Friday, May 29, 2015

Podcast Interview, May 28, 2015

There really was a microphone that looked like this.
I was interviewed yesterday (May 28, 2015) about poetry, artistic evolution, punk rock, Irish culture, American culture, and various other assorted topics, by Matt Ussia of the podcast radio series “We’re All Gonna Die.” Somewhere in there, I actually read a couple of poems.

Here is the link:
http://www.gonnadiepodcast.com/episode-27-reincarnation-back-on-the-agenda/

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Che Elias, Of Tire & Anonymity

West Virginia poet (long resident of Pittsburgh) Che Elias’s new poetry collection is out, and it is an arresting offering. Titled Of Tire & Anonymity and published by Six Gallery Press, it is his first in a number of years. Anyone who has read Elias’s work is aware that it is idiosyncratic and visionary and unlike anything anyone else has ever done. The fact that I know him personally and laid out this text and cover should, I hope, only make you want to check it out even more.

Here is John Menesini’s blurb for the book:
“Scars become wings, so shrug—Che Elias changed my life—Wheeling’s Son burns the brightest—holy ghosts Reed & Cleary—whose communion burst—phantasmagoria of coming hosts—ejaculate conception—drink the blood of Wheeling—who showed me the darkness and then a golden, minor place—Che Elias changed my life.”


Of Tire & Anonymity can be ordered here:
http://www.amazon.com/Tire-Anonymity-Che-Elias/dp/1926616766/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1432849508&sr=1-1&keywords=%22of+tire+%26+anonymity%22

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Poem at Philadelphia Review of Books

“many  e x / p l o d e d  earthworks, mounds — ”
My poem “The Cold Salt Snow” (part of a series, but easily read as a stand-alone poem) appears today at the site of The Philadelphia Review of Books:

https://phillybooksblog.wordpress.com/2015/05/05/the-cold-salt-snow-by-michael-begnal/