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Archive for August, 2021

46 more pieces that wandered away

Saturday, August 28th, 2021

46 more pieces that wandered away


30 pieces

Friday, August 27th, 2021

30 pieces that left home over the years


reading – Michael Joseph Arcangelini and friends 10.6.2021

Wednesday, August 25th, 2021
Michael Joseph Arcangelini of California sez he’s having his “first in person poetry reading since the pandemic began, and it’s in Cleveland!”
He’s reading October 6 @ 7:00pm with friends Steve Thomas, John Burroughs, Shelley Chernin, Marc Mannheimer, Adam Brodsky, Terry Provost, Russell Vidrick, Charles Cicirella, Ben Gulyas, Smith & Lady, Steve Goldberg, and Chris Franke.

M.J. Arcangelini and Friends


shuffled sum

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

no mortal coil shuffled here . . .

The Snake and the Moon – Dead Can Dance
The Sybil – Mad Girl Academy
Speak Out – Ani Difranco
The Danger Zone – Ray Charles
Switch Blade – Duke Ellington, Mingus, Max Roach
Strong Feelings – Dry Cleaning
Down – St. Vincent
Barbary Coast – Weather Report
Up Jumped The Devil – Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Smoke: IV. – New Music Detroit
New Life – Do Nothing
Gimme the Car – Violent Femmes
Your Mama Won’t Like Me – Suzi Quatro
Run, The Darkness Will Pass – Shabaka and the Ancestors
I Feel So Bad – Elvis Presley
Crow Black Chicken – Ry Cooder
Mainline Prosperity Blues – Mimi & Richard Farina


a True Tale of Armed Robbery, Stolen Cars, Outsider Art, Mutant Poetry, Underground Publishing, Robbing the Cradle, and Leaving the Country – by Smith & Lady

Saturday, August 21st, 2021

from 2012 (in its timeless way)
Stations of the Lost & Found, a True Tale of Armed Robbery, Stolen Cars, Outsider Art, Mutant Poetry, Underground Publishing, Robbing the Cradle, and Leaving the Country – by Smith & Lady

Drug orgies, massive refindings of reality, the acceptance of interdimensions. Errant life scout, cultural adventurer, perception tester, court jester, inner seeker, reality adjuster, flow surfer, servant and searcher of Other. Born in Bitterroot, raised on Paradise Prairie, farm boy, car thief, Naval Academy, expelled for dope, society marriage, armed robbery, jail, illegal loft dweller, Artcrimes, rat attacks, overdose, celibate, remarried, expat. Ran from the cops ten times, got away nine.

Amazon review by Wred Fright
4.0 out of 5 stars Smith Has Led Quite a Life!
Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2014

I’m a little sad that no one’s posted a review of this book yet and it’s been out for two years, so I will post one. Basically, it’s the biography of Smith, who is an artist and poet based in Cleveland, Ohio USA. His wife, Lady, comes into the story later, but it isn’t her life story. She is credited as co-author because she helped Smith write the book. Like many self-published works, the book is a bit uneven and could have used more editing (for example, jettisoning the journal entries that effectively only retell events that Smith has already told the reader in the main narrative would have been a particularly good idea). Unlike many self-published works, this is a really good book. I laughed aloud many times and shook my head about the many crazy things Smith has done. Underneath all the insanity (including armed robbery) described, the book also has a lot of soul; for example, I found Smith’s relationship with his mother to be very touching. Nevertheless, it’s definitely a countercultural document. If you like underground Cleveland art such as Pere Ubu, Harvey Pekar, or d.a. levy, then you’ll likely dig this book. It has that kind of vibe. In fact, even if you don’t care anything about Cleveland underground art, but you like autobiographical and bohemian writers such as Charles Bukowski or Henry Miller, then you’ll likely dig this book. I bought it on a whim since I am slightly acquainted with Smith and Lady from living in the Cleveland area myself, but I’m glad that I did so. Frankly, a lot of the Cleveland literary scene isn’t very interesting, so it’s great to find a book from it that is actually interesting. Smith crammed sixty-some years of life into this book. Here’s hoping he lives much longer, if only for the readerly selfish reason that if he does, then we might get a sequel!



monthly Medusa’s Kitchen feature #69

Thursday, August 19th, 2021

my Medusa’s Kitchen monthly feature #69 . . .

The mighty Steven Smith is here today, clearing the smoke from our eyes and setting a few fires of his own. We’re mighty grateful for his visit to the Kitchen!
– Kathy

9 poems, 10 fotos

poems in feature
Glow Go Mo-Fo – 4.29.2016
Womb-born – 7.16.2021
Dogwalk Morning – 7.25.2021
Flesh Worship – 7.4.2021
Goldfinger – 12.20.2013
Pablo Picasso, Died – 1973
Old Fan Notes on 1962 WCW – 7.15.2015
Bone gettin’weary – 7.7.2021
Precious cargo – 7.29.2021


i touch myself

Monday, August 16th, 2021

pre-dream shuffle on . . .

I Touch Myself – Divinyls
Finger Pies – Anika
Deep Pockets – Dana Gillespie
Bent – Jimmy Edgar & Hudson Mohawke
Hotel Last Resort – Violent Femmes w/ Tom Verlaine
Grow Mama Grow – Dominique Fils-Aimé
Caravan – Thelonious Monk
Two Against One – Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi w/ Jack White
Long Gone Lonesome Blues – Hank Williams
The Way I Talk – S.G. Goodman
You Want It Darker – Leonard Cohen
Speak Out – Rising Appalachia w/ Ani Difranco
Criminal – Fiona Apple
Ain’t Nothin’ in Ramblin’ – Bonnie Raitt & Steve Freund
Twilight Zone – John Cale
Repo Man – The Meteors
Mother’s Rope – Lightman Jarvis Ecstatic Band
Free Radicals – The Flaming Lips
Cucumber Slumber – Weather Report


good bad bad good

Saturday, August 14th, 2021

Last month’s feature on Medusa’s Kitchen.

July 2021 – “Short and (mostly) sweet is how Smith is visiting us today, and we’re all the better for his dropping in to the Kitchen. Thanks, Steven! (“Good bad/bad good/that’s life!”).” – Kathy Kieth, publisher / editor Medusa’s Kitchen

What’s Me? —


ego minus 2 months

Friday, August 13th, 2021

Next Thursday will be my 69th monthly feature on Medusa’s Kitchen, and I haven’t posted June or July’s yet. Maybe my raging ego is receeding a bit.

June 2021 – “Here is Smith, visiting the Kitchen in the middle of June, and, as always, we’re so glad to hear from him! Also as usual, LittleSnake is ambivalent about being cast as the Bad Guy—though he does love the attention. See below for snake with coffee, as well as a Quantumized Smith.” – Kathy Kieth, publisher / editor Medusa’s Kitchen

Snake and the Bossa Nova:


f**k s**t b***h

Thursday, August 12th, 2021

13 shuffle songs in which our A.I. Alexa won’t say certain words . . . she’ll say instead “My [silence] [silence] Up’. However Google Assistant does say the words Alexa censors.

My Shits Fucked Up – Kinky Friedman
Fuck That Guy – The Dirty Knobs
Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do – Robyn
Fuck and Run – Liz Phair
Fuck Your Acid Trip – Modest Mouse
Fuck All The Perfect People – Chip Taylor & The New Ukrainians
Fuck With Sad Girls – Bonnie Whitmore
Sex with Your Parents (Motherfucker) Part II – Lou Reed
Never Fuck A Spider On The Fly – Modest Mouse
Bitches Brew – Miles Davis
Wide Wide River (of Shit) – The Fugs
I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch – Courtney Barnett
My Shit’s Fucked Up – Warren Zevon

Warren Zevon wrote My Shit’s Fucked Up after discovering he had cancer.


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