Murder. Prison. War. What better subjects for poetry? The second issue of The Lineup: Poems on Crime is now available. This issue features work by Patrick Carrington, Reed Farrel Coleman, Sophie Hannah, John Harvey, Janis Butler Holm, Jennifer L. Knox, Amy MacLennan, Carol Novack, Deshant Paul, Karen Petersen Manuel Ramos, Stephen D. Rogers, and Christopher Watkins. The cover design is by my pal John Collis, using a photo taken by Erich Wood, also a pal.
Of this issue, former Poet Laureate of Maine Baron Wormser wrote, “Since poets are by definition metaphysical detectives, this collection makes brilliant sense. The poets never flinch nor do they romanticize. Rather they write tersely and deftly of violence large and small, motives confused and clear, endings bloody and mundane. Collectively, they show how poems are bullets of essence that can pierce some very dark shadows.”
Recent events have reminded how Big Brotherish all this new social networking technology is. A friend at work was vilified for honestly speaking her mind on Twitter. She didn’t lose her job, but she got the modern equivalent of the stocks. I’ve always known that corporations have more rights than people, but to see it in action is pretty damned scary.
In related news, after that I went onto Twitter just to see what damage I could do to my career and actually I was “followed” by a new Twitter-size literary magazine, Baby Trotsky, so I sent them a less-than-140-character story (character meaning letters and spaces, not protagonists), and, holy Winston Smith, it got published. Try and find it if you can. After all, everything is findable on the Interweb.
I will be signing copies of Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery at BookExpo America on Saturday, May 30, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., at the Javits Center. Maybe I will see you there. I’m at the point in my career where it would still be charming to have a stalker. Next year, I hope, not so much. So this would be the time.
Holy mama! I received a copy of the book featuring my first story in a book compilation, Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery. But I’m at work in my cubicle, so I will not be able to shout in joy about it till end of day.
In related news, I will be reading from and signing copies of Hit List at La Casa Azul Bookstore, 1651 Lexington Avenue (at 104th Street), on Thursday, May 14, 6–8 p.m., with my List cohorts Steven Torres, Carlos Hernandez, and Sergio Troncoso.
Phil, I hope you’ve ordered your copy already!