Friday, December 21, 2012


Last night it was Round 2 of the Lummox publication poetry readings. Again, great performances from the SGVPQ crew!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Guest Editor!

I'm the Guest Editor for the latest edition of the online webzine Poetic Diversity (December 2012).  Here's the link. >  Thank you Marie Lecrivain for the opportunity.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Guest Editor!

I was one of 12 guest editors for the return of Lummox magazine. Last night was the publication reading at Beyond Baroque.  It was a grand night for poetry with some of my poet friends I chose to be published in this beautifully hefty annual: CaLokie, Joe Gardner, Jeffry Jensen, Lalo Kikiriki, Radomir Luza, and Mary Torregrossa.  Thank you RD Armstrong for the opportunity.

Saturday, October 20, 2012


NOW AVAILABLE!  My latest chapbook featuring 21 poems composed from July to October 2012.  Titles: Poetry Is, Leaving, Road Bed, She Even Looks Like A Poet, Summer Dears, Vacationku, Poetry Cafe, How Embarrassing To Be An Animal, Little White Car, History, Buy Low Wednesday, Curiosity, The Monster, Have You Ever Been Afriad Of A Monster, American Sentence, Cube, The Subjects Of Us, Seven Course, Give Piece A Chance, 1 A.M., and CNN Universe.  Get your copy for a mere $5 postage paid by visiting and directing payment to, or pop by Saturday Afternoon Poetry between 3 and 5pm inside the backroom of the Santa Catalina Branch of the Pasadena Public Library on 999 E. Washington Blvd.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Now available!

My fourth mp3 album of poetry enhanced with music and sound effects by producer Barry Schwam.  Here's the link >

Saturday, September 1, 2012


I have two poems just published in the summer Desert Writers issue of The Sun Runner.  Here's the link to read "Wreckage" and "More Wreckage" >

Saturday, August 11, 2012


My poem "Summer School Senryu" was published yesterday on the Poetry Breakfast website! Here's the link >

Monday, August 6, 2012

Featured Host!

I was a host, featured poet and writing workshop leader on Saturday evening for Poetrypalooza at the Friends Cafe in Monrovia.  I also performed "Eaton Canyon Alien" with featured musician Barry Schwam (above left) on the Theramin.  Here's the poem I wrote in the workshop (metaphorically using objects in the room):


I love to write fresh poems
They smell like steaming coffee

The flowers in my brain
get posted on a small paper bulletin board

Then people can see the menu
of my thoughts, like watching
the spots on a spotted chair

Each line is an easel
for a feeling
hanging like a lamp

Sometimes I think I am
a soda can wanting to
outshine a plate of cake

But the truth is I wish something more
to be as ubiquitous as the imitation wall clock
on your laptop

Monday, July 23, 2012


My poem "Road Bed" was published today on the Poetry Breakfast website!  Here's the link >


I was a featured poet along with John Brantingham for Visions And Voices of the Valley at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena on July 14th, organized by Christopher Luke Trevilla and hosted by Mike The Poet Sonksen.  I read Eaton Canyon Alien and Theater (both from my new chapbook Consumer), and Only Minutes (from my third book Amongst The Detritus...chosen by my time-honored method of asking the audience to shout out a page number!)

Monday, June 11, 2012


Yesterday I was one of three featured poets for Alex Frankel's Second Sunday Poetry reading series in the patio of Cafe Alibi in Pasadena.

And on June 1st, I hosted and featured The Inner Four (CaLokie, myself, Marvin Dorsey, and Mary Torregrossa) at the Rapp Saloon inside the International Youth Hostel in Santa Monica.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A coupla school gigs...

On May 16th I performed poetry and offered writing ideas for the students of Mrs. Guarino's 9th grade classes at Clark Magnet High School in La Crescenta.

On May 31st I was a judge for the 2012 Alhambra High School vs San Gabriel High School poetry slam at San Gabriel High School.

And a poem inspired by the...

My mind is a stage
looking out
on the world
My thoughts, scaffolding
for the spots
about my brain

My ears are windows
which check for a click
so I know the lights are on

When I close my eyes,
the resulting black curtains
are lit with little
bulbs like I’m on TV

One crimson lantern hangs
from my mouth
quietly screaming
I am just a single voice
I feel like an unplugged
microphone stand casts
a shadow on my soul

All the people
gathered around me
judge my performance
I think I see a door
to quickly hide behind
in the warm darkness
Rooms I've entered
through my life—
closed doors now
Wait, a small red
ribbon on the floor
of my heart…

a reason to live

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Big National Poetry Month Weekend!

Sunday, April 22nd, 4:30pm - featured at Bolton Hall Museum for Village Poets of Sunland/Tujunga

Sunday, April 22nd, 10am - took part in Earth Day Poetry Hike at Eaton Canyon in Altadena

Saturday, April 21st, 2pm - published in 2012 Poetry & Cookies anthology; reading held at Altadena Senior Center

Friday, April 20th, 3:30pm - was a judge for the Teen Poetry Slam at the Arcadia Public Library

Friday, April 20, 2012


31 clean poems from the past year

Order your copy for $7 postage paid by going to and directing payment to


See me feature this Sunday at 4:30pm in Bolton Hall in Tujunga (Google Village Poets of Sunland/Tujunga for details)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


My poem "The Antique Traveller" has been published on the Poetic Diversity website. Here's the link >

Here also is a link to YouTube where you can see me performing this very poem at the Occupy Beyond Baroque reading last Sunday >

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Poetic Weekend!

Yesterday, I hosted the 2012 San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival kickoff reading. Here's a link to the festival website, where you can find information on all 10 festival events >

Today, I performed poetry with CaLokie at the 99 Poets Occupy Beyond Baroque reading. Go to YouTube and search for Occupy Beyond Baroque to see the videos.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

It's up!

Sunday, March 25, 2012


Dear Don,

Thank you for submitting your work to Poetry Breakfast. We have accepted "Not So Still Lives" as our March 28th, 2012 poem.

Feel free to submit more poems in a month or two.

Isabel Sylvan, Editor
Poetry Breakfast

Thursday, March 8, 2012


Opening this Saturday, March 10th at 10am: an exhibit of art and poetry. You can listen to my commissioned poem while sitting on a very artistic chair in a small Pasadena park! Copy and paste the websites below to get the details:



Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Two new chapbooks by moi now available!!

19 poems composed in January and February 2012

17 poems composed between September and December 2011

Get yours for just $7 for each copy (includes $2 shipping expense) by going to and directing payment to