Now Available from Cajun Mutt Press, Victory Slab by Ryan Quinn Flanagan

Victory Slab by Ryan Quinn Flanagan is now available from Cajun Mutt Press!! Cover art by JDCIV, blurbs by Mike Zone & Tony Brewer. Please leave a review if you grab a copy. Message me your address and a pic of you holding the book or a screenshot of the receipt, and I’ll mail you some CMP logo stickers!

This is our final book publication of 2022, and I’d like to thank y’all for the love and support this year. Keep your eyes peeled for details about our first 2023 release coming soon as well!

Victory Slab by RQF:
US
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BMVG66QY
CA
https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0BMVG66QY

“Lay me out on the Victory Slab ‘cause the realm of poetry has been conquered again by RQF Flanagan bludgeons the perception of contemporary poetry with a sledgehammer to the chest shattering the sickening parade of: broken hearts, purposely unresolved trauma and snobbish elitism with a sledgehammer of truth…the hammer is still dirty though and…fun.”
—Mike Zone Editor in Chief of Dumpster Fire Press, Author of Fuck You: A Fucking Poetry Chap

Victory Slab by Ryan Quinn Flanagan offers shoot-from-the-hip observations like an unfolding docudrama, part pulp fiction, part ripped-from-the-headlines, always grounded in visceral plainspoken reality. Hard-luck lessons elbowed out of the way by blind-lucky bastids, and many fraught moments brought to heel by earnest tenderness directed at real people by real people. Serious business. But this collection is also funny, in all senses, from ELL OH ELL to mere mild exhalations through the nose, as well as my favorite flavor: weird. The farted-upon couch. The dime store ronin. The flirty wafer-thin waitress making your wife jelly. “[R]oving blood goons with veiny neck effort / and pillows for fists.” These poems are nuts and you’ll love them for it.”
—Tony Brewer, author of psithurism and Pity for Sale

Victory Slab by Ryan Quinn Flanagan
CoverArt by JDCIV
Blurbs by Mike Zone & Tony Brewer

Cajun Mutt Press Bibliography

Shooting Myself in the Dark

by Carrie Magness Radna

Victory Slab

by Ryan Quinn Flanagan

Black Tourmaline Dreams

by Dusty Jaggers

The Mourning Hour

by Frogg Corpse

Halloween Anthology Zine no. 1

by Cajun Mutt Press 2022

LEPER MOSH

by David Alec Knight

Layers of Half-Sung Hymns

by Aleathia Drehmer

Perfection is Failure

by Will Mayo

How do you recycle a Siberian tiger?

by R. Keith

A Home to Crouch In

by Hugh Blanton

Before the Bridges Fell

by David L O’Nan

Seven Times Down

by Wilfred Hildonen

Poetry Grimoire 2nd Edition “Psychedelic Demon Rainbow Fire”

Cover Art by J.D.C.IV

Poetry Grimoire 1st Edition “Spirit Owl”

Cover Art by J.D.C.IV

Somniloquy & Trauma in the Knottseau Well

by Tim Heerdink

The Adventures of Brain Man

by Ron Whitehead

Bone Talking

by Will Mayo

A Screaming Place

by Brian Rihlmann

I Hear Your Music Playing Night and Day

By Dave O’Leary

Oracles from a Strange Fire

By Merritt Waldon & Ron Whitehead

The Queen & Her Devil: A Sacred Journey Through Love and Contracts

By Rani Whitehead

Life,

By R. Keith

The Shells Encasing Our Nothingness

By Will Mayo

Written in Darkness

By Anthony Watkins

Fracture Point

By Rani Whitehead

Sharks & Butterflies

By John D Robinson

Unwritten Words That Slide Down The Wall

By James Dennis Casey IV

Safer Behind Popcorn

By Sean Hanrahan

Hoodoo Voodoo And Other Strange Stories

By Will Mayo

Stick Figure Opera

By Howie Good

Around the bend

By R. Keith

Death & Love/Love & Death

By James D. Casey IV

Miles of Sky Above Us, Miles of Earth Below

By Steve Denehan

9999

By R. Keith

Where Hot Rods Ride

By Mendes Biondo

Requiem for a Robot Dog

By Lauren Scharhag

Dreams Of Mongolia

By Will Mayo

Detritus Of The Drunken Night

By Ian Lewis Copestick

Wild Rose Country

By R. Keith

This Many Years After the War

By Matthew Borczon

Juggernaut Fuzz

By Ryan Quinn Flanagan

Dark Linings

By Joanne Olivieri

Absurd

By R. Bremner

Haight

By Red Focks

Owls in Hot Rods with Pink Elephants and Dead Bats

By J.D. Casey IV

13 New C.M.P. Stickers by J.D.C.IV

Y’all check it out, I just added 13 new stickers that I designed to the Cajun Mutt Press online shop!!!

Don’t forget we have C.M.P. logo mugs, masks, and clothing available as well! Plus More New Stickers Coming Soon! Infinite thanks to everyone that’s made an order.

Please Support The Arts & Small Press!!!

Write On!
J.D.C.IV
Founder/Editor-in-Chief
C.M.P.
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J.D.C.IV with his Poem Poster in St. Charles, IL, at ArtsFest Poetry Crawl 2019

James D. Casey IV is an artist, award winning poet, gonzo writer, author of seven poetry collections, and the founder/editor-in-chief/publisher of Cajun Mutt Press.

J.D.C.IV has roots in Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, and currently lives in Illinois with his Beautiful Muse and their fat black cat.

His work can be found online and in print at several small press venues and literary magazines internationally.

C.M.P. Interviews: Blind Feline!

I had the chance to interview the Psychafunkadelic band from Louisville, KY, Blind Feline a couple days ago. We talked a little bit about how the band got together, their new album, working with Ron Whitehead, musical inspirations, and the stories behind their songs. Here’s what they had to say.

Blind Feline

JDCIV
Blind Feline! Tell me a little about the band. Names, how y’all met, how you would describe your music, that sort of thing.

BF
Sure,

I’m Oliver Sayani , I moved away from home in the TN mountains to Louisville and before long had jammed with a lot of people including Matt griffin the current drummer of Blind Feline. His lifelong friend and band mate Kurt Spoelker our bass player came on board shortly after.

The first song I showed them was “one for the road” a jazz standard-like song I wrote about a drunken mascarade in Spain. I came in with a lot of songs already, and wrote a bunch from experiences in the past 4-5 years as well as tapping into memories about people and places back home, all the shady characters, and stories people hear but never know is true or not.

The name Blind Feline came from a blind baby wildcat stolen from its nest in the east TN mountains by a bootlegger that refused to get busted and lived off the land until he died, growing wildwood flower and making wine. I was in a class with his niece.

Every song has a different story. Some of them go together.

JDCIV
Awesome, nice to get to know little about y’all and the band’s background. Killer choice for a name! I dig the story behind that. Your sound is similar to Grateful Dead’s psychedelic jam style with a folk/bluegrass twang. Who are some of the band’s influences/favorite musicians?

BF
I appreciate that! To name a few I’d our biggest influences , Hank Williams, Rush, Primus, JJ Cale, Blind Melon, Doc Watson, Grateful Dead, John Scofield, ZZ Top, Les Paul, Devin the dude, snoop dogg.

Artists today we like : Sturgull Simpson, Billy Strings, Nathan Smith, Foo fighters, tame impala, Mac demarco, Trey Anastasio band

JDCIV
Right on, all excellent artists. Tell me about any current or future projects that are in the works.

BF
Music video and new single “Big Soup” just came out it’s available on YouTube, song on Spotify, iTunes etc.

Self produced psychedelic nature-themed concept album “Lost in the Moss Remastered” is set to be released 4/20

JDCIV
I just saw the YouTube video for “Big Soup” yesterday, I dig it. Kick ass date for a release, too!

I know there’s always been a bridge between poetry and music, but how did y’all come to work with the infamous Kentucky Outlaw Poet, Ron Whitehead? He’s truly a living legend. Recently he emailed me the link to Rock N Roll Poems Vol. 2, and it is fantastic!

BF
The neck of the woods I grew up in has drawn a lot of artists of all different sorts. I met and heard stories from a lot of Appalachian folk poets growing up, and one of the names I would hear a lot was Ron Whitehead. Through this network of artists Blind Feline was put on a bill as the house band of a small pub in eastern KY, where he would be headlining. I thought of him as a mystical and mythical figure, which he is, but was blown away by his humility and respect upon meeting him, and his reverence for our music after hearing us was heartwarming. Later in that same show he had us improvise a jam in the background while he delivered his poetry, which is essentially what we did in the studio for our latest collaboration with him, rocknroll poems vol 2.

JDCIV
Such an amazing collaboration, my favorite is The Fortune Teller; what a story!!! It’s as if y’all were meant to meet up, brought together by the hand of fate to pair music with poetry. I dig it.

So, tell me, where did the inspiration for Lost in the Moss Remastered come from? What can we expect from this album?

BF
A re-recorded, remastered, and re -invented version of the nature-themed debut EP embodying the spirit of our “genre” psychadaleyeah. A variety album that goes from swampy funk, to electric bluegrass to country blues and jazz to tell stories about people, places and experiences from Red River gorge to the Cumberland Gap to coastal Spain.

JDCIV
Nice! Can you give us an example of one of the stories? I’m intrigued.

BF
The Meadow is about a place in my hometown up the side of a vine covered cliff that me and my friends discovered and used to hang out at. Once you climbed 200 feet at almost a 90 degree angle, it flattened out in a mess of trees and kudzu vines forming little huts, underneath which we’d congregate, having discussions which led to discoveries, experiences and unfoldings. Strange visions took place there. I documented these to the best of my recollection in the lyrics of the song.

JDCIV
Wow, that’s far more profound than I expected it to be. Extremely cool. Can’t wait to hear the album. Are y’all throwing a release party or holding an event on 4/20 that you’d like to let people know about? Where will the album be available once it’s been released?

BF
Thanks, it’s been nice sharing some stories with you, and we’re grateful for you to give us this platform. The album will be available everywhere online: YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music etc, a release party is in the works.

JDCIV
Excellent, thank you for letting me pick your brain a little. Before we wrap it up, is anything you’d like to add or anyone else you’d like to thank?

BF
No problem. Just want to say thanks for putting us out there to your audience, I encourage everyone to check out our website BlindFelineband.com and follow our social media’s for show announcements. Bangers coming soon.

Blind Feline – “Big Soup”

Well, y’all, there you have it. I’ll thell you what, I dig this band. It comes highly recommended. I’d also like to thank my friend, Ron Whitehead, for putting them on my radar. Trust me, check these guys out.

“Blind Feline is one of the best new bands on the planet! Their second original EP “Cicadas” is a gem.”
—Ron Whitehead

“I Drove Right Out of Blame” by Ron Whitehead & Blind Feline
James Dennis Casey IV

James D. Casey IV is the author of seven books, founder and editor-in-chief of Cajun Mutt Press, and extensively published online/in print by small press venues and literary magazines internationally. He is a poet with roots in Colorado, Louisiana & Mississippi, currently residing in Illinois with his Beautiful Muse and their fat black cat, Chico.