Mr. Robert James Russell, or @robhollywood, is an amazing writer.

Oh, you didn’t know that? Well, I won’t tell anyone. But quick, get thyself over to his blog so you’ll be in the know. And so you can say you knew him before… .

And here’s the teaser. He posted some poems on his blog and they were also featured on Year Zero.

Here’s a sample, my favorite of the four, Woman at the Bar


I saw a woman

at the bar tonight

sitting by herself

drinking light beer and

trying to talk to the bartender

when he walked by

but he wasn’t impressed

no one was

her hair was dirty

thin and cracked

and her face

looked haunted

and her makeup

was shoddy

and there were

deepset wrinkles

that went on for days

around her mouth and eyes

she took shots of Patron

like candy

and was wearing something

like what you’d find

at the Salvation Army

but not in a trendy way

I avoided eye contact

we all did

and eventually she left

shuffled out and looked back

only once

then it was quiet

and everyone

regained their composure

but I realized that

with her gone

the light had suddenly

gone out of the place

But make sure you don’t miss his novel excerpts, from Impossible Monsters, either. They’re fabulous.

Enjoy. You can thank me later.