Wednesday, April 25, 2012

New Poem Day # 6...

Today's poem helps explain why I'm not much of a sports guy:


Our Goal

When I was in second grade,
our soccer team only scored
a single, solitary goal.
None of our parents had the heart
to let a bunch of excited kids
know that we’d scored
the goal not on our
opponents, but on ourselves.
We probably should have
figured it out by the
other teams’ expressions
of joy and gratitude,
but we just thought that
they knew it was our first goal
and were genuinely happy for us.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New Poem Day # 5...

Today's poem details an important lesson I learned back in college about the dangers of inviting a female friend to a "guys' night."


Male Bonding

When I agreed to let
her go out with us
to the bar, she promised
she would act like
"just one of the guys."
But there was something
in the way she kicked
me under the table
every time I'd talk
to another girl that
hinted to me she'd
gone back on her word.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New Poem Day # 4...

A thought on the D train

If I could read
women like a book,
I would probably still
be just as clueless
because I’d spend all
my time rereading my
favorite chapters and
only skim through the
hard parts, which are
probably the parts that
they’d want me to pay
the most attention to.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Last bit of Spidey news...

As I mentioned last week, I have one last Spider-Man project to announce now that it's also up for pre-order on Amazon. Due in bookstores this October is Spider-Man Chronicle: A Year by Year Visual History from the good folks at DK Publishing. A perfect companion book to the fictional history of the wall-crawler in Spider-Man: Inside the World of Your Friendly Neighborhood Hero, this month by month chronicle of the events in Spider-Man's world and the people who charted them is proving to be a mammoth project, but one I'm very excited about seeing in print. I'm currently writing the 1960s through the 1980s, while my partner in crime, Alan Cowsill, will be handling the 1990s through the present. If you liked our work on the DC Year by Year book, or my sections of the Marvel Chronicle, then be sure to check out this latest volume in the series.

But to make sure the book comes out on time, I better stop writing this and get back to reading 1970s Spider-Man comics. Man, I'm really hungry for a Hostess Twinkie for some reason...


Above art by Frank Miller. Yes, that Frank Miller.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

New Poem Day # 3...

This week's poem includes some helpful advice from a former karate instructor of mine.

Sensei's advice on cats

"Talking to a woman
is like trying to pet
a cat you see on the street.
Some are real affectionate
and'll come right up to you.
Others take a little nurturing
before they'll give you
the time of day. But most,
most given the opportunity
will throw themselves
under the nearest car
just to get away from you."