M Dreams: Lyric Dream Project at Fogged Clarity

For the month of October, Ben Evans at Fogged Clarity has been featuring a different lyric dream each day. For Day 26 he features my “M Dreams” sequence–a stitching together of the various Marilyn Monroe dreams I’ve had over the years, featuring cameos by other early June Geminis such as Allen Ginsberg and Josephine Baker. Read More …

Birthday 35

A birthday post to round-up the latest news and happenings: The big news is that I’ve signed the contract for my second release from Sibling Rivalry Press, The Erotic Postulate. It will be out in September 2014 along with Stephen Mills’ second book, Brent Calderwood’s first book, and Douglas Ray’s anthology of queer Southern writing. Read More …

PoetsArtists Heroes & Villains Collaboration

A new Marilyn poem, “My Cinemascope Life (With Stereophonic Sound)” is in the recent “Heroes & Villains” issue of PoetsArtists magazine. It was a collaboration with painter Francien Krieg, a response to her painting of the elderly woman in the bathtub. Got me thinking: if Marilyn had lived to be 80, what would her thoughts be looking Read More …

August Bits

I have an essay in The First Time I Heard… The Smiths. Edited by novelist Scott Heim, this is part four in “an ongoing series where musicians and writers tell their stories of first hearing the music of an iconic artist or band.” You can download the e-book here. * A new poem–“No Garlic”–in the Read More …

Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday to my book Skin Shift, which is officially released today. You share a birthday with your daddy, and with Marilyn Monroe, amongst others. Last summer while in the midst of my Marilyn research, I discovered The Seven Year Itch premiered on her birthday, June 1st, 1955, during her year of self-imposed exile in New York Read More …

Calligramme On the Cover of a Magazine

I wonder how many poems have made the cover of a magazine?  A calligramme I made of Marilyn Monroe’s face graces the cover of the latest Poets & Artists magazine (#31, January 2012). [issuu width=420 height=272 printButtonEnabled=false backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=120108124217-7ca7be607c7b425ca608fb2b7d79bcc1 name=collaboration2012 username=didimenendez tag=art unit=px id=b33cbc0c-ed4d-3cb3-4663-cdbf1e504513 v=2] This is a collaboration issue around the theme “Icon” and Read More …