BEST Poem Up at Angel Rust, and a Review

Photo credit: Bruce Bisping, Old Style Cash Register and Canned Goods in a Butcher Shop in New Ulm, Minnesota. October, 1974. Wikimedia Commons. PD.

I am happy to see my poem, “BEST,” remixed from text on a can of Bush’s best chili beans, up at Angel Rust Magazine. Once again, many thanks to the editors. For more information about my can poems, hit the “Can Poems” category below this post. I discussed the poem here.

I am looking forward to reading more of the work in the first issue of Angel Rust, the more so because I notice that my poem is in the fine company of works by fellow poet, visual artist, and editor of Sonic Boom, Shloka Shankar. I always enjoy her work, which is at once varied and focused on bodying forth the speaker’s inner life by mixing fragments of expressed emotion with images that blur the line between the outside world and the speaker’s inner state. Her mosaics are often composed from remixed text and often mix in visual imagery as well.

So I encourage you to hit the links, read the poetry and other offerings, and let me know what you think.

In the meantime, here is another Review of For All Mankind:

“Eye of the Beholder” Up at Schlock! And a Review

Photo credit: History of Horror, Veintitres. 19 July, 2014. Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 4.0. N.B.: This file has been removed from Wikimedia Commons.

Trigger warnings: The cover of the latest edition of Schlock! is weirdly disgusting and disturbing. I mean that in a good way, but sensitive souls may not enjoy it. Also, my story contains graphic violence and gore and is not for people sensitive to mentions of eating and compulsive exercise disorders.

And Now the Post

With no written heads up (though I believe Editor Gavin Chappell informed me of this when the piece was accepted), my horror flash, “Eye of the Beholder,” has suddenly appeared with the latest edition of Schlock!, available online at the link or in Kindle and paperback here. My thanks to Editor Chappell. It’s also nice to see the story title featured on the cover–and what a cover it is, too.

I wrote about the story here. I can’t remember what prompted me to write it–some call for horror stories, but I can’t even remember the theme now. Even though the story is schlocky in some respects, I do like the way it shows how trauma can cause people to lose perspective. If you won’t be triggered, please go and read it, and let me know what you think.

In other news, I’m somewhat embarrassed by the following review. I saw Pieces of a Woman, didn’t like it, and forgot some important details, as I do with works I don’t care for, almost immediately. Then, several weeks later, I did this review, and only remembered the details as I went along. That said, I think my reasons for not liking it are clear.

For anyone wondering why I haven’t posted in a while, I had no news to report. I am only getting the odd poem out because I am still working on the second part of a three-part science fiction novel. Did you know quantum physics is actually quite hard to understand?

I also had no reviews to post because the reviewing is on pause while my son completes his master’s in education. He only got this one up recently, and we did it some time ago. We plan to finish the Netflix Oscar fare, even though the ceremony has been and gone, when he returns here after graduation.

For anyone who was wondering about that, no, my son will not be living in our basement. I believe he will soon be hired, and he would be a credit to any junior high or high school in need of a social studies, history, government, psychology, geography, or economics teacher. We don’t even have a basement, anyway.

Podcast Review of Battlestar Galactica

Photo credit: Pat Loika, Dragon*Con 2013: Parade, 31 Aug. 2013. Wikimedia Commons. CC BY 2.0.

My son, who is attempting to get a master’s degree in 7th- through 12th-grade social studies education without being allowed to do any student teaching in the schools, has been with us since March. He is primarily interested in history of just about any kind, college and pro football, film, and Star Trek and Star Wars. After accumulating a following on Twitter and getting impatient with the effects of the unmanaged coronavirus on our school system and his credentialization, he has decided to launch a podcast in which he will branch out to contemplate the 2003-2010 Battlestar Galactica.

To enhance the entertainment value of the podcast, he has recruited me to be his interlocutor on the show. We had fun watching some of the miniseries/pilot today and giving our take on it. So if you want to see what a historian and Trek fan and his mom who does not love most sci-fi have to say on this subject, head on over and give the podcast a listen. If you adore Battlestar Galactica and can’t bear to hear it criticized, please refrain from death threats.