occasional thoughts

occasional thoughts

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

this is a thing

This is a blog post because that's what people are supposed to do on blogs. I don't know. I wanted to update my sidebar thing with some new publications and felt like I should write something here. So here we are. You look nice. Did you do something new with your hair? Or maybe it's your shoes? Yeah, find some new publications to the right of here ---->. I've been writing poems but not as much. Mainly I've been writing fiction, which it turns out is pretty hard. You have to write a lot of words to write fiction. Is that obvious? It was a surprise to me. I've been thinking about how sentences function. They're different than lines from a poem. Again, obvious no? It seems to me, and I could very well be wrong but think I'm right, that a sentence should do one of three things. It should kill you, absolutely destroy you in every way you didn't know you wanted to be destroyed, with its language. Or the sentence should deliver a truth, profound or otherwise. Something you feel in your bones. It shouldn't do this in ornate, flowery or too contrived language, though. Meg Wolitzer does a good job at it. Finally, if a sentence doesn't do the above two, it shouldn't make you aware of its presence. Does that make sense? If it doesn't stand out for its language or its idea, it should disappear into the other sentences like a child in school. Does that make sense? It should propel the story forward and I'm not talking about merely plot. Does that make sense? It should feel effortless, though of course it was labored over for minutes and maybe hours and days. I feel like that makes sense. Until next year, or maybe the one after that, it's been a pleasure.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Berfrois, a literature and politics magazine based out of the U.K., is serializing ten of my poems over the month of march. check out number one! i'm honored and stoked to be a part of something across the pond

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

i never know what to do with this, so i'm just going to post links to stuff i've read online recently and loved. i'd post links to stuff i've read offline, but sadly, life doesn't work like that.

sasha fletcher has a little something here. i'm not sure if it's considered an e-chap or not. either way, it's great.

octopus released their fifteenth issue. i haven't read the whole thing yet. i'm up to yvette johnson. what i have read has been pretty phenomenal. pay extra amazing attention to the pieces from alice bolin, donald dunbar, and james gendron. 

ninth letter recently published their first online issue. full disclosure, i've only read the poetry section. that's where the link takes you. all the writing is from students in writing programs, grad or undergrad. these kids (probably most of whom are older than me) are killing it. samantha deal, brianna noll, portia elan, and ron salutsky (who wins the award of best title for his poem "In Praise of Kool Filter Kings") are the standouts, but really the whole issue is great.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Note: The books, music, etc., listed weren’t necessarily released in 2012. Nor were they read and/or experienced in 2012. Some were, some weren’t, and some never will be

Best Book Title
TIE! Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn and My Pet Serial Killer by Michael J. Seidlinger

Best Book Title of a Book I Probably Won’t Read
Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn

Best Movie
The Wackness, always and forever. Luke Shapiro you are my power animal

Best Lit Mag Corey Zeller was Published In
All of them, but probably NY Tyrant

Best Literary Journal
Safety Pin Review (I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, they’re the only journal I know that is truly innovating the way we read literature). An honorable mention is due to Birdfeast, a new online journal. They have it all: good poems, an aesthetically pleasing layout, the non-debatable best name ever, and a rad ass editor (Jess Poli say word).

Best Rats
Francis and Jonas Seymour

Best Rat Named After a Literary Character
Jonas Seymour (his middle name is after Seymour Glass)

Best MF DOOM Song
Microwave Mayo, with an honorable mention to Gazillion Ear, and Cellz (Cellz would have won if it didn’t have an annoying minute plus Burroughs except at the start)

Best MF DOOM lyric
“Crime pays no dental or medical / unless you catch retirement / county, state or federal”

Best Holiday Gift
I bought my dad two pounds of Fudge. Fuck with it, yo

Best Snack
Cheddar Jack Cheese Itz

Best Band from Arizona with More than Four Members
Ramshackle Glory

Best Band from Arizona with Less than Four Members
How the fuck should I know?

Best Band I Listened to This Year

Best Band I Listened to Ever
Ramshackle Glory

Best Song about Finding God

Best Song about Finding the Devil
Acid Song by Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains

Best Pat the Bunny Lyric
“Well I’ve been listening to Minor Threat records all day and shit if I do not know every word” (This isn’t really Pat’s best lyric, but it’s my favorite right now)

Best Worst Pat the Bunny Lyric
“Oi, oi, oi, oi”

Best Unpublished Manuscript
Partners by Simon Jacobs. This shit be ill yo. Simon has it in to a competition right now and I expect it to be published quite soon.

Best Shirt
That Death Star one I made

Best Person to Leave Florida
Fuck you Greg Sherl

Best Book From Greg Sherl in 2012
All of them

Best Chapbook of Mine in 2012
This one, or this one, or this one

Best Girl I Wrote a Chapbook About
This one

Best Fight I Got Into
With a senior citizen about whether I could park my car overnight in a guest spot at an apartment complex. Things escalated and he beat me with a lead pipe. I’m fairly certain I’m joking.

Best Natural Disaster

Best Podcast
Other People with Brad Listi. I have nothing snarky to say here. Quality radio type interview program.

Best Book I Read
TIE! Victory by Ben Kopel and Scary, No Scary by Zachery Schomburg. An honorable mention to This Is A Flood by Holly Amos. 

Best Book I’m Currently Reading
TIE! Beautiful Outside by Nick Strum (a killer PDF chapbook from H_ngm_n) and Although Of Course You End up Becoming Yourself by David Lipsky

Best Book Published by H_ngm_n Press
Victory by Ben Kopel. This book kind of changed my life. Possibly it is the perfect poetry collection. Certainly it is wonderful, and dense, and infinitely reread-able.

Best TV show
Breaking Bad. For years I would have said Mad Men (and really, what a great show it is), but oh man did Breaking Bad win me over with their fifth season.

Best Video Game
Mario Kart 64

Best Video Game that’s Not Mario Kart 64
NFL Blitz

Best Best Of List
Fuck you

Best Time I Caught Dome at 4 a.m. in the Backseat of my Toyota Corolla
The 5th time, and what the hell, did I really just write “caught dome”?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

things and other such nonsense

so i am not the only david greenspan in this world! shocking, i know. a guy named david greenspan apparently runs a press called butcher shop press. i know nothing about them, but just wanted to let the world (all six of you reading) know that this david greenspan is not me. i wish him success, although if he's running a poetry press he's going to need more than my well wishes. he's going to need super agent ari gold! yes, i have been re-watching entourage. this had been the best life decision i have ever made. i'm rambling. i really just wanted to say that my new chapbook, THEN, has a goodreads page!  so you should add it, or rate it, or review it, or do nothing. some asshole gave me a 2 star rating. can you believe the nerve of some people? (because sarcasm doesn't transfer well over the internet - let me just say, i'm joking. mostly). so yeah, do something with that goodreads page and i will be forever grateful. happy thanksgiving everyone

Thursday, October 18, 2012

new publications! click on the links to read new (old) work in interrupture, and new (new) work at alice blue review. both of the issues are chock full of other goodness, so check em out. seriously, interrupture is packed to the gills with people you should be reading. there's more i want to say but, you know, now is not the time. now is the time to watch freaks and geeks (and fucking undeclared!) on netflix. yes, now is that time.

Friday, September 28, 2012

oh the things i shall tell you dear reader. the things, the not things, and the other things. okay, Spike Lee. sometime in late august i had the opportunity to see a premiere of his latest film, red hook summer, at BAM. the film itself was ehh- enjoyable but nothing worth fawning over. however, after the film, Spike did a Q and A that was interesting, to say the least. he was witty, engaging, self deprecating, and high as fuck. some pretentious NYU film student asked asinine questions and Spike quickly shut him the fuck up. it was a good experience overall. certainly one of the better i've had in Brooklyn (the others consisting of buying drugs, and shitty house shows).

let's talk about the Safety Pin Review, alright? it's a new lit mag run by the cool as shit Simon Jacobs. i have no opinion on the endless debate about over saturation of literary journals. i like most everything i read in most every journal, with the obvious except of some bullshit that's been published. however, what Simon does is (i believe) completely uncharted territory. while SPR has an online component with archives of the thirty odd pieces its published so far (including one from yours truly); it's their other side that makes them groundbreaking. Simon paints the microfictions onto patches and sends them around the world to be worn by operatives. fuck. let's think about this for just one second. here is a literary magazine/journal/concern which is not in print, in the traditional sense, and has it's stories worn as clothing. has anyone done this before? probably. do i know of anyone that's done this before? no. SPR is without a doubt (seriously, nothing else is even close) coolest idea/venture in indie publishing today. fucking quote me on that. worth mentioning is that SPR isn't just a rad idea - they publish some fine writing. contributors include xTx, Brandi Wells, Barry Basden, Chad Redden, Russ Woods, Helen Vitoria, and many others i'm not familiar with. SPR doesn't publish a small section of a larger story, they publish fully formed, dare i say beautifully fucked up, 30 word stories. marginally related is the fact that Simon sent me a copy of a chapbook he's putting together. how honored was i to be asked to read through it? very. it's called Partners (the title story can be found here). once it's published, or before if you're into that sorta thing, this book will rock your world so hard.

speaking of chapbooks, i have some cool news. Green Light Books in Brooklyn has a few copies of my NAP chap, i tried to bear the elephants and lost. get on that new york people! Turtleneck Press just released my second chapbook THEN. THEN is the semi story of this guy who kills himself then floats around as a ghost with a girl who killed herself. are they in purgatory? are they really ghosts? what happens? how do miles davis, redwood trees, a shark, rome, and bone cigarettes fit into their story? you'll just have to order the book and find out! it's five dollars (one more for shipping i think) and there are only sixty copies for the first printing. let's sell those sixty out! on a serious note, if you dear reader happen to order a copy, please email me and let me know. i will personally thank you and maybe send you naked pictures of myself. the fact that people read what i write, and seem to connect with it/enjoy it, is amazing (read: confusing).

there is certainly more to write about, but that is for another time dear reader. check out my updated links while i go and watch season seven of weeds (seriously Netflix rocks for adding new episodes!)