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Rusty Barnes
Works at Night Train
Attended Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Lived in Mosherville, Pennsylvania
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Poem Draft
Barricade You used the car door to
avoid the rocks the brothers threw at you,
thuds echoing in my head, but you never
reached for the billy club always next
to the driver side door, wedged beside
the seat on the floor while the moon
swelled above like a fat...
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Another NaPo Draft
And this one is really drafty. Somehow I'm invoking God in these last few poems, and I don't normally think in those terms, because I'll wither if I do. Anyway. Signs The last time I used a chainsaw was 30 years ago while refurbishing a cemetery abandoned f...
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Another NaPo Sample Draft
Jesus in the Ghost Room Talks with the Father Jesus fills the cancer room with stuttering ghosts. It's something about salvation; if you don't achieve it you can never speak afterward so all these spirits float around and manifest themselves as balls of lig...
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First Poem for NaPo 2015
Fire I've not much to say about fire, not much more than will appear in this short form. I remember fire early on in my life. the way the metal screen on the fireplace popped with sparks like the flame from the Zippo my father used to light his Viceroys. I ...
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NaPoWriMo Draft
Country Bullshit Childhood written after hearing off-mic news announcers make fun of some people I could know for Joe and Kim Raccoons in the backyard tipping over the garbage like homeless fat men, the dance of dandelion pollen blowing over the hayfields, ...
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NaPo 2015 Sample Poem
I've decided not to post all my NaPo poems here, just some. Especially since folks have shown interest in publishing some of them later on I feel like I should just make them disappear from here. Anyway, here for a couple days at least: This Far Just once I...
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After I read your poem I noticed that you run a magazine for stories set in the Appalachians. Some amazing writing comes out of that part of America. Things I didn't know existed.
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Draft December 7th
Squirrels We're sitting on the bole of a tall maple looking for squirrels to bark. You call them in with pursed lips and I shoot first. I can see the bark spit from a branch maybe 30 or 40 feet away. The animal falls and doesn't move. For a moment the woods...
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sound like fun--- been many years
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sit yourself back for some good reading. Keep the fire stoked. Here's one I bet a bunch of you would like, Trevino L. Brings Plenty's Real Indian Junk Jewelry. Adrian Louis brought the book to my attention, and I'm so glad. B...
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Work
Occupation
househusband and sometime editor and writer
Employment
  • Night Train
    Publisher/Editor, 2002 - present
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Previously
Mosherville, Pennsylvania - Mansfield, Pennsylvania - Boston, Massachusetts - Houston, Texas - Revere, Massachusetts
Story
Tagline
husband-dad-poet-writer-editor
Introduction
Rusty Barnes lives with his family in Revere MA where he oversees a blogazine called Fried Chicken and Coffee, which publishes literature and ephemera of rural and/or Appalachian origins. He also maintains poetry blogs called Live Nude Poems and Cruel Joke Press as well as a personal website. He's published seven books of poetry and fiction, the latest of which is Reckoning, published by sunnyoutside press in March 2014. A book of poetry, I CANNOT BE SAVED, will be out in October 2015. His novel tentatively titled Ridgerunner will be published by 280 Steps in Spring 2016.
Bragging rights
My three kids have survived me so far.
Education
  • Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
    English & Philosophy, 1988 - 1992
  • Emerson College
    Creative Writing & Literature, 1992 - 1995
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