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Psychic Memoir

Psychic Memoir

bombyonder or bust

but if I rescue such desire

from a hushed past celebrating 

what’s come to pass

as there is no forward wish

no hard satisfaction deserving this identity

I will turn unhappy 

no longer turn back to the cherished

or the joke that ends with an empty groan

gross lunge toward a prize

Special Pre-order Sale for Bombyonder eBook


If you prefer to read on an eReader, you can pre-order the Bombyonder eBook for only $5.99 (until October 14). After that the price goes up to $7.99. Not only do you save money and receive the eBook as soon as its available, pre-orders will increase the book’s ranking thereby making it more visible to customers at these retailers.

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If you prefer to read a print book, you can pre-order Bombyonder directly from Coconut Books for $15 (free shipping). The best deal over there is to subscribe to the entire season and receive all six titles from Coconut’s Fall/Winter 2014 catalog:

Invisible Reveille by Carina Finn
The Dead Girls Speak in Unison by Danielle Pafunda
Soft Threat by Alexis Pope
Slice by Arielle Greenberg
Bombyonder by Reb Livingston


My novel, Bombyonder, is available for preorder from Coconut Books along with new titles from Carina Finn, Danielle Pafunda, Alexis Pope, Tyler Gobble and Arielle Greenberg.

Or better yet, subscribe to the 2014 Fall/Winter catalog and get them all for just $65. That’s over a 30% savings.

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In anticipation of BombyonderGod Damsel is a FREE ebook for the rest of SeptemberUse Code: RS84V to read it on your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, iPad, on your laptop, in your web browser. How ever you want.

start with the standards

impossible and common

speak to attraction and its protocols

stick to the procedures, the sketches

blurred to an exact art methodically

illuminating a former sheen

a slew of simple wonders

all better viewed on the epidermal surface

haven’t you earned your spa date?

haven’t you earned these wild solutions

flailing like mud?

natural solutions stained with alphanumeric

letters and characters punctuating then

exfoliating a universal right to divert

waking to wind again once again

this supple, inverted approach

trailing a frontier as if it was a derriere


Bombyonder at APR & God Damsel Now Available as Ebook

Some selections from Bombyonder are in the July/August issue of the American Poetry Review:

What needed to be done needed to be done and this now would be a time for a renovation, reboot, an inspirational quote, pee break, an appointment and attention to that which still needed our attention.
The things that we lost: a feather, an orb, parrot, cat, donkey, status, privacy, Heath Ledger, our lice.

Reflection brought the freeze, I looked and it all stopped, I counted, I cried, I preserved, I slept, I woke practically a reptile.

In this issue there’s also work by Lucia Perillo, Denise Duhamel, Charlie Smith, Marcus Jackson, W.S. Merwin, Amy Gerstler, Mira Rosenthal, Jennifer Grotz, Tony Hoagland, Lesley Valdes, Grant Clauser, Arielle Greenberg, Amy Small-McKinney, Bhisham Bherwani, Pamela Sutton and Laurence Lieberman.

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God Damsel is now available as an ebook at Barnes & NobleSmashwords and Amazon. Only $4.99.


mounting a defense against the one who is already with me 


this difficulty of appearance recognition when there is no example or description, or adjective, or noun


the historical whatever, mythical provocation moving, prowling like a weaponized body, like an average blending into the blur


those laws without meaning, without basis, need, care or clue, those are the ones out to get you, take your historical whatever and reframe it into ruin


the one who might command “kneel if you’re with me” and how can I go against what is already with me without going against myself?


this emergency of community and its implication, what was taken away and what was the agreement and does it still stand, what is material and which materials are off-limits, which vague standpoint is in charge here?

I’m not a foodie. Food “porn” pics bore me. People who think and talk (or post on social media) about food & recipes annoy me. I don’t enjoy watching cooking shows.

Except for ChoppedFor me it falls into the same category asProject Runway. While I’m more interested in fashion than I am in food, I can’t really say I’m especially into fashion either. There was a short-lived show called Craft Corner Deathmatchthat I absolutely loved. What I enjoy and find intriguing about shows that focus on creative process, whatever the medium, is how the contestants (chefs, designers, artists, whatever) approach creative challenges using bizarre and unconventional materials.

Despite my disinterest in the culinary arts, I’m wildly inspired by what the chefs do with the “mystery basket” ingredients (often very challenging/unusual ingredients, especially in combination with one another). They’re not just expected touse the ingredients, but to transform them. Meaning if one of the basket items is saltine crackers, you better do something more than smear a pâté on the cracker or crumble it up and call it a crouton. The chefs don’t have to use all of an ingredient, just some of it. For example, if they get a whole chicken, they can just use the wings and legs. If they get an already baked cake, they can use just the icing. There’s a stocked pantry and refrigerator the chefs are encouraged to use in addition to the four basket ingredients to bring the dish together.

Chefs must use all four ingredients to create a cohesive dish. Excluding an ingredient is a serious infraction. Not transforming the ingredient is another. Each dish is judged on presentation, taste and creativity. Sometimes the judges will select a more ambitious dish over a tasty, but run-of-the-mill offering. If the chef gets blood on the food, the judges won’t touch it.

Each judge is known for his/her preferences and dislikes. There’s a judge who hates raw red onions and has a shit fit every time he’s served a meal that includes them. There’s another judge who freaks when too many peppers are used in a dish. That can be tricky because there’s usually another judge on the same panel who absolutely loves spicy flavor. Like all art, there’s personal subjectivity involved in the assessment.

The chefs who compete come from a wide-range of backgrounds from classically-trained French to food truck owners. They can cook in whatever style they prefer, use whatever tools and appliances, serve from whatever plates/bowls offered and incorporate as much or as little pantry/refrigerator items as they wish. It’s all good as long as they successfully include all four ingredients.

During NaPoWriMo I followed a similar process for several of my poems. I used the Bibliomancy Oracle, but old-fashioned grab-books-off-the-shelf bibliomancy would work just as well.

  • 4 mystery basket ingredients = 4 randomly selected passages
  • pantry/refrigerator = whatever is already in your brain
  • tools & appliances = whatever you have in your bag of tricks
  • plating = paper/screen/audio/video

Now the key is to TRANSFORM the passages (using as much or as little from each passage as you like). This means no quoting or straight-up plagiarizing lines or phrases. Transforming can mean a number of things. That might mean transforming a word or idea or emotion into something else (related or free-associated). It might mean adding on top of or deconstructing. If you don’t wish to use any of the words from the passage, you can use part of the grammatical structure or style. There really aren’t any limitations as long as you use something in some way from the passages and change it.

The passages will likely be very different and possibly seem incompatible with one another. It’s your job to create something using all four that is cohesive and appealing (however you choose to define that).

Chopped has time limits for each round. I don’t worry about time. But if you’re one of those psychos who likes to write against the clock, knock yourself out.