Harsh Barge/Harsh Skull

The Harsh Skull

     While on a journey, Chuang Tzu found a skull, dry and parched. With sorrow he questioned and lamented the end to all things. When he finished speaking he dragged the skull over, and using it as a pillow, lay down to sleep.
     In the night the skull came to his dreams and said “You are a fool to rejoice in the entanglements of life.”
     Chuang Tzu couldn’t believe this and asked “If I could return you to your life, you would want that wouldn’t you?”
     Stunned by Chuang Tzu’s foolishness the skull replied, “How do you know that it is bad to be dead?”

scripta-manent:

As of three or so weeks ago I now work full time at the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) in Portland, Oregon. I’m the new Development and Community Resource Coordinator. Working alongside Pollyanne Birge and A.M. O’Malley, I’m super excited about the IPRC’s future.   

As of three or so weeks ago I now work full time at the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) in Portland, Oregon. I’m the new Development and Community Resource Coordinator. Working alongside Pollyanne Birge and A.M. O’Malley, I’m super excited about the IPRC’s future.   

I’m feeling Marcedes Lewis’ kilt in #10 here.  

The power/shame of Ask Jeeving yourself: Along with amazing books by Lauren Ireland, Emily Kendal Frey, James Gendron and Zach Schomburg, I just spied that my book THIS LAST TIME WILL BE THE FIRST is on the Small Press poetry bestsellers at Powell’s. Thank you eternally, Kevin Sampsell. 

Over at Propeller Magazine the great-poets-in-their-own-right Wendy Bourgeois and Daneen Bergland discuss my book THIS LAST TIME WILL BE THE FIRST. Sample quote: “THIS LAST TIME WILL BE THE FIRST dabbles in the absurd, and is often adamantly unsentimental.” Thank you for reading Wendy and Daneen!   

I’m super excited that my collection THIS LAST TIME WILL BE THE FIRST is getting some review affirmation this week. Following on the heels of the book’s The Rumpus review on Monday, there’s one up now at The Volta. This one’s more positive, doesn’t mention Buzzfeed, says I give “good title.” Thank you Peter Vanderberg. Word.