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Poem: Team of Foxes

In poem on 09/17/2015 at 18:50

“TEAM OF FOXES”
Somewhere green we met —
out of reach and shit.
Something smells like grass,
summer always happened fast.

A band of foxes sent
on the diamond they descend.
Driven mad with their disease,
stole your daughter through the trees.

Will you chase me?
Before all of this collapse.
Will you race me?
(Scar pink, moth black.)

You forgot your daddy’s joke
though you often smell like smoke.
Stood me up in Long Beach —
you were such a Georgia peach.

Will you chase me? Will you race me there?

Poem: Reverse Vampire

In poetry on 08/27/2014 at 16:34

“REVERSE VAMPIRE”
We’ve gone through the looking glass
wholly.
You only catch up on time
sleeping.

Red wax on white cupboards,
silverfish in the sink,
is this how you imagined living?
They hand out anti–s like it’s nothing.

Change the sheets,
the memory’s overpowering.
Set out traps,
maybe we’ll catch something.

Vice girl,
drunk as a poet on payday
left a candle burning
in the other room.
Means nothing to you.

POEM: Quentyn’s Quest

In poetry, Uncategorized on 07/18/2014 at 17:29

“QUENTYN’S QUEST”
Your body is a time machine
that works at
real speed.

The music under the floor
has risen
through holes in my feet.

I can feel my heartbeat everywhere.

Promise me your coming out for real.
I can’t keep talking in circles
to pages
about these
things that I feel.

I never thought I needed attention.
I never wanted a friend.
But really, man,
I’m dying without you
slowly,
regardless,
I mean, seriously,
either way.

What’s the diagnoses?
Is it possible to deteriorate
from an acute case
of loneliness?

Somebody evict these thoughts from my body,
put them in a jar
that I’ll drink when I’m happy.
Stress is a killer.
I wouldn’t say silent.
Most often aggressive.

Maybe I’ve just been sitting down way too long.

Scripting (Comedy): The Simpsons, Parts 1-6

In Scripting on 01/12/2014 at 19:46

If you live in the Bay Area, congratulations: Channel 12 is making good use of its syndication rights to The Simpsons and will be airing the series in its entirety every weekday at 6 PM.

Dialogue comes natural to some writers, while posing the ultimate obstacle to those who prefer world building and complex descriptions. If you are struggling with dialogue, reading a film or television script (or play) is a great way to get into the rhythm of effective conversation.

And if it’s comedic dialogue you are looking for, who better to learn from than the masters? Season 1 began airing January 6th, so here are a few lines to catch you up.

EPISODE 6: “Moaning Lisa” (Aired 2/11/90)

Marge: It doesn’t matter how you feel inside, you know. It’s what shows up on the surface that counts. Take all your bad feelings and push them down, all the way down, past your knees, until you’re almost walking on them. And then you’ll fit in, and you’ll be invited to parties, and boys will like you… and happiness will follow.

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Poem: “America (the poem)”

In American Radio, poetry, writing on 03/28/2013 at 14:15

America (the poem)
Home.
You’re feeling lonely
as you’re approaching,
hoping
unfamiliar shapes
will turn into faces
but your friends all have places
in states and
streets you never thought you’d see.

“Is Nat home?”
“He’s moved to New York City.”

Short Story Published

In fiction, writing on 03/17/2013 at 21:42

I am happy to announce that my short story “Killer” is available to read on Eunoia Review.

Check out “Killer” here.

Ultimate Catfish: Te’o vs Rod and Ebony

In present, TV, writing on 03/08/2013 at 14:26

Will catfishing be remembered as one of the strangest trends of the new millennium, or does it signify a social media-driven sickness that will slowly consume the world in a plot worthy of high science fiction? Here we examine two of the more bizarre cases of “misleading identity,” some of which end in an odd yet happy couple, other times in murder.

Manti Te’o is perhaps the most famous victim of a catfish, even if many suspect he may have been complicit in the plot from the start. Here are the facts, as best as they can be surmised:

-In fall of 2012, Te’o told several media outlets that both his grandmother and girlfriend had died on September 11, 2012. Te’o said his girlfriend, Stanford student Lennay Kekua, died after a car accident and subsequent battle with leukemia. He had promised Kekua that he would play football even if she died Te’o emerged as a Heisman Trophy candidate throughout the season, and his story was widely publicized.

Considering Kekua never actually existed, it seems trivial to point out that leukemia is not a common side effect of car accidents.

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2013 Second Quarter Movie Guide

In movies, writing on 03/06/2013 at 16:18

So far Side Effects is the only film that stands out in 2013, though there are plenty to come and more I have yet to see. May and June mark the start of the summer season. Here’s a taste.

May 10th: “The Great Gatsby”
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher
Despite clocking in at a magnificently efficient ~185 pages, GATSBY has so far proven unfilmable. Baz Luhrmann’s questionable direction (as evident by the trailer) looks to be the latest victim. The film looks to be a visual feast, however, and Fitzgerald fans will find themselves turning out, however low their expectations may be.

Gold-hatted Gatsby!

May 24: The Hangover: Part III
Starring Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifinakis, Mike Tyson
Who would have guessed THE HANGOVER would have been such a sleeper smash? The most successful R-rated comedy franchise of all time will surely inflate that total big time as Zach Galifinakis has cemented himself as a comedic film star, Bradley Cooper is fresh off a Best Actor nod and Ed Helms continues to…stay relevant. The second outing left a lot to be desired, but in retrospect seems a quirky (yet exceedingly grim) parody of its predecessor. The third promises to be even darker, completely different and the final installment.

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Best of “Modern Seinfeld” (2013)

In Uncategorized on 03/06/2013 at 15:51

If you thought 2012 was busy for the popular twitter feed “Modern Seinfeld,” you aint seen nothing yet! Here are the best modern Seinfeld treatments so far in 2013.

George, Jerry, and Kramer compete to see who can go the longest at a meal without checking their phone.

Elaine is late to a movie because her new boyfriend (James Wolk) will only get in hybrid cabs. Jerry’s new gf cheats at Words With Friends.

Jerry makes a dinner reservation online, but they won’t seat him, because he never replied to the confirmation email. Bania gets his table.

Newman completes his epic DVD collection thanks to stolen Netflix deliveries. Elaine’s boss accuses her of spoiling a ten year old movie.

George gets upset when his favorite songs go from Classic Rock to Oldies on the radio. Kramer makes bathtub FourLoko.

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Poem: “The Swimming Song”

In poetry, writing on 02/27/2013 at 12:46

Swimming Song
This music box you gave to me,
the prettiest one I’ve ever seen,
a song to move the birds
from a city
that overlooks the sea. She sang
“Remember when we were married?
Speak of it like dead and buried,”
while I spill revenge on a yellow dress…I swore it an accident.

I pledge my love to you,
I’ll shine like gold when you feel blue.
On a night like this it’s hard
not to howl
at the moon.