a very important place/time.
I see / feel us all. [Monster House garage roof / alien landing place]
a very important place/time.
I see / feel us all. [Monster House garage roof / alien landing place]
* FORTHCOMING FROM MONSTER HOUSE PRESS *
Dearly beloved Columbusite Ryan Starinsky’s first chapbook of poems / prose poems, thinking of everything, is forthcoming from Monster House Press later this month!
* TWO POEMS FROM THE CHAPBOOK *
walked outside [of Bat Chapters while the last band was still playing] and her bike was locked to his bike [which was locked next to my bike that didn’t have any bike locked to it] so i left, biked home.
during that second, i could feel my head weighing heavier; the tide, strong and slow like a locomotive approaching another stop. my eyelids open and close, soft like doors, undocumented to all but myself, as if we were meant to remember each moment when we actually realize something we hadn’t known before.
what i see now are things at ease, things that rest and never bleed. these things keep me here staring, a small voice reminding me to do something, like change the clocks, sound of an older man yearning for his untroubled body back, his sharp mind; the way he remembers himself—even still defending wars and friends, telling me he believed in them.
we’re walking on a tangent in a field of flowers wearing the sun’s skin, where everything just looks beautiful. (sure, once a vision of the long haired mailman now crossing the yard, pretending to blend in.) what will just be when we know where we’re going, when we walk with purpose.
i remember when you stood in another room describing us as tumbleweeds. the last words i can remember feeling. you were blunt, you were true and i bought it. after that though, things felt different, the silence was enough to know who you’d been talking about.
having the time to focus on the darkness, hiding that reverence you let brush against your arm, never trying to hold it in your hands. like finding a cartoon birthday card of a kid holding his father’s axe, reminding me of when i was young and untouched, buried in a shoebox. we belong to our minds.
After a few years, I’m pleased to finally announce that the new American War album, “Symptoms”, is released and available for free download/donation here: http://www.ifyoumakeit.com/album/american-war/symptoms I hope you enjoy it. Any and all donations will be put towards pressing it on vinyl.
My good friend Matt released his new album, Symptoms, for free online today. Album art by yours truly. <333
I made a flyer for a benefit VVK is having next month. The benefit is for Sheena and all the donation money is gonna help her pay for starting HRT!
Honeymoon practices at my house and they are good and Sheena is my friend and she is good.
facebook event: http://on.fb.me/13sEhEz
Reading in Columbus next Thursday, March 14th.
NEW FROM MONSTER HOUSE PRESS!
THE HUGMONSTER LIVES UNDER MY BED! (MHP-005)
Who knows what creaks and crackles beneath the bed when night comes. Maybe it’s just a mouse, munching on some chip crumbs. Maybe the heater went on and it’s rustling an old candy wrapper. When a young boy is tucked in for bed, he never expects a big orange monster to be growling under there. It’s no ordinary monster though, it’s the Hugmonster! With claws on his paws, shark-sharp-teeth and a gnarly green tongue, who would talk to a Hugmonster? Could friendship be found between a monster and a boy? Do monsters really hug? Enjoy this rhyming tale that’s sure to excite young readers and teach an important lesson in diversity. This handmade book is fun for all ages. Brought to you with love and the independent spirit of Monster House Press, Winter 2013.
A full color, beautiful little children’s zine written and illustrated by Ryan J. Eilbeck.
Our 5th release and first children’s text—25 pages, 8.5” x 5.5”, screen printed covers by Shout Out Loud Prints, and a limited first pressing of 35.
Oh, yeah, there’s a soundtrack, too!
Click HERE to buy a copy from our website!
NEW MHP, BOOM!
NEW FROM MONSTER HOUSE PRESS! MHP-003
RJE NEW POEMS ZINE, GET ITTT
POEM TOUR TABLEAUX (COLUMBUS-CLEVELAND-CHICAGO-MINNEAPOLIS)
RYAN J. EILBECK / RICHARD WEHRENBERG, JR. POEM TOUR INFO
GUTEN HAI. I’m leaving Bloomington late tomorrow night for Columbus to begin a poem reading tour w/ my dear friend Ryan J. Eilbeck. We’re going to be reading poems and hanging out across a decent expanse of North America for the next two weeks at the various bookstores and houses listed below.
Ryan’s going to have a new zine of poems, Disappearing Farmer’s Tan (MHP-003), I’ll have a newish tape / zine combo called Imaginary Order, and quite possibly a new nine-person-collabo zine about songs / music called The Stuff of Song (MHP-004). Also quite possible: former zines and chapbooks. Also def possible: my speaking w/ you. Our speak-share. Life itself.
TBA dates to be updated ASAP. IDK. IDC. IDGAF. JK. NOTJK.
There is life and there is us and we and us and we will be where you might be and would like it to share time and speak spokes and truly heart. Yeah?
COLUMBUS OH * FRI OCT 5 @ 539 E. Town St. (Rear) w/ James Payne, Tara Jay, Alex Mussawir 9pm free, featuring the Cheapo Beer Smorgasbord. Pay what you want for a drink to help us with some gas $$
SAT OCT 6 @ TBA
CHILCAGO IL * SUN OCT 7 @ Jim Joyce’s w/ Matt Whispers, Nicki Yowell, Collin Brennan, Jim Joyce 8pm $3-5 Donation$
MINNEAPOLIS, MN* MON OCT 8 @ 3022 Chicago Ave South w/ The Velveteens, In Boil, & Diva 93 7pm Donation$
MILWAUKEE, WI * TUES OCT 9 @ People’s Books Cooperative (804 E Center St) w/ Fly Steffans, Cynthia Spencer, Chelsea Tadeyeske, Jessica Baumann 7pm $5
INDIANAPOLIS, IN * WED OCT 10 @ Indy Reads Books (911 Massachusetts Ave) w/ Christopher Newgent, Wendy Lee Spacek, Benjamin Bernthal 7pm Donation$
PITTSBURGH, PA * THURS OCT 11 @ Cyberpunk Apocalypse (1200 Boyle St, enter in the back) w/ Max Wheeler, Laura Brun 7pm Donation$
WASHINGTON, D.C. * FRI OCT 12 @ (1408 Crittenden St. NW) w/ David Combs, TBA 7pm Donation$
BROOKLYN, NY * SAT OCT 13 @ 41 Varick Ave w/ Paco Buenasnoches, Gabby Mattis, Andrew Worthington, Ashley Bayer 7pm donation$
ALLSTON (Boston) MA * SUN OCT 14 @ a record playing partayyy, 6 Alcott St. 6pm
ORONO, ME * MON OCT 15 @ TBA
MONTREAL, QC * TUES OCT 16 @ 322 Galt (Verdun) 8pm Donation$
TORNTO, ON * WED OCT 17 @ The Toronto Zine Library (Tranzac Club’s Tiki Room) 292 Brunswick Ave. M5S 2M7 7pm Donation$
We would like to read poems in any room of your house, at your library or bookstore or university, or in any dope reading / performing spot you might know of or think of or discover. Will you have us? The dates are below.
Message me on here or email me at richardwehrenbergjr AT gmail DOT com if you want to host a reading for us or know someone who might or just if you want to chat about anything. Really.
OCT 5 - COLUMBUS, OH
OCT 6 - GRAND RAPIDS, MI
OCT 7 - CHICAGO, IL
OCT 8 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN
OCT 9 - MILWAUKEE, WI
OCT 10 - INDIANAPOLIS, IN
OCT 11 - PITTSBURGH, PA
OCT 12 - WASHINGTON, DC
OCT 13 - NYC
OCT 14 - BOSTON, MA
OCT 15 - PORTLAND, ME OR SOMEWHERE, NH
OCT 16 - MONTREAL, CA OR SOMEWHERE, NH OR UPSTATE NEW YORK
OCT 17 - TORONTO, ON
OCT 18 - CLEVELAND, OH
EXAMPLES OF US
Me reading a poem on Septemeber 11th, 2010 in Kent, Ohio called “(Subjective) Truth Spittin’ in Punk House Kitchens” -
Ryan reading a poem on January 21st, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio called “I Don’t Smoke (I Lied)” -
Ryan reading a bunch of poems on October, 6th 2011 in Columbus, Ohio -
Ryan has two chapbooks here, here and a blog.
I have some internet-writing here.
We did a four-way split chapbook here.
I will email you any of my poems if you want them.
I tried to explicate some tour ‘goals’ (goals…yeah, you know, you get things from doing things, there is a empirical input-output ratio, a clear cause and effect that you affect with intention, dawg /// no, no, no, you never know what you will get out of something so what is this ‘goal’ you speak of, what do you mean, it will never be predictable, life, besides knowing you may glow w/ new people, new words, new new new, always, ever-again) below:
First Attempt at Positing Tour ‘Goals’ / Predictions
We will read poems and tell stories and hang out and fall asleep and drink things and listen to other stories and words and be open and earnest. We will meet you and something unprecedented will happen. The days will pass without stopping to say hello. We will drive a car to a new city each day, passing innumerable other cities with uncountable amounts of other lives, just passing them by, like, how many others. I will walk into a grocery store. We will try to do some things. We will not try to do anything in particular.
Second Attempt at Positing Tour ‘Goals’ / Predictions
We will read poems and people will listen to them earnestly or maybe they will be blase or maybe it will be their first time actually enjoying poetry or maybe they will be on a different, like, aestethic level and totally just get it but not really care for it per se. We will fall in love. We will encounter exceedingly encouraging examples of people. We will encounter things not for us. I will see you and you will respond to me (or not respond, but email me later and tell me something you thought.) We will harness an unrestrained sense of wonder and imbue it into our every action and word. There will be happening.
Third Attempt at Positing Tour ‘Goals’ / Predictions
We will grow in unbeknownst ways. We will take new routes to the same old places and then they will be new. I will miss home and certain people intensely. I will be silent. We will have conversations we never have imagined. There will be sadness. There will be being. I will walk into a forest and an ocean. Time will pass without regard for continuity or understanding. I’ll try and remember. We’ll go home and assume former shapes and roles. We’ll have a refreshed reverence for the natural world. For language and humans. I will be standing before a river and think of you.
this is a tape i put out about a year or so ago. up for download/purchase. i’m kinda broke so if you wanna help out i’d love ye. but no pressure, no doi.
Maryn Jones is someone whom I hold dear. She is also a very great songwriter. You should purchase this tape or at least take time and listen to it on the interweb or download it. I recorded some of the songs on it. OHIO.