Roundup: Legos and Homecoming Queens and apps and Yes and everything

Well, the blog has fallen into a bit of disrepair lately, but I’m happy to have had an active online presence recently, with a variety of cool projects.

  • I published a chapbook, Yes, through Parallel Press.  It’s a collection of poems about family life and/or the weather, and, as the title suggests, is perhaps more optimistic than a lot of today’s glum verse.
  • I made a video of a “code poem” for Alaska Quarterly Review.  The code itself was published in a special genre-bending section of the hard-copy issue.  But it was cool to show how the program, written in BASIC, actually looks on a screen, with an awesome soundtrack by Steev Baker.
  • I made an app!  It’s called More Than 25 Million Poems about the Midwest, based on the project that appeared in Verse Wisconsin a few years back.  Again, the soundtrack was done by Steev and you can listen to much of it (and Steev’s other awesome music) here.  The app is free to download to your iDevice.  There are at least 23 million poems left to be written!

I’ve also published my first flash fictions over the past several months.  They’re all driven by the same concept:  I’m writing about jobs that don’t exist.  A few of them are online:

And of course, I’m happy to continue to publish poetry.

I’ve chosen to abandon my clunky, circa-2005 website, so I’ll be updating this more frequently in the future.  My novella-in-verse I got off the train at Ash Lake is forthcoming soon from sunnyoutside!

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Welcome to my new bloggy home.  I’ve got three major poetry projects coming out in the next three years.  But Our Princess Is in Another Castle is a book of prose poems inspired by video games, and will be published by Rose Metal Press in March 2013.  I got off the train at Ash Lake is a novella-in-verse set at a lake resort in Wisconsin in the early part of the 20th century, and is forthcoming from sunnyoutside in 2013.  Finally, Yes is a chapbook of poetry about clouds, prayers, and children, due from Parallel Press in May 2014.

I’ll be using this blog to offer news (book trailers, covers, sample poems, readings, reviews, etc.) about the books, but also for sharing and thinking about all kinds of poetic goodness.

If you’d like to know more about me or my work, visit my mostly static website at http://bj.desperadopress.com.  From there, you can click on the blog link, which will bring you right back here, and you can click on my website link again, and so on.  You’re welcome!

And feel free to raise your hand at any time and contact me.