“That get-up is perfect for you. You’re the gangster poet, after all.”
- Harold Norse to Eddie Woods (Amsterdam, 1984)
“But I am the gangster poet of this age. And I have enough fucking ammunition to wipe out as much opposition as will ever come up against me. And every fucking bullet will hit the mark, because I am a good shot.- Eddie Woods (in the telephone prose-poem “Bloody Mary”)
From time to time I send out informative literary/cultural mailings, some of which later get posted below. If you are not already on my mailing list but would like to be, send a note via the Contact page requesting that you be added. Include your full name and email address (always hidden on all mailings). Also what country you’re in. The Contact page is here
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And/or donations. The latter will be greatly appreciated, and go a long way towards helping me keep my head above the ever-rising financial waters. It’s easy enough to do. Simply click on DONATEContinue Reading »
Hip-hip hooray, I turned 73 today! And although thank goodness I am both healthy and creatively productive, I am also still flat broke. And therefore require financial assistance from whomever can afford to offer it. While to those who cannot, no problem! I know you would if you could and that’s what counts. Yet I will greatly appreciate whatever comes my way. Whether in the form of monthly support donations or a single contribution in any amount. Apart from ongoing ‘roof over my head, etc’ help from my best friend & guardian angel Jane, plus the occasional paying performance gig and a trickle of books & CDs sales, that is the only way I manage to keep my pretty little head above water. So that I can get on with doing what I do best, namely writing. I have recently finished penning what I feel is a significant book, Tennessee Williams in Bangkok (to be print published this autumn by Inkblot Publications in Providence, Rhode Island); come July, Yarre Stooker and I will be shooting our film Mary, starring Win Harms in the title role; and I have countless other projects waiting patiently on backburners: more books, more poems, more stories & essays, as well as the animated film version of my erotic fairytale in verse, “The Faerie Princess” (likewise with Yarre Stooker). Concerning the next installment of my Stanford archive, that has been delayed until a new curator is selected (my previous curator had to leave the university to due urgent family matters, and take up a post in her native New Zealand).Continue Reading »
Listen up, Folks!
She was born in Wyoming, knocked about an awful lot, spent her formative
later youth in Philadelphia, and these days lives in Lille, France. But
what’s really important is that Win Harms writes the most amazingly original
poetry. Real poetry for real people. ‘Poetry you can lean on,’ as Ira Cohen
once said of Patti Smith’s.
Now Win’s first collection, In Harms Way, has been published as a Kindle
edition by Barncott Press.
You can read more about the book, as well as leaf thru a preview (and then of
course order a copy!) right here
Come June, Win’s poems will appear in two Silver Birch Press publications,
the Summer Anthology and a special Bukowski Anthology. Also this year she will have poems in Urban Graffiti and Ol’ Chanty (Chanticleer online).
It’s gotta be the interview of this still-young century! Sooner or later Athens-based Michael Limnios gets everyone worth getting. And now he has magnificently interviewed the writer and radio DJ Bart Plantenga. (Yes, I know…BP prefers to lower-case his name. But Mike didn’t do it, so I shan’t either this time round.) Anyway, read the interview here
That’s it, folks. Short and straight to the point. I really can do that sometimes
Cheers, EDDIEContinue Reading »
Everything IS Coming Up GREEN!
By which I specifically mean Silver Birch Press’ absolutely magnificent
Dedicated to Graham Greene. And edited by Melanie Villines (contributing
editor Joan Jobe Smith), it contains poetry and prose by 72 authors (past
and present) from eight countries on three continents (if you choose to
include England and Wales as part of Europe, that is!). With 11 USA states + D.C. represented.
There are 14 themed sections, ranging from Hues & Flavors, Money, Envy, Love & Marriage, all the way thru to Trees and New Life.
And yes, yours truly is also on board. With 2x poems (“Green My Envy” and
“Clear Queer Green”), plus a condensed version of my long interview with
Jack Micheline. Who is likewise poetically represented. As are Karen Margolis,
Tate Swindell, William Blake, Amy Lowell, Philip K. Dick, and even Henry VIII.
The Green Anthology is available in both print and Kindle editions.
For ordering information and to read more about the Green Anthology go here
And then yeah, buy yourself a copy!Continue Reading »
Silver Birch Press have posted a ‘must read’ review of Jack Micheline in
Amsterdam on their website.
Their review of this Unrequited Records CD release is short, insightful, and
covers all the most relevant bases.
So hey, don’t hesitate! Read the review now
Ever onward, EDDIE
“Micheline is the nuts.” – Jack KerouacContinue Reading »
Buenos dias, amigos y amigas,
Or whatever time of day it is by thee when you get to see this.
Issue no. 10 of Barcelona INK is now available. In both print and Kindle editions. For an enlarged view of the cover, and to read a summary of the contents, scroll down here
And here you have the Kindle edition
Which can be downloaded to any eBook device, or free Kindle app
Barcelona INK is the only English-language literary magazine devoted
exclusively to the Catalan capital.
I am very pleased to be appearing in this issue, with two poems (“A World
Afar” and “Detached Observer”) plus a 20-questions interview.
Also be sure to check out the omnibus Best of Barcelona INK near the bottom
of their page.
Order now and enjoy!
Vaya con Dios, EDDIEContinue Reading »
This has been a long time coming. Namely my definitive treatise on the death
penalty. In which I clearly present all the main arguments against ever
imposing and carrying out a death sentence…in any circumstances and no
matter how heinous the crime. And follow that up with a series of possible
counter-arguments, and my unequivocal rebuttal to each one of them. Ergo,
this is in every respect a ‘take no prisoners’ essay!
On Capital Punishment has now been published in Parisiana magazine. You can read it here
Having never polled my extensive mailing list on the subject, I’ve of course
no way of knowing precisely where everyone on it stands with respect to the
death penalty. My educated guess is that the vast majority oppose it.
Comments are closed on this particular Parisiana page. And with good reason. The magazine is, as it should be, freely accessible to all and sundry.
Yet I’ve already seen the kind of scurrilous remarks that got posted on
Expatica’s site after they published a version of my original Zahra Bahrami mailing.* Such as, “The problem with executions are [sic] that there are way too few, not too many.” Thus should you have something of interest to say, you’ll need to direct your response to me personally. You can contact me via this link.
What I do however ask of you is: IF you are in touch with any individuals
who either support capital punishment or are sitting on the fence, then by
all means send the link to my article on to them. As I say in the piece
itself, I am not in the business of preaching to the converted. Although
hopefully all that I’ve written will give you more than enough solid
ammunition to blow away any pro-death penalty arguments that may ever get
fired in your direction.
Ultimately it is those who continue to cling to wrong-headed views concerning capital punishment I am most wanting to reach. With all verbal guns blazing.
Ever onwards towards sanity, EDDIEContinue Reading »
Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Herbert Huncke!
That’s how, nearly 25 years ago, I introduced Herbert for what proved to be
an absolutely riveting storytelling reading at Ins & Outs Press. It went on
nonstop for two solid hours. And when it drew to a close, the packed-house
audience were still asking for more. Now the live recording of that amazing
evening has finally been released as a double-CD album, by Unrequited
Records in San Francisco. It’s called Guilty of Everything, which is also the title of one of Herbert’s books.
Take a look here
Amsterdam residents can score copies of the album from me personally.
Everyone else must order from Unrequited Records. Details for this,
including prices, are on their Order page. Plus you can already hear
selected tracks by going to the Listen page.
A short while ago the Athens-based writer & journalist Michael Limnios wrote and asked if he could interview me. I said yes, and the interview has now been posted on Michael’s magazine, Blues @ Greece. It also has lots of groovy photos of moi, some of which you’ll already know, others not. The interview is here
What’s further interesting is that this interview covers different ground than the one Sacha de Boer conducted with me three years ago (and which was published in her book Retour New York-Amsterdam and can be found on my website). In other words, they perfectly complement one another.
Once you’ve read the interview (and I hope you will, because it’s good!), be sure to check out Michael’s main page. It’s great. You’ll even hear music playing on it.
Ciao for now, EDDIEContinue Reading »
Dear Fellow Poetry Lovers,
I am at once pleased and proud to announce that my classic poem “Mary” is now appearing in the excellent online magazine Urban Graffiti. It is there together with a video clip of me reciting the poem at Ana Montana’s outrageously wonderful sAlon dAdA, in Amsterdam. (This clip was made by Helena Karsten, with whom I’m now working on a film adaptation of “Mary.”) And is further accompanied by the famous Diana Blok & Marlo Broekmans Pietà photograph. In which I am Mary to Diana’s Jesus.
You can get to all of that right now, right here
That’s it, folks. See how short and sweetly to the point I can be sometimes
Cheers, EDDIEContinue Reading »