Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Generation of Insomniacs and More

It's officially here. On Tuesday, a big box full of copies of A Generation of Insomniacs arrived. I am so grateful to everyone who helped make this book possible. I have so much I want to say but I'm going to leave that for later. Right now I have other news I will share.


First, I want to announce my first post-book reading. I'll be at the University of Toledo on April 16th. This will be my first solo performance, which is pretty exciting and pretty nerve wracking. But I can't wait. If you're in the Toledo area, stop by. 6:00 PM in the Canaday Center at Carlson Library.

I also want to thank the editors at Redactions, who published my poem "Everything I Know I Learned from The Dream Songs." I've learned that the Board of Contributing Editors at Pushcart Press have nominated the poem for a Pushcart Prize. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

I didn't post about it, since I was knee deep in my 30/30 run, but two of my poems ("Exterminator" and "Everything I Know I Learned from Rachel Maddow") were published on Verse Daily, an honor I'm not sure I deserve (but I'm taking it). Thank you to burntdistrict for originally publishing those poems.

And speaking of 30/30, I want to thank my sponsors once again. I set an insanely high goal of raising $1,000 for Tupelo Press. Somehow, I managed to reach my goal. I am proud and humbled by the support my work received.

And, lastly (for now), I am thrilled to announce that ELJ Publications has decided to take a gamble on my chapbook, Everything I Know... I've set up a page (see the bar at the top of the screen) but it has nothing on it right now. I'll slowly be putting info about the chap together and posting it there. Until then, keep your eyes peeled. The chap should be out around October 2014.

What a year and it's still only just begun!


Monday, December 30, 2013

30/30 Day 30: Unknown Exquisite Corpse

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Day thirty of 30/30!

Click here to read today's unknown exquisite corpse poem.


Behind the Poem:

For today, a group of the ten December 30/30 poets got together to write an exquisite corpse. Each of us sent a couplet or two to the poet who volunteered to run the exquisite corpse. She has put them together in a random order and then sent that creation off to our 30/30 contact person. I have no idea what the poem looks like, says, anything. I am as curious as you (perhaps more).

Tomorrow is the 31st. The project is 30/30. The people at Tupelo who run the project work their tails off all month long. They deserve a day off. The ten of us running this month are giving them (and ourselves) the 31st off. This means I am done. I wrote 29 poems in 29 days and contributed to a 30th exquisite corpse. I'm sure I'll have a lot to say looking back (look for a post in January ... probably). But before that -- I'm going to get some friggin' sleep.

But first, some thank yous.

Thank you to my wife for putting up with me this month.

Thank you to Kirsten Miles, Marie Gauthier, Jeffery Levine and Sarah Williams, the incredible staff at Tupelo Press who have herded us through this month.

Thank you to my fellow Decemberites: Carolee Bennett, Kate Fadick,Yvette Frock Gottshall, Kyle Laws, Calvin Olsen, K. Alma Peterson, Kushal Poddar, Julianza Shavin, and Katharine Whitcomb.

And thank you, finally, and not for the last time, to all my sponsors.


Sunday, December 29, 2013

30/30 Day 29: Winter Poem

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Day twenty nine of 30/30!

Click here to read "Winter Poem"

By The Numbers:

# of days: 29
# of poems: 29
# of pages in my journal: 132
# of "finished" words: 8,116

My Obsessions:
# of references to Walt Whitman: 8
# of references to Kurt Cobain: 7
# of references to cockroaches (all varieties): 4
# of references to bedbugs: 1
# of references to honeybees: 5
# of references to flight: 6
# of poems with the word "poem" in the title: 7

Behind the Poem:

First a few words about today's poem. It is a sex poem. I assure you I got my wife's permission before I sent the poem off. What I wanted to do with today's poem is write a sex poem from the male perspective that isn't chauvinistic, that isn't gratuitous. I wanted to flip the usual way these poems are written, or at least the way I usually see them. I wanted the male to be the vulnerable one, the exposed one, the one being opened. And so, "Winter Poem."

At different points this month, I've written with some really long lines. Today's lines are the longest yet. Partly, I think this happened because I was so upset (perhaps too upset) by what I turned in for day 2. The other explanation I can think of: check out my old writing journal (on the right below) compared to my new writing journal (on the left below).


And, last but not least, the song for today's poem. I started the month with a DMB epigraph and I wanted to end the month with a DMB epigraph. Here's the song, live from DTE in Detroit, from July 9, 2013. It was one of the highlights of an incredible concert (oh, yes, I was there):

The Dave Matthews Band: "(Stir It Up) >> Crush"

Until tomorrow. And you better donate now because the month/year is nearly over!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

30/30 Day 28: 8 December 1980

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Day twenty eight of 30/30!

Click here to read "8 December 1980"

By The Numbers:

# of days: 28
# of poems: 28
# of pages in my journal: 126
# of "finished" words: 7,769

My Obsessions:
# of references to Walt Whitman: 8
# of references to Kurt Cobain: 7
# of references to cockroaches (all varieties): 4
# of references to bedbugs: 1
# of references to honeybees: 4
# of references to flight: 5
# of poems with the word "poem" in the title: 6

Behind the Poem:

I wanted this to be the poem for December 8th. Instead, I wrote the Kurt Cobain poem because I couldn't figure this one out. It's been bubbling in my head all month long and today I knew it was now or never. So here it is, my John Lennon poem. One I've been obsessing about ever since I saw the documentary The Day John Lennon Died. This is where I heard the story about the surgeon holding Lennon's hand, which simply amazes me. Also of note for this poem is the nightingale, which for some reason I can't explain, is a bird I always associate with Lennon.

Here is a recording of the poem, for sponsors Art and Becky Ingram. With thanks.

"8 December 1980" by Anthony Frame

And here are a few pages from my journal. Like many of the poems this month, I jotted down ideas and lines while I was working (during quick breaks between jobs). Later, I pulled them together to create the poem.




And, finally, "Instant Karma."


 "Instant Karma" by John Lennon



Friday, December 27, 2013

30/30 Day 27: Pity

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Day twenty seven of 30/30!

Click here to read "Pity"

By The Numbers:

# of days: 27
# of poems: 27
# of pages in my journal: 119
# of "finished" words: 7,463

My Obsessions:
# of references to Walt Whitman: 8
# of references to Kurt Cobain: 7
# of references to cockroaches (all varieties): 4
# of references to bedbugs: 1
# of references to honeybees: 4
# of references to flight: 5
# of poems with the word "poem" in the title: 6

Behind the Poem:

Today's poem is a rewrite of an old poem that I had abandoned. It is inspired by true events. I do a lot of work in the public housing projects of downtown Toledo. Now, Toledo isn't Detroit or Chicago. But we have our own problems with poverty and violence and gangs. No one gives me trouble -- I get rid of their roaches. But stuff still happens. And on hot days, since public housing rarely offers air conditioning, stuff happens and it happens quickly. A water gun fight between kids escalates. Someone gets angry, someone says something, someone does something and soon a gun is drawn. It happens. That inspired today's poem.

Until tomorrow. Go donate!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

30/30 Day 26: Everything I Know I Learned from Jim Wells

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Day twenty six of 30/30!

Click here to read "Everything I Know I Learned from Jim Wells"

By The Numbers:

# of days: 26
# of poems: 26
# of pages in my journal: 117
# of "finished" words: 7,296

My Obsessions:
# of references to Walt Whitman: 8
# of references to Kurt Cobain: 7
# of references to cockroaches (all varieties): 3
# of references to bedbugs: 1
# of references to honeybees: 4
# of references to flight: 5
# of poems with the word "poem" in the title: 6

Behind the Poem:

And here I am reading the poem, for sponsor Jim Wells:

"Everything I Know I Learned from Jim Wells" by Anthony Frame

Until tomorrow. Go donate!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

30/30 Day 25: Christmas Poem

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Day twenty five of 30/30!

Click here to read "Christmas Poem"

By The Numbers:

# of days: 25
# of poems: 25
# of pages in my journal: 112
# of "finished" words: 7,116

My Obsessions:
# of references to Walt Whitman: 8
# of references to Kurt Cobain: 6
# of references to cockroaches (all varieties): 3
# of references to bedbugs: 1
# of references to honeybees: 4
# of references to flight: 5
# of poems with the word "poem" in the title: 6

Behind the Poem:
Two things to consider for today's poem. First, The Nag Hammadi Library. Specifically, The Infancy Gospel of Thomas deals with Jesus' childhood, which is something I find incredibly fascinating.

Secondly, a different track:

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds: "Christmas Song."


Until tomorrow. Go donate!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

30/30 Day 24: Everything I Know I Learned from Norma Jeane Jaworski

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Day twenty four of 30/30!

Click here to read "Everything I Know I Learned from Norma Jeane Jaworski"

By The Numbers:

# of days: 24
# of poems: 24
# of pages in my journal: 108
# of "finished" words: 6,892

My Obsessions:
# of references to Walt Whitman: 8
# of references to Kurt Cobain: 6
# of references to cockroaches (all varieties): 3
# of references to bedbugs: 1
# of references to honeybees: 4
# of references to flight: 5
# of poems with the word "poem" in the title: 6

Behind the Poem:

Today, I offer the page from my journal that started the poem.



Until tomorrow. Go donate!

Monday, December 23, 2013

30/30 Day 23: Poem Composed Entirely From the First Lines of Poems by Emily Dickinson

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Day twenty three of 30/30!

Click here to read "Poem Composed Entirely From the First Lines of Poems by Emily Dickinson"

By The Numbers:

# of days: 23
# of poems: 23
# of pages in my journal: 105
# of "finished" words: 6,744

My Obsessions:
# of references to Walt Whitman: 7
# of references to Kurt Cobain: 5
# of references to cockroaches (all varieties): 3
# of references to bedbugs: 1
# of references to honeybees: 4
# of references to flight: 5
# of poems with the word "poem" in the title: 6

Behind the Poem:

This poem was too much fun to write. But that's not really a bad thing.

Okay, gonna start off with a reading, this one for sponsors Cathy and Dennis Jaworski:

"Poem Composed Entirely From the First Lines of Poems by Emily Dickinson" by Anthony Frame

Next, I want to encourage any sponsors to please check the sponsor's post to make sure your name is there. If it isn't, please email me (anthony[dot]frame[at]yahoo[dot]com) because it means something happened when you tried to sponsor. Most often, the problem is that you forgot to put my name in the dedication field but whatever happened, I'll get it fixed. If you let me know.

Until tomorrow. Donate!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

30/30 Day 22: Go Confidently in the Direction of Your S

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Day twenty two of 30/30!

Click here to read "Go Confidently in the Direction of Your S"

By The Numbers:

# of days: 22
# of poems: 22
# of pages in my journal: 96
# of "finished" words: 6,454

My Obsessions:
# of references to Walt Whitman: 7
# of references to Kurt Cobain: 5
# of references to cockroaches (all varieties): 3
# of references to bedbugs: 1
# of references to honeybees: 4
# of references to flight: 5
# of poems with the word "poem" in the title: 5

Behind the Poem:

Not a whole lot to say today. I actually did see the title as a wall cling in an apartment, which inspired the poem. I thought I'd write some sort of political poem about class and money and stuff, but it wasn't working. I just ended up with a bunch of S images. So I went with it. It's kind of cool. I do this every now and then. And over the years I'll go back, pull an image or idea and start a new poem.

I would also like to say, once again, thank you to everyone who is donating to Tupelo in my name during this month. I am close to reaching my goal (I need to raise about $185 in the next week). I hope you can take a minute to check out everything Tupelo does. They are more than a publisher. They also do outreach, workshops, incredible industry-defying fundraisers like 30/30 ... they are amazing. They also happen to be an amazing press, which is enough to donate. And they're a non-profit so anything you donate is tax deductible. So send them five bucks, ten bucks, if you can. In return, I'll make you a nice chapbook of my 30/30 poems.

Before I go, here are my audience stats for this past month. It is kind of freaking me out.


Until tomorrow. Donate!