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Lummox Number Eight

Poetry Anthology #8 and Contest

This year more than ever, I am indebted to the PATRONS without whom I don’t know where I would be (not that I’m saying that I’d be out on the street but I’d certainly be living on Top Ramen – definitely off my diet).

To that end, a big heartfelt thanks to the following: Georgia Cox, Thomas Brod, Kit Courter, Rolland Vasin, Bill Gainer, H. Lamar Thomas, Michael M. Meloan, Tony Moffeit, John Donahoe, Alexis Fancher, Mark Evans and Debbi Brody.

And while we’re on the subject, a big “Hell Yeah!” goes out to the intrepid Yazoota who, even though he retired last year after 21 years of service to LUMMOX, decided that he’d continue to work on this anthology; as this project is as much his baby as it is mine!

Next, CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the second Angela Consolo Mankiewicz Poetry Prize: Nancy Shiffrin FIRST place, Austin Alexis SECOND place and B.J. Buckley  THIRD place! They all receive a cash prize, plus some cool swag.

IN THIS ISSUE
There is POETRY, lots of it, some of the best I’ve seen in a while. There are the three winners of the Angela Consolo Mankiewicz Poetry Prize, as mentioned above.

MICRO-FICTION
Then in the Micro-fiction section, there are a variety of little stories by some writers who range from bent to warped in their fiction mindset. They are RD Armstrong – Fear Moves to a New Town (from his Manx Tales series); Seven Dhar – The Shaman; Helen Donahoe – Lives ChangeAlexis Fancher – She Says Stalker / He Says Fan; Roseanna Frechette – For Sarah; Micheal Meloan –PapoulisJeanine Stevens – The Language of Corn; H. Lamar Thomas – A Red Mule Named Red Mule; and Felice Zoota-Lucero – You Can Call Me Mom.

As Tom Waits once said “They all came from good families but somewhere along the line they just got kinda weird!”

Articles / Essays
In June, I was surprised to hear that this is the bicentennial of Walt Whitman’s birth year (a vision just surged through my imagination as a flash mob of academics danced around a giant statue of Uncle Walt while the rest of the poetry rabble get on with their ignorant lives), so I had to throw in my two cents with the article, Walt Whitman – Radical Optimist? I asked Gil Hagen Hill to help me out with his poem, We Was Robbed and Henry Crawford came in with a nice poem entitled: Walt Whitman Ekphrastic. Then there’s Poetry X Hunger: Looking into the Empty Cupboard by Hiram Larew. This is a project that Hiram has been working on for several years with the goal in mind to tackle world hunger, no less! A worthy cause, indeed. Then we have an excerpt from Acetylene Sunsets, a new book of selected essays (due out this year from Lummox Press), Tony Scibella: the Poet in America by John Macker. This is a memoir of sorts as Macker knew Tony back in the day. Homage to Pierre Seghers, French Publisher and Songwriter-Poet (1906-1987) by Basia Miller is an essay about one of the most influential poets / songwriters of his time. Through his publishing house, he brought French poetry out of the“dark ages” (of lyrical expression) into a more expanded, reality based world view, using all styles including free verse. For thirty years from 1939 to 1969 his influence spread across France, through WWII and subsequent crisises, Pierre was the Quincey Jones of French Culture. I think it’s a fascinating article and I hope you will agree… Imagine being a hungry fly on the wall of Allen Ginsburg‘s Haight Ashberry address, listening to the intellectual conversations over some delish dish recipes… Can you? By reading this article, Eating And Drinking With The Beats (part one) by Charles Plymell, perhaps you’ll understand. Plymell was an integral part of the beat experience and still has a hand in the game today. This next rather personal essay came by way of an email exchange. It was sent as a sort of bio by Ms, Ramirez but it was too long for a bio and too short for an essay. I was pleased when she took me up on my request for more details (to be more informational not more grisly). The result is Living on the Edge by Coco Ramirez. It’s an insight into what many of us struggle with, finding and keeping our balance. Memories of Hubert “Cubby” Selby by M. G. Stephens is a remembrance of a different time in Brooklyn, NY and a book entitled Last Exit to Brooklyn. Perhaps Mr. Plymell knew Hubert Selby too. This guy actually has a lot of friends. ANTS by G. Murray Thomas explores the relationship between the group (or ‘superorganism’) and the individual. He uses ants as an example. I found it interesting, so here it is. Finally, an interesting article on Normon Olson, artist and poet, who’s work has been seen by thousands of readers of Small Press magazines and books over the last twenty years or so. Notes on the Drawings of Norman Olson by Bill Tremblay provides some insight into Olson’s work. He is one of the most prolific artists I know (his work has been featured in most of these Lummox issues).

Reviews
The Blues Drink Your Dreams Away – Selected Poems (1983 – 2018) by John Macker
Reviewed by RD Armstrong…. A rare full length review of John Macker’s latest collection. Good stuff.

Café Crazy by Francine Witte
Reviewed by Linda Lerner. Linda is no slouch in the poetry dept. herself and if she applauds a book then I can endorse it too. I trust her implicitly.

New Found Land by Carolyn Clark
Reviewed by Thelma T. Reyna, Ph.D. Dr. Reyna was very impressed by this book! Her thoughts: “thoughts and values find themselves voiced elegantly in this book, much to the enrichment and contentment of our collective souls!”

Fairfax and Other Poems by David Del Bourgo
Reviewed by Nancy Shiffrin. While this is an old review, the work of the poet, David Del Bourgo, still holds up according to Ms. Shiffrin. Worth checking out.

Flow by Robin Scofield
Reviewed by Donna Snyder.
“Robin Scofield’s book is well named as both the poet and the poems in it epitomize the diverse theories of flow, a law, not a theory, that can be seen as applying to everything from the design of leaves to the natural pattern of rivers.  

A list of contributors continues after ordering section.

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California RD Armstrong, Belinda Berry, Jay Blommer, Lynn Bronstein, Helmut Calabrese, Don Campbell, Chuka S Chesney, Jacki Chou, Sharyl Collin, Beverly Collins, Kit Courter, Sue Crisp, Seven Dhar, Alicia Viguer-Espert, Alexis Fancher, Gwen Fleischer, William Galasso, Martina R. Gallegos, Bill Gainer, Kathleen Goldman, Lorraine Gow, Friday Gretchen, Charles Harmon, Gil Hagen Hill, Lori Holloway, Jackie Joice, Frank Kearns, Lalo Kikiriki, Radomir Luza, Marie Lecrivain, Rick Leddy, Felice Zoota-Lucero, John Pappas, Michael Meloan, Joseph Milosch, Elaine Mintzer, Laura Munoz-Larbig, Linda Neal, Terri L. Niccum, Corrine Ramirez, Thelma Reyna, Kevin Ridgeway, Gerard Sarnat, Patricia Scruggs, Lisa Segal, Nancy Shiffrin, Linda Singer, Dr. Rick Smith, Jeanine Stevens, Carl ‘Calokie’ Stilwell, Patricia Sullivan, Kevin Sullivan, Mary Thompson, Maja Trochimczyk, Wyatt Underwood, Rolland Vasin, Richard Vidan, Mike West. Colorado Kenneth Greenley, Diane Klammer, Kyle Laws, Tony Moffeit, Bill Tremblay, Roseanna Frechette. FloridaChris Bodor. Georgia H. Lamar Thomas. IllinoisWanda Clevenger. Iowa – Jeannine Pitas. Louisiana – Dennis Formento. Maryland – Clarinda Harris (Peter Bruun), Henry Crawford, Hiram Larew. Michigan T. K. Splake. MinnesottaNorman Olson. Mississippi – Ben Newel. MontanaB.J. Buckley.New Jersey – Dave Roskos, Jen Dunford-Roskos, Helmut Calabrese. New Mexico – Dr. Patricia Brown, James Gould, Vijali Hamilton, Jane Lipman, John Macker, Georgia Santa Maria, Mary McGinnis, Basia Miller, Linda Whittenberg, Pamela Williams, Stewart Warren, Michou Landon. New YorkAustin Alexis, Alan Catlin, Steve Dalachinsky, Matt Galleta, Alex Johnston, Linda Lerner, normal, Charles Plymell, G. Murray Thomas. PennsylvainiaHeath Brougher, William Craychee, Ann Curran, Joseph Farley, Sarah Henry, Michael Mahoney, Judith Robinson. TexasDonna Snyder. VermontWayne Burke. Washington – Edward Nudelman, Judith Skillman, Doc Sigerson. CanadaPatrick Conners, TG Hamilton, Debra Hill, Maureen Korp, Donna Langevan, John B. Lee, Bernice Lever, Michael Mirolla, Marion Mutala, David Pratt, Lynn Tait. Australia – Brenton Booth. Portugal – Mark Evans. 135 strong!

Legend: poet/artist; contest winners; poet/writer.

 

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Lummox 6

LUMMOX POETRY ANTHOLOGY #6
ISBN 
978-0-9984580-2-1
FORMAT: 8 x 10 INCH; 216 pgs; PAPERBACK
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CONTRIBUTORS: 169

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Who’s in Lummox 6?

RD Armstrong, Rosemary Aubert, Brenton Booth, Kate Booth, Matt Borokowski, Lynne Bronstein, Ronnie R. Brown, Wayne F. Burke, Helmut C. Calabrese, Calokie, Don Kingfisher Campbell, Pris Campbell, Micah Card, Alan Catlin, Grace Cavalieri, Jonathon Church, Wanda Morrow Clevenger, Mitch Cohen, Sharyl Collin, Ed Coletti, Pat Connors, Blair Cooper, Kit Courter, Henry Crawford, Bill Craychee, Sue Crisp, Steve Dalachinsky, James Deahl, Steven Deeble, Jen Dunford, Alicia Viguer-Espert, Mark T. Evans, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Brian Fanelli, Mike Faran, Joseph Farley, Joseph Farina, Venera Fazio, Claire T. Feild, Tyler Ferreira, Mark A. Fisher, Kate Marshall Flaherty, Jennifer L. Foster, Michael Foti, Amelie Frank, Bill Gainer, William Scott Galasso, Martina Gallegos, Katherin L. Gordon, Lorraine Gow, Taylor Graham, Ken Greenley, John Grey, Kenneth P. Gurney, Vijali Hamilton, Mark Hartenbach, Debbie Okun Hill, Gil Hagen Hill, Eryn Hiscock, Yuan Hongri, Susan Ioannou, Todd Jackson, Gary Jacobelly, Ellen S. Jaffe, Ed Jamieson, Jr., Alex Johnston, Ted Kane, Frank Kearns, lalo kikiriki, Diane Klammer, klipschutz, Ronald Koertge, Raundi Moore Kondo, Donna Langevin, Laura Munoz-Larbig, Hiram Larew, Kyle Laws, Marie Lecrivain, John B. Lee, Linda Lerner, Bernice Lever, Norma West Linder, Jane Lipman, Jeffrey Lipsky, Ellaraine Lockie, Philomene Long, Ron Lucas, Cynthia Lukas, Argos MacCallum, John Macker, Adrian Manning, Georgia Santa Maria, Denny Marshall, Wayne Mason, Ellyn Maybe, Daniel McGinn, Mary McGinnis, Michael McInnis, Rhonda Melanson, Micheal D. Meloan, Dr. Bruce Meyer, Basia Miller, Joseph Milosch, Elaine Mintzer, Tony Moffeit, Deborah Morrison, Evan Myquest, Naushena, Linda Neal, Robbi Nester, Ben Newell, normal, Toti O’Brien, Norman J. Olson, Scott Thomas Outlar, John Pappas, Lorine Parks, Simon Perchik, Richard King perkins II, Jeannine M. Pitas, Charles Plymell, Charles Rammelkamp, Thelma T. Reyna, Kevin Ridgeway, C. C. Russell, Judith R. Robinson, David Roskos, Kat Sawyer, Robin Scofield, Patricia L. Scruggs, Michael Seeger, Linda Singer, Apryl Skies, Dr. Rick Smith, Clifton Snider, Donna Snyder, t. kilgore splake, Winnie Star, Kevin Patrick Sullivan, Patti Sullivan, John Sweet, Lynn Tait, Tim Tipton, G. Murray Thomas, H. L. Thomas, John Thomas, Maja Trochimczyk, AJ Urquidi, Rolland Vasin, Richard Vidan (COVER), Grace Vermeer, Jade Wallace, Kari Wergeland, Lavonne Westbrooks, Linda Whittenberg, Charles Wilkinson, Pamela Williams, Scott Wozniak

RED = Artist,  BLUE = Poet/Artist, GREEN = Poetry Contest winner  SKY BLUE = 2nd & 3rd place

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SCHEDULE OF PENDING LUMMOX READINGS

In 2012, fMike Adamsor LUMMOX #1, groups of poets who came from the same regions held readings from this issue to promote sales. A series of events held in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Denver, Colorado and Los Angeles County, California (Venice, Downey and Santa Ana) were either co-sponsored or curated by Lummox.

Then in 2013 for LUMMOX #2, similar readings were held the SoCal towns of Venice, Downey, Long Beach, Canoga Park and Orange. A reading also took place in Sacramento, CA. Other readings happened in Pittsburgh, PA and Boulder and Denver, CO. 

(Left) The late Mike Adams reading from Lummox #1 in 2012 in Colorado.

2014 – 2015 READING SCHEDULE for LUMMOX #3

NOV. 9 – SANTA FE NM

Jane Lipman HOSTS a reading at Teatro Paraguas, (3205 Calle Marie Suite B Santa FeNew Mexico 87505) on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 5 pm. Featuring Blair Cooper, Mary McGinnis, Jane Lipman, Mitch Rayes, Judith Toler, Linda Whittenberg and John Macker.

NOV. 13 – DOWNEY CA

RD Armstrong HOSTS a reading at the Stay Gallery (11140 Downey Ave, Downey, CA 90241) on Thursday night at 7:30 pm. Featured are Trista Dominqu, Lorine and Jeff Parks, Nancy Shiffrin, Daniel McGinn, Radomir Luza, Linda Singer, Frank Kearns, Murray Thomas, Rick Smith and RD Armstrong. This event is sponsored by the Downey Arts Coalition.

There will be copies of both LUMMOX #3 and LUMMOX #3 LTD. Edition on sale as well as other Lummox Press merchandise.

JAN. 24 – WHITTIER CA        

Eric Morago HOSTS the Lummox gang at Half-Off Books in Whittier (6708 Greenleaf Ave. Whittier CA 90601) on Saturday night at 7 pm. Featured to read are RD Armstrong, Heather Browne, Kevin Ridgeway and Linda Singer. Others TBA.

FEB. 12 – LONG BEACH CA

Join us at Viento y Agua (4007 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814  (562) 434-1182) for some of the local flavors that Long Beach is known for. The reading starts at 7 pm. Featured readers are RD Armstrong, Heather Browne, Tom Thomas, RD Armstrong and Linda Singer. Others TBA.

FEB. 19 – VENTURA CA

This reading features poets from the Camarillo to Santa Barbara. Come down to the E.P. FOSTER LIBRARY in old town Ventura (651 Main St. Ventura, CA 93001 805-648-2716). Starts at 7 pm and features Ron Alexander, Tim Tipton, Dane Baylis, Katherine Hamilton, Jackson Wheeler and RD Armstrong. Others TBA. 

MARCH 21 – VENICE CA

RD Armstrong hosts the Lummox gang at Beyond Baroque (681 Venice Blvd. Venice CA) on Saturday night at 8 pm. Featured readers are Jeanette Clough, Michael Meloan, Julia Stein, Lynne Bronstein, Nancy Shiffrin and RD Armstrong. Others TBA.

PENDING READINGS TBA

SARNIA, ONTARIO, CANADA; TORONTO, ONT. CANADA; ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND; and others TBA.

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