Monthly Archives: September 2013

50 Steps To Writing a Poem

Best rules, best order

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1. Get born

2. Breath some air

3. Once they give you a crayon, start drawing on everything

4. When they take your crayons away, make shapes with your peas and carrots or whatever

5. Laugh at everything

6. Stare at the sun

7. go underwater with your eyes open

8. listen to the dog’s heart for hours

9. listen to the cat’s heart for a split
second before it runs away

10. learn some of the alphabet

11. notice that things don’t always float

12. ride a BMX or something through weird trails.

13. learn a few numbers

14. when they mention the moon, remember that it is a) made of cheese, b) somewhere we never went

15. don’t get a haircut

16. get in a fist fight on the school bus with whoever will have you

17. fall out of a tree and break something.

18. kiss other…

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“there were those lonely nights in pittsburgh…”

This is how John Grochalski starts his poem, “Buddha of Pizza and Beer” in the Current Issue of The Idiom Magazine.

It’s a type of ‘coming of age’ poem and throughout the piece he mentions all those things that we all address at some point in our lives

  • when i was first on my own
  • losing and gaining friends
  • nights i didn’t want to be around anyone
  • hung up over some girl

In the short time of the piece he slowly comes to terms with these thoughts, gets his pizza, stops and gets some beer, and goes home “waiting on my moment” becoming some kind of contemporary buddha….

His other piece in this issue, “Our Crowd” has a similar voice as the last piece and his observation of seemingly everyday events again present a narrator who is accepting of a typical day in the life.

We here at the idiom especially liked “this group of old ladies who won’t quit laughing at their folly”, “the confused austrian yelling into his phone”, and “the chinese tourists taking photos of their mistake”.  All these characters make for a surreal scene in the poem and help to create the visual of place and surroundings for the piece.

 

Book Release and Reading this weekend….

So this weekend two events going on….

Saturday night we are having Bud Smith’s second book release party because the first one was so good!  You can see pictures of the first one in one of our previous posts

This book release party is at 8:16 Studios and again we’ll have bands and beer and poets and smokes and Bud Smith’s novel Tollbooth for a nice lil discounted price…heres facebook info on it

 

On Sunday, the South Brunswick Library starts up its Sunday afternoon poetry readings and Hank Kalet a poet from the previous issue of the Idiom is one of the features….starts at 2 and there’s an open mic afterwards so bring some words….here’s a link to the full schedule for the year

Nicole Greenwood and the Haiku structure….

We’re hanging out at the Revolutionary Lounge at the Tuesday night open mic.  Every week we meet here and read our poems….test them out to an audience who’s listening….kids looking to hear something new….Nicole Greenwood comes up to me and says,

“I have a poem”

“Ok” I say.

“It’s made out of Haiku,” she says.

I’d recently read Patricia Smith’s sonnet poem “Motown Crown”  That’s fifteen sonnets the last line always the start of the next sonnet and then the fifteenth sonnet uses all the previous first lines from every sonnet to make its own….so a poem made of haiku I liked the idea for….

Each Haiku’d stanza makes the poem sound kind like a list.  Read them aloud like you would any haiku and you naturally pause a little between lines and stanzas.  But the listed haiku don’t stand alone they create a slightly abstracted narrative and the setting of a carnival and dizziness one receives when hanging out in such a place contributes to that abstractness.  Young love is mentioned, the confusion adolescents feel and the church that wants apologies gets pushed aside towards the end of the poem when none of that stuff seems to matter during the birth of the child.  There is no indication if the parents are the same as the young love in the middle of the poem but Nicole doesn’t need to tell us that and moves us throughout the piece and through time and has us work a little to see the transitions.  I like working with poems and making sense of them on my own.

Check out Nicole’s poem on the Idiom Website and other pieces from this issue and let us know what you think….

Pictures from Bud Smith’s Book Release Party….

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Here’s a bunch of pictures from Bud Smith’s book release party for his novel Tollbooth….Thanks to everyone who came out and all the performers and everything.

Don’t worry if ya missed it!  There is a second release at 8:16 Studio in Toms River next Saturday... there will be more bands and a reading by both the writer of the book and all the writers who helped edit it…

Perhaps you can’t make any events we have….you can also get Tollbooth here

Tollbooth book release party tonight!

Tonight is the book release party for Bud Smith’s novel, Tollbooth published by Piscataway House Publications.

Go to Revolutionary Lounge in Toms River from 7-9 to hear Bud Smith read excerpts from his book and performances by Mark Brunetti, Love Hustle, Chris Rockwell, and Nathan Dickinson….

The book will sell at a release party discount of $8! Come on out, meet the author and publishers and be a part of that ever growing jersey literary scene…

Tollbooth: Chapters 8-10

The next few chapters in Tollbooth! Check out our book release parties coming up….

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*** continuing the serialization of Tollbooth***
click here to start at the beginning

Here in Bud Smith land, I’m gearing up for a few release parties for Tollbooth down in New Jersey where this book takes place. I’m also on my way tomorrow to the post office to mail copies of this book out to peeps who have requested signed ones. If you would like a signed one, hit me up,click here

 

8

I called Ted from a pay phone. He was my only remaining friend. “It’s been a while,” I said into the phone. “What’s new?”

Ted was at his desk at the DMV, where he worked, ate, and sometimes slept.

“Nothing,” he admitted. “Gym. Paperwork. Kelly wants to go to get passports. We’re talking about visiting Peru.”

“Peru! Holy snap! I should be doing that. I should be going to Peru.”

“Yeah, yeah—you should, really,” he said…

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