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Jose Padua: Helltown

Back in the familiar wilderness of tattoo parlors and auto parts stores, the cheap motels where there’s always a vacancy, the streets so dry and sunny you can almost feel … Continue reading

December 20, 2018 · 2 Comments

Bart Plantenga: Jose Padua’s Poems — Where The Length Of The Titles Are, If Not Everything, At Least Something To Amuse Or Amaze

There’s no disputing it: Jose Padua writes some of the most meaningful poems being written today about today. They are DIY soulful and this is especially important in a world … Continue reading

December 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: Meditation on a Creator of Sorts Written While Eating Sweet Confections in the Rain

The moment feels half decadent and half desperate, these sugared minutes spent barely sheltered from the wetness of the storm, within earshot of the noise of thunder and as close … Continue reading

November 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: And Sunbeams Fell Lightly Upon the Edge of the Grocery Store Parking Lot

Yesterday on the parking lot of the Martin’s grocery store here in Front Royal a woman nearly ran me over after I dropped off my shopping cart in the corral. … Continue reading

October 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: America is Killing my High

Like a sickness that gives you fever and shakes, makes you cough, makes your lungs hurt blowing smoke rings into the sweet country air. Like a car whose engine dies … Continue reading

September 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Signs of Life

The Biograph Theater in DC, where I first saw Casablanca on something other than a TV screen; Joe Cocker and Leon Russell in Mad Dogs & Englishman, a rock documentary … Continue reading

September 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: On the Slow Decline of the Ugly

We called them ugly stickers. Like baseball cards or football cards, they came in packs of bubblegum except for me they were a lot more interesting— no batting averages for … Continue reading

June 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Self-Portrait in the Form of a Chalk Outline on the Concrete Belly of America

Jose Padua is a dish best served cold with onions, mushrooms and tomatoes in a light broth and accompanied by a rich lager with subtle aftertones of lemon. Jose Padua … Continue reading

May 25, 2018 · 6 Comments

Jose Padua: One for the Morning and the Uninterrupted Dancing in my Head

This morning I’m looking for my copy of Reinbert de Leeuw’s super slow performances of the compositions of Erik Satie to play while I do the work I get paid … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: And the Green Card Moon Shines Brightly Over the Beautiful Black Ocean

That weekend started off with another encounter with the woman who always tailgates me when I’m trying to stay somewhat close to the school zone speed limit. I’d just dropped … Continue reading

March 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: How Does It Feel to Be Loved and All the Other Questions I’ve Ever Wanted to Ask the Armed Cheerleaders of the Corporate State as an Act of Defiance

That night one year ago, after dinner, I was in the dining room talking to my wife Heather when our thirteen-year-old daughter Maggie came in to ask me for help … Continue reading

February 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: Great Expectations

When the weather woman says there’s still wiggle room in this week’s forecast for snow, I think about it for a period of time that’s longer than a moment but … Continue reading

February 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Self-Portrait as a Being of Sound and Motion on the Northern Edge of the Southern States

Driving to Winchester the other day Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments comes on the stereo as we head west into the sunset on 66 ready for the curve at the … Continue reading

January 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Half-Life

This is my autobiography at mid-life, assuming that at 51 years of age I will live another 51 years and die at 102. That’s not very likely, but I wasn’t … Continue reading

December 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

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