Monday, December 6, 2010


Hotel Fire

When a pretty woman cries to me
like a hotel on fire
I am almost normal in response

Bring out the meat
Bring the drinks
Be merry!

Let not the fire and light go to waste!
Bring the pen
Write it down for posterity!

Jaroslav Seifert you are so right,
women do us the least harm

A lesser mortal am I
but we are all mortals alike

When a single woman cries,
the whole night is on fire!

When the hotel burns,
I quickly learn,
how quickly you arouse desire!

Koon Woon

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Won't you join the Chrysanthemum Literary Society and get a customized T-shirt?

You can support a worthwhile organization whose mission is to advance world peace through literature and education. The Chrysanthemum Literary Society was founded in 2003 in the Evergreen State of Washington as a nonprofit charitable organization. We have published Chrysanthemum poetry magazine and literary titles through our Goldfish Press here in Seattle, and we have also participated in many venues to be an ardent voice for Seattle and multicultural literature in the true sense.

Now we are proud to be able to present to our donors a very handsome customized T-shirt in sizes small, medium, large and extra large for any donation over the amount of $25.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I was never cool

-- by joseph musso jr. --

about himself he write, "Joseph Musso lives in New Jersey, a place where the ocean meets the human heart. I Was Never Cool is his second book."

A combo of John Fante and Franz Kafka, the terse staccato rhythms of the typewriter slams, "Rocky" in a coffeehouse, a bull in a china shop, Musso writes sparsely and elgantly of growing up and not growing up, of sexual awakening, and of battlefields in neighorhoods, where the fathers join the kids' fights...abandoned fetuses in abandoned houses, some of which is not pretty, yes, Joe was never cool. Maybe not cool, but certainly smart and direct as your heart beat. Joe is about to summarize a generation of Americans growing after the Vietnam debacle, a generation that was never cool, but never dumb either...

Praised by Jack Foley and George Sidney alike, a beat and an academic, respecitively, Joe is a writer to expect more from, as he explores the paradoxes of sex and life with his wry, understated, sardonic, style, yet with playfulness of language of a poet...

isbn-13: 978-0-9711601-5-6
Goldfish Press

Price: $12.99 each

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