1977

1977 is here! It’s my new book, a collage of poems and charts and maps that re-creates the feeling I had when I first heard punk music.

You can be first to have a copy by heading over the Ravenna Press and buy online here. Or …

Those of you who can make it to the release party 4/21 may want to wait … the first 77 get a bonus cassette and poster that evening when you buy a copy from the author.  #merchandising

Thanks for supporting small presses and independent bookstores!

Mix Tape
I have a tape I’d like to play for you …

“What does it mean?” Context is a landscape for understanding. Music often triggers memories of place and time. Collage forces contradictions to confront each other. Dice and loop put things together to make something new.

e.g., my poems on 1977 Mix Tape are provided context and additional meaning  by collaborator James Nugent. Listen or download for free at SoundCloud or Bandcamp.

Mr Wonderful

WHEN I CANNOT DISCERN

no arc nor halo

no narrative defined

scars from past cuts

no longer pink

they reported he took

a lot less than usual

there is only one way

this can end—

next time you ask

I’ll say “Yes”

from 1977, forthcoming from Ravenna Press

Like a wild drummer or your heart skipping a beat. Like a mind opening. Like howling at the moon or reliving apathy. Like old scars. Like a new tattoo. 

Not so much a history lesson as a shout out to the future. An artist picking through what we discard to make it new.

Complexity alternately unravels and tangles with context. These poems embrace the risk of obscurity.

 

1977
Cover art for 1977 coming from Ravenna Press in April 2018. Design by Jack Burgess.

Smashes history, both textbook and memory, into fragments and then reassembles it into an anti-chronological “narrative” (in quotes), this collage of memoir, charts and sampled text is tied together by the thinnest of threads for the reader to pull or be pulled by.

Taking nostalgia to its root in battle and sickness, the writer/illustrator challenges the notion that time that has passed between then and now.

If I had to sum this up in one word, I couldn’t.

 

1977
Cover art for 1977 coming from Ravenna Press in April 2018. Design by Jack Burgess.