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Strange Good Mood

I am in a strange good mood, maybe from all the coffee I’ve drank today, or maybe because I’m reading at least two or three enjoyable books right now (Hoagland’s Donkey Gospel I just finished, which blew me away), or maybe because Spring is just around the corner (Spring is my favorite season, and I capitalize it for a reason, unlike the others), or maybe because my friend Dani and Trent’s band is playing their first-ever show together at the Sugar Room tomorrow night, or maybe because I think I might be in love, or maybe because I’m back on Twitter, after a year and a half or so off, and am excited about that–conciseness and brevity in one’s writing, these days, I think, is key–or maybe because I just posted a witty quote on Facebook recently as my “status” and three girls that I like have already said that they like it, or maybe because I’m about to write a review of a poetry book I recently read and loved, one that will surely get published again as long as I don’t fuck it up and write a boring or average review; but I was moved by the material and the writer’s style and attention to craft so I don’t think that that will happen… or maybe because tomorrow is Thursday and Thursday is my favorite day of the week–a band once named themselves after this great day of the week, the first day of the weekend (some might argue and say Wednesday night is the first day, is the true beginning of proper “weekend” festivities)–or maybe because Tales From the Poor House, the lit. and music-based radio show I produce which is hosted by MSU’s own Geoff Herbach, is airing tomorrow on KMSU (89.7 FM) at 1:30 in the afternoon, and we’re also meeting with local writers to drink beer and eat pizza and record some more stuff late-Friday afternoon at Geoff’s flat, or maybe because I have leftover Roma pizza sitting in the frig. to eat for dinner here soon (it’s true: I love pizza), or maybe because…. Well, let’s just say anything feels possible, at this juncture, in my life, and that’s a pleasant feeling to behold.  Someone is smiling upon me, but who knows how long it will last, although I’m going to enjoy it for now.

I’ve never been good (that is to say, consistent) about posting to blogs I’ve set up in the past, but hopefully this one will be different, and I’ll try to post twice a month or at least once.  Who knows what I’ll talk about next time…hopefully something more scholarly and high-minded, one would hope.  Until then, thanks for listening and reading!

-Seth

P.S. This is all to say I feel excited about the future for once.  I’m glad to be a part of the GSEA (thanks, ladies, for letting me join in), and am looking forward to being treasurer next year.  Also I’m excited that I’m getting over a grand back in tax refund money this year ^^^ forget to include that with everything else up above :)

It’s called Tales From the Poor House.  Listen in for funny stories.  They will have you in stitches.

Check out the program page now: it has 23 stories!  And the first actual show will be on the air soon, sometime in February on KMSU (89.7 if you live near Mankato or it’s able to be streamed live online anytime).  More details soon.

I don’t know why I can’t post a link but here’s that address (to the Audio Archives I was just referring to):

http://www.mnsu.edu/kmsufm/archives/poorhouse/index.html

-Seth

Check out the program page now: it has 23 stories!  And the first actual show will be on the air soon, sometime in February on KMSU (89.7 if you live near Mankato or it’s able to be streamed live online anytime).  More details soon.

I don’t know why I can’t post a link but here’s that address (to the Audio Archives I was just referring to):

http://www.mnsu.edu/kmsufm/archives/poorhouse/index.html

New book

I just put out a new book, my first, actually, published by Slipshod Press.  It’s pretty good.  Let me know if you want one or just want to check it out.  I have a few extra copies…

Here’s the link:

http://www.mnsu.edu/kmsufm/archives/poorhouse/

This will soon get much better as I will post new stories on the site sometime next week.  There are five stories posted on there right now, from Session #2.

 

-Seth

Trouble in Neighborhood Leads to Orange & White Invasion

Alternate title: Pollock’s Influence


Your neighbor is spying upon you,

because he has nothing better to do,

and neither do you.

Of course, I could always go over

and talk to him, or her (I think they’re a couple of some sort),

but why can’t they come to me?

Think I’ll steal his pumpkins instead, craftily

hidden out back away from high-school kids:

they look like steroid-

freak pumpkins, county fair

blue ribbon-award winners, which I could carve

or smash

and pretend it’s his fat face.

Yes, I will carve them into likenesses

of his hazy face

and then crush them on the fresh blacktop they just poured

to create an exhilarating prone

orange & black canvas, orange-ish-peach innards splotched all around

what will surely be thick, stubborn rinds

with a panoply of tiny green seeds strewn about.

Those things are so big,

they must have been fed on milk

before being plucked from the vine.

 

-dedicated to Laura and Kasey

Troubles in the Neighborhood and a Description of Fallen Fruit

Alternate title: Pollock’s Influence

Your neighbor is spying upon you,

because he has nothing better to do,

and neither do you.

Of course, I could always go over

and talk to him, or her, but

why can’t they come to me?

Think I’ll steal his pumpkins instead, craftily

hidden out back away from high-school kids:

they look like steroid-

freak pumpkins,

county fair blue ribbon-award winners, which I could carve

or smash

and pretend it’s his fat face.

Yes, I will carve them into likenesses

of his hazy face

and then crush them on the fresh blacktop they just poured

to create an exhilarating prone

orange & black canvas, orange-ish-peach innards splotched all around

what will surely be thick, stubborn rinds

with a panoply of tiny green seeds strewn about.

Those things are so big,

they must have been fed on milk

before being plucked from the vine.

 

-dedicated to Laura and Kasey

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