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PRESENTING: Plumstuff

Hello, Friends – – –

A poet-robot … a chain-smoking seductress … a dying connoisseur. All of these characters and more make appearances in my new collection of poems and drawings, Plumstuff, out today.

Plumstuff is a reinvention of my out-of-print debut Plum Stuff. It contains 20 revised poems from that collection plus 40 new ones — and all-new drawings.

Poems and drawings from Plumstuff have appeared in The Walrus, Rattle, The Saturday Evening Post, The Wall Street Journal, Transition, The Feathertale Review, The New Quarterly, Quarterly West, The Antigonish Review and other outlets.

Here’s what the critics are saying…

“This is a book for those who truly love words.” – Cloud Lake Literary

“Bursting full in its depths.” – Cinnabar Moth

“Sit with these poems … give them a 2nd or third go-round. Let them marinate the brain a bit so you can fully savor the flavor.” – The Poetry Conversation

“A wonderful collection of poetry and drawings.” – Grist

There are many ways to get your hands on Plumstuff

In Canada, order autographed copies from The Penny University (my favorite indie bookstore/coffeeshop).

My own online store, The Rolli Shop, ships to every country on earth.

And there’s always Amazon USA, Amazon Canada and Amazon UK.

Whatever the method, I hope you enjoy the book. It was a labor of love and I couldn’t be happier with it.

Take care, friends.

Cheers – – –


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🐻Today, I Am an Enormous Teddy Bear🐻

Hello, Friends — 

From time to time, I am an enormous teddy bear…

As a Kinsman, I help raise funds for special equipment and travel assistance for life-saving procedures for children and adults in dire need. Like my little friend Miss Blake, above, who taught this clumsy bear how to dance.

Miss Blake is a paraplegic and wheelchair user with complex medical needs. She loves to dance and race her wheelchair.

For her 4th birthday, Miss Blake is asking everyone to donate to her campaign for Telemiracle, the foundation that’s helped her so much over the years.

Here’s the link to her campaign.

We’d both be so grateful if you could help out.

Thank-you so much, friends.

Cheers — 

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POEM: The Old Comedian

Illustration by Rolli

The old comedian

Martin
in our attic lived
a minute

We heartened him with
wine
and he us
with vintages of wit

‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎ ‎ until

some sinless
citizen 
passing over-
heard 
our laughter

‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎ ‎He died 
 ‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎in irons
 ‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎rusting
 ‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎The Last Comedian

Yet
we remember

how he warmed our 
throats’ 
cold corridors
with laughter as
wine
 
‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎ ‎as rushings 
‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎ ‎of vital
‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎ ‎wine

Note

My latest book of poems and drawings is Plumstuff. You might like it:

Four Stories

Hello, Friends – – –

It’s been a minute. But I have some new stories for you…

The first is a bit of mystical fiction called Mr. Penny’s Experience.

https://rolli.medium.com/mr-pennys-experience-20ed19e31804

The second is a little story of love, There Was a Woman.

https://rolli.medium.com/there-was-a-woman-579d31e80d60

Story number three is about Hollywood. It’s called 10,000 Love Letters to Jack Dangerson.

https://rolli.medium.com/jack-dangerson-3a750f2fdcb2

And finally, Brother Geestvaas Walked Off a Cliff. A flash fiction.

https://rolli.medium.com/brother-geestvaas-walked-off-a-cliff-236258eada0b

Hope you enjoy the stories, friends. If you do, I hope you’ll consider buying me a coffee. Every cup helps.

Though I’ve closed comments to prevent abuse, I do hope you drop me a line some time.

Cheers – – –


Short Circuit

Hello, Friends – – –

The final issue of one of my favorite magazines, Short Circuit, is out today.

A bittersweet moment, but I’m happy to have two pieces in it.

The first is a very short story, The Sweet Striper.

https://short-edition.com/en/story/short-fiction/the-sweet-striper

The second is a poem, I do not begrudge the young.

https://short-edition.com/en/story/poetry/i-do-not-begrudge-the-young

I hope you enjoy them…

That’s all for now, friends.

(You might enjoy my recent collection of poem and drawings, Plumstuff)

Cheers – – –