Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Role Models

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Nickelodeon star Jennette McCurdy is the latest celebrity to assert she isn't a role model. If saying so only made it so, the perceived pressure would be off.

The truth is anyone may be a role model to someone else. Often enough, one never even knows it. I agree with McCurdy that people shouldn't model themselves after anyone entirely. Just as we think of ourselves as flawed, individual heroes are bound to let us down in one aspect or another.

I aspire to qualities cherry-picked from all sorts of people, some I know personally, some historical figures, and yes, some athletes and actors. I've decided what I admire and what I don't about these people. The ideal I strive for isn't tied to any one of them. I'm shaping my own identity, not conforming to someone else's.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Lee Goldberg and Joel Goldman Launching Brash Books

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My friends Lee Goldberg and Joel Goldman, veteran writers and successful self-publishers, now turn their talents to publishing "the best crime novels in existence" under the bold banner Brash Books.

Getting to know Lee and Joel over the years, I've found we have much the same taste in books. Lee sent me some Brash review copies, and it's great to see so many gems brought back to print and ebook with a passion that could only come from two readers who loved them.

Brash Books launches in September with twenty-eight reprints and two original novels. Some of my favorite authors in the launch are Bill Crider, Gar Anthony Haywood, Tom Kakonis, Dick Lochte, and Michael Stone. I also look forward to reading some titles that, up to now, I could only wish to find.

At The Five-Two: "The Emperor's New Clothes"

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If you're in the middle of a hot summer, I invite you to summon up imagery of Denmark along with Paul Hostovsky in his poem, "The Emperor's New Clothes".



I'm now accepting the first poems of The Five-Two's fourth year, which begins September 8, with Charles Rammelkamp's "911".

Monday, July 21, 2014

At The Five-Two: "Incident at a Polling Place" by Robert Cooperman

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Bob Cooperman returns to The Five-Two. Stay tuned for a reading of his poem by Kristen Chapman Gibbons.

I'm now seeking the final poem of The 5-2's third year, and the first poems of our fourth year. Submit today.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Plant of The Apes

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Got together with my friend John Ricotta last night for Chipotle and a movie. He took this photo while at a red light, and we decided on Hellboy on Blu-ray:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jeter's Final All-Star Game

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Once more, the game of baseball slowed for Derek Jeter, the players waiting as the Target Field crowd gave him an ovation. Then, as FOX's microphones picked up one heckler chanting, "Over-rated," Jeter answered with a double and scored on Mike Trout's triple to give the American League an early lead en route to a 5-3 victory.

Monday, July 14, 2014

At The Five-Two: "The Alphabet of Murder" by Nancy Scott

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Nancy Scott returns to The Five-Two with a poetic retelling of multiple murderous marriages:



I'm now seeking the final poems of The Five-Two's third year. Try this prompt: Write a poem about a crime beginning with the letter S - sex crime, scheming, stalking, etc.

Monday, July 07, 2014

At The Five-Two: "Lew Archer Writes a Poem" by Tom Brzezina

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Intersecting the anniversary of Kenneth Millar/Ross Macdonald's death, a poem inspired by his creation, California private eye Lew Archer:



I'm now accepting poems for publication in August. Submit today.