Author Archives: Todd Cirillo

About Todd Cirillo

Poet, Editor, Co-Founder of Six Ft. Swells Press, Pirate, all around lover of Friday evenings.

Wondering what gift to give? Give that special someone Hell and High Water

“if not a mess,”

my wife groaned,

as she picked up the empty Tequila bottles

the empty beer cans

and

the half-smoked joint,

“then

what do you call it?”

“we

have been married

for twenty-five years,”

i said,

lighting the joint,

“and that

my Dear,

is what

i call

a survival

kit.”

Order your Christmas copies of Wolfgang Carstens, Hell and High Water, by clicking the link below:

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What DO poets talk about? Find out now.

What do poets talk about when they think everyone is listening? The question is answered in the latest episode of the acclaimed Poets Underground show is up on YouTube, click below to hear guest host, Todd Cirillo and guest poet/publisher, Wolfgang Carstens talk inspiration, poetry, the value of cuss words, his latest book, Hell and High Water (available for purchase below), selling out to the highest bidder and other half-truths from New Orleans to Alberta, Canada. Enjoy.

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Drunk Poets Talking Underground-Dec. 3

This Sunday, December 3 at 9pm CST a top shelf edition of the acclaimed youtube show Poets Underground pour from our barroom to your computer screens live on Facebook featuring guest host, Todd Cirillo interviewing the incomparable poet Wolfgang Cartsens in celebration of his twisted and terrific body of work including his latest book, Hell and High Water (Six Ft. Swells Press 2017) which can be order at the link below.

This conversation promises to be full of honest lies, poetic gems, dirty words, shots, sincere hearts and empty beer cans.

Log on and click here to watch live:

https://www.facebook.com/Poets-Underground-601186866586378/

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More Beer Money and Great Poetry

We at Six Ft. Swells Press believe in celebration and we want you to have more beer money and great poetry. So we are offering you a 25% Discount if you order the book before November 15th in appreciation for your support of the small press and in celebration of Hell and High Water. Order your copies at the link below or to the right.

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Praise for Hell and High Water:

“In Wolf Carstens’ latest book of poetry HELL AND HIGH WATER he strips bare his relationship to his wife of twenty-five years- Tracy Lee. Fuck, he’s in for a good hiding when she finds out!”

–George Anderson, Bold Monkey

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Now Available! Hell and High Water

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The book is available NOW!! Click the link below or the Lulu link to your right! Us pirates at Six Ft. Swells Press are so thrilled to publish, Hell and High Water by Wolfgang Carstens, that we are hitting the rum hard in total celebration! To pre-atone for our drunken ways we are offering the book at a 25% DISCOUNT now until November 15th in honor of Wolfgang Carstens 25 years of matrimony, chronicled here in Hell and High Water.

The poems in Hell and High Water offer the gritty reality of a poet, husband, provider, father and shady romantic wrestling with life’s responsibilities and his own primal urges.  From the familiar dinner table to disastrous family vacations and mail order sex toys, Wolfgang Carstens presents us with vulnerability, humor, rawness, regret and the rejoicing in twenty-five years of intimacy with another as no other poet can. Carstens has wickedly disguised Hell and High Water as a twisted yet tender guide for the rest of us in maintaining the wildness among minivans, mortgages and matrimony.

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Strange Hell and High Water update

Get prepared…the Swells are getting bigger….Hell and High Water by Wolfgang Carstens….update very soon….

Strange

it’s not

the big moments

in life

that terrify us,

but rather,

the small,

ordinary ones.

i can stand

in front of 300 people

and read poetry,

yet,

my knees shake

when i lean in close

and kiss you

goodnight.

–Wolfgang Carstens, Hell and High Water

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Have you ever interviewed poets, publishers and pirates?

This is what it sounds like, take a listen to this interview with Wolfgang Carstens and Todd Cirillo by incredible interviewer, Marcia Epstein from Talk with ME. Poetry, publishing, Hell and High Water, partnerships, Six Ft. Swells and Epic Rites and many other joys are discussed. Enjoy

This AWESOME edition of Talk With ME is now on iTunes, GooglePlay and at http://lawrencehits.com/wp/blog/podcast/wolfgang-carstens-with-todd-cirillo-poets-publishers/
And the long post announcing the show is on https://www.facebook.com/TalkWithMeOnVoiceOfLawrence/

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