Wednesday, May 31, 2006

at st. thomas

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our ship at the harbor of st. thomas. watching the waves go by sitting on our balcony and writing some great poems. more later!

blue blue ocean

blue blue ocean, originally uploaded by carbonator.

on this early wednesday moring i can post the first pic of the Poetry Cruise! it has been fabulous thus far!

Saturday, May 27, 2006

in a few hours

we embark on the first ever Poetry Cruise with gabriel gudding, david lehman, denise duhamel, annie finch, and me! will keep you posted with pics and updates. they have wireless on the ship. here's some colorful cyber streamers. catch one!

denise.beach/ Wave Books poets visit

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o.k. the pics are three weeks late but the event was invigorating with muse manic madness.

MAY 11, 2006 @ 8:00 pm

"Straight Outta Brooklyn"

sponsored by Wave Books
Joshua Beckman
Noelle Kocot
Anthony McCann

:that's denise at the beach while joshua beckman of wave books is waving in the background, not drowning!


joshua,beach, originally uploaded by carbonator.

joshua arrived a day early and he was able to take a dip in the warm waters of hollywood beach. would you not say it is apropos that an editor of wave books be seen with waves lapping at his ankles!

atthe oysterbar

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so a whole bunch of us had an early dinner with lots of drinks, and lots of smokes at an open air seafood place right next to biscayne bay just before the three poets read at luna star.


noelle, originally uploaded by carbonator.

noelle kocot is as enticing as ever!


jim&thewaveguys, originally uploaded by carbonator.

look! it's jim brock sticking his neck out trying to save some thought ballons, or has one of the man-eating alligators grabbed his arm and is pulling him away into biscayne bay? anthony mcCann and joshua beckman can only smile and swig more margaritas.


andrea&friend, originally uploaded by carbonator.

hey, do poets always wear black? yes we do, even in sultry so-fla.


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the famous npr reporter lynn millner was there along with the luna star poetry princess laura (yes, she's so famous now, that we only refer to her by one name).


jesse&nick, originally uploaded by carbonator.

jesse & nick wishing they could collaborate as well as these guys. nice hat though. thanks.


wave1, originally uploaded by carbonator.

anthony was deliriously awesome!


wave2, originally uploaded by carbonator.

noelle was exquisitely awesome!


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joshua was mighty awesome!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

my friend OMAR is a working actor now, from starving poet to starving actor! go see this great show which started in chicago and is now in nyc.

Presented by
The NY Neo-Futurists

60 Plays In 30 Days

Keep your sensors tuned up for a special promo running this summer, 60 Plays in 30 days as the NY Neo-Futurists take to the streets and perform guerrilla style.

Upcoming... NY Neo-Futurists In Providence

Add it to your calendar! On July 2nd we're going to Providence for the 3rd Annual Providence Improv Festival!

Who Is This Guy Anyway?

You're in good hands with Omar. Have Omar your way. Omar, take me away. Please don't squeeze the Omar. The Omar never sleeps. Omar's what your right arm's for. When Omar absolutely, positively has to be there overnight. Say Omar with flowers. Beanz meanz Omarz. Snap! Crackle! Omar! Omar lickin' good. You can break a brolly, but you can't o-nacker an Omar. Got Omar? It's Omar time! Just do Omar. Lipsmackin' thirstquenchin' acetastin' motivatin' goodbuzzin' cooltalkin' highwalkin' fastlivin' evergivin' coolfizzin' Omar. It takes a tough man to make a tender Omar. I liked Omar so much I bought the company. It's a lot less bovver than an Omar. The UnOmar. Omar's everywhere you want to be. Breakfast of Omars. You give us 22 minutes, we'll give you Omar. Let your Omar do the walking.

omar on

Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind
30 Plays in 60 Minutes
Fridays & Saturdays @ 10:30
The Kraine Theater
85 E. 4th St. between 2nd & 3rd
$10 + the roll of a six-sided die ($11 - $16)
Minus $2! (with coupon... see below)

Bona to vada, Heroes!

I gotta be quick before Rob catches me writing this email. I'm back in the show, and it's been forever, and I miss everybody. So... I'm sending out this $2 off coupon before "the man" can stop me. Fight the power! Power to the people! Whose theater? Our theater!

Gigolo Serenade: Neo-Futurist Pick-Up Line

[Play begins with plain full lights. Then, as piece goes on, lights become more warm. Eventually, it is a spot on Omar. Omar will select a female audience member who is obviously with a man. He will direct all his lines to this woman. Ad lib as necessary.]

Are you enjoying the show so far? [Pause for an answer.] The funny thing about this show is that we don't get to play characters. I don't play a character. It's really me up here. So in a way, you're getting to know me. This gives you the advantage. Other things you may not find out about me from these plays are that I don't think of myself as an actor or a performer. I'm just a guy who wants to have a good time. And this is a good time. Let's see... what else can I tell you about myself... I write poems. I don't want children. I have a day job. I take photographs and paint to relax. I'm a nerd. I write beautiful poems. Some day, I might write beautiful poems for you. [Looks to woman's side.] It looks you've got a boyfriend. That's cool. I know how comforting and stable and easy that can be. The structure of it all. The regularlity. It reminds me of what I thought parents should be like. [Pause.] But sometimes it's about the adventure, isn't it? The excitement of phone calls, knees touching, the first time you... As the song goes, "I know you love one person. So why don't you love two?" [Omar smiles.] I don't get out of the theater until about 12:30. After you send your boyfriend home, why don't you come back. I could buy you dinner as you slip me your number on a napkin. After all, we've got all night for me to write poetry with only a brush, some paint, and your thighs.

[If the audience member's boyfriend starts to get all riled up, someone should call curtain. If the woman freaks out, also call curtain. Otherwise, call curtain after Omar says "thighs."]

(OK, truth be told, this whole thing is Rob's idea cause he's hilarious, and I'm a tool. WMYMWM! Nah-mean?)

F. Omar Telan
Poet, Savior, Village Idiot

Every Friday and Saturday night at 10:30pm, The New York Neo-Futurists perform their critically acclaimed, energetic show of original short plays--a non-illusory collage of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, the visceral and experimental, while embracing chance, change, and chaos.
"Like the glory days of Saturday Night Live, Too Much Light is not just funny but faintly surreal."
-Gwen Orel, Back Stage

Upcoming Schedule:

May 26 & 27
Ryan & Sarah & Joey & Omar & Jenny

June 2 & 3
Ryan & Sarah & Joey & Omar & Jenny

June 9 & 10
Ryan & Rob & Marta & Omar & Jenny

June 16 & 17
Heather & Rob & Marta & Omar & Yolanda

June 23 & 24
Heather & Rob & Marta & Omar & Yolanda

June 20 & July 1
Heather & Rob & Marta & Omar & Yolanda

Show Details:

Every Friday & Saturday

The Kraine Theater
85 East 4th Street
between 2nd & 3rd
no wheelchair access :(
New York, NY 10003

$10.00 + the roll of a
6 sided die
($11 -$16)

More info...

The NY Neos are:

Desiree Burch, Regie Cabico, Chris Dippel, Ryan Good, Heather Kelley, Jacquelyn Landgraf, Sarah Levy, Rob Neill, Marta Rainer, Joey Rizzolo, F. Omar Telan, Justin Tolley, Yolanda Wilkinson, Jenny Williams, and Technical Director Lori Peeples

Advance Tickets at Theatermania
$2 at the door with this coupon.
I'm Omar's new best friend. Please give me $2 off my roll.
No, seriously, I know Omar personally. We go way back. I knew him when he wasn't cool.
Fo shizzle. He would dress up as Batman, and I would dress up as Wonder Woman, and I would tie him up with my lasso of truth and... DON'T JUDGE ME!

Expires June 25, 2006 you must present a hard copy of this coupon to redeem it, durr!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

my video of mipo reading

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

time to think about doing something healthy for the summer!

rancho, originally uploaded by carbonator.

July 22, 2006 is Writer's Week at the fabulous "you won't believe how good you'll feel" Spa called Rancho la Puerta in Tecate, Mexico. Come take writing and poetry workshops with Dan Wakefield, April Smith, Denise Duhamel, and Nick Carbo. After the workshops you can get several kinds of massages, wraps, or just relax in one of the many sparkling pools of Rancho la Puerta. In the mornings there are nature hikes up the surrounding mountains or gentle walks for bird watchers. There's spiritual and physical rejuvenation awaiting you. So, come and join us for Writer's Week on July 22.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

so the socialist spanish parliament is about to grant "human rights" to all apes.

gorilla, originally uploaded by carbonator.

Read the story here.

This is a good thing for humanity. Before you begin laughing in derision quoting lines from Charleston Heston in the movie Planet of the Apes, think about these facts: there are presently 3,100 captive apes "living" in the U.S. and 1,280 of them used in biomedical research (statistics from