“Build A Fire” is in the latest issue of YB Poetry and god damn it’s like a who’s who of indie lit in this issue. Go read the poem here and check out the rest of the issue.

I’m back in Bluestem with my poem “There Is No Poetry Without the ‘O’. This issue is also a who’s who of indie lit. Read and hear my poem here and then go check out the rest of this issue.

The latest Orange Alert podcast has one of the poems in my chapbook A Patchwork of Rooms Furnished by Mistakes, coming out June 21. Deckfight’s going to be running a contest to promote it where the winner will get a custom poem typed, signed, and mailed to them. The contest should be going up tonight if not tomorrow.

I’m a casual comic book reader. I’m a bigger fan of things like Warren Ellis’s Transmetropolitan and FreakAngels, pieces with smaller story arcs and then an overall story arc that leads to a final conclusion. Superhero comics, especially ones that exist for decades, have continuity challenges, and I can’t quite suspend my disbelief that after 30 years, Cyclops is still in his mid 30s. Sal Pane shared this link about DC rebooting their continuity again. When you’re creating an universe, it’s a challenge to keep track of everything going on. If you are terrible or lazy about it, you essentially have to blow it up in order to make it salvageable. This is about part for the course for DC, who with the exception of the Chris Nolan Batman films, are terrible about managing their properties (see Catwoman, Superman III & IV, Superman Returns as examples). At least Marvel when they blow shit up, they keep track, and they also play out the long term consequences of it in future arcs (Civil War into Secret Invasion into Dark Reign terrific examples of tracking continuity and playing a hell of a long game with the Marvel universe). Fiction writers can learn a lot from comic books, especially ones juggling multiple stories at the same time. If DC fucks this reboot up, we’ll probably see yet another reboot in about five years.

I saw this Hobo With A Shotgun Friday and it was everything a b-movie should be: semi-sensible plot, an unlikely anti-hero, crazy ass kills. Would you fuck with guys who disable you, wrap a rope noose tied to a grappling hook around your head, and then shoot said grappling hook into the ceiling? I, for one, would not.

The waiting is the hardest part for yes/no’s on MS’s. I want to tour and perform again and I hate doing that unless I have a solid reason.

Finally, this is a photo of me from last week’s Literary Death Match. I really shouldn’t wear white.

This is me, making people laugh and sad at the same time.

Enjoy your week, kids.


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About J. Bradley

J. Bradley's is a Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominated writer whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals including decomP, Hobart, and Prairie Schooner. He was the Interviews Editor of PANK, the Flash Fiction Editor of NAP, and the Web Editor of Monkeybicycle. He is the author of the poetry collection Dodging Traffic (Ampersand Books, 2009), the novella Bodies Made of Smoke (HOUSEFIRE, 2012), and the graphic poetry collection The Bones of Us (YesYes Books, 2014), illustrated by Adam Scott Mazer. He is the curator of the Central Florida reading series There Will Be Words and lives at iheartfailure.net.

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