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Is America’s Shakespeare Bruce Springsteen? Call for some poetry love due ASAP!

March 9, 2009

large_aptopix_bruce_springsteen House Press put out a call for “Love Poems and Other Messages for Bruce Springsteen;” send immediately as  submissions may close as early as March 15, 2009. The book will be released in September 2009…

Springsteen’s passionate listeners have been grateful for his music that address their causes and struggles for years. From movie producers/directors who’ve asked for something special to fit the themes of their films to the lyrics that come from Bruce’s own conscious and the issues swelling from the times of our lives. Springsteen has created music and lyrics that help carry us through. Think of Philadelphia, The Wrestler, so many others. Bruce Springsteen has given and given to the difficulties. What else do you know about Bruce Springsteen?

We know that next September–when the book comes out– he turns 60! What a great present!

What if we give him a fine, slender, collection of poems written just for him, from the similar spirit he gives to so much that matters. This collection, edited by Jennifer Bosveld, has a target release date of September 2009 but could fill and close as soon as March 15, 2009 (about 2 weeks from this message today). So assume a deadline of March 15. Be blessed by The Ides of March. As usual, Jen issues an Ides of March message. This year it is this CALL to the value of the observant poetic response to one individual who has done likewise for decades. Join Pudding House in gratitude for Bruce Springsteen, the man he is, and the work that proves he pays attention, issued warnings, and gone beyond to also issue blessings, issued notice regarding the fragile times of our lives. Google his name to remind yourself or to inform yourself better.

This is starting as primarily an invitational launch; however, Jennifer invites all those she has invited here to forward this invitation to up to 50 other exceptional poets. This is not a contest and has no reading fee. Perhaps 20 poems/poets will be chosen and twenty copies of the small collection will be sent to Springsteen with great effort to make sure he actually receives them. Contributors will receive 5 copies each in gratitude from Pudding House. Anyone who wants to serve as a proofreader for the collection, to receive it by email attachment after it is formatted, please send a separate email stating that. Those selected to this task will be serving as a labor of love with your name listed in the front as “editorial team” and will need to print out the small collection and mark corrections in red.

Send poems in the body of an email only, one at a time (one poem per email) to: with the subject line: Springsteen poem

Jennifer Bosveld, editor
Love Poems and Other Messages for Bruce Springsteen
Pudding House Publications
81 Shadymere Lane
Columbus Ohio 43213

If you don’t hear from Jen within 24 hours, assume it didn’t reach her and send again. No simultaneous submissions but previously published work is fine as long as author owns copyright and includes copyright statement at the bottom of the poem. Absolutely NO lifting of lyrics or language from work owned by other writers please. That is illegal and people are paying hefty fines or going to jail for that.

Over 250 chapbooks were released by Pudding House in the past year, and the Cap City Poets anthology ($18) last year. 4 other new anthologies will be released this year and another 200 chapbooks. We’re the hardest workin’ small press in the nation. Are you one of our usual suspects?

Here’s more on Bruce Springsteen:

Hitler the Springsteen Fan Goes to New Jersey to see The Boss

April 27, 2009

And has to deal with GA tickets! The horror! This neo-benshi like video nails planning to attend a Springsteen concert…if you’re a Springsteen fan, especially if you’ve been to shows for “Dream” or “Magic,” you’ll laugh. Enjoy.

Springsteen’s fans: the nicest people

April 17, 2009

You meet the nicest people at a Bruce Springsteen show. Really. It could be Bruce, his music, his philosophy. It could just be that the music makes you feel good and smile more and be friendly. Maybe it’s a shared bond, the communal experience, like being in church with an incredible choir.

Mike Ness of Social D joins Bruce for LA Dream Show #2! +news, review & set list

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“We’re here with a mighty purpose in mind! We’re gonna rock the house! But we’re not only going to rock the house, we’re going to build a house. We’re going to take fear and build a house of love; we’re going to take sadness and build a house of joy; we’re going to take doubt […]

Review of LA “Dream” Tour Show #1: Fallen Angels in the Darkness Seeking Light

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LA #1: Fallen Angels in the Darkness Seeking Light
by Guest Blogger Ron Wells

Lives on the line where dreams are found and lost,
I’ll be there on time and I’ll pay the cost,
“I’ll be on that hill with everything I got,
For wanting things that can only be found
In the darkness on the edge […]

Tax Day visit of Joad & Morello to Springsteen LA Sports Arena “Dream” Set List

April 16, 2009

Instead of agonizing over our taxes tonight, The Big Monkey headed down to the LA Sports Arena to hear Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band where he was thrilled once again by Tom Morello joining Bruce on stage for “Ghost of Tom Joad” (photo from last year’s show from; go here to read […]

LA Times on Bruce Springsteen: It’s no dream

April 6, 2009

“There are a lot of ghosts in this place,” Bruce Springsteen told the LA Times Geoff Boucher
as his boots clomped on an ancient staircase at the Asbury Park Convention Hall. It was here in this old seaside venue that Springsteen, as a teenager, watched Jim Morrison prowl the stage and Keith Moon thunder away on […]

Review: Springsteen’s “Working on A Dream” in AZ & so are we in LA!

April 5, 2009

We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say—and to feel—”Yes, that’s the way it is, or at least that’s the way I feel it. You’re not as alone as you […]

Bruce Springsteen Super Bowl Half Time Show Video Mash Up, Commentary, & Bonaroo!

February 3, 2009

Above is the first 9 minutes: “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” then “Born To Run” then “Working on a Dream” and finally, below,  “Glory Days”:

I know millions of people saw the Super Bowl on Sunday. But that also means millions of people (like me!) didn’t–and some of us […]

MUSIC: Springsteen! Radiohead “Weird Fishes” Animated Video! Coachella 2009 Line-up!

January 30, 2009

It’s a Friday musical mash up! Springsteen, Radiohead, Coachella (PAUL McCartney?!), Michael Franti and Spearhead!!

Springsteen’s got 3 songs during his 12 minute SuperBowl Half-time show this Sunday. Take a bet on “Born to Run” any body? Two songs from Working On A Dream? Think he’ll […]

To heal the world, sing songs part 2: Bruce Springsteen’s “Dream” Inaugural

January 17, 2009

Did you know “I’m on Fire” by Bruce Springsteen is one of Barack Obama’s favorite songs? (For a version of Bruce playing the song on the street in Copenhagen, scroll down.)

Barack Obama says he admires Springsteen as a man who never forgot his roots. That could be one of many reasons why Springsteen is […]

Happy Birthday: Bruce Springsteen & KCRW’s Nic Harcourt

September 23, 2008

Just wanted to give a shout-out to the two biggest musical influences in our home, Bruce Springsteen who turns 59 today and KCRW “Morning Becomes Eclectic” dj Nic Harcourt. I plan my life around listening to Nic every morning from 9-noon in LA (and on the web), and listen as much as […]

The Big Monkey’s Top 10 Springsteen shows

April 14, 2008

The Big Monkey has been to 100 Bruce Springsteen shows, more or less, since 1981. We’ve been to a few shows together since 2002, and every time, he says, Wow, that was so great, that made the Top Ten! So after he said that about the Tom Morello guest appearance on the Magic Tour in […]

Bruce Springsteen San Jose Magic: review and set notes

April 12, 2008

Ron Wells wrote these notes for friends and fellow fans following the San Jose Bruce Springsteen show Sat. April 5:

Sometimes after a Springsteen show, your mind just wanders off into areas you might not otherwise think about. This happened to me as I flew home from San Jose while staring down at the sometimes desolate […]

Seeing Springsteen after the Show & Anaheim Night 1 in Top Ten of 100 shows

April 9, 2008

The Ghost of Tom Joad was that incredible, the Big Monkey says. This version of the song with Bruce and Tom Morello singing and playing together, and their raw power, put this show (Magic Tour, April 7, 2008, Anaheim’s Honda Center) in his Top Ten Bruce Springsteen shows (he’s seen about 100).
See Bruce almost […]

Springsteen & Morello: Joad Video from Anaheim

April 8, 2008

more about the show later…but here’s the video of one of the highlights!
ok so it doesn’t have the amazing guitar work there toward the end–but you get a nice taste, don’t you? the videographer said on you tube that the camera nozis caught him filming; lucky for all of us he […]

Springsteen & E Street Band, April in Anaheim w/SURPRISE! Morello of Rage!

April 8, 2008

Waiting at the back door, yes he is, the Big Monkey is standing outside the door with about 10 old friends, fellow fans and die-hards waiting for Bruce to come out. The Big Monkey hopes the Boss will sign the picture of them from the Tunnel Tour show back in 1987 (see below).
He just called […]

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  1. June 4, 2009 5:25 pm

    I thank deeply whoever is responsible for having posted this announcement. Well done. The book is going to press next week. Larger and more beautiful than originally planned


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