Here’s a selection of recent journals and anthologies that include my work. You should be able to click on the titles and/or images to read more and to purchase the publications.
Poetry Flash (January 2019)
Honored to have a tribute to the late, beyond-great Julia Vinograd published in the venerable SF Bay Area literary institution Poetry Flash, titled “Postscript for Julia Vinograd“. Click on the title to read it. As many know, Julia was a Bay Area icon for decades, hanging on the Berkeley streets blowing bubbles (a.k.a., ahem, The Bubble Lady), lounging in the Cafe Med on Telegraph Ave writing her ass off, or haunting many a many a reading around the Bay for over fifty years, gracing us all with her spoken work and letting the poets know what’s what. Julia passed on December 5, 2018, leaving us all a little befuddled as to what to do next. ‘Nuff said, and here’s some more said:
Richard Silberg’s tribute in the same issue of P.Flash, “Flying with ‘Julia’ Poems: Julia Vinograd (1943-2018)”
Tom Dalzell’s moving obituary and tribute in Berkeleyside, the day after Julia died
Bruce Isaacson’s obituary in East Bay Express
Sam Whiting’s obituary in the SF Chronicle
Boyce Buchanan’s obituary in The Daily Californian
Peter Hegarty’s obituary in The Mercury News
Bucky Sinister’s wonderfully frank and snarky tribute at medium.com
I’m pleased as punch to have a piece in the new and long-anticipated anthology from Nomadic Press, Nomadic Journal: Wonder. This one has a sterling collection of work from 28 writers across the U.S., including Alisa Golden, Betsy Parker, Brendan Walsh, Christine No, Christopher Snethen, Daniel Shapiro, J de Salvo, Jennifer L. Knox, John Greenhause, Keith Donnell, Kimo Reder, Maggie Hellwig, Maria Ximena Pineda, Meriwether Clarke, Michael Salcman, Patrick Trotti, Petra Kuppers, Reilly Nolan, Rohi Jiwani, Shane Joaquin Jiminez, Sheila Squillante and Paul Bilger, Simon Perchik, Thomas Ziemer, Tina Lawson, Xan Roberti, and myself, plus artwork by the late José Nava and photographs by Jesse Brouns. In other words, it looks terrific.
My piece definitely represents Oakland, being a brief poetric diatribe on the nature of gentrification called “The Oakland Sky”. Though Oakland-specific in detail, it addresses a pressing social dilemma common to many cities across the United States and beyond. Perhaps you’ve even seen it in your city!
I’m honored to have my fave Dada poem “39 Lashes” included in Suitcase of Chrysanthemums, the 2018 anthology of poetry, fiction, and other word and art things by great weather for MEDIA press. Their anthologies are always gorgeous, not just visually (obviously, look at that cover! – by Jodi Lynn Concepcion, if you’re curious), but viscerally as well. These folks find pieces that change you, simple as that. This one contains work by seventy-six (76!) writers, including Joel Allegretti, Zoë Christopher, Cathyann Cusimano, Richard Fein, Rich Ferguson, John S. Hall, Kit Kennedy, Jane LeCroy, Mary Mackey, Rick Mullin, Puma Perl, Eréndira Ramírez-Ortega, Yan Sham-Shackleton, William Taylor Jr, Zev Torres, Alexandra van de Kamp, and John Sibley Williams, among many others. Plus, no shit, an interview with actor/director Sonja Sohn (The Wire, The Chi, Baltimore Rising). Max cool.
This poem, by the way, was written for the Dada World’s Fair in San Francisco, and read at the opening event on November 1, 2016 at City Lights Books, where the proprietor, a certain Mr. Ferlinghetti, seemed quite displeased at my not so oblique suggestion that it’d be a good place to start a fire, especially when I ignited a lighter at the podium with an infernal grin. Not much of a sense of humor there, I guess.
Just wanna add that the great weather folks have been very supportive of my work, and I want to thank them for that from the bottom of my heart. Thanks, weatherfolk!
The issue includes the work of 29 revved and ready writers including the likes of Rafael Jesús González, Lucille Lang Day, Edward Mycue, Jeannette DesBoine, Grace Marie Grafton, Bruce Bagnell, and Jon Sindell. I’m honored to have my work included with that of so many lightbult-over-head type peops, and generally Bay Area luminaries.
It’s worth noting that Pandemonium Press also publishes two other online journals, Doorknobs & Bodypaint and Day w/o Art, both of which are very much worth checking out, along with their monthly reading series on the first Wednesday at The Octopus Literary Salon in Uptown Oakland. Go Pandemonium!
Guess what, one of my very favorite post breakup poems is featured in the Naked Bulb Anthology 2017 by Naked Bulb Press. I want it to be a surprise so that you’ll run and get one for your very own. It features twenty of the East Bay’s finest wort-smithies, or grinders of syllables, if you will, and I’m honored to be among them, both on page and in voice. The rumors are true – these folks do rock! And occasionally shape them into words and throw them.
The press has grown out of the Naked Bulb reading series, which has been running for eight years mostly in the East Oakland backyard of Missy Church, who has also founded the press in the last couple of years. Kudos, Missy, on the beautiful books, and thanks for all your time.
The anthology is named for the previous year, when the work included was read at the series. It is not currently listed on the press’ site, so the best way to get one is to contact Missy through the site, and ask her to send ya one posthaste.
Chronogram 5/18 (vol. 22, no. 13)
I was recently passing through Woodstock, NY (yes, that Woodstock), where I used to hang and write and generally escape from NYC, and had the chance to stop by the monthly Woodstock Poetry Society Reading, hosted by old friend and colleague (not to mention fabulous poet and actor) Phillip X. Levine. Read a few pieces from Sudden Windows, my 2016 book of flash prose, which I’d not had a chance to let loose in that area, and Phillip was very taken with them and asked if he could publish one in the Chronogram, a prolific Hudson Valley weekly. I put up a fight, of course (haha), but he ended up convincing me, and so the piece referred to as “At the heart of this month” appeared on the poetry page in the May, 2018 issue. Thank you, Phillip! You are a gentleman amongst gentlemen.
I’m proud to have the very first piece in the very first anthology by Naked Bulb Press. The press has grown out of the Naked Bulb reading series, which has been running for seven years mostly in the East Oakland backyard of Missy Church, impresario and host extraordinaire. My poem, entitled “Cannibalism”, is only five lines long, but it’s a true story and it’s one of my fave poems ever. AND it’s followed by work by twenty-two of the best SF Bay Area writers working (and drinking beer in backyards) today.
The title, by the way, refers to the season of the reading series from which the writers were chosen, though it’s actually been released in April of 2017. It’s not listed on the site yet (it’s just that fresh), but you should be able to get a copy by writing to Missy Church via the site (look under About). And if you wanna be that fresh, I highly recommend that you do.
Very happy to have my poem “remember:” included in the second volume of Poetry Expressed, the annual online journal by the producers of Berkeley’s long-running weekly reading series, Poetry Express. There’s terrific work in here by myself and ten other poets, both old-timers and new-comers, including Jan Steckel, David Zeltzer, Adele Mendelson, Jocelyn Hernandez, and Elizabeth Alford. You can get to by simply clicking here on the title above. And for a short time only, you can score yourself a print copy for just a few dollars plus postage, by sending them a message on their Facebook page.
Yay! Bay Area poet and novelist Mary Mackey has chosen a couple of my pieces for the Spring 2017 issue of The Marsh Hawk Review, online journal for Marsh Hawk Press. Thank you, Mary! That’s a cherry pie in my day.
I’m honored to have two pieces in this fine collection: “Destiny”, one of my Flowers of Oakland series that prognosticates the triumph of flowering vines over mankind, and “3 Minutes”, a prose poem designed to exemplify three minutes of time, and which can be read in three minutes to the second. Enjoy!
The journal comes in the form of a 90-page downloadable pdf. Just click on the title above, or here, to find it.
I’m pleased as blackbird pie to have a piece included in the prestigious and long-running online lit journal Full of Crow. It’s an older piece of short fiction titled “The Svelte Stilletos of a Frozen Stillicide” (from the opening poem of Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov), and I’m especially pied to have it placed where more than a dozen folks might read it. Full of Crow graciously accepted it knowing it’d been in a few photocopied zines and equally unobtainable journals. I’m particularly proud of the wordplay in this one, so if you haven’t seen it, please click on through for a languagey tickle, and maybe a little something else.
Honored to have my recent poem “Intention” chosen for publication in Oakland Review #4, along with a slew of incredible work by current East Bay writers.
Pedestrian Press, who publishes the Review, liked the poem so much that they selected it for their Poem of the Week page. Glad am I to hear that poems stay on said page forever (or until the electricity goes out).
Take a gander at the poem and decide if it has a happy ending.
I’m honored to have my Brooklyn narrative poem “Bootism” included in the new anthology by great weather for MEDIA press, The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker. The poem is a simple and not so simple walking poem that explores the tensions that make Brooklyn both so difficult and so beautiful, and a gamut of my own inner tensions as well. (I’m not sure what they make me.) It ponders the action of walking and provides a mini-travelogue, fifteen years young now but still much the same, I think, of a jaunt through Fort Greene up to Prospect Park and back. In glorious first person and everything.
The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker is a fearless and dynamic collection of contemporary poetry and short fiction by seventy-six established and emerging writers. It also features an interview with musician and poet Thurston Moore.
HIV Here + Now is an amazing project instigated by poet, educator, and activist Michael Broder. He and his team posted a poem or writer per day for 366 days – for an entire year – as a countdown to 35 years of AIDS on June 5, 2016. It just finished, and is a stunning and monumental anthology.
I’m extremely proud to have a piece in there as Poem #340, which appeared on May 9, 2016.
Now they’re working on a print anthology, due out whenever it’s damn well ready. But the online anth is an impressive and moving compilation, unique and scope and passion, and I strongly recommend checking it out.
Got a piece in the third issue of Dryland, an online (mostly) lit+art zine focused on L.A. – yay! Sent some stuff because it looked pretty fierce. But far be if from me to describe this rag, so here’s what they say about themself:
“The wasteland T.S. Eliot talked about is over…Southern California is in a drought… We’re not looking for pretty little words. We’re looking for words that drown out the chitter-chatter, the noise, the empty-spells, the NOISE. Colors, textures, melodies, cries. Los Angeles land of all skin colors and all classes. We’re looking for Los Angeles. Waste…decay…rebirth and all.”
Appealing, right? So I sent them a bit of my flash prose, and they selected a piece entitled “On the eve of Obama’s re-election”. Filed it under poetry though it could be flash non-fic as well. It could be anything. But L.A. cannot. L.A. can only be L.A. Thanks, guys!
I’m proud to have not one, not two, but five poems chosen for inclusion in the second issue of Oakland Review, the new journal bursting with the fire of the current East Bay writing scene. Nosethumbs to you, West Bay (formerly known as San Francisco)! You can find my recent 57-line sonnet, “Military Husband Jaw Sonnet”, my homage to poet MK Chavez, and all three of my recent series The Flowers of Oakland (all three so far, that is), along with the gorgeous and incendiary work of 21 other poet/prose/fiction writers and burning minds.
Okay, I can’t resist: here they are: Hannah Allen, John Bennett, Mk Chavez, Cassandra Dallet, Aimee DeLong, Lee Foust, Bill Gainer, Hollie Hardy, Nikolas Karavatos, Joel Landmine, Richard Loranger (that’s me), Aurelia Lorca, Rick Lupert, Garrett Murphy, Alexandra Naughton, Marc Olmsted, BC Petrakos, William Taylor, Jr., Scott Wannberg, Amos White, Arisa White, and Jezebel Delilah X. With art by Don Morey.
It’s published by Pedestrian Press, out of the real Oakland, so don’t confuse it with The Oakland Review, which inexplicably comes out of Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh.
This book is lava! So put on your hotmits, click on the link above, and throw a mere $13 into the flames, the flames that make the world anew.
I’m very, very pleased to have one of my fave political poems included in the second anthology by the Revolutionary Poets Brigade of San Francisco, entitled (you guessed it) Overthrowing Capitalism Volume 2: Beyond Endless War, Racist Police, Sexist Elites. Yay!
The RPG believes, among other things, that “a better world is possible only through taking language back from those who have hijacked it in the interested of perpetuating the regime of violent elites” (from their beautiful preface). Rock on, RPG.
And example of that attempt might just reside in my poem, “O Corporation, You Are Not Immortal”, a rather robust curse poem referring to the fact that in the U.S., legally corporations are “potentially immortal entities,” as stated by Chief Justice John Marshall in 1819. Sounds like a good reason to curse to me! You can hear me do a fine reading of this piece one minute into this YouTube video.
This is a sweet little anthology put out every year by Patricia Carragon, maven of the Brownstone Poets reading series in Brooklyn. The series is known for its inclusiveness, presenting everything from simple everyday verse to the sliciest of the cutting edge. Check out that snazzy cover pic!
I’m pleased to have a pleasant sculpted poem included in this years anth, “Lying in dark in Bklyn”, which I wrote while doing just that while I was living there in the early oughts. If you do catch a copy somewhere, note that the final word has been accidentally placed on its own line, and is meant to be continued on the previous line to the right. Ah, the foibles of printing…
This issue contains a total of 53 very eclectic authors, along with tributes to the recently departed and much missed New York poets Bob Hart and Brant Lyon. I’m not sure how to get a copy, but you could try sending them a message on their Facebook page.
Out of Our, Issue 17
Needless to say, I’m excited!
They’ve graciously included “Mammalian Dilemma,” a sexy sonnet that gets at the heart (or perhaps groin) of my philosophy (or perhaps perversity).
Releasing on December 9, 2014, at The Emerald Tablet in SF. I’ll be reading there along with a shiny pile of other poets.
Out of Our LIVES!
One of my ecstatic odes has found its first publication in the new anthology by great weather for MEDIA press, I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand. That gorgeous title and front cover, btw, come from an equally pleasing graphic therein by awesome Swedish illustrator Janne Karlsson entitled “Stars”.
The anthology proffers a fearless, dynamic collection of contemporary poetry and short fiction by sixty-six established and emerging writers from across the United States and well beyond, and an exclusive new interview with legendary poet and activist John Sinclair.
So now you can read in real print and potentially even parse out “The Food in My Beard”, my somewhat dense and impassioned ode to the food chain, and my part in it. And you get a brain-ton of amazing accompanying pieces as well!
I’m honored to have a couple of pieces selected for the Summer 2014 New Poetry Issue of the international online cultural magazine, London Grip. This fab zine posts a broad range of material weekly, including reviews of books, theater, art, and music, all kinds of cultural orgs and events, and lots of new works, including a quarterly issue of new poetry edited by Michael Bartholemew-Biggs.
The current issue contains work by myself and 15 other poets from the U.K. and U.S. My pieces are two of the ecstatic odes, “Laundry” and “Venetian Blinds”, in publication for the first time.
You can click here to check out the issue, and then on each writer’s name to see their work, or simply scroll down the page. You’ll find mine at the top just below the editor’s note – a double-honor!
And check out that logo, featuring a piece by none other than Banksy.
I’m very pleased to have a piece in the Spring 2014 issue of The Marsh Hawk Review, online journal for Marsh Hawk Press.
This issue is edited by Bay Area poet and novelist Mary Mackey.
Mary has graciously chosen to print “Upon Reading Something”, a poem I wrote in response to reading the first part of Ed Dorn‘s The Gunslinger, and more especially the intro by Marjorie Perloff. So now you know.
The journal comes in the form of a 40-page downloadable pdf. Just click on the title above, or here, to find it.
Created by former editors of Uphook Press, great weather is dedicated to publishing new poetry, prose, and mixed genre and media that highlight the “unpredictable, the bright, the dark, and the innovative…”
Contributors include fifty-five poets and fiction writers from around the U.S. as well as Botswana, the Philippines, Denmark, and Canada.
The editors have decided in their wisdom to include “Mud Song” in their maiden publication. How dirty! You can find a pretty decent reading of it on the Performance page of this site.
The Tower Journal, vol. 5, #1
The Tower Journal, an online magazine (or “portal”, as they proclaim) for poetry and prose, features an extensive Webfestschrift to the life and work of West Coast poet Jack Foley in their Fall 2012 edition.
Included in the Festschrift are five collaborations that I recently did with Jack, some of which have appeared on the Fresh Words page of this site.
Click here to go the the main page of the Webfestschrift, and look toward the bottom of the left column under “Jack Foley Poetry” for our work (and that of many others!).
The third installment of this groundbreaking hyperJournal contains work by 108 poets, each focused on revolution in one sense or another.
For each issue, editors Amy King & Ana Božičević ask poets to respond to or revel in specific themes or prompts. Issue #1 covers “oetry” and “ifesto”. Issue #2 allows you, the reader, to decide what it is you’re reading (and submit your impressions). And Issue #3, with timely courtesy, delves into Revolution in all and any form (or lack thereof).
They’ve been kind enough to include two of my pieces in the recent issue, “We Have to Become Human” and “I Want A Poetry”. You can find my page here.
Editor Michael Montlack has assembled an anthology of a hundred gay poets—award winners and fresh voices—in thrall with female icons throughout the ages ranging from Gloria Swansonto Mary J, Blige, from Edith Piaf to Joni Mitchell, Bette Midler to Lady Gaga. These are not merely appreciations of the gorgeous and daring but poems that are confessional to bittersweet to witty.
My piece, entitled “Ripley”, pays heated homage to Ellen Ripley, heroine of the Alien film series.
The first issue of this journal, which boasts the most colorful cover in the history of poetics (several readers have required hospitalization after prolonged viewing), proffers wild new work from a selection of 26 poets from around the U.S. For their debut, the editors insisted on reprinting a selection of Hello poems, which blend nicely into the melee.
Click on the cover to see a larger view in all its glory (but have some Xanax near at hand).
Anthologies by Uphook Press
Uphook Press specializes in work by poets and spoken word artists who write for both page and stage. I have work in two of their recent anthologies, hell strung and crooked and you say. say.
hell strung and crooked features the work of 41 poets, along with interviews with Mark Doty and Claus Ankersen.
you say. say.: Twenty-nine poets write the gamut from Starbucks to whale walkers, chalk outlines to honeymooning, cranky operettas to the ping of a microwave signaling the end.
Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts: Anthologies 2 & 5
Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts is a stunning series of readings started by poet Daniel Yaryan August, 2008, when they gathered a dozen poets along with musicians and a multitude of open mic’ers and listeners for a five and a half hour reading that kicked living ass in the ancient basement of Li Po bar in Chinatown, San Francisco. The series has expanded to 34 epic readings (as of April 2012) ranging from SF to Los Angeles, numerous anthologies and recordings, and establishment of the recent Santa Cruz Poetry Festival.
I read in “Rounds” 1 and 9, and have work in the second and fifth anthologies.
Go to their website to find out more about the ongoing series, the anthologies, the history, and the sheer momentum of it all.
You can also watch my reading from Round 9 at the Beat Museum on my Performance page.
Correspondence #1, #2, & #3
The Corresponding Society, a small press organized by a diverse community of young writers in Brooklyn, NY, has put out a variety of publications including three issues of the journal Correspondence, each of which features some of my work.
You can also read an article about my work by Lonely Christopher, entitled Richard Loranger, Mammal of Verse, on their press blog.
You’ll find a piece of mine in this terrific compilation that represents a decade of poets featured at the North Jersey Literary Series, the liveliest poetry venue on the west side of the Hudson. Centered around the long-running series curated by Paul Nash and Denise Laneve at The Classic Quiche Cafe in Teaneck, this anthology shows just how fruitful their labors have been.
CLWN WR 42 & 45
I’ve had work in a few of Bob Heman’s long-running flash journal for flash poetry and flash fiction, CLWN WR (formerly Clown War). And yes it’s really that flashy, though still produced and distributed guerilla-style with photocopies flung from the tops of Manhattan skyscrapers, so it can be a little hard to find if you’re not standing right there. Or if you’re not amidst the ever-roiling NYC poetry scene. But if you want to find out more, and possibly check out an issue or two (they’re generally a diminutive 4.25 x 5.5″, and they read in a flash – haha), I suggest trying the email on their website’s Submissions page.