Editor’s Note: Congrats :D


We’re living in a time where technology industry strength has reached the highest since the dot-com bubble and the creative workers who power it are treated like coveted commodities… Comparing myself to the voices in the New York Magazine “Sucks to Be Us” article, it’s clear that the ominous tech bubble does not apply strictly to the financial status of the tech world but also to its social status. 


Editor’s Note: Good luck :D


So I entered a poetry contest a few weeks ago, and I submitted this piece Dear Autumn. I just received a letter in the mail telling me that I’m now a semi-finalist in an international open poetry contest for my poem. The first place winner will receive 1,000 dollars. I’m really exited that I have a chance to win this creative writing contest. Also my poem along with some others will be published in what promises to be one the most highly regarded collections of poetry they have ever published, “Stars In Our Hearts,” which is scheduled for publication in January 2012. I woke up and was rewarded with this great news. Wish me luck in winning!



so the man i am in love with has arranged for my FAVORITE writer ever, francesca lia block, to read five of my pieces and give me some feedback and critiques on them.i fucking love her work, and i want to impress her as much as i can with the strongest, most heartfelt pieces i have.

SO PLEASE, my favorite tumblr writers ever, nominate some pieces that you think really show my strength as a writer, and send them to me here. you can find a lot of my pieces on this blog, or my other blog, dangerousveins.

please do me this favor when you can! i love you guys SO much, and really appreciate you helping me decide.



For the last several months, I have been revising a collection of poems for publication. It’s been tedious to some extent, mostly because so much else is going on in my life at this moment in time. Plus, there’s no real drive in me to finish quickly because I’ve already had two books released this past year (2011). 

So, as I’ve been taking a break from revising the set of poems, my mind began thinking of other types of projects I could start. An interesting one I came up with was a break from my traditional style. In the winter of 2010, in a poetry seminar I was taking part in, we played with the concept of writing poetry in paragraph form. With this new project I came up with, I decided to take that approach and write what are more or less poetic letters to various people in my life. 

The end result has turned out pretty well. I’m going to trade them off with my editor this weekend and see what she thinks, and then see where we need to go from there. But so far, I’m quite happy with the spontaneous aspect of it. It came out a lot better than I initially thought it would upon rereading it. 

I titled the set of “poetic letters” Everybody’s On The Run. The title itself is based off a song by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. I had heard Mr. Gallagher explain in an interview that the song was about how life pulls people away as they search for what it is they actually want, or something along those lines. The idea of everyone frantically running after their aspirations triggered me into wanting to let people know just how important their input was to me personally.

As more develops of it, you guys will be the first to know. 

Thank you again for all the support and praise you’ve shared.

Editor’s Note: I would prefer that submissions be from Tumblr (or it is and I’m feeling too brain dead to explore)—but this was super cool. So it stays. ;)

HOW TO BE ALONE by Tanya Davis

If you are at first lonely, be patient. If you’ve not been alone much, or if when you were, you weren’t okay with it, then just wait. You’ll find it’s fine to be alone once you’re embracing it.

We could start with the acceptable places, the bathroom, the coffee shop, the library. Where you can stall and read the paper, where you can get your caffeine fix and sit and stay there. Where you can browse the stacks and smell the books. You’re not supposed to talk much anyway so it’s safe there.

There’s also the gym. If you’re shy you could hang out with yourself in mirrors, you could put headphones in (guitar stroke).

And there’s public transportation, because we all gotta go places.

And there’s prayer and meditation. No one will think less if you’re hanging with your breath seeking peace and salvation.

Start simple. Things you may have previously (electric guitar plucking) based on your avoid being alone principals.

The lunch counter. Where you will be surrounded by chow-downers. Employees who only have an hour and their spouses work across town and so they — like you — will be alone.

Resist the urge to hang out with your cell phone.

When you are comfortable with eat lunch and run, take yourself out for dinner. A restaurant with linen and silverware. You’re no less intriguing a person when you’re eating solo dessert to cleaning the whipped cream from the dish with your finger. In fact some people at full tables will wish they were where you were.

Go to the movies. Where it is dark and soothing. Alone in your seat amidst a fleeting community.
And then, take yourself out dancing to a club where no one knows you. Stand on the outside of the floor till the lights convince you more and more and the music shows you. Dance like no one’s watching…because, they’re probably not. And, if they are, assume it is with best of human intentions. The way bodies move genuinely to beats is, after all, gorgeous and affecting. Dance until you’re sweating, and beads of perspiration remind you of life’s best things, down your back like a brook of blessings.

Go to the woods alone, and the trees and squirrels will watch for you.
Go to an unfamiliar city, roam the streets, there’re always statues to talk to and benches made for sitting give strangers a shared existence if only for a minute and these moments can be so uplifting and the conversations you get in by sitting alone on benches might’ve never happened had you not been there by yourself

Society is afraid of alonedom, like lonely hearts are wasting away in basements, like people must have problems if, after a while, nobody is dating them. but lonely is a freedom that breaths easy and weightless and lonely is healing if you make it.

You could stand, swathed by groups and mobs or hold hands with your partner, look both further and farther for the endless quest for company. But no one’s in your head and by the time you translate your thoughts, some essence of them may be lost or perhaps it is just kept.

Perhaps in the interest of loving oneself, perhaps all those sappy slogans from preschool over to high school’s groaning were tokens for holding the lonely at bay. Cuz if you’re happy in your head than solitude is blessed and alone is okay.

It’s okay if no one believes like you. All experience is unique, no one has the same synapses, can’t think like you, for this be releived, keeps things interesting lifes magic things in reach.

And it doesn’t mean you’re not connected, that communitie’s not present, just take the perspective you get from being one person in one head and feel the effects of it. take silence and respect it. if you have an art that needs a practice, stop neglecting it. if your family doesn’t get you, or religious sect is not meant for you, don’t obsess about it.

you could be in an instant surrounded if you needed it
If your heart is bleeding make the best of it
There is heat in freezing, be a testament.



I’m listening to statistics on the radio. People spend more time shopping for Christmas gifts than they spend celebrating with their family. This is disgusting.

This year I decided I’m not spending money on gifts. Instead, I’m donating to the local youth shelters. There are hundreds of homeless kids in my town who are going to brave the brutal winter outside in the elements.

If you would like to donate to the cause or get more information, please send visit their website

Anything you can give will help these teens and children get thermal underwear, tents, sleeping bags, food, coats, sweaters and other items to get them through the winter.

Please help the needy this holiday season rather than buying things that your loved ones don’t really need.  If this organization does not appeal to you, find something that does.



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An article on yours truly and fellow veterans, Matt Gallagher and Roy Scranton, ran in The L Magazine. Contains poignant commentary by Mark Galarrita (mikedeltagulf). An amazing night at Pete’s and a thank you to all that attended.