Announcements: 2 Poetry Readings in Evansville for Fevers of the Mind with David L O’Nan & friends

Hello everyone, after a near 3 year reading aloud hiatus I have set up 2 poetry & music appreciation reading events. Poetry, music, essay style pieces, book discussions, a book signing & more. These readings will be based on the Fevers of the Mind brand. Poetry based on anxieties, social justice and appreciation and inspiration from stories/music/poetry about Leonard Cohen (2nd Anthology coming out in February from Fevers of the Mind “Before I Turn Into Gold” with artwork from Geoffrey Wren) Bob Dylan inspired pieces (hoping for a Dylan Anthology coming out by Summer) readings from my book “Bending Rivers” a poetry and short stories collection, pieces from the Cohen anthologies, and from a manuscript currently being reviewed “Before the Bridges Fell” pieces.

*With any pieces read please no racism, homophobic, sexist or sexually explicit material”

The 1st reading will be Saturday April 16th at Your Brother’s Bookstore in Downtown Evansville, Indiana 504 Main Street 47708 Readers are subject to change but we are hoping to have Kentucky poet/legend Ron Whitehead coming in for a set, Author of “Kin” Shawna Kay Rodenberg to discuss her wonderful book, Joan Hawkins, Peggy Pirro, Snow Mathews, Rob Z, Jon Koker, Joseph Fulkerson, possibly Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke coming from Michigan and more.


The 2nd reading will be Friday May 20th after 5 p.m. at BlueStocking Social Bookstore on 606 B S. Weinbach Avenue Evansville, IN 47714 A reading with a book signing, Q&A and more. Other readers will be announced over the next few weeks. Dr. Lorna Wood, Midwest Writer’s Guild Members and Tony Brewer are hopeful guests. Themes will be a continuation of what the Fevers of the Mind brand brings and a celebration of the music/writing of Cohen & Dylan. Anxiety, Social Justice pieces & more.

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Bending Rivers: The Poetry & Stories of David L O’Nan out now!

Bending Rivers: The Poetry & Stories of David L O'Nan by [David L. O'Nan, David O'Nan, Margaret Viboolsittiseri]

Over 500 pages and combining my books “The Famous Poetry Outlaws are Painting Walls and Whispers” “The Cartoon Diaries” “New Disease Streets” “Our Fears in Tunnels” & “Taking Pictures in the Dark” as well as a few from “Lost Reflections”

Check a link on Amazon for your country & also available on Kindle.

A book review of S.J. Fowler’s “Sticker Poems” review by Samuel Strathman

Sticker Poems by SJ Fowler

S.J. Fowler
Trickhouse Press, 2021
Paperback, 126 pgs.

S.J. Fowler’s visual poetry collection, Sticker Poems (Trickhouse Press, 2021) is any childhood sticker fan’s dream.  The book is a compendium of our favorite stickers, as well as crafty new creations.  There are also many statements within the pages that are meant for humor as well as deeper thought.  A sticker book could not be a sticker book without repetition, but Fowler makes the repetition meaningful in the only way that a vispo (visual poetry) master can. 

The book has a lot of mixed media which helps to elevate the story told within its pages, and unlike his earlier book, Crayon Poems (Penteract Press, 2020) he keeps the mood light.  This is done through using bright visuals as well as different hypnotic mediums that help elevate his sticker world.  This would be considered an adult book by all accounts since there is cursing and violent language used in good fun, not to mention the grammatical errors which are not errors if they are done for creative purposes.  “for here. come I! to kiss arses” or “cuddliest & killingest…the great bear” being some of what is used.  These are short lines of text are oftentimes original as well as paying homage to many of the positive messages used in stickers.  “Make good use of Today” being one of them.  Many of the stickers like the menacing “Zero Medo” are rather menacing and add flavor and contrast to the child friendly stickers. 

Some of the new and exciting stickers that Fowler has created are new troll-like creatures, “Garbage Pail Kids,” colorful blot patterns, and other new and animal felt stickers.  Many of these images we would like to pick from the pages, and fortunately for us Fowler does allow us to take a few off the pages.

The trouble of being an amateur reviewer doing his second review is trying to decipher a storyline within “Stricker Poems.”  Visual poetry, like paintings or other artwork, is often more of a statement than a storyline to me.  After reading the essays by S.J. Fowler and David Spittle, I find that I have more questions and even less answers.  Besides using mixed media, drawings, and repetition I’m unsure as to the technique used here.  In the end, I rather not to try and evaluate the author’s school of thought.  It is better to sit back and enjoy the ride, and a wild one it is.  

Reviewer Bio

Samuel Strathman is a poet, visual artist, author, and custodian.  His poetry has appeared in Pulp Literature, I-70 Review, and Prole.  His debut poetry collection, “Omnishambles” is forthcoming with Ice Floe Press (2022).

Available now

The Poetry Only edition of “the Fevers of the Mind Press Presents the Poets of 2020” with photography by Rob Z. “This Garden Box kills Fascists” find on this link here

Essay by Troy Jackson, poetry by David L O’Nan, Ankh Spice, Karlo Sevilla, HilLesha O’Nan, Susan Richardson, Catrice Greer, A.R. Salandy, Sher Ting, Norb Aikin, Jenna Faccenda, December Lace, Mela Blust, Ken Tomaro, Kushal Poddar, Ethan Jacob O’Nan, Tan Tzy Jiun, Moira J Saucer, Robert Frede Kenter, David Hanlon, Amy Barnes, Jason de Koff, Darren Demaree, Abdulmueed Balogun, Steve Wheeler, Raine Geoghegan, Jim Young, Bradley Galimore, Anisha Kaul, Tim Heerdink, Damien Donnelly, Kristin Garth, Rickey Rivers Jr, Foy Timms, Jackie Chou, David Ralph Lewis, Paul Brookes, David Hay, Kari Flickinger, Sidney Mansueto, Lawrence Moore, Karen Mooney, John Ogunlade, Jenny Mitchell, Z.D. Dicks, Julie Stevens, Mukund Gnanadesikan, Gail Sheridan, Will Davis, James Lilley, Samantha Merz, Richard Waring, Iona Murphy, Vern Fein, Gerald Jatzek, Ediney Santana, KC Bailey, Samuel Strathman, Rachael Ikins, Mike Whiting, Steve Denehan, Samantha Terrell, Al Matheson, Peter Hague, E. Samples, Ann Hultberg, Ceinwed C E Haydon, Jane Dougherty, Michael Igoe, Will Schmit, Dai Fry, Barney Ashton-Bullock, M.S. Evans, Megha Sood, John Everex, Maxine Rose Munro, Jane Rosenberg LaForge, Lacresha Hall, Merrill D. Smith, Lucy Whitehead, Kelly Marie McDonough, Gabe Louis, Linda M. Crate & Matthew M C Smith

A Poetry Showcase from Katy Naylor from new book “Postcards from Ragnarok”

Giant octopus catches old style sail ship hand drawn vector illustration

These poems are from a new book by Katy Naylor “Postcards from Ragnarok” her debut chapbook available under Alien Buddha Press find her online at and on twitter @voidskrawl

Katy Naylor lives by the sea, in a little town on the south coast of England. Recent publications in Selcouth Station, Roi Faineaant and Expat Press.


Danger is curled in small beginnings

The lock of hair that sparked the feud
the first soft sprig of mistletoe

The first disturbance in the water
before the splintering prow and the torn sail
the spear and shield dashed into the waves

It’s hard to unravel the thread
trace ourselves back to the first papercut
the first white lie, the first joke that turned sour

By the time we noticed the ripples
we were already in its grip
and a great eye had blotted out the sun


I will hold my joy lightly, lest it be crushed in my hands
the world would just as soon stamp down with spiteful feet
dock my tail for having the temerity to wag
as grant me an inch of grace
The gathering threat howls through the alley and the bus queue
sandpaper wind prying cold fingers through the cracks in the plaster. 
Hope lives one lungful at a time
look further and it will escape my loosening grip
a sad balloon rising lonely to the clouds 
and so I light my small candles in a bucket 
week by week


The gentle tuning of reeds
shot-silk movement of the waters
this company of stars 
held in perfect tension 
the breath before the curtain rises 

I am ammonite, rigid, curled at the foot of the hillside 
bitter at the heart of the spiral 
the melody unreels, resonance 
melting soft into each brittle point of pain 

I shake as I unspool, notch by notch 
note by quivering note into blue-black calm 
Visiting Hour 

I find it hard to separate you, now 
from the hospital bed, the tubes 
the work of each breath 
the words I use to write you out
you are swaddled deep in your pain   
we tell ourselves you can hear us 
as we would of a much loved dog 
look, that flicker of her eyelids
she can understand everything I say, she really can 
we tell ourselves: 
she went surrounded by family
we tell ourselves:
it's almost a mercy 
your eyes tell a different story 
when you were 15 you lied
so you could volunteer to nurse wounded pilots as the bombs fell on London
when I was five 
you took me on the train to town 
we found fish, in a concrete pond by a tower block 
you sat for hours with a magazine while I watched them swim in the afternoon sun
your hand squeezes my fingers 
I tell myself: 
at least I could bring her this comfort 
crossing the car park as I leave
the air is still cool on my cheek
the leaves on the trees still smile at the unseeing dark


Monday! Tuesday! Wednesday! Thursday!
you serenade your stew
You are starting to anchor yourself in time 
you lace it through your fingers like a cat's cradle 
I am counterweight and shuttle, complicit 
once those threads are woven there's no unravelling them 
In this moment the web still floats wide 
wide as your arms, flung out 
as you wind the bobbin up and clap, clap, clap

2 poems by Katy Naylor “Reflections” and “Flight”

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