Aug 17 2012

Shout Outs and Accolades

Several of my friends have garnered a bit of success in the publishing world for their poetry and other pieces. And, since some of those friends participated in the development and direction of Steel Trees, I like to give them a little bit of link love from time to time. Among them are:

Jim Pascual Agustin (aka Sufjan Simone here on Steel Trees). Jim has several books of poetry that have been published plus numerous individual pieces. Jim can be found online at his blog, Matangmanok and his latest book of English poetry (he also writes in Filipino) is Alien To Any Skin. And, according to Jim, it appears that his books are gaining an audience.

Melissa is a terrific poet. Her poetry is first rate. Favoring mostly free verse, she has the ability to tweak every human emotion there is with her words. One of my favorite pieces of prose from her is He Was a Poet. Good stuff from Melissa.

John Ecko is someone whose works you have to see and read. John has produced several books of Visual Poetry. John’s works can be found at Eckovision and a collaborative effort of visual poetry and dark tales with Scott Scherr can be found at the Madhouse Theater. John recently has had three other pieces selected for inclusion in an anthology: The Broke Ones.

Keep up the great work, guys.

Apr 9 2012

Steel Trees

Concrete paths that never


Steel trees offering no


only light to banish

the stars

country boy never quite


with this city’s hustle


endless unknown faces all


share a single innate


I’m only trying to get


This was the original verse to a piece that began life as a complaint on the sorry state of rush-hour traffic in Phoenix. Or more specifically, for me having to drive through that rush hour traffic. I was attempting to be a bit clever with the offset words and develop a poem within a poem—where I live now as compared to where I grew up, and the readily noticeable differences between the two worlds. The piece itself struck an harmonic chord with several of my friends who actually write poetry as craft—as opposed to dabbling as I do—and grew into a bit of a collaboration.

The second verse to this piece was written by a man that I disagree with frequently on politics, but whom I consider to be one of the best authors of deep, thought provoking poetry that I’ve ever read, and one of my best friends. Known in certain circles as Sufjan Simone, Verse II.

The links on the menu above, will take you to a bit of the history for particular verses and some of the thought processes that went into the creation of this piece.

If you would prefer to skip the history and commentary and go straight to the result of the collaboration, the final version is available here.