Happy Friday the 13th! The new Halloween Issue 105 of Red Fez is now live!

The new Halloween Issue 105 of Red Fez is now live, with lots of creepy goodies, including my angry horrific contradictory poem, "Unfriend Everyone"!

"If you're an Independent free thinker
whose liberal ideas slightly diverge from my liberal ideas,
then just unfriend me you clueless prick. How dare you
not fit in to the specific details of my own unique group."

Read more HERE: https://www.redfez.net/poetry/agree-unfriend-everyone-2584


Author and Artist photos of "Fuck Cancer Poems" (Blood Pudding Press 2017)

Poet Michael Grover's photo of his copies of his new "Fuck Cancer Poems" poetry chapbook, published by Blood Pudding Press - and Craig Firsdon's photo of his copy of "Fuck Cancer Poems", for which he created the cover art.

Craig Firsdon's photo also includes another recent 2017 Blood Pudding Press poetry chapbook, "Thirsty Bones" by Sarah Lilius.

Get your own copies of these chapbooks (and/or other chapbooks) in the Blood Pudding Press etsy shop HERE - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BloodPuddingPress


Fuck Cancer Poems next to Zombie Gnome

Fuck Cancer Poems by Michael Grover (with cover art created by Craig Firsdon) next to a zombie gnome.
Fuck Cancer Poems is available for pre-order in the Blood Pudding Press shop here - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BloodPuddingPress

Working on designing "Fuck Cancer Poems"...

This past Thursday night (October 5), in the process of designing the poet and artist copies of the new Blood Pudding Press poetry chapbook, "Fuck Cancer Poems" by Michael Grover (with cover art by Craig Firsdon).

The author and artist mailings were sent out Friday and it won't be too much longer before I get to work on the pre-ordered copies of the chapbook, available HERE - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BloodPuddingPress


NEW in Philosophical Idiot - Dementia Is a Raptor!

"I try to get away but
I try to take care of her broken parts but
what is the point of trying
when all she wants to do is poison me,
then suck my blood and watch us die together?"

from the poem "Dementia is a Raptor" by Juliet Cook,  up at Philosophical Idiot today


The New September Flock of Thirteen Myna Birds has Arrived!

The NEW September flock of Thirteen Myna Birds is HERE: https://13myna.blogspot.com/

It starts with three sampler poems from the new Blood Pudding Press poetry chapbook, "Fuck Cancer Poems" by Michael Grover.

It includes new poetry by Heikki Huotari, Daniel G. Snethen, M.Stone, Steve Sibra, Eileen Murphy, Dan Flore III, and Leona Vander Molen.

"Watching myself die - Mauve spidery velvet - Rotting wild cherries dropped like marbles in the soil - tangled up in our own seaweed - Pain has worked grooves into your face like bone - Everyone has their own sickness to feed - the stag’s spirit easily hopped into Father’s open mouth - panic for A sting never intended - Whenever I am in a plastic bag you can't decide - I drown in the tub while You go back to bed - The moon is melted, all but shelled - in one of those collages they put together for viewings and funerals"


NEW from Blood Pudding Press - "Fuck Cancer Poems" by Michael Grover now available for pre-order!

"All of these things mean nothing anymore
The places you've lived
The crazy places
The things you've seen
The crazy stories
Burned like photographs in the mind
Burn it all down
It has made you what you are
It seems so few people understand
That it doesn't matter anymore
We've all lost our minds down here
A long time ago
We are all lost in our own delusion
We are all lost in our own minds
We are all lost"

from the poem "All These Things Mean Nothing Anymore", within the poetry chapbook Fuck Cancer Poems by Michael Grover, now available for pre-order within the Blood Pudding Press, HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/560564955/pre-order-fuck-cancer-poems-by-michael?ref=shop_home_feat_4

The chapbook includes 22 poems by Michael Grover.

The cover art was created by Craig Firsdon.

Pre-ordered purchases are expected to be mailed within the third week of October, possibly sooner.


New FLAPPERHOUSE #15 and Happy Fall!

Happy Fall!
"That devilish little minx known as FLAPPERHOUSE #15 is finally ready to spread its leathery wings & fly into the darkest abysses of your minds..."
This new Fall 2017 addition includes two collaborative poems by Michael Bernstein and Juliet Cook, along with lots of other oddities.


In my mind, POETRY is meant to be the opposite of destruction

In my mind, poetry is not meant to be a destructive force field nor a hazardous competition nor a playing field role reversal of right versus wrong.

I feel like some people in poetry land almost want to force other people in poetry land to pick a side and announce the side they picked and why.

I don't want to pick a side; I want to pick a poem.

I don't feel the need to unfriend someone, completely distance myself from them, and cut them down just because we're not on the exact same side - or semi-publicly slam somebody just because I disagree with parts of them - or lay out exactly how I feel about another person so that other people can narrow down which side I am or am not in support of.

If anyone wants to know how I feel about someone or something, then they can feel free to ask me one-on-one and I will probably openly respond - but I'm probably not going to get involved in some group attack that combines some legitimate points with a bunch of people making fun of a bunch of other people.

Sometimes it starts to feel like some sort of aggrandized agenda, but I'm not even sure where it's heading. To destroy people you disagree with? To destroy people you hate? To destroy people who hate you? To destroy people before they destroy you?

I've had people try to control me before and I didn't like it at all. I will try my best to be myself AND listen to others. I will try my best to stay in control of myself without trying to control anyone else.


I try to expel my own negativity (and all kinds of other feelings too) via creating my own poetry and art. Not by attacking other poets and artists or anyone else.

Here is a video of me reading some of my poetry this past May (part of the Take the Knight Off poetry reading in Canton, Ohio).

I just happened to encounter the video yesterday and thought I would share it today.

(from Juliet Cook - individual human being, poet, and Blood Pudding Press creature)