I’ve wanted to build something like this for years. After some experimentation with materials and dimensions, I settled on 20 feet of 1/2 inch copper pipe. I originally wanted it to go around the whole room, but 20 feet seems to produce the best tone. It now hangs near the ceiling in my music room. […]
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July 25th, 2016 · 1 Comment
June 28th, 2016 · 1 Comment
Here’s another excerpt from Sleepytime Cemetery (available, remember, from Black Scat Books). An attempted suicide turns to slapstick, all in ABAB quatrains. This is how it begins… THE RAZOR I laid a razor at my wrist, So I would be no more. I closed my eyes, and sneezed, and missed, And dropped it on the […]
September 21st, 2015 · 3 Comments
Although Poe’s poem “The Raven” is a nice piece of work, it is rather insistent with its rhymes. Therefore, I’ve removed them for your reading pleasure. I’ve fixed the whole poem, but I’ll post only the first two stanzas. THE RAVEN UNRHYMED Once upon a midnight gloomy, while I pondered, weak and sleepy, Over many […]
January 1st, 2015 · 2 Comments
Here, if anyone’s interested, is an alphabetical list of the rounds I’ve written. The Animals The Bigot Blackwell’s Isle Captain Manning’s Catch A Christmas Song Common Sense Ding Dong Bell (Percy Bysshe Shelley) Dr. Quack (verses from a card game) Election Day (William Butler Yeats) Fundamentalists Give Me Clouds! (Remy de Gourmont) Government Without Religion […]
September 26th, 2014 · 1 Comment
Richard Toronto has written the definitive work on the artwork of Richard Shaver, in two volumes, with over 300 illustrations. I wrote the introduction for the second volume, linking Shaver’s preoccupation with stones and pareidolia to the long tradition of scrying and lithomancy. It’s from Shavertron Press, and you can find it on Amazon. Here’s […]
April 23rd, 2014 · 4 Comments
Fooling around in the sketchbook.
December 30th, 2013 · 2 Comments
Videos of me reading from my translation of Alphonse Allais’s book, Captain Cap: His Adventures, His Ideas, His Drinks, have been posted here and here. Thanks to Farewell Debut for shooting them; and to Derek Pell for posting them. And thanks to Anthony Matt for the photo.
November 18th, 2013 · 2 Comments
There will be a reading and book launch, from and for Captain Cap: His Adventures, His Ideas, His Drinks, by Alphonse Allais: now translated, annotated, and illustrated by Doug Skinner, and published by Black Scat Books. Allais’s proto-pataphysical antihero, the inventor and explorer Captain Cap, expounds on such subjects as the kangacycle, the antifilter, and […]
August 23rd, 2013 · No Comments
A piece for viola and piano, extracted from the incidental music for The Harlequin Studies.
May 22nd, 2013 · No Comments
A song about falling asleep with the radio on. As the chorus reminds us, You’ve got to wake up to turn the radio off.