April 8, 2019

‘Sing Of Human Unsuccess’

LA Review of Books article by Anthony Mostrom:

https://www.lareviewofbooks.org/article/sing-human-unsuccess-rapture-distress-tragicomic-poetry-john-tottenham/

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March 28, 2019

Empty Pages

One might think by now
that the complete lack of payback
would have discouraged me.
But it hasn’t.
A jaded urgency
is my obsolete currency.
While doing nothing, I bask
in the glory of creation.
And lost to myself,
I find myself again,
setting up a screen
upon which reality scratches
in vain. To stem the tide
of pettiness, of complaint
so ingrained.

March 23, 2019

Where the Epicurean meets the Futilitarian

Book Soup. March 27th. 7pm.

February 20, 2019

Dangerous Minds Valentine’s Day

https://dangerousminds.net/comments/this_valentines_day_tell_them_you_hate_them_with_the_hate_poems

February 12, 2019

Beauty and Happiness

Beauty depresses me,
knowing that it’s temporary.
Positivity requires too much energy.
And even if I were happy,
I wouldn’t admit it,
for that would be an insult
to those who are not,
and those who pretend to be.

January 13, 2019

Moments of Rare Delight

Delivering a profound spiritual message for humanity at…

Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Saturday Jan 19th  8pm
w/ Flesh Eaters & Mud Honey

Furstworld, 8528 Desert Shadows Rd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Friday Jan 25th  7.30pm

Space Cowboy Books, 61871 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Saturday Jan 26th 3-4.30pm
w/ Gabriel Hart


Chevalier’s Books
, 126 N.Larchmont, Los Angeles CA 90004
Sunday Feb 3rd   5pm
w/ Janet Fitch

 

December 30, 2018

Is there Life after Art?

One more week. Emptyscapes   Extended until 1/5/19.
Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. B5b, Santa Monica CA 90404

 

December 9, 2018

An Act of Great Treachery and Narcissism

Where egotism and self-loathing meet, where urgency merges with futility. Let me grace you with my absence…

December 2, 2018

Deep Sentiments about the State of the World

What’s On Los Angeles Pick of the Week
http://whatsonlosangeles.com/murphytottenham.html?fbclid=IwAR1_-BimRe5IJDMmgLolcIuuA4qSHklc0MHSLBOEwWHq9e_KlDID5Fz1uSo

November 15, 2018

Share the Selfishness

Available elsewhere, and from Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Hate-Poems-John-Tottenham/dp/1878923293/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1542304597&sr=8-1&keywords=the+hate+poems&dpID=41FfGSl2GOL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

“In elegantly-wrought laments of self-loathing and mean-spirited love poems, the author finds that he has more to say on already exhausted subjects, and gives voice to the kind of thoughts most people prefer not to express but will nevertheless automatically relate to and be entertained by. Tottenham has staked out a singular terrain where egotism and self-loathing meet, where futility merges with urgency, and beauty is created out of bitterness. If nothing else, he furnishes proof that a poet maudit can still, if not thrive, at least survive, alive and unwell, in this benighted age.”
from the introduction, by Louis Pipe