Between 1991-92 when I was in my first year of college, and 2002 when I settled down in Austin, I wrote a grand total of roughly 10 poems, 5 short stories, and notebook after notebook of abandoned ideas. We won’t count my journalism work, the thing I was actually competent at. I wasn’t going to… Continue reading On Failure
Like many of you, I keep a journal. And like many of you, I'm sure, I am really bad at it. I never sat down and thought about why until very recently, and I came to a few conclusions. I GET SELF-CONSCIOUS I often have trouble journaling because the writing feels way too personal. I… Continue reading On Journaling
I recently joined a group on Facebook that does Asemic Exchanges. You create a piece of work and exchange it with another artist. Asemic writing is writing without making recognizable letters. The idea is that even without inherent meaning in your writing, your brain will find a way to make its own. (If I got… Continue reading On Writer’s Block, Titles, and Asemic Writing
Hey everyone! Brooklyn punk band RADIAC is using some of my CrassPoems for lyrics to their new work! And they feature longtime Joshmedsker collaborator Kevin Fitzgerald on vokills! Stay tuned right here for some musical updates and downloads! -JM
Hey Medskerians! Check out this sweet interview Trish Hopkinson just did with me, for the Disappearing Poems Project!
I was extremely saddened to hear about Poly Styrene's death a few months ago. She was always one of my favorites... didn't stick to the punk formula. And she certainly was unique in the late 70s London punk scene, being one of the few black women around ('cept maybe Pauline from The Selecter). I got… Continue reading Poly Styrene of X Ray Spex
This piece will always have a special place in my heart. It was the first thing I wrote that I got paid for, launching me on my first (albeit short-lived) career. All thanks goes to Robert Meyerowitz for taking a chance on me. And Mark and Gretchen Fitz for letting me crash in their spare… Continue reading SEMI-VISIBLE HANK: Punk Icon Eludes Dogged Interviewer