The Reading I Gave Last Night

Hey there. Last night I gave a reading of my work from The Sharp Edges of Water for Writespace. In case you couldn’t be there in Houston last night but wanted to hear some of my poetry and flash fiction, here’s the video from Writespace’s Instagram page. It’s an informal livestream, replete with the occasional technological hiccup and handcam excitement, but overall the audio quality is good and the video quality pretty good most of the time. The person introducing mea at the beginning and commenting at the end is Jamie Portwood, Writespace’s programming director and reading host. Enjoy!

I’m Giving a Poetry Reading on Friday

This Friday evening (May 26th), if you’re in Houston, come on by Antidote Coffee on Studewood for the Writespace open mic poetry reading. I’ll be the featured reader there that night and would love to see you in the audience! And if you write poetry, I’d love to hear one of your poems during the open mic portion of the event! (You’ll need to sign up here ahead of time if you intend to read a poem, and you can RSVP for the event at this link as well.)

The event starts at 7:00 p.m., but you’ll want to get there earlier than that to get a seat. Prepare for street parking. I’ll be reading from The Sharp Edges of Water and some pieces from my newer (as yet unpublished) collection.

There’s also going to be an Itty Bitty Book Fair that night, so you can snag copies of my books and zines and probably some others as well.

I hope to see you there this Friday evening! Click the link above for all the logistical details.

Monday Earworm — And A Reading Tomorrow Night!!

So apparently there was this show called Live From Daryl’s House, that was just Daryl Hall at his house jamming with a bunch of famous people or something? I didn’t see the show, didn’t even know about it, but I always enjoyed Hall and Oates’ music back in the day (and not gonna lie, still do), and then I came across this clip from that aforementioned series with Daryl Hall and Cee Lo Green and a band performing “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do),” and it’s pretty great. Very relaxed, very funky, very jammy. So here, now you can enjoy it, too!

OH, and also! Tomorrow night I’m going to be the featured poet at the Cobalt Café reading. The last time I was the featured reader at Cobalt was in the late 90s, when I was living in Los Angeles. Because that’s where Cobalt is. But I’m not in L.A. right now, and won’t be tomorrow, either, because their reading series is now online! Yay!

Wonderful poet, founder of PoetrySuperHighway, and all-around purveyor of and advocate for poetry Rick Lupert is still running the show. I’ll be reading, and there will also be an open mic. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles time. If you’re on the west coast, great! Tune in with or after your dinner? But for those of you in the central time zone (like me), that will be 9:30 p.m. (And doing the math from there, mountain time is 8:30 pm. and eastern time is 10:30 p.m.) I hope you can tune in and enjoy the reading with us — and maybe read one of your own poems if you have some? (The reading will be over Zoom, so be sure to register with your actual name so Rick will let you in from the waiting room. Go to this event page to get the Zoom link.)

So now that the shameless promotion portion of this post is out of the way, here’s some music for you. Enjoy!

The Mutable Hour

Tonight is the online poetry reading for Mutabilis Press, and I’m going to be the emcee! I hope you’ll join us for this excellent hour of poetry featuring some truly wonderful poets. Register at the link below to get the Zoom room and passcode.

I hope to see you there! Below is the promotional blurb the press has sent out about the event.


Ever changing, always growing. Please join us for the launch of The Mutable Hour — a curated reading series from the Board of Mutabilis Press. A mix of Mutabilis Press Poets and special guests.

Our April 14 event features Angélique Jamail as Emcee, with a line up of exceptional poets, including: Carol Louise Munn, Stella Brice, Charlie Scott, Adam Holt, Dru Watkins, Joshua Burton, Aliah Lavonne Tigh, Christopher Miguel Flakus, and Autumn Hayes.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 

When: Apr 14, 2022 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The Mutable Hour Poetry Reading Series

Mutabilis Press, a publisher of poetry whose board I currently sit on, has recently begun a reading series called The Mutable Hour. Our first reading on April 1st was wonderful! Our second one, this coming Thursday, April 29th, has another excellent line-up! This is a free event happening on Zoom, so you may attend from anywhere that has an internet connection. (And I know you do if you’re reading this post…)

The reading will start at 7:00 p.m. central time and go for about an hour. As I said, it’s free, but you do have to register to get the Zoom information to get into the reading. Go to The Mutable Hour’s Facebook page to get the link to get into the reading. If you have trouble getting the link (although I don’t anticipate that you will) let me know before 6:30 p.m. central time this Thursday.

I hope to see you there! 

Poem-A-Day 2021, Day 19: Angélique Jamail

That’s right, today I’m sharing some of my own poetry with you. And technically, it’s four poems, because I’m doing a livestream of some of my work from various publications. It will be at 6:00 p.m. central, live on my Facebook author page and on my Instagram. I hope you’ll join me there, but if you can’t make it to the live reading, you can always watch the video in both places. See you soon!

Featured Poet: Mike Alexander

Tonight’s featured poet is Mike Alexander. I first came across Mike in the mid-1990s when he was going by M. Alexander and reading regularly on the poetry scene here in Houston. We ended up reading on the same stage more than once, and I became a fan of his work.

Those of you in H-town can catch him reading tomorrow afternoon as well, at the New Book New Poems Reading at 2:00 at the Houston Public Library (500 McKinney 77002). Here’s a link to the Facebook event page. Also sharing their work at this shindig will be Robin Davidson and Peter Hyland. The event will be up on the 4th floor of the main building. Check it out!

You may also find Mike’s book RETROgrade at P & J Poetics.


Le Coup de Vent: Mistral Noir


This is a drunkard’s dance.

.                                        Courbet’s terrain
distorts a sober regiment of oaks,
into a bacchanal of greens, the strain
apparent in the pressure of brush strokes
& knifework. Boughs, unnaturally skewed,
leaves shaking. Wind-swept canvas, it evokes
the pagan frenzy of a nymph pursued
by satyrs,
.                    Orphic lute,
.                                        ecstatic cries.

The landscape sprawls, unfettered, like a nude
discarding her quotidian disguise,
more sacred now she’s shown herself profane.

Inebriated by a beauty eyes
cannot explain, she drops what veils remain,
& spins,
.                    the painter’s brush
.                                        her weather-vane.