This wasn't no childhood love story, predestined, albeit a bit boring. I didn't meet you on some Sunday morning street; we weren't given serendipity's blessing. We came across each other, second-guessing questionable choice of past lovers and pieces of ourselves we gave away, voices of self-harm on replay. We persevered a little, learned to whittle … Continue reading For Ess
set my desk on fire. melt the ballpoint pens and my paper plane Zen. gasoline in the keys of typewriters, once- in-a- lifetime event. purge repentance from my vocabulary because consequence, scary as it may be, is all that makes me love this world again. set my happy fictions aflame, escapist scenarios; let building sprinklers … Continue reading Purge
The second (much more concise, better-edited) episode of the STM Readings is now available. Airing every Monday at 8 AM, Swear to Me unites 20 poets around the world, to explore mental health and the craft it gave rise to.
Talks with my devils have always taken a non-verbal nature; largely free of analogy, syntax or point. We have coined words with our fingers and conveyed ideas as action rather than drive on the traction of promise. They are straightforward and honest, and though they bring guns to a fist fight, no attempt’s made to shield you from your fate.
“Come and sit,” one says, patting the bus bench seat beside him.
(It strikes me each time how alike we appear. Brothers, the two of them finish each other’s gaze and start the other’s sentences, for I am their audience, and they are unrepentant in selling the scene.) I oblige the younger and take my place between them- and no passerby would see them, for they are by-products of my belief in their presence.
I would scream for help hadn’t I learned that lesson thrice.
“Today is nice,” one brother…
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I am excited for you guys to watch the second episode, which airs next Tuesday, but in case you missed it, here's this week's. I am still figuring out my groove in this one, if you will, so it's a bit longer than they will be going forward. Bear with me. Swear to Me is … Continue reading FVR Presents: The Swear to Me Readings (Episode 1: “Growing Pains”)
As many of you know, my new mental health project ZODIAC ROAD will launch in early December. The site and Facebook page are live now, so you can check it out. Submissions open November 30th. Here are the guidelines: And just a short blurb about what you're getting into: Stay tuned to Zodiac Road for … Continue reading ZODIAC ROAD Update
Today only, score a free copy of Swear to Me on Kindle. #ReviewsAppreciated #swag #mentalhealthawareness. If you missed the first episode of the readings, you can find it here. New episode every Tuesday until December 12.
Well, I spoke to the black abyss, the one that says I would not be missed one iota. I just can't seem to get a hold on myself, from happy to calm to outrage to yawn, because I'm a drenched cat despite the sunshine, a slave to the sad songs. I've followed the codas, recited … Continue reading I’m Not Getting Any Better
The Swear To Me Readings are a collection of readings, interviews and discussions around mental health. They will begin November 7 on Youtube and lead up to the launch of the new Lonely RTs Club (name still subject to change) on December 10th. Lonely RTs Club will carry on in the spirit of Swear to … Continue reading The #SweartoMe Readings Begin November 7
Well I guess that was sudden, wasn't it? I was going to drone on another few days, so I guess it's good Amazon stopped me and I could tell you all my seventh anthology was available. I would have told you more about past books, and what inspired them, so I'll do it in … Continue reading Retrospective: Swear to Me