National Poetry Month: April 12

We Were Eternal and Gigantic at Magic Helicopter Press: Robert Vaughan reads “some haircuts” by Evelyn Hampton – YouTube cover art by Chelsea Martin When  is the last time you had a remarkable haircut? How did it cling to bulwarks? Where was your gel when you most needed some? Are you still a mousse user and are afraid your friends will see you buying it at Rite-Aid? Love your hair- hope it wins.    ]]>

National Poetry Month: April 9

, and Literary Walk Home. It was there, cruising through Prairie Lights on a lunchbreak, that I discovered the writer Andrew Michael Roberts. He is a unique writer, and his poems in something has to happen next, grew out of his obsessions with time and catastrophe, love and abandonment- what is always possible, almost attained, but lost at the last minute. This felt very familiar. Today I read his poem, “the moments before the crash landing are clearest”: Robert Vaughan reads “the moments before the crash landing are clearest” byAndrew Michael Roberts – YouTube   When was the last time you crashed? The first? What did it feel like? I have a poem in Microtones called “The Upswing of Falling.” It originally appeared at Metazen, and feels like it could be a sibling to Andrew’s poems. (The Lost Bookshelf Homepage So, for writers, when do you use abstraction in your poems? Do you ever play with leaving the door open? The lights off? No sound idea of where you are headed?  ]]>

National Poetry Month: April 6

Robert Vaughan reads “Restaurant” by Ellen Bass – YouTube Also, my short fiction, “The Bagpipe Refrain” appears in the new Literary Orphans, the Marilyn Monroe issue. Deep thanks to editor Mike Joyce who asked me to contribute. What an honor: The Bagpipe Refrain by Robert Vaughan | Literary Orphans If you have time, do check out the remaining prose and poetry in this fine magazine. Today, my question is, when is the last time you did something for a friend without expecting something in return? When is the last time you really showed up for somebody?]]>