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You’re at your computer. Tickets are a tense, electrifying JBB-Cover-Smallfew seconds from going on sale. Eyeing the time, you’re hitting “Refresh,” and elsewhere, all your friends are doing the exact same thing. That’s Paul Siegell’s jambandbootleg. A widespread, high-spirited head rush. Desperation, fretfulness—all out life-leaping. “The party starts in the parking lot,” indeed. With poems shaped like a guitar, the American flag, even a Golgi apparatus, Paul’s monumental artworks could easily transform into posters. His is a poetry of exploration, heart and astonishment. Simply put: read Paul Siegell’s music. Read it as if listening to the most banging bootleg.


Please check it out here: A-HEAD Publishing, and here: AMAZON

(Amazon’s already on backorder. Oops! But go ahead. They’ll still fulfill it. Pronto!)


“For centuries, people have tried to take words and turn them into music. What Paul Siegell does in his collection of poetry, jambandbootleg, is take music and turn it back into words. And he does it exceptionally well, capturing both the excitement of concert-going and the poetic essence of the improvisational music scene.” —MARC BROWNSTEIN, bass player of the Disco Biscuits


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PLUS, another great poem by Painted Bride Quarterly contributor Arlene Ang:

What Happens to the Postwoman When She Stops Delivering the Mail


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ALSO, here’s an interesting look at what it takes to get a manuscript ready for publication, reacting to critics and editing. Pretty funny, too.

Whenever I Am About to Publish a Book… by MARK TWAIN


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Jazz, Poetry, & Allen Ginsberg’s Socks: An Interview with poet Al Young

Absolutely check out Michelle McEwen’s phenomenal interview with Poet Laureate of California, Al Young. HERE IS THE LINK

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Going back to my alma mater the other week as a published author was pretty surreal. Full circle in front of my old PITT professor’s Intro to Poetry class as I talked Poetry and path and answered questions about my book. A great crew of students he has to teach this semester. Made me feel like I went to a smart school. Or thumthin.

I saw myself in them (was them 10 years ago), and wondered if any of them saw their future selves in me.

Anyway, among many, one thing that stood out was one of the students pointed to one of my pieces and asked, “What makes this a poem?”

So true. Made for a fantastic discussion about “turn” and the kind of work the reader has to do in their own heads.

For me, sometimes I’m reading things, published things, and I’m like WTF? Not because I don’t understand it, but because I’m trying to figure out how it fits into what my brain and education tells me is a poem. Like many words before me, sometimes it takes a few reads. And even then there can be no certainty.

My question to you is, have you ever encountered a poem, or even written one yourself, and asked, “What makes this a poem?” What about it earned, or didn’t earn, such status?

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