Thoughts fall out before the head explodes!
Monday, October 29, 2007
Earth Still Riddler (Draft)
"Reach out and touch faith." --Depeche Mode
Earth Still Riddler
Fill in blanks.
They found the body.
In my Lifetime Movie (TM) true life story.
Gort: "Now, now,
You got your
and her Death Ray."
Warm up for
-posted by Nobius 12:10 PM # Comments (0)
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Jim Benz Interview
Jim Benz who has been a featured artist in Calliope Nerve is interviewed here at What to Wear During an Orange Alert.
-posted by Nobius 12:42 PM # Comments (0)
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
From Outsider Writers:
We have started a petition of interest to all independent authors and publishers. Please read on!
Outsider Writers, and the people signing this petition, urge Amazon.com to add an "Alternative" literature listing under its "Books" pull-down menu. Alternative Literature needs a room of its own. I have spent close to a year trying to get Amazon to make a decision on this issue without a response, so now it is time to see if people who buy and sell books on Amazon want to see Amazon.com have an "Alternative Literature" listing.
Amazon is an extremely important online sales tool for independent publishers and authors. Bookstore shelf space is more limited than ever, and it can be impossible to find new poetry or fiction from independent publishers. That is why independent publishers increasingly use online sites such as Amazon.com to market their books.
There are thousands and thousands of products listed on Amazon, but Amazon has made it easy to browse through products until you find what you want. Its site has pull down menus for main product categories. Click on "Books" and you will find extensive listings for everything from Graphic Novels to Performing Arts to SF and Fantasy. There is even a Poetry category. There is not such a Literature category, though.
The Amazon system works well if you want to browse through mainstream publications, or if you already know the author and/or title. But if you are looking for "Alternative" you have a problem. There is no Alternative category. The Alternative literature is there, but it is crowded out by the mainstream books. If you don't know exactly what Alternative writing you are looking for, you won't find it--but if you want to browse you will find plenty o' pages listing books, but the Alternative writing is buried among the mainstream products.
It is time for Amazon to create an Alternative listing in its Books section, dedicated to alternative/underground poetry, fiction and prose. Amazon can start by simply listing books from small, independent publishers, and then can create subsections under Alternative, for poetry, flash fiction, political writing, and other subgroups. This would be great for publishers, authors, readers--and Amazon itself.
You can find the petition at this link.
-posted by Nobius 11:41 PM # Comments (0)
Friday, October 19, 2007
Living Paycheck to Pacheck gest Harder
Living Paycheck to Paycheck gets harder.
You don't say?
My favorite part is that poorer Americans *may* skimp on health care spending.
What kind of denial is this nation in?
Hey, if it weren't for the clinic I'd have run out of meds six months ago. My eye check up is two years past due. And the dentist... sh*t I haven't seen a denist in over a decade.
At least I'm not alone.
But don't expect tax relief from the government this time, they've got a war to pay for you know.
-posted by Nobius 11:31 PM # Comments (3)
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
How I Learn to Love Our Bomb Strange Candy In Six Measures
"She said, 'Tell me are you a Christian child.' And I said, ' Mam, I am tonight...'" --Marc Cohn
How I Learn to Love Our Bomb Strange Candy In Six Measures
Your troubled air
Me. Jackie Paper.
page soul Calligraphy/
Could be a mess.
THiS iS hOW:
Learn to love (Our Bomb)
Strange Candy Holocaust
L O V E
Complex light balanced
In a nugget center
good pill push
& previously released p*rn star
FROM THE DAY I sued
the soul vibrates
like angels wayward
The Nobius Formula:
Assume identity makes
Well spoken Poe corpse.
Not even the
Don't know a f*u**ing thing about goodbyes...
So let me love/leave
Exit brain left
-posted by Nobius 12:43 AM # Comments (0)
Sixx A.M.: Pray for Me
"Cross your heart and hope that I wont die before the best day of my life." --Sixx A.M
Damn, I gotta get The Heroin Diaries CD. Pray for Me is a kickin' track with punk roots and similiar to the music I imagine in my head.
And like my own imagining, all true.
I think it's time to re-read Watchmen
I got some ideas brewin' (like beer), when I should be sleepin'.
-posted by Nobius 12:05 AM # Comments (0)
Sunday, October 14, 2007
"Because the drugs never work... Another cog in the murder machine. They said, 'All teenagers scare the living sh*t out of me.' They could care less as long as someone'll bleed..." --My Chemical Romance
"White Trash Beautiful. I swear to God it's true. I'm coming home to you girl." --Everlast
"And she drags me to church but I'm scared to commit." --Sixx A.M.
Gabcast! White Rabbit - *BLACK HOLE* #9
LiFE flowers grow
Not quite nature intended.
(Man is involved.)
Old Gods wear New Masks
You, Gardener digging
Hardly take notice
Yet rooting for
that something more
"No big deal.
I'm looking for
Where that damn
And all of my
a Trowel of Destiny!
Formerly known as Spear.
This the last time I go
With that cat with the sandals,
-posted by Nobius 10:47 PM # Comments (2)
More Mix Tape
Check out the tunnage before the lawyers take it away. Then let me know what you think. Poetry out, rock on.
Pray for Me Sixx A.M.
Wolverine Blues Entombed
As I Slither Katakylsm
Queen The Melvins
Sweet Dreams Probot with King Diamond
O.G. Big Business
When All Is Said And Done Napalm Death
Face Down In the Dirt Naplam Death
Rock Superstar Cypress Hill
Why I'm Here Oleander
Everlong (Acoustic) Foo Fighters
Time of the Season The Zombies
Life Is Beautiful Sixx A.M.
The Prince (Live) Metallica
Crazy Gnarls Barkley
Life Is a Highway Tom Cochrane
Living Dead Girl Rob Zombie
Insurrection (Live) Halford
Walking in Memphis Marc Cohn
Eye of the Tornado (Live) Megadeth
-posted by Nobius 11:27 AM # Comments (0)
Which Doctor Who Are You?
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Friday, October 12, 2007
Stuff and Stuff
The new season of Ultimate Fighter is great to work out by. God bless TIVO. I replay the shows when no one's home and exercise while I watch. Nice ninety plus minute practice for me this morning.
Watch Rolling Stone's slide show on the Great Iraq Swindle. Thought provoking. What are we really protecting there? As if I have to ask.
I'm going to try out Comic Collector Live's software. As organized and anal as I am, other than being in alphabetical order, I no longer have a grip on the value of my collection or what I really have in it. If the platform is good enough I may sell through it.
Umbrella Academy Issue One (though not as good as the Free Comic Book Day Preview) was fun and sets the scene for a fascinating story. Looks like tomorrow's heroes are here today. Learn more about them at Wikipedia.
After reading the book, got a few ideas for my own book I'm loosely putting together now including a speed dating scene that... well it's just not right. I should have my head examined.
-posted by Nobius 12:00 PM # Comments (2)
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Calliope Nerve XIV: THE Queen
"My wealth is words. And I invested wisely in poetry." --Nobius Black
Calliope Nerve XIV: THE Queen is available now and free of charge. In grand Calliope tradition this issue features a wide range of styles and pieces by both seasoned and new creators including Melissa Lebruin, Billy Jno Hope, Zachary C. Bush, Jim Benz, Joe Nolan, and me, I'm Nobius Black.
This issue's featured artist is the incomparable Jim Benz.
A Cup of Coffee
could it be another morning?
perhaps I’m dead
oh for the climate of dreams
found lacking, found
full of songbirds
full of meaningless
ennui or conflict, snarling
eggs be damned, give me coffee
Due to a limited print run, this issue is being distributied by email only to the general public. Send your email address to nobius at gmail dot com.
Submission info is located here. (We are always looking for talent.) Internet link trades, advertising, back issues, and flier swaps available.
To support Calliope order your Amazon products via my web log: White Rabbit - *BLACK HOLE*.
Name your muse! Calliope Nerve.
-posted by Nobius 1:17 PM # Comments (2)
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
The Best Part
The best part about Calliope Nerve is the emails that I receive behind the scenes. Here's another one I got the other day from the editor of Over the Transom. Seems everyone loves Sheila work!
"...looking forward to more 'calliope nerve.' i have the sheila murphy poem from the interview issue up on the fridge in the break room at borders."
Below is pictured her book The Stuttering of Wings which is next on my wish list.
More Calliope soon and more to tell you. The Melvin's Saturday night was phenomenal. Simply phenomenal.
-posted by Nobius 1:17 PM # Comments (0)