I've been getting some poems and short fiction pieces published recently online, and I thought that I should probably post links here. Just to keep track of things. Some of the work is new and some of the work is old. The old pieces are a part of a larger project I'm working on. I want to put together a book of the poems I've written over the last 30 or so year that aren't about my parents and their experiences in the war.
So here are the links. Just click on the titles of the works, and you should go right to them. Let me know what you think.
Here are a couple new poems -- "Eye Contact with the Dead" and "The World After the Fall"-- that were published by 2River. The poems are accompanied by a voice recording of me reading the poems. Pretty neat.
The poems "River City Blues" and "Trees in Late February (Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield, Georgia)" were published in Prime Number 37. Following the poems there's a little Q & A about what I think about the blues. Don't forget to read that.
"At 40 His Wife Begins to Write Poems" appeared in The Original Van Gogh's Ear Anthology. Despite the pronoun in the title, the poem is about Linda and these weird dreams she used to have that inspired her to write some really good poems.
"My Mother's Optimism," a poem about my mom and her two cancers, was reprinted in the journal R.K.V.R.Y. Accompanying it is an interview I did with the poet Anne Colwell. Following the interview there are links to some other poems I've had published online in the last couple of years.
I had two prose poems in Postcard Shorts, an online journal devoted to prose poems that can fit onto the back of a postcard. (Isn't that a neat idea!) The poems are "My Mother's Funeral Service" and "Sometimes," a piece about a Christmas Eve in World War I.
Three older poems -- "My Mother Was 19," "Temptation in the Desert," and "Sometimes I Wish I Had a Theory of Poetry" -- were reprinted in Redux: A Literary Journal.
I was also interviewed recently by Rattle, a really fine journal. I talk about how I started writing and the style I use in the poems and talking to my mother about my poems.
I've also got some poems coming out that I'll tell you about later. One that I'm really excited about is called "6 Short Poems about the Monk Ikkyu" that will be in Buddhist Poetry Review.
And I almost forgot, Snake Nation Review just published my short story "Dinner in Wartime." It's not available online but you can buy a copy at the Snake Nation site. Just click here to go there.