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Black Scat Review 15

May 31st, 2016 · 1 Comment

The fifteenth issue of The Black Scat Review is out! This one is subtitled “More Utter Nonsense,” and includes my poem “Pan and Kettle,” as well as my translations of two monologues by Charles Cros, “The Man with His Feet Turned Around” and “The Man Who Made a Discovery.” The other contributors are Edward Ahern, Paulo Brito, Giada Cattaneo, Norman Conquest, Falconhead, Farewell Debut, Jhaki M.S. Landgrebe, Michael Leigh, Jason E. Rolfe, Mercie Pedro e Silva, and Carla M. Wilson.

It’s available from Black Scat Books: $18 for a print copy and $5 for a digital.

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May 23rd, 2016 · No Comments

A piece for viola and piano; an octatonic theme harmonized and turned into a canon.


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My Head Cool-Bedded in the Flowery Grass

May 16th, 2016 · No Comments

A drowsy little piece for piano, recommended for nap time. The title comes from Keats. Thanks, Keats.


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Flipbook Songs

May 9th, 2016 · 1 Comment

From my conservatory days, an idea for a graphic score notated on flipbooks. I did this for my freshman composition class, and it made a cheery racket.


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Key His Eyes

May 1st, 2016 · No Comments

I think that if I’d lived in NYC any longer, I would have ended up gouging out someone’s eyes. Here I can purge those fantasies in a song.


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A Different Point of View

April 25th, 2016 · No Comments

A plea for tolerance: remember, someone who disagrees with you may simply have his head up his ass.


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April 18th, 2016 · No Comments

A song about the universe.


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Sleepytime Cemetery

April 11th, 2016 · 1 Comment


Sleepytime Cemetery is now available! In the words of Black Scat Books, “In this new collection of short stories by the author of The Doug Skinner Dossier, you’ll discover a world of ostensibly human specimens behaving in peculiar and unpredictable ways. However, they are often recognizable in a manner we dare not admit. Skinner’s dark humor is deceptively playful and childlike, and that makes our bursts of laughter all the more disturbing. These 40 tales are guaranteed to disconcert and astonish.”

Available from Black Scat Books, or from Amazon.

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Papi the Paraceratherium

March 23rd, 2016 · 1 Comment

When I was a kid, I had a picture book of prehistoric animals, and was fascinated by the Paraceratherium (or Baluchitherium). It was the largest land mammal known, a long-necked ancestor of the rhinoceros that stood as high at eighteen feet at the shoulder. I finally made one into a cartoon character, named Papi. Here are some sketches from the sketchbook.




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The Devil at the Vibrato Grotto

March 14th, 2016 · No Comments

In this nine-page story, my characters Walter, Benny, and Beverly go to the Vibrato Grotto to watch their old friend, the Devil, do his nightclub act. He’s pretty good, but his audience participation bit bombs, as usual. Nobody wants to sign his name in blood. My old bandmate, Anne Shapiro, joined me in reading this story on Bob Sikoryak’s long-running series of comics slide shows, Carousel.


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