I’ve started getting even more patrons on the new Patreon site, and have begun putting up some short critical essays on aspects of my poetry that are available to patrons only.
It’s gratifying to have some of you be willing to offer some material support for what I do. It’s already making a difference in my monthly resources, and for that I thank you from the bottom of my ink-stained heart.
I want to reiterate that the POETRY, all of it, will ALWAYS be here and always be available for free. Only supplemental content will be available on the Patreon site behind a paywall of sorts. This may include some eBooks, videos, audio, etc., but the poems will always be here.
If you’d like more information on all of this…you can use the link below, and there’s also a link up at the top of the page on the Dark Matter blog itself that can help you.
Thanks in advance,
Tony Brown’s Patreon site
I’ve recently made a number of posts, including a short essay on recent poems, over on my Patreon page. For the most part, these are available to those who have pledged at varying levels there.
I want to stress that all of the poems I write will ALWAYS remain available here for free. But in an effort to earn some income from this work, I think that providing more deeply curated and connected selections, along with some expository prose, is a good way to go.
If you’d like to consider being a part of that community, the link above can show you how to do it. in addition, there’s a permanent description and link to that site in the pages seen at the top of the Dark Matter site itself.
Thanks for your time.
I’ve added a page to the main menu here.
If you look at the header on the blog site, you’ll find a page labeled “Patreon” which has information and a link to my monthly crowdfunding effort.
Again, I’ll never make the blog anything other than free to all. If you’d like to join the community of folks who’ve gotten involved in funding any of my other work, the information to do that is on that page.
Thanks in advance.
A direct link to the page itself:
On Wednesday night, May 10, I’ll be performing a special set of my work for the Maine Organization Of Storytelling Enthusiasts (MOOSE — get it?) at the Portland, ME Public Library. The event will run from 7-9 PM and will be in the main branch at 5 Monument Square.
If you are a regular reader of my work here, I’d love to see and meet you there. I promise I’ve got something special planned and I hope that if you can be there, you’ll leave saying that you experienced something unique and worthwhile.
Looking forward to Wednesday!
Hi, Dark Matter readers!
I’ve been quite busy of late on a variety of writing projects as well as some things related to my band, The Duende Project. The most recent post on the Website for that side of what I do gives out a whole bunch of info, including some recent publications and other musical activities of the band.
You can see that post at:
I hope you might take a moment to check it out. Thanks!
The previous poem, “Thanks Due,” marks the 300th new poem published here on Dark Matter in 2016.
Just wanted to alert regular readers that I’ll be taking a break from posting new poems for a few days at least as there are some other pressing things that need my attention.
In addition, the current political situation in the US has got me and more than a few other folks fairly stressed out; I’m sure that regular readers have noticed that my work’s been pretty focused on that lately, and I feel like I need a bit of a break to get ready for the harder road ahead.
If you’re new to the blog, please take some time to look through the back catalog over the next few days. I won’t be gone long, I promise. It’s hard to shut me up in good times, and these ain’t good times.
Be well, and thanks for reading.
Every year, journals in the US nominate work they’ve published for potential inclusion in annual collections of the best of the small press called the Pushcart Prize anthologies.
I’ve been nominated twice this year: for “2001 CR-V,” published in Drunk In A Midnight Choir; AND for “Song Fragments From The Brokenhearted Chorus,” a composite poem to which I was thrilled to contribute, published in Radius. (Go there to look at the impressive list of names who were involved in that stunning poem.)
These mark my fifth and sixth nominations, although I’ve never won. Fingers crossed for this year…
Thanks to the editorial staff of those fine journals.
“In The Embers” is now available for pre-order. Proceeds to benefit suicide prevention efforts…
Here’s the link…Tired Hearts Press.
Thanks for your patience.
I rarely publish my work except in odd anthologies and the occasional journal; this blog usually answers the need for me. Once in a while, though, I pull together a group of somewhat related poems and find a way to get them out as a self-contained chapbook.
My latest effort like this, “In The Embers,” is freshly out from Tired Hearts Press.
I’m extremely proud of this collection, and the publishers did a more than fine job of creating a beautiful chapbook to showcase it. It’s lovely to look at and hold and read.
At the moment, the book is not yet available on their Website but will be shortly. When it is, I strongly encourage you to buy it from them. The press has a tradition of contributing a portion of sales to organizations that work on suicide prevention, and that’s a cause I strongly support — in fact, it’s another reason I submitted the manuscript to their contest in the first place. I’ve asked that ALL net proceeds from their sales be contributed to such efforts, and they’ve agreed.
I’ll keep you posted about its availability, but here’s the link to save if you’re so inclined : http://tiredhearts.storenvy.com/collections/163836-individual-titles
Many thanks in advance to all of you who purchase it.
Very pleased to receive my contributor’s copy of “Delirious,” an anthology of poems in tribute to Prince, in today’s mail.
Thanks to NightBallet Press for including my poem, “For You.”
Here’s where to get it, and its entry on Goodreads.
I mention now and then work I’m doing with our poetry and music group, the Duende Project.
Here’s a link to an entry at our Website this AM about some exciting developments. It includes a sound file of our piece “Trinity,” which may or may not open depending on where you are in the world; not something I can do anything about, sadly.
People find this blog and my poetry in different ways. Some follow the page on Facebook and Twitter, where links to the poems are cross-posted whenever I put them up. There are a handful of folks who’ve been diehard followers from back in the LiveJournal days who get it via RSS feeds there on the site and in their mail each day. (Yes, people are still on LiveJournal.) All told, those outlets feed to just under 1000 people.
At the core, however, are those of you who subscribe directly through WordPress. And as of this past weekend, we crossed the threshold and there are now 1000 of you here.
Thanks to all who read the poems, wherever you are…this extended effort at self publishing and making an entire body and process of Work available to all would not be possible without you.
The Duende Project (the band in which I do poetry and a little guitar while three really great musicians make it all sound good) just released a free download of the poem “Falconers,” a tribute to librarians everywhere — you can read more about it at the site. Available for free or pay what you want right now.
All of our other work is there too — buy single tracks from any of our five albums, or grab the whole discography as a download for one discounted price.
thanks in advance,
NOTE: If you are having trouble listening to or downloading anything, could you let me know? There MAY be an issue outside the USA but I’m having trouble pinpointing it. Thanks.
Although I feel better and was able to complete a couple of pieces and post them in the last few days, I confess that I’m quite mentally and emotionally drained at the moment and need to take a bit of a break from this Work.
It’s not writer’s block I’m dealing with — never had it, never will — but a need to reexamine my path and readjust a bit.
I’ll be back soon. PLEASE take the time to read some of the older work here; there’s lots of it and the focus on the most recent material causes a lot to be lost in the fog. I’ll be doing the same as I figure this out.
Thanks for your understanding. Take care.
Been sidelined with a load of work AND a nasty head cold, so I apologize for the gap in posting. I’ve either been working or sleeping, to be honest.
Hope to have it remedied in the next few days. Plenty of older stuff to read, of course…