Monday, December 21, 2015

"Bird on a Motorcycle"

My poem, "Bird on a Motorcycle," and two others are featured in the December, 2015 edition of Writing Raw. For this privilege, I thank super whiz-bang editor Weeb. Please check it out!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Davina Rhine Reviews "Jupiter Works on Commission"

Chicagoan Jack Phillips Lowe's poetry collection, Jupiter Works on Commission, is a witty and buoyant read in a time where literary arts have largely been replaced with unimaginative social feeds. His subject, work, is reminiscent of the creative and political era of Beauvoir and Sartre's Les Temps Modernes. Poems such as "The Breadman," "Meticulous Care," or "Cheer up Subversive Jean" would have resonated alongside their reporting and columns. His storytelling brings characters like Lou D'Amato (a salesman who made a deal with the reaper), Tomas and Vinny (two guys chronically unemployed who desperately seek out a Roman God for financial help) to life in rich and brief prose.
His narrative is clean, unfussy, and crisp ... Much like Hemingway's Nick Adams stories. Lowe's frank and playful observations of the new work environments, low-level management, and worker frustrations are documented in "Snapped", "Multiple Ironies," and "Survivor's Stripes."
This collection should be required reading in business and HR courses. As a frustrated worker myself who has seen both business and government ignore the Occupy Movement and the general plight of the American people this collection made me laugh, relate, cry, and pray.

reviewed by Davina Rhine
Author of:
Rebel Moms: The Off Road Map for the Off Road Mom ... 52 Moms share it all to help new moms rock motherhood!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

"A Hundred 'Likes'" on the Poetry Super Highway

I am honored to see my new poem, "A Hundred 'Likes'" posted on the cool website that all poets should check out, POETRY SUPER HIGHWAY. Thanks to editor Rick Lupert for this privilege!

Friday, September 4, 2015

It's Available NOW! "Jupiter Works on Commission"!

* My brand-new chapbook, Jupiter Works on Commission, was released today!

* It's 57 pages of narrative poetry about the smiles, trials and tribulations on working (and not working) in America today. Special guest appearances by Elvis Presley, the ancient Roman god Jupiter and superhero Captain Nitro! Jupiter Works on Commission is perfect-bound, with a full-color cover and black & white illustrations inside. What's it like? Well. . .if the Smithsonian Institution and Disneyland had a baby, this book would be it!

* Much thanks to super-groovy-cool editor/designer Christina Anne Taylor for a terrific job!

* Jupiter Works on Commission is available NOW from its publisher, Middle Island Press! Please support the small press---we are our own audience!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Poems on Zombie Logic Review

I'm proud to say that I've got a couple of recent poems posted on ZOMBIE LOGIC REVIEW, a fantastic 'outsider' poetry website based out of my great home state of Illinois; Zombie Logic Press is one of the longest-standing independent presses in the American Midwest. Much thanks and respect to editor Thomas Vaultonburg, a kick-ass poet in his own right. Please check out the wonderful ZLR!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

"The Night Hoss Kiboshed the King" and Others

I've three fresh-from-the-oven poems posted over at the DEAD SNAKES poetry website. Do you want to know how Hoss Cartwright kiboshed the King of Rock & Roll? Then click on the link above, Home Slice, and find out! Much thanks to editor Stephen Jarrell Williams.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

"In Fact": New Poem in Nerve Cowboy

My bakery-fresh poem, "In Fact," is humbled to stand in the distinguished company (Cathy Porter, Fred Voss, Charles Harper Webb, among many others) of Nerve Cowboy #38: Great fothermucking reading. Thank you, fantastic editors Joseph Shields, Jerry Hagins and Elissa Yeates!

Oh, and merci, Fran├žoise Hardy, pour La Question.