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Tuesday, December 11, 2012


"The New Messiah," a new book of poems by David Madgalene, will be available just in time for Christmas (or December 21st, the Dawning of the age of Aquarius, whichever you prefer, I have a book for you). If you are one of the Chosen Ones who already have "The New Messiah" in hand, then perhaps you would like to purchase another book by David Madgalene for that special someone, who could even be yourself (David Madgalene makes for an excellent stocking stuffer): Goodbye Gothic Rose, Call Down the Angel, I Heard A Journeyman Sing, and/or To Be Named And Other Works of Poetic License (co-authored by Chris Luna and Toni Partington). This Christmas don't be LEFT BEHIND (heehee)! "The New Messiah" is coming, and you can buy one! And while you're at it, don't forget that special someone (even if that special someone should be yourself) and give the gift that keeps on giving...give the gift of David Madgalene. And you better hurry because Jesus is coming back anyday now to send us all to Hell for not voting for Mitt Romney!!!! 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Call Down the Angel

by David Madgalene


And when the demons come from all around

and there aint no help to be found

and when the dragon spits fire in your face

and you’re alone with the dragon in his cave

I say Call down the Angel Call down the Angel

Call down the Angel he’ll be your friend

And when they throw you to the lions

they are so proud

and you can hear the roaring howl of the crowd

and when Pharaoh’s standing there

a-licking on his lips

and they tie you up and break out the whips

I say Call down the Angel Call down the Angel

Call down the Angel he’ll be your friend

And when the Snake’s got you

wrapped up in his coil

and you can feel his breath it’s about to boil

and they lay you out to be a sacrifice

and the High Priest prays as he fondles his knife

I say Call down the Angel Call down the Angel

Call down the Angel he’ll be your friend

And when the Goblin Queen

goes to give you a kiss

but you know she’s got the kiss of death

and when the gryphon swoops down from the sky

and he takes you to his aerie so high

I say Call down the Angel Call down the Angel

Call down the Angel he’ll be your friend

And when you walk by a graveyard late at night

and you can see the dead rise by moonlight

and when the centurion nails you to the cross

and you scream in pain all hope is lost

I say Call down the Angel Call down the Angel

Call down the Angel he’ll be your friend

"Call Down the Angel" now available!

  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478223855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478223856
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Fifth Annual Beat Museum Poetry Festival

Saturday, September 29, 2012. Fifth Annual Beat Museum Poetry Festival
(Day One). Saturday’s theme
is “Beat Spirituality.” Featured presenters to include Joan Gelfand, Marcy
Moonstar with Maria Medina, Mark Eckert, David James Randolph, Leah Lubin,
Andrew Mayer, Gor Yaswen, Margo van Veen, Abby Lynn Bogolmy, Gaetana
Caldwell-Smith, Monica Zones, and others to be named. MC: David Madgalene.
3-5 pm. The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway (at Columbus), San Francisco, CA.
Free and open to the public. madgalen

Sunday, September 30, 2012. The Fifth
Annual Beat Museum Poetry Festival (Day Two). Sunday’s theme
is“Psychedelic Sunday.” Featured presenters to include Clive Matson, Kirk
Lumpkin with bassist Mark Wieder of the Word Music Continuum, Jym Marks,
Erica Goss, Geoffrey Todd Lake, the Beat Temple, Ava Bird, the George
Orwell Experience, La Honda Films, Peter Sherburn-Zimmer, C. Theodore
Walker, Tom Devine, Vic Lovell, Leah Lubin, David Madgalene, Gaetana
Caldwell-Smith, D. Jayne McPherson, Mark Eckert, and Bruce Damer (Timothy
Leary Archives). MC:Terry Adams. 1-6 pm. The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway (at
Columbus), San Francisco, CA. Free and open to the public. madgalen

Along with championing World Peace and Environmental Sustainablity, the
Fifth Annual Beat Museum Poetry Festival will spotlight two time-honored,
although often neglected and/or overlooked harbingers of change, namely,
Spirituality and Psychedelics. At the very heart of the Beat experience is
the Way, the Path and the Road of Beat Spirituality. There could have been
no Beat experience as it was known without its heartfelt and desperate
Spiritual Quest. Join us Saturday as we celebrate Beat Spirituality! On
Sunday, augmenting our superstar poets, we will feature multimedia
performances with a psychedelic theme or influence--mind-expanding music,
sounds, and lights! Join us Sunday as we celebrate Psychedelia! And join
us for Poetry, on both Saturday and Sunday, that aspires to catalyze and
manifest a better world for the common good of all God’s children!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Eighth Annual New Way Media Festival

Painting by John Skaggs


ARTISTS ANSWER 9/11 2001-2012.

Painters, photographers, poets and writers present a weekend
of visual art, poetry, music and literary appreciation.
Hosts and MC’s:
David James Randolph, David Madgalene and Rev. Dr. Sam Parks.
Artists and presenters:
Don Hazen, Mollie Hazen, Kirk Lumpkin, John Skaggs,
Rebecca Skaggs, and Lyn Talkovsky.

Friday, September 7 through Sunday, September 9, 2012.
Saturday, September 8, 2012: 2 pm to 6 pm.
Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm.
Saturday and Sunday Free and Open to the Public. Donations accepted.
Friday, September 7, 2012: 5:15 pm to 7:30 pm (By invitation).

The Albany United Methodist Church,
980 Stannage Ave. (at Marin Ave.; one block off Solano Ave.),
Albany, California 94706.

Sponsors include the Center for the Arts, Religion and Education (CARE), affiliated with the Graduate Theological Union (GTU).

Monday, May 28, 2012

Gothic Rose Does San Rafael!

Dearly Beloved Hearts,
David Madgalene will be reading from "Goodbye Gothic Rose" at Angar Mora's Salon, on Monday night June 11, 2012. Also appearing is photographer Jay Tamang. Open Mic. $10 cover charge. Dinner (optional) and discussion starts at 5:30 pm and the presentations start at 7 and end by 8:45. Please join us for poetry, photography, good food and good conversation! Cafe Arrivederchi, 11 G Street, San Rafael. For more info, please call host Angar Mora at 415-492-8870.
Muses Bless,
David Madgalene

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Do Coffee with Gothic Rose

David Madgalene's "Goodbye Gothic Rose" and the anthology he edited, "Continent of Light" are now available at some of Sonoma County's finest coffee shops, bakeries and eateries, thanks to Jeane Slone, distributor of local authors' books. In Petaluma, you can find Gothic Rose at the Apple Box Coffee Shop (224 B St.), the Food Bar (139 Petaluma Blvd. North), and Viva Cocolat (110 Petaluma Blvd North). In Sonoma, you can find Gothic Rose at the Barking Dog Roasters II (201 W. Napa St.)and the Community Cafe (875 W. Napa St). Healdsburg: the Bean Affair (1270 Healdsburg Ave.). Santa Rosa: Cafe de Croissants (both Montgomery Village and the 2444 Lomitas Ave. locations), Gaia's Garden (1899 Mendocino Ave.), Muffin Street Baking (52 Mission Circle), and Pearson & Co (2579 Fourth St.). Larksfield: Bungalow Coffee and Tea (near Molsberry Market). Cloverdale: Local Folkal (117 N. Cloverdale Blvd.). Cotati: the Redwood Cafe (8420 Old Redwood Hwy).

I Heard A Journeyman Sing now on Kindle!

Selections from
I Heard a Journeyman Sing
by David Madgalene

The Scholar

One day
a scholar put down his books
and left.
To the sky he said:
Sky, I want to learn from your sun.
To the woman he said:
Woman, I want to learn from your lips.
To the brook he said:
Brook, I want to learn from your water.
To the bird he said:
Bird, I want to learn from your song.
But he said nothing to his teachers—
they would not have understood.

The Journeyman

The journeyman walks.

His only companions
are a beer can
and an old dog.

As night comes
he sits down and cries.
Cars pass him by.
People in houses
say ¨Good night¨
as the dog bites his hand.

Sweet Christine

There were days
when sons of men did not know me.
Days when I did not know myself.
Nights when I should have died.
Nights in which I masqueraded
in circles,
to a silent moon.

Christine, you were there
if I knocked on your door,
with your dubious smile.
Different faces.
Distant phases.
When you gave,
I wanted to live again.

If the Sky Was My Woman

If the sky was my woman,
I know when I’d wake,
she’d be there.

If the sky was my woman,
I’d play with her children.
Sing with birds.
Touch clouds.
Drown in rain.

If the sky was my woman,
I wouldn’t worry
about her leaving me.
She wouldn’t do
what you have done.

If the sky was my woman,
at night I’d look
into her eyes, the stars.
I’d reach out
and hold her in my arms.

The Cool of Your Afternoon

There are two of us—
the old singer in exile
and the reflection of my body
in the mirror.
She talks
about her devil man
as I feel the vibration
which dances among people
that makes me see
we are none.
I want to shout,
but I smile instead.

She sings:
let me walk down
the cool of your afternoon.
Let me find
sanctuary in your shade.
Let us share love
in the ashes of the night.”

God looks over the city.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Dine with David Madgalene May 14th! 6-8 pm

Gaia's Garden International Vegetarian Buffet
1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa

and other LOCAL AUTHORS...

Call or email to request dining at David Madgalene's table: 707-544-2491
Local Author's Distributor:
$4.00 minimum food purchase

David will read from and sign copies of "Goodbye Gothic Rose!" Don't miss this exciting opportunity to get up-close and personal with David Madgalene!

Madgalene at Cafe Greco May 7th!

proudly presents at
Selections from
as read by its author
David Madgalene
Monday, May 7, 2012 7 PM at Caffe Greco
426 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Contact: hackettphilip694 at

Hope to see you there,
David Madgalene

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Goodbye Gothic Rose!!!!

Goodbye Gothic Rose, the new book of poetry by David Madgalene, is now available from Amazon and other sellers of fine books. David Madgalene will be reading from Goodbye Gothic Rose at the following locations:

Saturday, March 3, 2012. The official book launch for Goodbye Gothic Rose will take place during FOUR DOG NIGHT at POETRY SOCOCO, when David shares the podium with Ed Coletti, David Beckman and Chris Giovacchini. MC: Andrew Mayer. FREE and open to the public. SOCO COFFEE, 1015 4th Street, Santa Rosa, CA. 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Monday, May 7, 2012. THE POET’S GALLERY. Open Mic. MC: The King of Poetry Philip Hackett. FREE and open to the public. CAFFE GRECO, 423 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA. 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Monday, May 14, 2012. DINE WITH LOCAL AUTHORS.Gaia's Garden International Vegetarian Buffet, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA. 6-8 pm. Call or email to request dining at David Madgalene's table: 707-544-2491 Local Author's Distributor:
$4.00 minimum food purchase

Monday, June 11, 2012. Monday Evening Salon. Open Mic. MC: Angar Mora. Cover charge $10 cash. CAFE ARRIVEDERCI, 11 G Street, San Rafael, CA. 5:30 PM to 8:45 PM. 415-492-8870.

Sunday, August 5, 2012. David Madgalene with Steve Shain on bass reads selection from GOODBYE GOTHIC ROSE. Details to follow.

Here is a sample of comments from some of the advance readers:

"If J.D.Salinger and Allen Ginsberg could have created a child together, he might have been David Madgalene."

-Vilma Ginzberg [no relation to Allen]
Healdsburg [CA] Literary Laureate Emerita 2008/2009

"I once referred to the bizarre David Madgalene as “his generation’s Walt Whitman.” Perhaps too lofty praise? However, upon reading Goodbye Gothic Rose, I congratulated myself for having correctly recognized the conjunction with his antecedent."

—Ed Coletti, poet and author of When Hearts Outlive Minds (Conflux Press, Prescott, Arizona 2011).

“Like Walt Whitman channeling the Chaucer of America, Goodbye Gothic Rose is honest, funny, psychologically deep, and rich in literary references as well as pop culture to portray the experience of growing up from youth to graying in
America. It 's about sex, religion, identity, love, loss, youth and aging. With powerful honesty and humor, David's book confronts the male and female American experience, turns it upside down, shakes it out, and then reflects on it to become whole."

—Andrew Mayer, host/organizer of the Poetry SoCoCo readings, Santa Rosa, CA

Goodbye Gothic Rose Book Description

Publication Date: March 3, 2012

In search of the boyhood ghost of a fellow poet, David Madgalene comes face-to-face with the Phantom of South Beach. Poet/Playwright David Beckman writes: "Hung on a bittersweet ramble through South Miami Beach, Florida, steeped in memory, droll humor and mad sorrow, this postmodern epic delivers heat, light, pleasure and transcendence."

About the Author
David Madgalene is the author of I Heard A Journeyman Sing/Yo escuche el canto del caminante. He also authored the limited edition chapbook, Kali (Round Barn Press, Santa Rosa). He is the editor of Continent of Light, showcasing 54 contemporary poets (45 from the San Francisco Bay Area). He is a co-author, along with Christopher J. Luna and Toni Partington of the limited edition art book, To Be Named and Other Works of Poetic License. His poem, How Poetry Is Like the Mafia, appears in Ghost Town Poetry, edited by Christopher J. Luna and Toni Partington. David's short story. "The Hoodoo Dog" is now available as a Kindle Single.

Product Details
Paperback: 132 pages
Publisher: Israfel Press
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1468054910
ISBN-13: 978-1468054910
Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces

Monday, February 6, 2012

Madonna Reborn (You heard it here first!)

"Goodbye Gothic Rose" author David Madgalene pictured above doing an impromptu pole dance on the streets of South Beach.

Just to give you an idea of how good “Goodbye Gothic Rose” is, I’m printing this next poem which was NOT GOOD ENOUGH to be included in the book! If I didn’t include poems this good, then that should only indicate to you how really and truly good a book “Goodbye Gothic Rose” is!!!!
Madonna Reborn

have shape-shifted
Christ Child.

no longer
shoots his
frivolous arrow;
Christ Child
calls us to repentance.

forsaking the joys
of carnality

and now
in flowing robes
(all we see of her
beauty now is
her face, neck
and hands)

she bids us to
as she has done,
our former
harlotry & whoremongering
and give ourselves
over to
the pleasures
celibate chastity…

after 2,000 years
of this—
she can’t take it anymore
throwing off
most of her clothes
(because one thing she has
found out in 2,000
years is men
prefer some clothes
because then they
have the benefit
of the striptease)

she becomes
a dance music
who, not only becomes
one of the dominant forces
in popular music for several
decades, but her influence
extends out into the world
as well—

and it is safe to say
she has as many or more
as she ever did
when she was
the Artist formerly
known as
the Artist formerly
known as
Holy Immaculate Virgin
Mother of God.

always been
(she is a dancer
and has a thin
wiry dancer’s body
after all
as many millions of men
found out to their
chagrin & disappointment
when her bootleg pictures
appeared in Penthouse—

later as her sorcery
and she became more
she became better
at projecting

Her face has
become more
and more
(since those of us who
know know that she
can change into a cat
or a young woman or
anything else she wants
at any time

but she’s peaked
and as her powers
erode, she’s
slipping up on her

while her skills
at French and Greek
and English
and in fact
of sex
remain undiminished—

become only
more and more
as time goes by
in time lose even
her oozy catface
a real skeleton—

and she will cover
herself up again—
like the
of Guadalupe—
show her true

Santa Muerte.

And she
will sing
“She’s not me”
for she will
try to confuse us

(which seems to be the
only point in this
whole exercise
for 1,000s for

but we

nor shall we be
to acknowledge
the Immaculate Virgin
in fact
was in fact nothing but a
lying whore
in fact ultimately

The pretty lady has
taken off her
makeup and divested
herself of
her disguises—
and, if she was
telling the
(as she does once in awhile
when she’s not telling
she would tell us
“I am she.”

Male sexist chauvinistic
pig, I hear you say—
yet unlike m. s.
c. pigs
of the past (and in fact
it is up to neither you nor I
to determine whether I am in
fact a m. s. c. pig as
you allege, and of course I
deny it—it is in fact up
to Maiden Posterity to decide
that question)

I do not recoil
shock and fear
anger and horror
to discover that
my young
and beautiful whore
is not beautiful
was never a virgin
and is no longer if she
ever really was
my whore—

I mean that’s what
m. s. c. pigs

and act all self-
righteous about it—

no, I should get down
on my knees

(that’s what you witches
want me to do
isn’t it?)

and taking your bony
hand in
kiss it and say

“How good it is
to love thee,
Santa Muerte.
Blessed art thee
blessed is the
thy womb.”

Thursday, January 19, 2012

One For the Baron

by David Madgalene


if they shot you down

they would fly by later

toss flowers inscribed

"To a Honorable and Chivalrous Foe."

If you were wounded

they’d sneak into the hospital

at great personal risk

bring you gifts chat you up

you honorable and chivalrous foe.

It's too bad

people no longer respect

nor have compassion

for their enemies.

It could be there are no more

honorable and chivalrous foes.

Or is it that we’re not so honorable

and chivalrous anymore ourselves?

My enemy,

may I refuse to demonize you

nor may I ever lose sight of your humanity

and your basic human right to exist

and to believe as you see fit, even should

we not agree and our viewpoints draw us

into conflict.

My enemy, you have just as

much right to a good life for yourself and

your children as do I. May I never make you a

mere scapegoat onto which to transfer the shadow

material that I cannot accept in myself.

Let there be respect for my enemies,

and let it begin with me.