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It's been a rough week on any number of fronts, but probably the biggest blow was the news that my book on Write Bloody Publishing, City of Insomnia, is going out of print, as is Lea's The Constant Velocity of Trains and a number of other WB books.

There's no bad guy in this, excepting maybe Amazon, whose impositions on distributors are making it difficult for small presses to hold on to older or lower-selling titles longer. Still, the book had a good five-year run. Maybe it's the antidepressant I'm on, but I've become sort of philosophical about the whole thing. While the path I've been on has been a good ride, it's becoming increasingly clear that it's no longer the place I'm supposed to be. I'm not entirely sure what that means, yet. Maybe I need to focus more on writing than getting out and reading. Or change the focus of my writing. Or maybe I go back to school. I don't know, but it feels like it's time to change. Actually, it's felt like that for a while now, but I've been too walled in to do anything about it. We'll see how it goes.

And ironically, in the midst of all this, Write Bloody announced its new upcoming books, including a new one from Megan Falley (whom we're visiting with tomorrow, actually) and Providence slammer Franny Choi. Both are absolutely fantastic younger poets, and wonderful people to boot. (I'm afraid I don't know the other winners. But I'm sure they're lovely.) And y'know, it seems kind of right to clear the stage a bit for the newer voices. There are plenty of other stages out there, after all.

Time to be someone new.

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In other news, I thought my non-campaign to be the next American Idol judge was completely dead, but evidently there's still some life in it. Or at least, that's what it seems from this video of Bill MacMillan at the Worcester Poets' Asylum:



Will there be other endorsements from poets and musicians? I've started collecting them here.

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I also wanted to draw some attention to the Telegram Studios video out today, of Rich "The Amazing Dick" Leufstedt interviewing himself. Hilarity ensues!



I also review Leufstedt's 2012 CD, "4 Strings of Fury," over in my What You're Listening To column. If you're not familiar with Leufstedt, it's a good day to familiarize yourself with one of the Worcester music scenes coolest, most unique voices.
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I suppose I should start with my supreme disappointment that I will not be an American Idol judge next season, despite my half-assed best efforts. Alas, I know they've pretty much settled on Jennifer Hudson, and are looking at other Idol alum, but I think Courtney Love and I would really round out that panel.

Still, I'll always have this lovely endorsement from Little War Twins' Gaetana Brown:



Sigh. Am I abandoning hope too soon?

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This is turning out to be an incredibly hectic week.

Tonight, Lea will be among the readers for Best Indie Lit New England, at the Providence Poetry Slam, at 8 p.m. at AS 220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI.

Tomorrow, Jeff McDaniel will be in town to feature for the Dirty Gerund's First Friday upstairs shindig! Music provided by Keri Anderson! That'll be happening at 9 p.m. at Ralph's Rock Diner, 148 Grove St., Worcester, MA.

Sunday, Lea and I, along with musician Shane Hall, will be featuring for Rhythmic Cypher at 7 p.m. at DobrĂ¡ Tea, 151 Middle Street, Portland, ME. I believe there's a 6 p.m. workshop, too.

But first, I have to get to work, and put out a section while losing a few hours to computer training. W00t?

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