Saturday, June 6, 2009

NEO Poet Field Guide

Full name: John Brian Burroughs, a.k.a. Jesus Crisis

Age: 42

Habitat: Born in Richwood, West Virginia, but migrated north before he was old enough to chirp and has nested most of his life in Elyria, Ohio.

Range: from Lix and Kix (currently at Visible Voice Books in Tremont every 3rd Tuesday) to Mac’s Backs, Bela Dubby, the Poet’s Haven, the Literary Café, the Crisis Chronicles Online Library, and anywhere good poetry can be found across northern Ohio.

Diet: Includes (but is by no means limited to) Dostoevsky, d.a. levy, Miles Davis, ArtCrimes, most Classics and Clevelanders, Beats, Romantics, poètes maudits, and all modern adepts at verbal masturbation, creative collaboration, and half-crazed literary craft.

Distinguishing Markings: Bloggerel (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2008), Identity Crises (Green Panda Press, 2009), and assorted speckles (and/or droppings) in Kaleidoscope, Images, The City Poetry, The Cartier Street Review, a handful of stones, Admit2, The November 3rd Club, The Hessler Street Fair Anthology, Cleveland Scene, Le Pink-Elephant Press’ bookmark series, Poet’s Haven podcasts, the Writer’s Digest Red Heart: Black Heart collection, and (coming soon) Polarity, A Generation Defining Itself: In Our Own Words Volume 8, the Angels with Broken Wings anthology, and a new Crisis Chronicles Press periodical called Fuck Poetry.

Predators: Citibank and the U.S. Department of Education, for starters. Can a brother get a bailout?

Prey: without ceasing.


Karma Souptra

Tin can karma
In a cemetery green sedan
Drives into the past
Through the future
Running round and round
And over and over
The illusory track of time

Like a bomb
That never goes off
Like a song that rings
In Campbell's soup cans
Round and round the rims
Not going out or in
Just sticking to the circuit
Like a one ring soup can
Gerbil wheel circus

Till the tin finally erodes
The illusion of time caves in
And full circle cemetery green
Karma darts to the next can
In the aisle of now.

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John B. Burroughs said...

Wow! It's very cool to be included/featured in the Field Guide. And I swear I did not nominate myself! Not sure who did... but thank you! And I love what you did with my photo, Michael. I want to steal it.

Jesus Crisis said...

Just to let anyone who stumbles upon this know: Lix and Kix poetry has changed locations and (at least thru December 2009) is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Bela Dubby (13321 Madison Avenue) in Lakewood, Ohio.


The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau