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CrimeWAV impressario Seth Harwood gracefully hosts The Lineup: Poems on Crime on his podcast.

Hear it! Hear it now!

I read my poem “Metro” as well as Patrick Shawn Bagley’s “110 M.P.H. in a Stolen Pickup.” Gerald So reads his poem “Four Minutes,” “Prayer of an Arson Investigator,” by Sarah Cortez, “Don Henley Will Be Mine,” by Misti Rainwater-Lites, and “Visiting Hours, State Pen” by Amy MacLennan. Stephen D. Rogers reads his poem “A Whisper of Smoke.” And Christopher Watkins reads his poem “A Wild Flaw Amongst Us.”

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The Lineup 2 Is At Large

lineup2-fcover-s.jpgMurder. 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.”

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Asinine May Day

Spring bade the asinine poets write. New poems on AsininePoetry.com for May 2009:

Leave It Be” by Hal Sirowitz
Strange Days” by Katharine Showalter
My First 100 Days of Unemployment” by Jiffy Vega-Vega
With Us Pirates” by Dustin Michael
Asinine Swine Flu Rap Song” by Raul Chuletas
The Very Idea of Camping” by R.J. Clarken
Fairest of them All” by Renee Rigdon
Greece Is a Country, Grease Is Not” by Ryan Quinn Flanagan
When Poets Speed Date” by Robin Archbold
I Ask Ronni to Arm Wrestle” by Gerald So

 We’ve also got TWO—count ’em—TWO new contests running right now.


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Tweet Tweet Tweet

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.

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It Should Be National Asinine Poetry Month

I can’t say it enough—April Fool’s Day and National Poetry Month make this a perfect day for AsininePoetry.com.

Mattel: An Ode by Barbie” by Creeley Piker
Poor Tim Geithner” by Kat Wopat
Intelligencer” by Katharine Showalter
Don’t Fool Mother Nature” by Albert Van Hoogmoed
You’re Such a Good Poet” by P-Woody
Gimme a Break” by Robin Archbold
Gays for Peace” by Alex Galper
Friends Pile Out of Your Nose like the Little Treasures of Used Kleenex and Head Colds” by Ryan Quinn Flanagan
The Thing I Love” by Heather L. Green aka the Dark One
Homicide by Foot” by Misty Mix

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Upcoming Hit List Readings

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.

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Got the List

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!

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