coma cleanup

I have been mostly secretly learning how to make music for the last two and a half years. Especial thanks to Damon Boucher for being a great and encouraging teacher.


POEMHACK has four more entries since I last posted here, but was on temporary hiatus while I dealt with February. Of note is Michelle Sinsky's guest-post on cover letters. We should return to our regularly scheduled programming in the next week.


My first issue as co-po-editor of draft: The Journal of Process is alive and walking on its own. The LA Times has a great write-up of it (!!!) that doesn't include my name, but shares my enthusiasm for the project.

Poets/Writers I heard read in 2014

Shout-out to Rodney Koeneke whose own yearly list inspires this one.

Carl Adamshick
*Jeff Allessandrelli
Diana Arterian
Adam Atkinson
Tara Atkinson

Rusty Barnes
Sarah Bartlett
Robyn Bateman
John Beer
Jade Benoit
Lucy Biederman
Brian Blanchfield
Amaranth Borsuk
Natalie Briggs
*Melissa Broder
James Brubaker
*Ethan Saul Bull

Amina Cain
Meagan Cass
*Noland Bo Chaliha
cris cheek
Tyler Chin-Tanner
*Wendy Chin-Tanner
Don Mee Choi
*Lisa Ciccarello
Paula Cisewski
Bryan Coffelt
Kyle Coma-Thompson
*Clark Coolidge
Brian Cooney
Corina Copp
Tonaya Craft
Olivia Cronk

*Matthew Dickman
*Brandon Downing
Jenny Drai
Tim Dyke

Brian S. Ellis

Eroyn Franklin
*Emily Kendal Frey
James Bernard Frost

*Hannah Gamble
*James Gendron
Sarah Gilbert
Aaron Gilbreath
Lara Glenum
Johannes Göransson
A. Minetta Gould
Robert Duncan Gray
Graham Hunter Gregg
Jane Gregory

*Jamalieh Haley
Nathalie Handal
Ally Harris
Brian W Hedgepeth
*Tytti Heikkinen
Brandi Katherine Herrera
Brandon Hobson

Jamie Iredell
Lauren Ireland
Lucy Ives

Jac Jemc

Irakli Kakabadze
Aby Kaupang
*Rauan Klassnik
Rodney Koeneke
Wayne Koestenbaum
Virginia Konchan

Dorothy Lasky
*Mark Leidner
Paul Legault
Chris Leja
Stacey Levine
Paul Longo
Cari Luna

Anthony Madrid
Ben Marcus
Monica McClure
Marcus McDonald
Joyelle McSweeney
Valerie Mejer
Letitia Moffitt
Feliz Lucia Molina
Kristopher Molina
Andrew Morgan

Jay Stephen Nebel
Dan Nowak
Jenn Marie Nunes
Alissa Nutting

Uche Ogbuji
Brian Oliu

*Taylor Jacob Pate

Michael Rerick
Michael Sage Ricci
Flavia Rocha
Nancy Rommelmann
Lindsay Allison Ruoff

Kevin Sampsell
Standard Schaefer
Rob Schlegel
Kit Schluter
*Danniel Schoonebeek
Zachary Schomburg
Eric Shonkwiler
Alea Shurmantine
Abraham Smith
*Rich Smith
Julian Smuggles
Tom Spanbauer
*Rachel Springer
*Monica Storss
Timmy Straw
*KMA Sullivan

May-Lan Tan
Shelly Taylor
Brian Tibbets
*Julia Clare Tillinghast
Ashley Toliver
*Stacey Tran
Mazarine Treyz
Nicole Trigg

Leah Umansky

Kim Vodicka

Colin Winnette
John Dermot Woods
Sara Woods

James Yeary

Jenny Zhang

*Asterisks denote multiple times


so I've been writing a new column called POEMHACK which is about why poems get rejected from journals. I do write-ups / revisions / etc. on poems people sent me that have been rejected multiple times for unknown reasons.

I am looking for more poems. Please send them to me! Check the bottom of one of the posts for details:


I've continued curating poetry for FANZINE:

Joseph Mains: 3 small poems
Ethan Saul Bull: "The Dream"
Jamalieh Haley: 2 small poems


I also dressed up like a priest for Lisa Ciccarello and Poetry Press Week and lit black candles with dollar bills. A great write-up of the night(s) by Kathleen Dolan.

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from The Pitchfork Disney by Philip Ridley



A highly detailed and deeply hallucinatory interview with Richard D James:
awhile after my girlfriend tried to comfort me, as i musta looked in a bit of a state, she stroked my arm and all I could think was, why is there a skeleton with a blood circulatory system moving up n down on my skeleton with another blood circulatory system! [absolute deprogrammed to fuk]

it was confusing I knew I was supposed to feel something but didn't and when I saw my girlfriend get upset, 4 a split second I 'felt bad' and said I was sorry I dunno what I'm supposed to a kind of remnant of emotion just flicked back for half a second.

dave: ok, so finally don’t you feel a bit guilty about pretending to be richard for this interview!?

rich: nah, rich asks me or couple of his other friends to do most of his press for him , don’t think he did any this time around!

i’ve done several email interviews for him in the past, so im used to it, he always says to say whatever the fuck you like and not even sure if he reads them, he usually gives me some good freebies, I got copy 02 of the Syro limited edition this time, which should be worth a few quid!

More of my choice choosings up at the FANZINE:

Paul Longo - "Procrastination Contest"
Jane Wong - "Exit Health, Exit Humor"
Ross Robbins - from "On Knowing"
Lisa Ciccarello - "The First Day

on their usual walk

Matthew Pillsbury's Tokyo


The US Army teaches us "How to Spot a Communist"


EMA's sprawling mixed-media essay "BACK TO THE VOID"


I'm editing a weekly poetry feature on The Fanzine featuring many of my favorite poets of the Pacific Northwest. So far:

from "Still in Modesto" by K. Silem Mohammad

from "How They Met" by Rachel Springer