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The Gangster Poet

May 30, 2010 by
The Gangster Poet

“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

 

Further, if you’d like to comment on anything you see or read on this website, you can do that too via the Contact page

You can also make purchases. Just go to the Purchase page

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 DONATE

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Dear Friends,

As most of you know, my Thailand and Singapore memoir, Tennessee Williams in Bangkok, was print published last year by Inkblot Publications (Providence, Rhode Island).

Now Barncott Press in London have released the book in Kindle and (for Nook, iPad, iPhone, Android, etc) .epub editions. Links for these and the print edition, along with a preview that allows you to already read the first four chapters,* are on the Barncott Press website

* Plus see down below (at the end of this posting) for those first four chapters!

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A Passport to Elsewhere

May 16, 2014 by

Hey Wow,

“If this man hadn’t been a decadent, he would have been a Jesuit.” That’s
Richard Jurgens on me (and oh how true!) in his magnificent review of
Tennessee Williams in Bangkok, which at the same time is an essay about the book’s author. It has just been published in Urban Graffiti magazine and you can read it here

As many of you already know, the book itself is available from almost all
Amazon sites, as well as from AbeBooks and the publisher. But if you want direct links rather than having to search, just scroll down a little ways here

An earlier review by Richard Livermore (likewise excellent) appeared online in Ol’ Chanty magazine. This is it

And then bart plantenga combined his review with an interview in Eddie Woods has been around the block

While Jim Feast reviewed Tennessee Williams in Bangkok for Rain Taxi Review of Books (the Spring 2014 print edition)

Happy reading, folks.
And ever upward and onward!

Cheers, EDDIE

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Last Dance On Saturday Night

April 30, 2014 by
Last Dance On Saturday Night

Howdy music lovers,

The full tale begins nearly 30 years ago (1985). Which is when I first heard
the song that turned out to be entitled “Lover.” Though at the time I had no
idea who wrote and was singing it. And therefore also didn’t know it was on
the album Last Dance On Saturday Night. Close to two decades later (I was still mainly living in Devon, England then), I finally went on the hunt for the singer/songwriter. And within a few months found him. A link to that complete back story is appended below. Just now, however, I want to concentrate on the man and his music.

And so with great pleasure I hereby present the entire album (for ages unavailable in any form). Specially internet designed and uploaded to YouTube by my good friend and colleague Bart Plantenga.

All ten songs play one after the other. But you can pause at any point, look to the right-hand menu, and select another track. While again below you’ll find separate links to each of the songs.

So here it is. The legendary Dick Damron’s classic album
Last Dance On Saturday Night

I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, over and over.
And do pass the link on to all your friends!

Cheers, EDDIE

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Hi Poetry and Film Lovers,

The Yarre Stooker film Mary, based on my poem “Mary” and starring the virgin whore poetess Win Harms in the title role, has now been wonderfully presented in Urban Graffiti magazine. You can read the write-up and see the film right here

Once you have done, by all means send the link to your friends and colleagues. We want Mary to go viral. She deserves to!

We will of course be entering Mary in film festivals. Should it win anything like an Oscar, you’ll surely hear :-)

Cheers, EDDIE

“I suspect Mary will win many awards at film festivals. It is the best
cinematic treatment of a poem I have seen in a very long time.”
Urban Graffiti editor Mark McCawley

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MARY (the film)

February 17, 2014 by
MARY (the film)

Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Yarre Stooker film

Mary

based on my poem “Mary” and starring Win Harms in the title role is now online for general viewing! The film is only 12 minutes in length, and you can watch right now

Be sure it’s on full screen and the volume is up. Then send the link to all your friends!

Ever onward to ecstasy, EDDIE

ps If after watching the film you’d like to read (or reread) the poem “Mary,” it’s here:

“I am Mary, anarchist princess of spiritual revolution, scarlet perpetrator of crimes against ignorance...”

“I am Mary, anarchist princess of spiritual revolution, scarlet perpetrator of crimes against ignorance…”

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Smugglers Train & Other Stories

February 12, 2014 by

Dear People,

My collection of short fiction, Smugglers Train & Other Stories, is now available from Barncott Press in both eBook and print editions. To see a preview (which includes the entire title story!), + for ordering information, click on this

Also be sure to check out all Barncott Press titles. They really swing!

Cheers, EDDIE

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Friends,

I’ve been interviewed several times over the past few years. Now John Wisniewski has conducted one for Urban Graffiti magazine. You can read it here

Cheers, EDDIE

ps Previous interviews were with Sacha de Boer, Michael Limnios, and bart plantenga. Ryan Chandler also did one for Barcelona Ink #10, but to see that you’ll need to purchase the magazine

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Hi Folks,

My latest book, Tennessee Williams in Bangkok, has been wonderfully reviewed by Richard Livermore in issue #16 of Ol’ Chanty (Chanticleer Magazine online). Richard’s review is incredibly insightful and you can read it here

Plus check out all the issues and other great stuff on Ol’ Chanty

Cheers, EDDIE

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Yes Friends,

After having been unavailable for one month, Tennessee Williams in Bangkok
is again live on Amazon, and can also be ordered directly from the
publisher. We had this little blip (a truly minor one), but all that has now
been satisfactorily sorted. Once more, my apologies for the temporary
inconvenience.

For ordering information, just click on the following link and scroll down a
ways. All the relevant Amazon sites are hyperlinked there for easy clicking
on. This is the link

So don’t be shy, eh. Go ahead and buy the book now! And tell your friends to
buy it. It’s not expensive and is indeed a wonderful read. Everyone who has
already read it is telling me so. And not telling me to be nice, but because
they mean it.

The reviews will be out soon. Once they are, you’ll hear about it. Yet don’t
wait for those, buy the book now. Nor is it a matter of me wanting to make
money (no worries, I won’t be!). I simply want for you to enjoy yourselves.
Really.

Love, EDDIE

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Indeed I have, folks. And now, writing in Sensitive Skin magazine, author bart plantenga tells you how many times and why. Does it in the context of
discoursing about my latest book, Tennessee Williams in Bangkok. And follows
up the telling by interviewing yours truly. It’s a lively read that pulls no
punches. And it’s here

Btw, the moment my Bangkok book is again Amazon available (there wuz this
little blip, eh), I’ll be sending out a brief mailing informing y’all. The
good Lord willing and those damn creeks don’t rise too high, I’m figuring on
no later than the end of November. So stay tuned for that, eh.

While speaking of rising creeks ‘n such, my heart definitely goes out to
those everywhere who occasionally suffer terribly from natural disasters.
And at the moment in particular to the good people of the Philippines. Back
in the 1970s, I went around many a block there and loved it. If there’s any
way you can financially help with the relief efforts, I strongly urge you to
do so. We may each be different individual critters, but in the end we are
all one. Yeah…

Ever onward with love, EDDIE

bart plantenga website

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