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Poems, rants, and nerd periphery from Rob Sturma.
Apr 23 '14







This is the most perfect video on the whole fricked up internet and we all owe it to ourselves to watch it once a day

cutest thing to ever happen on the Muppet Show, bar none

I’m not crying you’re crying


This just made my day

If Rowlf isn’t your favorite Muppet we need to talk.

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Apr 23 '14


For each day of National Poetry Month one of our fellows will explore the breadth of poetry in three ways: through a question from another fellow, through a poem and through a writing prompt, #writetoday.


Iris Law asks, Your forthcoming book is called The Dead Wrestler Elegies. What drew you to wrestling as a subject of your poetry and the overarching conceit of this project? If you were a pro wrestler, what would your in-ring persona be?

W. Todd Kaneko answers,

1. Because when I was a kid, I watched professional wrestling with my father.

2. Because professional wrestling is a marker of American cultural identity.

3. Because of legendary characters and modern mythologies.

4. Because people are still obsessed with what is real and what is fake.

5. Because of manly eloquence.

6. Because when I was a kid I wanted to grow up to be a professional wrestler.

7. Because I still want to grow up to be a professional wrestler, sometimes.

8. Because professional wrestling is the poetry of violence.

9. Because it’s still real to me.

10. Because.


Luna Vachon is Your Shadow in the Darkness    

   Our history is rich with pain and venom, violence and evil …
   from this day forward, I will hunt your very breath, I will be
   your shadow in the darkness. And then soon, very very soon,
   I will wipe you from this earth.”
       —Luna Vachon, professional wrestler

She is butcher and goddess, a throat
full of grackles, a vampire’s grin.

She is snake tongue, fistmonger and kill
bride—she is hunger. She is the lightning
eye, the rooster’s spurs. Your father
will show you his skeleton one day,
your mother the taint of her blood.

The cemetery is no place for women
slung out in halter tops and bare mid-riffs.
Where there is no such thing as death,
there is only death. She is that ravenous
spirit chewing your name.

She is the lunacy that comes
with grief, lizard tail and owl heart,
a hound driven mad by streetlights
mistaken for the moon. She is the ear
spider, the winter branches.

Her skin is the color of woe. She is
the tombstone, the meantime.
She is a hooked angel excavating
your father with obsidian claws.
She is your mother telling you a story.

First published in Rhino Poetry.


W. Todd Kaneko is the author of The Dead Wrestler Elegies (Curbside Splendor 2014) and teaches at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

Apr 22 '14


With our finals competition just over the horizon we thought we’d let you all know that our finals will be judged by the number of likes a video gets on youtube and also by Judges! 

Let’s meet our first Judge SCOTT WOODS! 

Scott Woods is the author of We Over Here Now (2013, Brick Cave Books) and has published and edited work 
in a variety of publications. He has been featured multiple times in national press, including multiple appearances on
National Public Radio. He was the President of Poetry Slam Inc. and MCs the Writers’ Block Poetry Night, 
an open mic series in Columbus, Ohio . In April of 2006 he became the first poet to ever complete a 
24-hour solo poetry reading, a feat he bested with six more annual 24-hour readings without repeating a single poem.

We think Scott is pretty great and Hope that you do too!  Here he is performing his piece “Six in the Morning”.

Apr 22 '14

(Source: bostonreview)

Apr 22 '14

View all 12 screens from God of Wrestling HERE. This will appear in slightly different form as a zine from Yeah Dude Comics called “The Annotated God of Wrestling Manual”


View all 12 screens from God of Wrestling HERE. This will appear in slightly different form as a zine from Yeah Dude Comics called “The Annotated God of Wrestling Manual”

Apr 22 '14

Starting in slam, and staying there for quite a while, informs my work in two ways. One, I’ve learned not to let any topic defeat me — I don’t have the patience to be afraid of anything. The slam taught me that I am charged with the telling of my own story — and if I don’t tell it, in a way that is unflinching and sometimes terrible, I grant someone else permission to tell it. I learned to be selfish about my own rhythms, and I learned to be a witness. Not a perfect witness, but a curious one.

Second, I learned to establish presence. Mic busted? No problem. Drunks in the back roaring and puking? Not an issue. Cappucino machine blasting away in the corner? Teen babbling on cell phone in the third row? Three people in the audience when you expected 300? All challenges, not concerns. The slam teaches you to own the stage, any stage, and to make it part of the story you’ve come to tell.

Truth telling is essential to slam, yes. You’re everyone’s witness until they see the need to be witnesses themselves. And once you’ve seen the power, the way spoken words can whip through a room and leave it changed, you don’t only hear “out loud” when you write. You learn to live your whole life out loud.

Patricia Smith, interviewed by Leslie Anne Mcilroy for HEArt Online (via bostonpoetryslam)
Apr 22 '14