I’ve decided to cut way back on my poetry writing and posting for the next month.
It’s important, I think, to lie fallow now and then and recharge. As it is, I’ve posted an average of one poem a day on the blog since 2010, so taking a bit of time away from it all doesn’t seem too outrageous an idea in the pursuit of better poetry.
This decision is also prompted by a really, REALLY busy work schedule for my business in April, including a fair amount of travel to handle multiple sessions for one client. I’m taking next week off for vacation and then plunging into the mess.
I hope my hiatus will not drive you away, especially those of you who are new readers. Plenty of poems here to read!
Thanks, and see you soon,
Just wanted to call out the fact that of late, there’s been a MASSIVE influx of interest in the blog, with hits jumping from 20-30 a day to the 130-160 a day range. Thank you if you’re part of the new surge.
If you like what I’m doing, you can support my continued efforts with a monthly contribution to my Patreon site. For as little as $1 a month, you can gain access to exclusive behind the scenes posts on my work, critical essays on the work, and special collections — chapbooks and eBooks for the regular patrons.
While I guarantee that all the content here will always be free and available to all, I think the extra, curated content is a valuable extra.
If you’re interested, the link for that site is here. Patreon site
Thanks in advance, and as always, thank you to my readers whatever your choice here. Knowing you are out there is very comforting to me.
I don’t mention my Patreon site here very often, mostly because it’s chugging along fairly well through social media exposure alone. That said, I’ve started a new project there that involves audience participation of sorts, and I’d feel bad if I didn’t offer you all a chance to get in on the fun.
The description is on the sit for patrons only, but the gist of it is that I’m working on a series with an aim toward creating a book at some point that will be available to patrons before anyone else sees it, as well as some tiered rewards that I’m still developing.
If you’d like to get in on the fun, you can for as little as one dollar a month minimum pledge.
Information about how Patreon works and how to get involved can be found here:
Tony’s Patreon site, of course.
Thought I would take a second to update you all on the Patreon site I use to help support my work.
I’ve had a couple of patrons drop from the site in the last couple of months due to other financial obligations. Completely understandable, and no shame attached.
That said…just wanted to say that even if you can’t become a patron for an artist’s work, letting other people know about it through social media sharing and word of mouth can be a big help.
On my site, even a minimum pledge of a dollar a month gets you weekly patron-only posts about the work, and right now I’ve even made an exclusive eBook available for download for ALL patrons — a “Best of” collection of poems from 2017. It’s right there waiting for everyone and anyone who pledges.
Thanks again to everyone, patron or not, for any and all of your support.
Well, I have officially posted 335 new poems (including a few heavily revised oldies that were so altered I called them “new”) on the blog this year.
I think, based on the next few days’ schedule and a couple of projects I have to complete for my Patreon site patrons, that I will be calling it there for 2017. No worries about being back in strength in 2018, though; plans and a couple of drafts are already afoot.
Thank you all for reading my work this year and in years past, wherever you are. There are regular readers and followers here from all over the world, including large contingents from India and the Philippines, which always gratifies and astonishes me.
I love hearing from you all, so don’t be shy — comment! Let me know who you are and what you’re thinking.
Again, many thanks and let’s look forward together to 2018.
I hit my Meaningless Goal for the year and beat last year’s posted poem total by 1.
328 poems posted for the year.
I’ll try and get to 330 by New Year’s Eve, but I think I’m taking a few days off for the holidays.
Enjoy your holidays, and thank you for reading.
Hey all…this is a link to a story about a big special project my band was involved with. I’ll let you read it for yourself for the details, and there’s a whole playlist of all the contributions you can listen to.
We’re in there with covers of “Danger Zone” and a solo performance on guitar and vocal by yours truly on “Flashdance.”
Hope you enjoy it.
The Great Cover Song Challenge
Just letting folks know that the Patreon site I set up to help fund some of my work has been growing quite steadily, and as a result I was able to pay for a host of Web-related fees for this and the band’s site at the beginning of the month.
I’ll be releasing a limited edition eBook of selected poems as a perk for higher-level patrons in September, which is exciting.
If you want to check out the site, it is at https://www.patreon.com/TonyBrown. Always happy to have new patrons, btw…
And the band’s Website that I mentioned earlier? That’s at http://theduendeproject.com .
The music site “Bandcamp” is where my poetry and music group, The Duende Project, sells its work.
Today, Bandcamp is donating 100% of its profits to the Transgender Law Center.
If you’d like to help out, and maybe grab some of our recorded work as well…
Our site is at http://theduendeproject.bandcamp.com .
While you’re on Bandcamp, check out the vast variety of music offered there. It’s a great site that does a fine job of helping music creators to make a little money from and promote their work.
Thanks in advance for your time.
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.