Total Pageviews

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.”