Wednesday, November 3, 2021

New Poem: 'Dune' Worm as Sandwich-Maker

The author of "Welcome to FOB Haiku" and "So Frag & So Bold" has published a poem written in the voice of the monstrous sandworms of Frank Herbert's 1966 science-fiction novel "Dune."

Poet Randy Brown's "The Quotable Shai-Hulud, Subway Sandwich Artist(tm), abridged" gives voice to the great worm as the sandwich-making employee of a national fast-food restaurant. The poem is presented as a series of maxims, most of which are based on lightly altered quotations from Herbert's original text.

For example, the poem begins:

"Bless the Sandwich-Maker and all His Ingredients. Bless the coming and going of Him, May His passing cleanse the world. May He keep the world for his people."

Herbert's epic space opera tells the story of political and military machinations around a singular desert planet called Arrakis, the universe's sole source of "Spice." Spice is a mineral that variously enables prophesy and intergalactic travel. Underground deposits of the cinnamon-like material often seem to be guarded by lumbering "sandworms," some of which can grow to be hundreds of meters in length.

Editors at The Daily Drunk Magazine, an on-line literary journal that often focuses on popular culture and film, had earlier solicited prose and poetry written to the prompt, "The sandworm from Dune takes a day job."

The novel "Dune" has recently been presented as a $165 million feature movie—the first of two parts—directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, and others.  The Daily Drunk Magazine reviewed the new movie "Dune" here.

Portions of Herbert's "Dune" books have previously been made into a 1985 feature film directed by David Lynch, and two Sci-Fi Channel mini-series: "Frank Herbert's Dune" (2000) and "Frank Herbert's Children of Dune" (2003).

In addition to Brown's poem, other "Dune"-inspired prose and poetry published this week by The Daily Drunk Magazine included:

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

New 'War Poems' are Pithy, Pulpy and ... Fun?!

“Every poet,” warns journalist and poet Randy Brown, “has a heart filled / with shrapnel.”

In his new chapbook SO FRAG & SO BOLD, the former U.S. Army “brigade staff jester” takes aim at endless wars, parent traps, social media, and stodgy religious beliefs. It’s an iconoclastic cluster-munition that’s bursting with more hundreds of haiku, aphorisms, philosophical puzzles, and other experiments in pithy and pulpy poetry.

Brown’s careful constructions of line-breaks and language are intended to variously provoke chuckles, empathy, and thought. “Any poem is a device,” he writes, “improvised to explode with meaning [...] ignited by a trigger / word.”

In addition to other accolades, Brown is a three-time poetry finalist in the Col. Darron L. Wright Memorial Awards, administered annually by the Chicago-based literary journal Line of Advance. His debut collection, Welcome to FOB Haiku: War Poems from Inside the Wire, was awarded a 2016 gold medal distinction from the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA).

In May-June 2011, Brown embedded as a civilian journalist with the Iowa Army National Guard’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team (B.C.T.), 34th Infantry “Red Bull” Division. He subsequently collated and helped publish Reporting for Duty: Citizen-Soldier Journalism from the Afghan Surge, 2010-2011an unabridged 668-page chronicle of that deployment. (Click here for short promotional video of the book.)

His poetry and non-fiction have appeared widely in print and on-line. As “Charlie Sherpa,” he blogs about modern war poetry at, and about writing on military themes at

Starting Nov. 1, 2021:

SO FRAG & SO BOLD: Short Poems, Aphorisms & Other Wartime Fun (84 pages, Middle West Press LLC) is available in a $9.99 trade paperback edition through Amazon and other booksellers, as well as a $2.99 Kindle e-book edition exclusively via Amazon.

Middle West Press LLC ( is a Johnston, Iowa-based editor and publisher of non-fiction, journalism, and poetry. As an independent micro-press, we publish one to four titles annually. Our projects are often inspired by the people, places, and history of the American Midwest.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

New Poem Commemorates Sept. 11, 2001

The author of "Welcome to FOB Haiku" has new work appearing at The Wrath-Bearing Tree poetry feed on Twitter, in a project commemorating the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11.

The Wrath-Bearing Tree is an on-line journal of culture and politics often written from the perspectives of military family, veterans, and service members. Poems there are also often inspired by news events and headlines.

"The poem interrogates my memories and beliefs of 20 years ago," says Randy Brown, "and is intended to implicate my past/present roles both in the production of words, and in the production of war."

"I am once-again indebted to Wrath-Bearing Tree poetry editor Amalie Flynn and her colleagues, for prompting and presenting my work," he says.

Check out WBT Poetry on Twitter here: @wrathbtpoetry

You can directly access the poem on Twitter here at this link.