Archive for May, 2012

The Chaffey Review posted on its website works from Volume 8, including three poems of mine: “Sweep,” “A Visit to Gleason’s Gym” and “How to Be Invisible.” The Rancho Cucamonga, California-based journal also published a poem by my friend Jeff Alfier, “Calabria.”

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The Metro Times added to its Detroit Music Map a short item about the Graystone, a venue where I spent much time as a teenager at shows, including some mentioned in the piece (Black Flag, Corrosion of Conformity, Die Kreuzen, the Descendents, Seven Seconds) and others unnamed (Suicidal Tendencies, Butthole Surfers, Gang Green, the Offenders and many more). It brought to mind an old essay of mine, published by Slow Trains Literary Journal, in which I reflect on both that hall and my 1980s Detroit punk scene experiences. Ah, the memories.

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Poet Anca Vlasopolos and I will be reading at Leopold’s Books on the Friday before Mother’s Day. Last-minute gift-buyers could stop by to learn if her new collection, Walking Toward Solstice, or my Fighter’s & Writers, or both, would go well with a bouquet of flowers on Sunday.

The specifics:

Mongrel Empire Press authors Anca Vlasopolos and John G. Rodwan, Jr.

Leopold’s Books

The Park Shelton

15 E. Kirby Street

Detroit, MI 48202

Friday, May 11, 7 pm

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Word came from Wisconsin in time (or close enough anyway) for the international workers’ holiday that Cream City Review will be publishing my “Labor Day Ironies” in a forthcoming special “Labor” issue. My essay surveys the origins of May Day and Labor Day and some attendant peculiarities, not the least of which is that Labor Day became a holiday only after a disastrous failure of a strike. The president who signed off on it did so only to mollify workers anger by the harsh tactics used to squash the labor action. A Pyrrhic victory if there ever was one, if you ask me, but some fascinating history all the same.


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