Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Five Poems in the Fall 2017 Issue of Muddy Water Poetry Review

Brookline was known as the hamlet of Muddy River (a river which today makes up part of the Brookline-Boston border) and was considered a part of Boston until the Town of Brookline was independently incorporated in 1705. Its name is derived from the brooks that created the town lines with the former towns of Brighton and Roxbury, which are both now parts of Boston.

Poet Zvi Sesling is the poet laureate of Brookline, Ma and editor of the Muddy River Poetry Review. See how it all connects? Anyway, he asked me to be one of the features for their Fall Issue and included are five of my poems

Day One: The Day After  
(the dope is that it's about a relapse)

Red Barn
(the dope is that it's about the dope we call President) 

Bringing a Monkey to Work
(the dope is that it's about employment in general, and bring your "pets" to work)

The Truth About Pastels
(the dope is that it's about the color of people's skin)

Still there Are Boxes
(the dope is that it's about a lover moving out)

Also in this issue are
Timothy Gager -- Feature
Wendy Drexler -- Feature

Hello, Snowflakes

Darrell Laurant is a person who likes to feature indy authors from the herd and make them stand out. Today he featured my book Grand Slams, on his site, Snowflakes in a Blizzard. It sort of offers a one stop shopping for the promotion of the book. There are comments from me, reviews, the backstory, where to purchase and bits and pieces from interviews I'd previously given. Laurant is there to help and asks nothing in return---not your usual generosity in today's day and age.

Yes the word snowflake now has a loaded meaning, often used as a negative word for liberals, which in itself has become a negative word. How the hell did that happen? Of course the blizzard that took place during The Shining shows that snowflakes have a whole lot of power behind them

Snowflake (n) noun: the young adults of the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offense than previous generations

 So anyway, I'm not going all political on you. If you want to see or read that, there is always Twitter where you can follow me @timothygager , where I can still tweet all my love directly to @realdonaldtrump

Monday, October 2, 2017

Now it can be posted: My TV inteview with Doug Holder. If you heard it, see it!

Thanks to Doug Holder, the honorary Charlie Rose of The Paris of New England--plus a fine fellow and a really great poet. After this I'm sure you'd like to pick up a copy of "Chief Jay Strongbow is Real"

Interview first--on writing, politics, the national anthem controversy.

The readings from "Chief Jay Strongbow is Real" start at the 20:00 minute mark.

AT 21:00 the poem, "Methinks We Protest" (a found poem quoted from Hanna Arendt, Malcolm X, Stalin and Shakespear.

AT  22:20 "Throw Certainty Out in the Air like a Lasso" for Alton Sterling

AT 23:45 "Chief Jay Strongbow is Real"

AT 26:02, "Sobriety"

AT 26:45 "When We Talk About Love"

It's amazing we remembered what we said on the podcast...EXACTLY.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Posting soon, my TV interview on Poet to Poet, Writer to Writer with Doug Holder-until then you can HEAR it

Before we went on the air we posed.

Then we spoke on Doug's Somerville Cable TV Show--(listen on this link)

Coming soon: The video. We sat when we said what was on the Podcast.

My favorite quote regarding political poetry:
And this year after the election I could not help but write about some of the stuff that’s been going on and how I felt about it. I tried to present it in an unique way that wasn’t a rant that wasn’t ‘I hate this’ or  the poem like bad bad bad Trump bad bad bad….

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The What is Real Reading Tour. Come to some of these fine cities and towns. Come with, if you want.


Somerville Community Access Television, 5 PM

Live stream to watch on the site

with host Doug Holder 

October 6, 2017 Cambridge, Ma

Dire Literary Series, 7 PM

Out of the Blue Art Gallery
541 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, Ma

with guests David Winner and Kitty Beer 

October 26, 2017 Brookline, Ma

Poetry with Brookline's Poet Laureate Zvi Sesling, 6:45 PM

Brookline Public Library, Hunneman Hall-2nd Floor
361 Washington Street
Brookline, Ma

Featuring with Doug Holder, Gloria Mindock, Dennis Daly, 
Deborah Leipziger and Lawrence Kessenich. 

November 2, 2017 Lynn, Ma

Blue Room Sessions, 7:30 PM

White Rose Coffee House
56 Central Square 
Lynn, MA 

Featured reading followed by an open mic 

November 3, 2017 Cambridge, Ma

It's the 200th Dire Literary Series, 7 PM

Out of the Blue Art Gallery
541 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, Ma

with guests Aaron Tillman, Daniel Hudon and Michael Hoerman 

November 12, 2017 New York, NY

Poetry at the Parkside Lounge, 3:30 PM

Parkside Lounge
317 East Houston Street
New York, NY

Featuring with Dean Kostos and Mike Jurcovic, hosted by George Wallace 

November 20, 2017 Worcester, Ma

Dirty Gerund Poetry Series, 9:00 PM

Ralph's Diner
148 Grove St 
Worcester MA 

Reading two sets of material with an open mic 

December 1, 2017 Cambridge, Ma

Dire Literary Series, 7 PM

Out of the Blue Art Gallery
541 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, Ma

with guests Jennie Wood, Kerry Beth Neville and Heather Sullivan 

December 6, 2017 Salem, Ma

Mercy Outloud Poetry Series, 9 PM

Mercy Tavern
148 Derby Street
Salem, Ma

hosted by Brendan Conolly and Sarah Ann Corbett 

December 12, 2017 Baltimore, Md

Writers and Words Series, 7 PM

Charmington's Cafe
2501 North Howard Street
Baltimore, Md

hosted by Maria Goodson 

December 15, 2017 Boston, Ma

Student Day of Poetry, teaching poetry workshops, 9 AM

U Mass Boston

sponsored by Mass Poetry

Future Series Appearances

March 23, 2018 Boston, Ma

Poetry Salon of Boston, 7:00 PM

Private Home near Symphony Hall
e-mail me for address

The Poetry Salon of Boston continuing the spirit of The Goba Salon hosted by Ron and Sue Goba which was first known as Friends of Poetry (FOP) Friday, founded by Prabakar Thyagarajan and Ron Goba 


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Todays Class: Book Trailer Making (-101)

Here's a poem and film for my newest book of poetry, Chief Jay Strongbow Is Real.

And yes...

Friday, August 11, 2017

One Hundred Twenty Five Poetic Intersections with Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma in the anthology Eternal Snow

I met Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma (check out his bio) at a reading on Huntington, Long Island, at George Wallace's Poetry Barn. It was sometime around 2008 and he gave a wonderful reading---and boy, he had a lot of books to sell.

Gladys Henderson, Yuyu and myself at The Poetry Barn, Huntington, Long Island

I was impressed very much with this traveling poet for the base of the Himalayas that I featured him at my Dire Series (Boy, he had a lot of books) in 2010 and in 2013 and he invited me to teach a workshop within the beauty of where he is from.

January 2013
We formed a wonderful friendship. Yuyu is a peaceful, intelligent man, and a wonderful speaker and poet. When he asked me to submit to Eternal Snow: A Worldwide Anthology of  One Hundred Twenty FivePoetic Intersections with Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma, edited by David B Austell and Kathleen D Gallagher,  I jumped. Maybe on day I'll see Nepal.

Now it is out and I'm happy to have two poems, "Prayer By a Stream" and "This, For the Bear" as part of this collection. It's a really great looking book. Here are the details

Eternal Snow: A Worldwide Anthology of  One Hundred Twenty FivePoetic Intersections with Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma
 Edited by David Austell & Kathleen D Gallagher
ISBN : 81-8250-0915 2017 Paperback pp 309 plus  24 Photo pages

John Clarke
Tracie Morell
Lori Ann Kusterbeck
David Ray
James Ragan
Ravi Shankar
Eileen O’Connor
Gorka Lasa
Elena Karina Byrne
Pascale Petit
Chuck Joy
Lorraine Conlin
Paul Nash &
Denise La Neve
Andrew Taylor
Amarendra Khatua
Meera Ekkanath Klein
Eskimo Pie
Christi Shannon Kline
Revigya Joshi
Kathleen D Gallagher
David Austell
Maria Heath Beckett
Renay Sanders
Shawn Aveningo
Juan Carlos Abril
Tim Kahl
Dom Kafley
Judy Ray
Tera Vale Regan
Diane Frank
Lady K (Kathy Smith)
Karen Corinne Herceg
Kate Lamberg
Penny Kline
Sharon Metzler-Dow
M. L. Williams
Robert Scotto
Nicole Barriere
Anne Fritz
Ruth Danon
Tim Tomlinson
Mary E. Weems
Roopa Ramamoorthi
Dan Szczesny
Nancy Aidé Gonzalez
Nancy R Lange
Michael Graves
Eugene Hyon
Marcus Bales
Peter V. Dugan
Aixia de Villanova
Leah Taylor
Cristina Querrer
Bari Falese
Agnes Marton
Patricia Carragon
Dd. Spungin
Verónica Aranda
Samantha Bear
Darlene Costello
Mindy Kronenberg
David Axlerod
Tony Barnstone
Russ Green
Alessandra Francesca
Nabina Das
Ronnie Norpel
Eddie Woods
Kim Nuzzo
Chiff Fyman
Barun Bajracharya
Shreejana Bhandari
Charles Peter Watson
Christopher Wheeling
Merik van der Torren
Art Good Times
Robin Mets
Erica Mapp
Bill Wolak
Roxanne Hoffman
Civa Bhusal
James Romano
D. B. Meltzer 
Cee Williams
Bidur Prasad Chaulagain
Vicki Iorio
Barbara Novack
Mary Ryan Garcia
Theresa Göttl Brightman
Steve Brightman
Jack Tar
Kymberly Avinasha Brown
Catherine Gigante-Brown
Marion Palm
Hélène Cardona
André Baum
Phillip Giambri
Devin Wayne Davis
Alex Symington
Rajesh Siddharth
Marisa Moks-Unger
Lorraine  Bouchard
Don Carroll
Anthony Murphy
Timothy Gager
John J. Trause
Jack Locke
Anuj Ghimire
Elaine Karas-Shadle
Irene O’ Garden
Allegra Jostad Silberstein
Gaurav Bhattarai
Su Polo
Ernie Burns
Roger McClain
Ken Ruan
Jen Pezzo
Marcus Calvert
Thomas Jenney
Judi Chabola
Bishwa  Sigdel
Carolyn Wells
Arun Budhathoki
Carol Hebald
Melissa Hobbs
Jan Garden Castro
Swati Sharma

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Writers need your help. Buy their books, but here's how you can help without even buying the book

Buying the book is self-explanatory, but even if you don't buy there are some things you can do whether you know the writer or not. All of these can actually be true. (It's 2017-I have to mention that)

1. Talk about the book.
Word of mouth is and always will be a huge part of book selling. Here's some scripts to use. 

"Hey, my friend, Blob-blob wrote a book." 
"Blob-blob just came out with a new one."
"What are you reading now? I plan to start Blob-blob's book."

If you read and loved it?
"I just read and loved Blobby title by Blob-blob"

2. Host an event.

-Have your friend Blob-blob featured at your book club. If they're local they can attend. You'd be surprised who would like to come to your bookclub! Do you hear that, Malcolm Mitchell?
-If you're not in a bookclub have a party where Blob-blob could read or socialize. If you host a series and are contacted by an author or PR department, be kind or at least respond back. 

3. Post a review.

You don't have to be a professional reviewer or an award winning writer to write a review on Amazon or Goodreads. If you enjoyed the book find the author's webpage and alert them to the review. Even just offering stars without words helps. Share reviews from others. Oh, lookey at that David Atkinson review of Grand Slams. 

Customer Review

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars funny, tense, and even tenderDecember 8, 2016
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Grand Slams: a coming of eggs story (Paperback)
I do have a soft spot for pancake house centered fiction, but I also have high standards. Gager puts together a beautiful one in this book though. It seems so realistic of that kind of place at the time that it's funny, tense, and even tender. I cared about these people and what would happen to them as if they were really people I knew well. Very well done.

4. Add a book to your Goodreads bookshelf as wanting to read or currently reading.

Hell--you don't even have to buy the thing, When you add a book, all of your Goodreads pals but the daily Goodreads e-mails and your add, including the book's picture is included.  

5. Do ANY of the above on Social Media. 

Writers blab about their books and reviews all the time. When it is from an outside source this is 400 times more effective. (For actual proof of this number, ask Donald Trump because he'll set you straight.)

Recommendations, status updates, tweets (for the record re-tweeting is better than liking), sharing of reviews by you or others, photos the book or of you holding a book are all social media, word of mouth, tools. 

So, thanks for all your help. We couldn't be more grateful.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Six ways to purchase Chief Jay Strongbow or Timothy Gager's books (other prices vary)

How do you get me?

You can get Chief Jay Strongbow is Real, Grand Slams, The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan or any of my books

1. Through me, Paypal, (ctgager37@yahoo.com) $14 plus $2.63 shipping or on my website (paypal)

You make out with no shipping, I don't charge any.
Author makes out from you buying direct.
Paypal takes some of the money, unless you use the gift button.

2. Though me, Credit Card, $14

You make out with no shipping, I don't charge any.
Author makes out from you buying direct.
Paypal takes some of the money, because this option is through them

Contact me with your credit card numbers (sounds a little sketchy, I know. Sorry).

3. Though me, Check, $14

You make out with no shipping, I don't charge any.
Author 's best option.

Contact me for my mailing address. ctgager37@yahoo.com

4.  Through your favorite Indy Bookstore $14 + waiting

You make out by getting the book. Ask store to order with
  • ISBN-13: 978-1945917189
Author  makes out by  very small royalty.

5.  At Amazon $14 + shipping
soon available as a  Kindle version, various prices

You make out by getting the book.
Author  makes out by sales number increase on site and the very small royalty.

6.  Though Barnes and Noble,  $16 + shipping

You make out by getting the book. Ask store to order by ISBN number   ISBN-13: 978-0996988742
Author  makes out by sales number increase on site and the very small royalty.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Bent Country has high praise for my new book.

Here's the most excellent review,
found in the Bent Country, also reprinted below. I love that it says I can go too unnoticed for my poetry, as often I am the novelist whom write poetry, when I'm not being the poet who also writes novels. 

Bent Country?

I'm absolutely blown away by the praise and superlatives written here.

But as it says, don't get bent out of shape, (or relax)  it's Sheldon Lee Compton's blog. So who is he?

Sheldon has a lot of fine credits himself.  His fiction and poetry has been published in more than 200 journals both online and in print In 2012, he was a finalist for both the Gertrude Stein Fiction Award and the Still Fiction Award. The Same Terrible Storm was nominated for the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Excellence in Appalachian Writing, while his short stories have been nominated four times for the Pushcart Prize, as well as Best of the Net, storySouth’s Million Writers Award, and cited in Best Small Fictions 2015 and Best Small Fictions 2016, guest edited by Robert Olen Butler and Stuart Dybek, respectively. 


The Appreciation of Timothy Gager's CHIEF JAY STRONGBOW IS REAL

Chief Jay Strongbow is Real
by Timothy Gager

Big Table Publishing (July 18, 2017)
$14 paperback (Amazon)

Timothy Gager is a fantastic poet. I'd like to say this up front. And I say that for everyone. To my mind, and I could be off base in mentioning this, but I seem to think he may go unnoticed too often for his poetry. Reading his most recent collection, Chief Jay Strongbow is Real, I've become convinced he could be one of our most natural poets. His poems have this feel to them, as if they appeared to him in visions. In truth, I realize this only means he worked on them extraordinarily hard. But still, not everyone can bring across this natural feel in their work.

Take this from Act I, the first of eight sections of poems from the collection, a piece titled "Repatriation":

It’s still happening, now, as 
science, debunked their tall tale

that I wasn’t really a native American,
not a cultural item of lineal descendants

see what they dug up, check the DNA 
which shows, I still long to be in the ground.

Timothy spends a good deal of time at the beginning of this collection dealing with justice and injustice, especially in regard to the native American. In his preface, he explains that his perspective on the treatment of the native American was changed following a failed grade school assignment. He spends time on the subject in the title poem, as well, Chief Jay Strongbow, a former pro wrestler who used a racist gimmick, a popular show technique for those guys in the 1980s. But he doesn't stay on the subject, instead moving on to topics ranging from the complexities of love to the hardships of addiction.

In the poem "Sobriety" with stripped down language and minimal space, Gager absolutely sums up one of many aspects of what staying clean is like, the hourly grind of it and how beautiful recovery can be when managed successfully. The poem begins with a familiar image, the addict or alcoholic in recovery with coffee. In this instance, sitting alone in thought, viewing oil paintings.

view the oil paintings 
hung boats and fields 

thousands of brush strokes 

But more than what he can do with a ripe subject matter, and returning to this natural rhythm his style develops on the tongue, it is his use of syntax that can astound in this collection. Of the many poems on display, none show this more clearly for me than "Nursery Rhythms." Have a look at the final stanza and consider while reading how Timothy must have labored over each syllable working in perfect concert with the other.

off my crooked clavicle
sapiens discern vertebrae 
unbreakable, resilient 
missiled. And shatterproof 
glass in pitched little houses 
is how we wind up a catapult.

Big Table Publishing just released this title. I suggest you get to Amazon and get a copy as soon as possible. BTP will have it available at their site soon, I'm sure. In the meantime, know that Timothy is writing poetry that is not only pleasing on a poetic level but is also important on a social level, aware of long-standing debts and the newly-wronged alike and poetry that offers wisdom shared beautifully, not something found easily or often. And he shares this asking nothing in return but your attention.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Publishing Day!! This calls for the blurbs and how to purchase.

1) Or order it from your favorite bookstore
2) Or contact me ctgager37@yahoo.com, if amazon is not your thing.
3) Deal if you buy from me. Any other of my books can be added for half their price.


Timothy Gager's latest book, Chief Strongbow is Real, is evidence of a new stage for the veteran poet and novelist. Before this book, Gager safely relied on his poetic insight into the struggle we all face, and his powerful phraseology; in this one, he stretches out into the worlds of politics and personality. His eye for the telling detail remains, but his work has become more expansive, more timely, and less hard-bitten. This is a mature poet showing us exactly what he's got: and it's good.

Good friend Rusty pictured with Heather Sullivan

-Rusty Barnes Author of On Broad Sound and I Am Not Ariel.


The poems in Chief Jay Strongbow Is Real exist in liminal spaces. Timothy Gager realizes that like the actor who portrayed Strongbow, we are all “fake…actor[s] within/the theater of our absurdity.” These poems aren’t afraid to rail against the world we find ourselves in, where if “the cash is too good/right in our backyard, [we] sign the contracts/then set the tap water on fire.” These are poems that fight for truth and justice and love – whether we’re ready for them yet, or not.

Shaindel Beers- a very kind soul
Shaindel Beers, author of A Brief History of Time and The Children’s War and Other Poems

Timothy's work is the cool that doesn't know it's fire. And his poetry, dry ice, cold to a flame. And all that cool, fire, ice, vocabulary and metaphor make volcanoes out of sandboxes of life and experience.  

 -Harlym 1TWO5, poetic force to be reckoned with
Pictured with Harlym 1TWO5 at poetry workshop

These Timothy Gager’s poems are diurnal animals prowling the midnight streets of his heart, searching for suburban morality, conscience, beauty, rawness, hope, and simplicity of time and being. When you read his work, you will be fetching him a bowl of milk made of love and fatigue and sobriety. The poems in this collection will drill quotidian sadness and nostalgia and hope into your left torso and make you dream of fabric softener and leggings and fertilizer.

Creative and talented Vi Khi Nao
 –Vi Khi Nao author of Fish in Exile and The Old Philosopher