Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Generation of Insomniacs (Shakin' that Ass)

Well, it's been forever. But I am still kicking and working and all that good stuff. I had hoped to update this site much sooner than this but the stinging insect season has been incredibly busy this year. I've been swamped at work, but I've still got news to spread.

The biggest news is that, finally, after about five years of submitting, my first book, A Generation of Insomniacs, has been accepted by a publisher.  Main Street Rag selected Insomniacs as an editors choice from its 2013 Poetry Book Award. It should be released in 2014, probably mid to late winter. I've put together a Facebook page, where I'll post more info as it comes and I'll do my best to keep this site up to date, including the Insomniacs page at the top of this site. Until then, here's a preview, by way of the cover:


And finding a publisher and working on final edits of the book has made me return to the music that inspired it. Something I've been doing a lot lately with my MP3 player is listening to "Proudest Monkey" by The Dave Matthews Band followed immediately with Nirvana's "Stay Away":


Other news: I have a few poems coming out in a few journals and I'm looking forward to seeing them.

Redactions will be publishing "Everything I Know I Learned from The Dream Songs" and "Pseudo-Autobiography with Pesticide Formulations."

The Dirty Napkin will release "Dirge with Birds" and will also include a recording of me reading the poem. 

Also, drafthorse will release "Spring Rain," "The Doors to the Unemployment Offices Open," and "While Trying To Rat-Proof One Of Toledo’s Historic Victorian Homes, I Listen to the Customer as He Criticizes People who are Protesting Economic Inequality."

In other news, I'm not convinced this song has actual lyrics, but I love it:

And I've been reading. I've just finished re-reading Gregory Maguire's The Wicked Years saga (Wicked, Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men and Out of Oz), this time reading all four books straight through, which was a lot of fun. I've also been reading Adrian Matjeka's The Big Smoke, which is pretty incredible (no surprise there) and Jim Daniels' Birth Marks, which I think is his best book in a long time (and his other recent books have been killer).

Here's a Tori Amos song. Why? Why not?



And lastly, my wife and I went to The Dave Matthews Band concert back in July at DTE Energy Theater, which was awesome. Here's a clip: