I’m bummed I’m not taking part in National Poetry Month this year. But I have a good reason, and I’ll be sharing that with you soon, too. It’s the most overdue of all the overdue news. It’s the most hyperbolic thing ever.
In the meantime, I had a new poem up over the weekend in TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics. It’s called “The Girl Who Thought She Knew Something About Monsters,” and it’s the continuing adventures of someone from The Diegesis. It’s the beginning of a new project.
Why not give it a read?
Hello. I haven’t been posting the past week, but I promise I’ve kept up with my writing. The blog posts had to go on hold so I could catch up with the day job. It happens sometimes.
Here’s some more zombie haiku:
I wrote this little guy way back in 2008 in my first quarter of grad school. It got published in the short-lived Maverick Magazine (or I think sometimes they were called Project Maverick. It’s so hard to keep track of these things).
The process for this guy was pretty cool. I wrote a series of haikus loosely related to what had gone on that weekend, and then wrote some more frenetic linking lines in between the haiku.
I got this idea after we studied Jorie Graham’s Sea Change in class. We listening to an interview with her talking about the form of the book, and she talked about how she was interested in “exploding the haiku.”
In this caption, I should mention that this is Jorie Graham’s Sea Change, but that’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? It’s not a very subtle book cover in that regard.
This was my response to the style found in that book, and my own interpretation of whatever it means to explode a haiku. I also tried to emulate her varied use of the “and,” the “ampersand,” & also the “also.” Sorry, I had to say that last thing. It’s my favorite title for a paper that I’ve ever written.
I gotta admit it, people: I’m beaten six ways to Sunday this week. Still plugging through this National Poetry Month thing, and I’m loving it. But holy hell I was tired last night.
I was still able to squeeze out this haiku, though. What is it about this form that works so well with zombies?
Hooray for the weekend.
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Tagged Chas Hoppe, haiku, magnets, National Poetry Month, poem, Poetry, The Decedents, zombie, zombie haiku
I wrote this to distract my brain during a marathon research session several weeks ago and then forgot to post it. Not much to it, but it’s kinda fun:
we’re in a giant car heading toward a brick wall
and everyone’s arguing over where they’re going to sit.
a sixty-mile traffic jam will take ten days to unravel
so I hope you bought enough rations of astronaut food.
If the twenty-first brings the fireball I’ll be struck
by just how close we were to getting things right.
I’m serious, but I’ll wait for a moment
while you wring the cynicism out of your bar rag.
Today I finally got my contributor’s copies from Alligator Juniper, which includes my poem “A Copy of a Copy.”
The poem was part of my thesis project in 2010, titled The Tower, a novel-in-verse set in a post-apocalyptic zombie dreamscape and rife with pop culture references and daddy issues. Poets gotta have those daddy issues.
The 2011 issue of Alligator Juniper looks great, too. Nice layout, glossy paper, and what looks to be a lot of other good work in it. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it to see what it has to offer. And of course, I can’t hold it against them for being a year late getting the books to me. As the former Managing Editor at the Bellingham Review, I understand that sometimes these things just happen at a student journal. Like anyone else, I just like seeing my name in print!
Anyway, here’s the poem:
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Tagged Alligator Juniper, Bellingham, Bellingham Review, copy of a copy, Creative Writing, poem, poems, Poetry, thesis project, Writing, Zombies
Hello. I have been away for far too long. Had to go off and learn how to be a big, professional boy.
Gonna start posting to this site again soon. Redesigning some things in it now.
Good stuff is happening though. Got a chapbook out with the amazing Joshua Young called “The Diegesis.” You can check it out at Gold Wake Press here.
But what’s really cool, is that Gold Wake is putting out the full collection next April. I’ve put out a lot of books in the past year under different names, but this one will have my name on it, dammit.
In the meantime, here’s a disco song about hot man-on-narwhal action. You’re welcome.
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Tagged Badassery, Bellingham, Creative Writing, Indie, Music, poem, poems, Poetry, Rock