Sunday, February 19, 2017

Medusa's Country now available!!!!!

Medusa's Country is now available at Amazon! Buy Medusa's Country

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

The true face of America?

The true face of America - that is what Iran called Trump. There is no love lost between our two nations (I am blessed with Iranian friends who translate my work, so I mean the ruling politicals of Iran). But so: Trump symbolizes the ugly American---a marauding, selfish jingoist who rolls over anyone and anything that does not serve him. I read my share of Noam Chomsky (politics, not linguistics), and despite the dirty tricks and black ops, I still believed we were a great nation, flawed but still honorable, still great. Is Trump an outgrowth of who we really are, or a fluke of tweeting and too much TV? Have we been developing into an authoritarian state all along, or is Trump anomalous (and soon gone, I hope)?

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017

Poems accepted for publication in RESIST MUCH / OBEY LITTLE: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance

Pleased that  my two poems, "Whorl's Eyelet Captured" and "Lager NYC" have been accepted for publication in Spuyten Duyvil's RESIST MUCH / OBEY LITTLE: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance. Here's "Whorl's":

Whorl’s Eyelet Captured
(Fibonacci Sequence Syllabic: 0 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89)
The number of syllables in the verses correspond to the Fibonacci number in the sequence. All words in the poem are made up from the letters of the title (except one).  



you howl. . .

are holy . . .

you heal, are heard: hear: 

Whose pure eyes tear, red arcs wetted?

Whose heresy elects? Who will select? You, petted

Howl! Whose trolls rap westerly trochees? You are scared, secretly care, are hard (how? ow!), healed.

Wholly here! Whose loyal laps are spared hotly? You allot acutely, adeptly. React: you are a royal red crypt. Holy, haloed, sealed?

How! Who? OURS! YOURS! Adulterers captured, whorl’s eyelet pastured!
Decelerate! Whore’s eye red, pour the tears. Educate (traduce). Clatter or rapture, pastures or captures, whose red caps cater, a parted sea? The alehouse is here, heeled.

How, who? A red letter! The Dane utters WORDS WORDS WORDS WORDS WORDS, or a puree, wetted, a treacle, a pact of red tears; they sear. Reduce (reeducate) your epaulets. Creep toward the words, curate the words, cure the words. Create heresy, push the crypts down. The tears of portly predators are sad, selected pees—ah, there is a who: you, a nascent howl, or two, healed.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Trump Meets Philosophy (Scheme, Theme, Meme)

M. Heidegger joined the Nazi Party
to further his career;
his ontological Being and Time
should be stuffed in Donald Trump's rear.

R. Barthes set forth mythologies
as rich as truth is true
He should be read to Donald Trump,
his henchmen and his crew.
Dear M. Foucault so loved the mad,
(so strong we sleep in snow);
Now let another clinic rise
and there the Trumpets blow.
by L. Shmailo

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017


Thanks to everyone who came, and to readers Alex Cigale, Rachel Hadas, Patricia Spears Jones, Dean Kostos, Dmitri Reyes, Michael T. Young, and Alice Sieve.
HOWL Launch Photos!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

2016 and beyond . . .

What a year 2016 has been! By compare, lively 2015 seems so happy and innocent. Yet there was good that the trumpery could not touch.
Before Trump became a viable, liable candidate, there was AWP LA, where I had the privilege of moderating "Endangered Music: Formal Poetry in the Twenty-first Century." The distinguished panelists included Annie Finch, Timothy Steele, and Amanda Johnston. The discussions continued for a month!
I celebrated the first anniversary of my corporation, Larissa Shmailo, Inc,. which does business as Professor's Helper (TM) (please see our services for the academic community at We are honored to serve academe, one professor at a time.
This summer, I was delighted that MadHat Press accepted my third full-length poetry collection, Medusa's Country, with a brilliant cover design by MadHat publisher, Marc Vincenz. Medusa's Country will be launched at AWP 2017 in Washington.
And then, election night, 11/9. We founded HOWL (Humanities Opposition World League), an international anti-fascist collective of artists and scholars. Read our manifesto, and consider joining us!
Last, but certainly not least, this week the New York Public Library ordered copies of my novel, Patient Women, a dream come true. The novel is also available in the Sarasota Library system, thanks to friend Gabrielle Lennon. And thanks to all my friends who are ordering Patient Women from their libraries!
Friends, we will survive, nay, thrive in 2017. Stay close, stay true, and we can help one another through whatever this new year will bring.

Blog Archive