Thursday, January 16, 2014
Flash accepted by The Milo Review Spring Edition (online and print).
Editor, Peter Jelen, of Bareback Magazine contacted me with the good news that the editors have selected “Coveted” for their upcoming anthology.
“The Seized” will be published this month (Jan 24th) in Linguistic Erosion.
I have a few works still being considered.
I have included a poem of mine. Weird, maybe. I don't know if it is any good or not. It's not a flowery poem. It's dark and depressing. I imagine there was a young girl, at some point in time, kept up in the cabin of some larger boat, maybe a yacht, fishing boat(Libertas) and some sailor that has his way with her.
“No signs of sun.”
maybe a little sin
Sailor rubs a sweaty brow
White caps lap, slap, the sides
In the cabin below--
an indecent gleam;
a lavish teak;
a girl -ashen, meek,
swoons in silent rush.
lands on deck in gentle hush.
After shots of JD,
Blue tuna peppered, flayed,
for the impaling.
Friday, January 3, 2014
My year has begun with good news: Heard from Cheryl Anne Gardner, author and editor. Found a perfect home for "Phobia" in Apocrypha and Abstractions-- I'm pleased, once again.
I have a few others out that I hope will not remain displaced--one in particular is "Pearl" and "Shroud for Gretta". Another is a longer piece "Sins of Elliot" which is part of bigger work--dystopian. But with my new publication "Phobia" I have a new idea brewing. I need to get off the fence, decide. I know these shorter pieces are making me procrastinate. But maybe, that's the thing with writing, in the process, I will find a better route.
Speaking of indecisiveness, I'm torn about which blog to use. I feel most comfortable with my old friend, BlogSpot. so I'm sort of returning here, in a sort of ambiguous fashion.
Enjoy, share, and comment (thanks!)
Happy New Year!
Thursday, December 12, 2013
I Stumbled upon some great poetry by a Connecticut resident, David Morse.
I've included a sample (below)
Actually, I didn't just find Mr. Morse, by chance. I had a friend once, a mentor, a talented professor and poet. I took one of her poetry courses at the University of Connecticut. Her name was Joan Joffe Hall. She loved my narrative poetry (more than me) and encouraged my writing. She wrote me letters of recommendation. When I won the Jennie Hackman Memorial Award for Short Fiction, she put an arm around me and said "You got it...the Hackman." It was a poignant moment, for me. I won a thousand dollars,(I was in shock...for a story!) an opportunity to read from my story "Yielding", and publication in the Long River Review. It was the first time I took myself seriously as a fiction writer. My English professors inquired about my writing, asked me what I planned on doing. I had no idea why they asked, or what I might do. I completed graduate school, became an English teacher, and, later, when I couldn't quit the writing bug, Joan helped me get into an MFA program (which I decided to quit). She was always rooting for me, even if we didn't keep in touch, she was on my mind. I was going to forward her my latest publications, small gains but something, and I discovered she had passed on in September, 2013. David Morse was her talented husband.
"Honor the Stones", from David's chapbook. Available from Dogwood Press.
Waiting for Spring
I take the first pew in this rough church,
seat myself on flat stones and look up
at fractured bedrock bulging skyward,
vertical black stripe painted by groundwater
curved into a bow, picture the arrow flying
across the valley and try not to think about
Darfur, or the woman at the embassy of Sudan
whose job is to delay requests for visas,
or flies dabbling in a dead baby's wound,
women's eyes dulled by rape and loss
of everything; helicopter gunships, devils
on horseback. This is Connecticut,
green land waiting for spring to untie
the black knot of winter. Soon will come
choirs of spring peepers, skunk cabbage.
Last night on a hill I inhaled the soft
sweet fragrance of maple sap funneling
moonlit steam into the shape of Africa.
Links to Joan Joffe Hall's publications
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
More updates on my short stories. In a week or so "Fugue" will be published in Empty Sink Publishing. Originally, it was going to be a serial (due to its length). Yet the editor, Branden Hart, decided it deserved to be read in one sitting. Thanks to Nathaniel Tower, "Only Heaven" will also be published next week in Bartleby Snopes (Dec 2013). "Peter" has been accepted by Susan Solomon editor of Sleet Magazine for a spring appearance. Waiting on my latest "Poetess"--seeking home.
Monday, November 11, 2013
I am thrilled to say that my short story "He" has been published in TreeHouse. The setting is San Francisco--Stow Lake. I discovered the perfect photograph of the lake. The green hue and dense low hanging growth gives it a sort of claustrophobic feel, which reflects Suri's frame of mind, and there is also the underpinnings of a fecundity element as well.