Monday, August 30, 2010

Best of the Net...More good news in

My poem, Invastion, from my Men of the Cloth Trilogy, published in The Dead Mule, was just nominated for 'Best of the Net'. Go to The Dead Mule to read it. It's the second poem down in the Trilogy.


Brian Campbell recommends Sea Trails

Go HERE to read Brian Campbell's recommendation of my book, Sea Trails. Thank you, Brian. I appreciate your kind words and assessment.

I have only five personal copies left for sale, so if you want a signed/dedicated copy contact me as soon as possible. I doubt there'll be another printing of the book.


Monday, August 23, 2010

Four Weddings and a Funeral

I recently re-watched this movie and enjoyed it immensely. It stands the test of time, in my book. The Auden eulogy read at the funeral remains one of the best eulogies I've read. The text is here, with a link also to the youtube reading of the poem from the movie.

Funeral Blues

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He is Dead.
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

W.H. Auden

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Three more poems in the Outlaw Poetry Network

Read them HERE. Resizing Norman is from my book, The Nature of Attraction, written in collaboration with Scott Owens. Sales information for the book is in the right sidebar.

I would appreciate any comments on the Outlaw Poetry site if you feel so moved.

I'm getting a mix of clearer days then a swimmy day now after the rear-ending and still can't spend much time on the computer. I apologize that I've not made return visits to those of you who so kindly read my blog. I will again when I can.


Saturday, August 07, 2010

Some exciting news!

I received a letter from Full of Crow last night telling me that the collection of Paul Newman poems I've been writing off and on for a couple of years has been accepted for their mini-chapbook series. Mine is a total of ten poems and will be available probably in December. I'd wanted these poems to appear together rather than scattered across journals, so I'm very pleased.

More when this happens, but I had to share the news now.

On the personal front, I'm still dealing with whiplash symptoms and still not on the blog much but will do more as I can. My apologies for not getting around to visit my favorite blogs in a while.