A review and an interview and a monkey

bold-monkeyA new review of The Ship Is Sinking appeared this week. I even answered a few interview questions about it.

George Anderson of Bold Monkey spent some time with the book and wrote a rather intelligent, thoughtful analysis. I’d quote from it here but you should just go check it out. The review includes a number of excerpts from the book, as well as one complete poem that I don’t believe has appeared elsewhere online.

Anderson’s review is followed by a short interview he did with me. I answered some questions regarding the book’s genesis and my general approach to writing. I almost sound like I know what I’m talking about. Almost.

Take a look!

Discover Your Inner Philly Cheesesteak By Taking Our 12 Question Test

cheesesteakThought I’d try doing misleading, Buzzfeed-style headings again. How’s this one?

Anyway, a poem called “You Remind Me of Philadelphia,” about a stolen car stereo, is up at Headlock Press as of this weekend. It was first printed in Lummox a couple years ago, though it’s a little different now, I think.

Stay tuned for a few new things coming out early 2016.

Mixed bag at Headlock Press

A couple pieces I wrote went up at Headlock Press this week.

You can take a look at a story/prose poem thing I wrote around five million years ago. I had originally called it “Detective Story” but then a (now-defunct) online mag published it with the new title of “A Metaphor.” Fast-forward a few years, I show it to Paul Agostino, editor at HP, and he rechristens it “Creating Conflict.” I’m eager to see who renames it next.

That one’s followed by “Must be nice,” a poem from a while back.

The whole thing starts off with an excerpt from an email I sent to Paul recently. It includes my response to his new book, Appalachian Calculations. I see now how what I wrote reads almost like a book review, and you can take it as such. The book is non-fiction, a collection of short essays and anecdotes about Paul’s travels through small-town mountain country in North Carolina. Spoiler alert: It’s a good book, and worth the fifteen bucks it’ll cost you to get a copy.

A St. Bernard with a little bucket of cheer

perf5.250x8.000.inddYou can now read a review of The Ship is Sinking over at Headlock Press.

HP’s editor, Paul Agostino, read the book and emailed me about it, then gussied up his note through the magic of editing, and now it’s a review.

He talks about the “dark ride” the book takes, and he provides a couple excerpted poems. It’s a really thorough, insightful read. This may be one of those times when the review is better-written than the thing it’s reviewing.

In any event, I’m damn grateful for the support.

This One Dad Arranged A Couple Dozen Words In Funny Lines And Called It A Poem, What Happens Next Is Crazy

Continuing the dumb Buzzfeed-style headlines. I’m enjoying myself, at least.

A very short new poem called¬†“Let me hold on to this” went up on Red Fez just yesterday. It’s part of issue #78 for Red Fez, and I’m sharing space with some great folks like fellow Epic Rites Press author Zarina Zabrisky.

This isn’t the first time I’ve been in Red Fez: Check my “profile” which has links to the other stuff of mine that the Fez has published.

Free beer!

ship-freeFree books, actually. Just trying to catch everybody’s attention.

Copies of The Ship is Sinking are now up for grabs in a couple of giveaway contests: There are two copies available via LibraryThing, and two copies via Goodreads.

If you’ve been holding out on ordering the book, now’s your chance to get one for the low-low price of free. You have till the end of February to request a copy from either place. Winners get selected at random by LibraryThing/Goodreads.

So…best of luck? Head here for the LibraryThing giveaway, or here for the Goodreads giveaway.

LIVE! from the Living Room

I’m happy to say that I’ll be the featured reader at the September edition of LIVE! from the Living Room, the long-running reading series hosted by Don Levy. Expect 15 or so minutes of me, followed by an open-mic. The details are as follows:

LIVE! from the Living Room featuring Matt Galletta
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 – 7 PM
332 Hudson Ave
Albany, NY 12210

This is one of my favorite open-mics of all the ones in the Albany area. You should come if you can; it should make for a good time. I’ll have copies of the new book with me too.

PS: Need to notify Facebook about what you’re doing at all times? You’re in luck: There’s an event page for the reading set up, so you can let Mark Zuckerberg know what your plans are.