Check this rad interview I did with Sebastian H. Paramo for UP THE STAIRCASE QUARTERLY Issue #29, where I talk about FreezeRay and my strange mission to bring pop culture lit to the masses! And stick around for the rest of the issue; simply gorgeous work here!
MICK FOLEY LIKES ME! HE REALLY LIKES ME!
On July 14, 2014, the Hardcore Legend Mick Foley came through Oklahoma City on his spoken word tour (which I have nicknamed The Extreme Monologues). It was a great night full of stories from Wrestling Past, and we also got a special treat during the post-show Q&A in the form of The Greatest Wrestling Commentator Ever, good ol' Jim Ross (and bah Gawd, he was both steak AND sizzle)!
So what has this to do with poetry, Rob? Well, mayhaps during the meet and greet Mick and I had a bonding moment (as a friend of mine had gotten him a copy of my poem about him years ago), and he asked me if I would perform my poem for everyone in the line. When a former WWE champion and Santa enthusiast asks...you have to say yes. The clip below was taken by my buddy and fellow OKC poet Will Wizard, and starts about 10 seconds into the poem. What you missed at the beginning:
"Mick Foley leapt off a 20 foot cage and took 39 stitches just to entertain you. Now I ask: What could you possibly do?
I believe the gut of America lies in the Ohio Valley where young men and women are training every day to become part of the morality play that some call sports entertainment and some call offensive and violent..."
And the clip picks it up there. HAVE A NICE DAY!
THE MULTIVERSE IS HERE!
Matt, if I’d written a proper letter Bullseye would’ve folded it into an aerodynamic death wish an origami contract to cement his ties to Kingpin
so I printed everything I could never say into my skin.
--excerpt from "The History of Braille (or Elektra’s Last Letter to Matt Murdock)" by Jennifer-Leigh Oprihory
2014 brings a brand new anthology of superhero themed poetry called MULTIVERSE! In the tradition of the New York Times lauded zombie anthology AIM FOR THE HEAD, this collection features some of the brightest poets from both the page and the stage, including Scott Woods, Gary Jackson (Missing You, Metropolis), Joanna Hoffman (Running For Trap Doors), and leagues more, to bring you a collection of modern mythical proportions! Edited by Rob Sturma and Ryk McIntyre, these poems delve deep with humor, insight, and pathos to uncover the human in our favorite superhumans. Available NOW from Write Bloody Publishing!
Today I am a miniature cardboard man peeking out of a model railroad train station. I am waiting for you to come around.
Until you can stumble down those tracks and into arms more open than Journey songs blaring out of Junior Prom speakers, I want you to know exactly what you're in for.
--excerpt from "This, I Swear"
My new chapbook, Why You Tread Water, is now available from the DIY geniuses at Tired Hearts Press! 20 new poems of love, loss, and nostalgia, peppered with pop culture and punctuation! If that wasn't cool enough, $1 from the sale of every book will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Just click on the book title above to go straight to the Tired Hearts store.