Sinbad’s Lament by Ron Kolm

I tumble over stormbad seasSandwiched betweenThe clouds and the deep.It’s been a terrible tripLasting foreverAnd I long for the safetyOf your harbor.  Sweetly asleep I soon shall beAfloat on currents of wind and rainUntil the final sea-change.  Weaving through the hazeWary gulls avoid my gaze.I wish they’d tell meWhat finally happenedTo dear old dirty Sinbad.  Continue reading Sinbad’s Lament by Ron Kolm

Death Is A Soldier by Ron Kolm

What he really isIs a middle-aged guyWearing camo,Who reads a lot of booksOn military history and dreamsWhat the World would be likeIf Hitler had won the war.He sits in a neighborhood bar,Hunched over a White Russian,Watching TV.Every time he looksAt the screenSomething happens:Tornadoes slap Tennessee,Coronavirus erupts in China,Trump opens his mouth.He nods sagelyAnd sips his drinkAs these disasters occurIn real time.Even as he staresAt his … Continue reading Death Is A Soldier by Ron Kolm

Ron Kolm’s A Change in the Weather: A Continued Love Letter to the Details

Ron Kolm, an institution in the formerly symbolist New York City literary community before it became rife with phony baloney bullshit based solely on who you know instead of the grit and realism of the offered content, is at it again with his latest work, a collection of poetry called A Change in the Weather. Released by Sensitive Skin Books, each poem is a testament … Continue reading Ron Kolm’s A Change in the Weather: A Continued Love Letter to the Details

The Opiate Vol. 6 Reading at Pacific Standard

They say it’s too expensive to live in New York. And yes, it’s true. So maybe that’s why you couldn’t come to the reading of The Opiate, Vol. 6. Or maybe you’re just an illiterate sumbitch who would prefer to watch your “stories” on the screen. Whatever the case, now you can watch us on the screen, in this crude combo of reimagining and actual … Continue reading The Opiate Vol. 6 Reading at Pacific Standard

Ron Kolm’s Night Shift Elucidates The Struggle of the Artist to Work

Ron Kolm, whose work always speaks from a personal level (particularly with the experience that shines through in his tales of the East Village in the 1980s in Duke & Jill), effortlessly demarcates the woes an artist saddled with the annoying task of actually having to make money rather than simply focusing on, say, writing, must endure. His deft prose, spread out over thirteen short … Continue reading Ron Kolm’s Night Shift Elucidates The Struggle of the Artist to Work