digital journal CRACK THE SPINE. It is in issue #95 of this page-turnable e-journal. The poem is designed over pages 19-22, and you can read it by clicking on the cover here and then clicking on the right/left arrows to flip the pages. Please do return to the cover page to enter a comment: scroll down past the covers you see for the "Comments" section - click here.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

A Re-Publsihing

Ralph Murre has just posted another poem of mine to his great site, RE/VERSE, "The Naturalist," originally published in the print journal LYNX EYE. Here's a link: RE/VERSE

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

New Poetry at "ROY's

The Fall 2013 issue of RRR - Ray's Road Review was just published and features a recent poem of mine, "A Poet's Poem". You can find it here. I hope you will enjoy it - Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

September Featured Poet on Popular Site

I'm pleased to announce being selected for September's POETRY CORNER on emerging novelist Rosaliene Bacchus' site, A Writers Journey. Rosaliene chose an excerpt from my 3-part poem, "When the Pain Stopped" accompanied by her own meaningful haiku, a link to Dr. Martin Luther King's "Overcome" speech, and commentary. You can get to the Poetry Corner here

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

New Poetry and Not So New

Thanks to a couple of subscribers, I'm pleased to announce the publication of 3 poems, all available online. The first, an older poem, "For You, Not For Me" was published last April by VOICES DE LA LUNA, an online and print journal. A .pdf of the April issue can be downloaded here. You will find me in the Table of Contents under "Select Poems". The other 2 new poems, "So" and "Why Religion Is a Better Bet Than God" are in the July BROOKLYN VOICE - they are the first poems to appear in a journal from my hometown and you can find them here. Thank you for reading - your comments are always welcome.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Poetry Month - A Belated Link

I am so pleased to be able to post a link recognizing a couple of my (own favorite) poems in honor of APRIL - POETRY MONTH. The post is from my good friend, fellow poet and short story writer, memoirist and journalist and a myriad of other wonderful things, RACHEL OLIVIER. When you get there, be sure to take a tour of Rachel's world - it's marvelous. Click here.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

New Publishing at FULL OF CROW

I'm pleased to announce that the fine online journal FULL OF CROW has just published "Beyond Loneliness". Click here and then on "February 2013" and my name. Thank you so much for reading. Comments welcome.

Friday, December 21, 2012

New Publishing at RADIUS

Pleased to announce the publishing at "RADIUS: From the Center to the Edge" of my poem "The Machine Stops", initially inspired by E.M. Forster's short story of the same title. You can read it here.

Friday, October 05, 2012

NEW: Translation Collaborations

Announcing a new section I'm hoping will be of interest to you: I've been getting my feet wet in the grand river of Poetry Translation - always a big interest for me but never having the proficiency to translate myself. My knowledge is limited to high school Spanish, a semester of college French, Italian in Junior High and a lifetime of opera; German also from opera; Latin from the Catholic Mass; I also have a tiny smattering of Sicilian - the only language other than English that I have a truly decent knowledge of is a bizarre Albanian-Sicilian dialect which I understand but cannot write and can speak only under dire circumstances (!) ===================================== Now, thanks to upcoming novelist Rosaliene Bacchus, I've been collaborating on the translation of Portuguese poets - that is, Brazillian Portuguese. It works like this: Rosaliene is fluent in Portuguese and provides me with a literal translation. I then gather information on the poet, hopefully including audio, and use my smatterings of romance languages to develop what I consider a replica of the original in English, So far, we have done 4 collaborations and they are all posted on Rosaliene's fine website, "Three Worlds, One Vision". Click here for the site and then click onto "Poetry Corner". October, 2012 features our latest effort. The others are under "Archives": July, 2012; April, 2012; and July 2011. ===================================== I hope you will take a look at both the poetry and the many interesting features on Rosaliene's site. This has been quite an adventure which I hope to continue and expand - Comments, as always, are welcome.

New Publishing Notice

Pleased to announce that the print journal Naugatuck River Review,out of Massachusetts, has published my poem "My Dear Laurie" in their Summer/2012 issue. Here are the first 2 lines followed by the last 3 couplets -- Go ahead, kid, cry / all you want. // .... You tell that pal of yours, / you know who I mean,// that short skirts don't count/ if you wear panties, and// tell her to have another bourbon/ on me - and to watch over my kid// ===================================== Naugatuck is a beautifully done glossy of narrative poetry, published twice a year - their website is NaugatuckRiverReview.com

Thursday, August 23, 2012

New RE-PUBLISHING Online

The re-publication of a favorite old poem, "On Being Slow" is now at Ralph Murre's cool "Little Eagle" site: http://littleeaglereverse.blogspot.com I hope you will enjoy this piece - thanks for reading.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

New Poem at RUSTY TRUCK

A new political/societal poem of mine, "Invisible", has just been posted at that great site RUSTY TRUCK - hope you will take a look - comments welcome. To get to the site, click here and scroll down the Poet List on the right.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

New Poetry Publisings

2 announcements: THE LONG POEM MAGAZINE out of London is publishing a favorite poem of mine, "Mary Meets Marty" this month. It's a 7-part piece, each in a different traditional form. I was invited to the January 18 launch, but, alas .... Regardless, here's a link to their site: LongPoemMagazine. Click on "online shop" to buy issue# 7 - sorry, nothing is available online but if you'd like, email me (to your left) and I'd be happy to send you a proof copy.

Also this month, FULL OF CROW just published my 3, more recent,"Orange" poems - you can read them and print if you like here.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

LOS ANGELES Area Bookstore Availability for CHAPBOOKS

CANCER POEMS, AN EYE, WIRED, and AS IF are now all available at Beyond Baroque in Venice and at
Skylight Books in the Los Feliz-Silverlake area.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Belated Post for ISTANBUL LITERARY REVIEW

The latest Istanbul Literary Review published a recent poem of mine, "Writing Down the Words" - you will find it here. Also at that site, under "Archives," you will find "Indulgences: A Sequence" in the January, 2010 issue.
Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

OCCUPY WRITERS

I am proud to be included in the ever-growing list of published writers on the OCCUPY WRITERS website showing support and solidarity with all fellow-occupiers - join me and add your name as have authors across the globe, from the most illustrious to the rest of us!

Friday, October 14, 2011

In Solidarity With the OCCUPYs

On October 1st, I joined my peers - the 99% of America - at Los Angeles City Hall to stand up and protest my country's outrageous actions, and lack thereof, toward it's people. An amazing day in support of OCCUPY WALL ST and ourselves that continues to grow nationwide.
We WILL prevail - we MUST! Memorize these sites for up-to-date news on all the "Occupy"s: OccupyLA.org, OccupyLosAngeles.org, OccupyWallSt.org

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Interview from JaneCrownRadio

Delighted to announce the availability of my August 21 interview with Jane Crown from JaneCrownRadio. Jane, the publisher of Heavy Bear, does a wonderful show, asking questions and eliciting responses that turns the interview process into a conversation of hopes and dreams, facts and fancy; I also read several of my poems throughout the conversation. The show is about an hour and is available here. You can download it, burn a cd from it if you like, or just listen.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

2 Poems

Phases


He found himself a box
a small, undistinguished box
to put himself into.

Not all of him, a part
unlamented by him, the part
most recently over
and ready to be forgotten.

Not forever - he knew
that was not possible - he knew
though it would try its best

not to fidget, to keep still,
not try to turn over, still,
it could not rest

forever, it would have to knock
at one side or another, knock
hard at times, just tap

at other times to recall him
to its time, pinpoint him
to its place on his map
for a moment or two, a year or so.

*

When he first laid it in the box
on top of the older parts in his box
he watched it settle in

without a sigh, a shrug, a lock
he closed the box without a lock
a sigh, a shrug, a smile.

SKETCHBOOK, April-2008


Someone Else's World


There's a time of will, of stout-hearted sensibility
when all may not be right with the world
but it is your world, with all its back-breakers,
its griefs, its bumps in the night ...

it is your world, where stumblings or spectres,
disturbances or despair are dare-able,
when you can settle in to work or cry or fight,
when to shatter the black knight
or be shattered
is real.

And then, there's this: tremors
under your feet, shaking the coffee cup
you've raised to your mouth; tremors,
like the aftershocks of an earthquake,
every few days, or hours. Nothing
catastrophic or unexpected, just tremors,
from the rupture in someone else's world,
rumbling through yours.


HAMMERS - 1998