Thursday, February 6, 2020

Down in the Dirt Again

"Aurora" is the title of the latest issue of Down in the Dirt. It's big and bold. Get it. My poem is called North Wind. Alaska makes an appearance. Read it. And let me know what you think. I'm glad to be published again where I belong: down in the dirt.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Lunaris Review, Back and Better!

I'm published in Nigeria! That's a thrill in itself, a special accomplishment. I traveled in Africa as a young man, and it changed my life. Plus, where I've lived now for forty years in Messina, the closest big city outside Sicily is Tunis not Naples. So I feel that Africa is close, and now even closer. Read this wonderful, professional, beautiful journal cover to cover. Support it, and all the arts in Africa. It's where the traditional and experimental meet and shine bright like the sun.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Futures Trading in Poetic Terms

I don't know what futures trading means in financial terms, and I don't quite understand the journal's slogan: Futures Trading presents forward-facing literary exchanges among singular possessives. Nevertheless, I like this mimimalist-style journal a lot and am honored to be included in the current issue with a poem called, "The African Sun Stands Tall". Thanks to the boss, Caleb Puckett.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Poesis II

"Open Leather Letter" is about finding a pair of shoes; "shadows, and, magnetism" is about something else. Two new poems in Poesis, number 8, Dec. 2019. I'm thrilled. I really like this journal, and I'll surely submit again. Thanks to the editors, and thanks to the readers - you included.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Rat's Ass, I Do Give One

"Yeast" is the name of my poem in The Rat's Ass Review, current issue. It's a rude name for a gentile journal. If you give a rat's ass you should read this mag for some great contemporary literature. Scroll down to find me in the P's. Thanks to editor, Roderick Bates, for including my work. Poetry doesn't give one fame or fortune, so the only reason to do it is if you give a rat's ass. Actually that's the only good reason to do anything.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Eskimo Pie in the Sky With a Sigh

Eskimo Pie is a chocolate-coated literary journal. It's very open and friendly and fun. Eskimo Pie is also the nickname of the editor. Thanks to her for the space to fill with words. Eskimo Pie recently printed my poems: After Lassitude, Castaway, Fat Man, I Give Up, Peacenik, These Things Take Time, and When the Circus Comes to Town. I'm thrilled. Check it out.

Friday, October 18, 2019

First Literary Review - East

Oops, I missed telling you about a couple short poems published last spring in the First Literary Review - East. Thanks again to Cindy Hochman and Karen Neuberg for their kindness and the energy it takes to put together such an impressive publication month after month. Most of the poems are short or very short, like candy, but not fattening. Grab a handful and munch.

I took this picture of my friend this summer in southern Oregon.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

We Live Among Ghosts in the Amethyst Review

That's a poem of mine in Amethyst, a publication also called: New Writing Engaging with the Sacred. I am so glad that editor, Sarah Law, chose my work, although I'm not sure how sacred it is. On the verge of blasphemy is more like it. However, I love this publication, I get an email poem every day from Sarah, and I love the color of the main page of the site. You should definitely sign up, whether you think you're spiritually aware or not. There's some great poetry here.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

I like Mojave Heart

Mojave Heart Review (aka Mojave He(art)) has a clean and crisp desert style. I like it. I like the poem of mine that they published. The title is a quote from Robinson Jeffers, a poet I like. As I sit at my desk in Sicily I often imagine California. I can feel it even so far away. It draws me like a magnet to beautiful places crying out for tragedy.

Thanks to editor, Jeffrey Reno.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

My friends, former people

I've been published before in Former People: a journal of bangs and whimpers, and I consider myself a former person too. The poem this time is called: A Closed System. It is meant to be funny and scary. And a slam on our faith in technology. "We wrecked the Earth, let's go to Mars!" or whatever. All terrible ideas, we fix one problem and create another. The only way out is to limit the damage until our descendants can find harmony and peace within and without. Or we all become former.

Friday, October 11, 2019

We're all singers in the Agony Opera.

Agony Opera is a bilingual literary magazine headquartered, if I'm not mistaken, in Bangladesh. That in itself is exciting. To have four poems included in the June issue all the more so. And the picture of Michelangelo's David blowing bubble gum is crazy good. Thanks to the editors, keep up the good work.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Blue Lake View at

Blue Lake Review. This literary journal has been going strong almost ten years, month after month, putting stuff out there. That's impressive nowadays, plus we need it more than ever. Poetry is handled by Diana May-Waldman, who I thank for including my poem in a recent issue. "Alone in Life" talks about ambivalence in relationships. Check it out and cruise through the website to find all the gems therein.

The blue lake in the photo, Lago di Ganzirri, is near my house. I used to walk around it every day.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Hey Batman, when is a door ...

... not a door? When it's a jar, Robin, when it's a jar.

Door is a Jar Magazine is a great young print or kindle journal of literature. I'm honored to be included in the latest issue with a poem about my father called, "Dad signing his name". Thanks to poetry editor, Corinne Alice Nulton, for her kindness and support.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Ginosko Literary Journal: yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.

Oh man! I have five long poems in the current issue of Ginosko LJ, the one with the beautiful watercolor of a mountain lake on it. I've admired Ginosko for awhile and am giddy to be included. A million thanks to eds. Robert Paul Cesaretti and Maggie Heaps. Read the whole issue to get to pages 134-143 to get to my stuff, then keep going. There's something rude and something tricky, something squirmy and something punchy in my five. Good reading. I'm very pleased.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Poet of the Week on the Super Highway

Rick Lupert runs the Poetry Super Highway and chooses the poets of the week. In July, I was offline, but was chosen for this honor nonetheless. Two poems are included: "Drought Has Ended" and "The Key Drawer". Get on board the highway and cruise! You can get email updates and check out all the new material from real people. Thanks again Rick.

The Hunger of the Tiger

The Hunger Journal, issue 5, included my story, "Save the Tiger". It's a bit gory, that's fun. It's about a dead serious problem -- the extinction of the tiger -- but it's also meant to be funny. Maybe it's a contradictory story, for sure it's short. Five lines is all you get. Enough? Thanks to Lena Ziegler and Erin Slaughter, editors of The Hunger. The hunger: feel it. The tiger does.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

13 Myna Birds singing 13 poems

Mine is number 4 right now. If I Had a Pneumatic Drill is a play on the song, "If I had a hammer", and the topic, well, I'll let you work it out. My thanks to Myna Girl, Juliet Cook, for including my work in her group. There are only 13 of us on the wire right now, take a look before we fly.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Poesis Oasis

I have a couple poems in the latest issue of Poesis. You can download the whole thing from the website, brew some tea and have a good read. It might calm the storm inside that echoes the storm outside. Or maybe that's just me. Anyway, I'm grateful to editor, Silviu Craciunas, and the editorial board for choosing "MRI" and "Her Space" for Poesis Literary Magazine.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Relaxing on The Ramingo's Porch

A few days ago I was relaxing on the Ramingo's porch, wiping a knife, staring at the ceiling, etc. Actually those are poems on the Ramingo blog related to the poetry journal, The Ramingo's Porch. When I submitted I didn't know the journal came from Italy: that's very cool. Thanks to Elena Bello and Mendes Biondo for the support. These are somewhat formal poems and many journals won't even give them a chance. I'm grateful that you did.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Neologism "It"

"It" is a poem of mine that came out today in Neologism Poetry Journal. "It" is not a neologism (a new word), but perhaps it is used in a new way. You decide. This issue of this wonderful journal is not huge, it contains about ten poems, so it is easy to read them all in one go. Do it. They're great.

My thanks to editor, Christopher Fields, for his kindness and care. I'll be spending a few minutes with every issue of Neologism from now on.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Get 'em while they're hot!!!

Onkar Sharma does not mess around. If he likes your poems he puts them right up on his wonderful web lit mag, Literary Yard. It's a great place to spend an afternoon in the sun. My poems are there right now. So, you don't mess around either. Go check them out. No time to waste. Life is hot.

Monday, May 20, 2019

The Hunger and How to Get It.

The Hunger Journal is out. But you can still get your fill. Lots of finger-licking poetry, fiction, nonfiction, hybrid and art. My thanks to editors Lena Ziegler and Erin Slaughter for including my very short story: Save the Tiger. It's a big gruesome but definitely on topic for The Hunger. And please do whatever you can to Save the Tiger. Check my story out here:

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Wales Haiku Journal: for a whale of a time!

Okay, reading the Wales Haiku Journal may not be as fun as walking under a teetering rock, but the thrill lasts a lot longer. Try it yourself. You'll find one of my short poems in the latest issue. It starts with powerlines and goes from there. You'll have to scroll down a ways, a good excuse for slowly reading all the others. Scared of reading? Scared of poetry? That's okay, lots of people are scared of teetering rocks too. They're all dangerous.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Quail Bell, The Wandering Jew, and Baseball

I didn't see right away that this story had been published. My bad. Anyhow, Quail Bell Magazine presents: "The Wandering Jew Plays Baseball". It's the first published story in a planned series of adventures of the world's oldest superhero, the immortal, the eternal, possibly Cain himself, perhaps a shoemaker, perhaps a hunter. In any case, there's little in my stories that refers to Judaism, and plenty of immortality. I mean, the Wanderer has seen it all, done it all, met everyone, read all the books, been everywhere. Cool, huh? Except that he's never played baseball. Until now. Thanks to the Quail Bell Magazine editors and to Gretchen Gales for the beautiful accompanying photo.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Pass me a Shot Glass

Shot Glass Journal, a journal of short poetry, half-full and half-empty but still enough to get you drunk, is now online. One of my short poems is printed there, on the right, under the heading "International Poets". That makes me proud. Thanks to the editors of Muse-Pie Press.

So gang, belly up to the bar, click, sip and drink in the words. Then call a taxi.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Small is Beautiful - Creatrix

When I was in my twenties, we were all reading a book called, "Small is Beautiful", by E. F. Schumacher, which, though outdated, still contains valid points. In the current issue of Creatrix Magazine (44), I have a poem made of only seven words. Seven words deemed worthy of this prestigious publication based in WA, which stands for Western Australia, not Washington state, where I've been spending time recently. It's full of small poems, mostly haiku, and all beautiful. Read online here:

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Nausea of Numbers of Nudists

Two of my poems, "Nausea of Numbers" and "Nudists", can be found in Rue Scribe (Underwood Press), posted on Feb. 12. Rue Scribe is an online journal for small literature providing a big space for lots of writers to shine in the sun. Thanks to editor, Eric Luthi, for this opportunity.

Rue Scribe itself is either a street in Paris or a regretful author or something else entirely. No matter, it's a site to bookmark and read regularly.

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Gravity of the Lists

The Gravity of the Thing is a great poetry journal, and it just published my poem, "Lists". It's a peculiar poem in two vertical parts; you can draw connecting lines however you like. I like this journal for its clean appearance and quality contents, and the editor, Thea Prieto, is very friendly. I'll submit here again. Plus, if you know me, you know I'm kind of a gravity-type guy. Well, not always.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Extreme Old School - Bear Creek Haiku

Bear Creek Haiku is a tiny handmade journal of tiny handmade poems. I've got five in the current issue (#151). I'm also on the blog (below) on Jan. 15 and Dec. 29. This wonderful publication from Colorado reminds me of the 1970's and 80's, of the smell of the mimeograph machine in the War Resisters office where I used to volunteer. It's printed on colored paper, photocopied (I presume), stapled, cut into an envelope size and sent by mail with a stamp. You've got to get this little gem. It's a pure labor of love by the editor, ayaz daryl nielsen, assisted by three cats. Thanks, man. I love it, low-tech, high-essence, lots of great poems in a traditional package.

The photo is of Bear Creek, Colorado, waiting to thaw.

read the blog here and order your little copy of BCH:

I'm also very pleased to see three little poems reprinted in issue 152. Thanks ayaz!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Old School - James Dickey Review

Years ago, when I started publishing poetry, the standard payment was two copies, paper copies. I love that my poems, "Incorporation" and "Dumbass", were included in the latest issue of the James Dickey Review. And I love this journal in particular because I'm a big fan of the poetry and novels of James Dickey. And I love that they still send contributer's copies even though the postage is expensive. Thanks. Especially to editor, Wayne Glowka, who helped me revise the poems. Now if you want a copy, you'll have to buy one yourself (paper or digital through Amazon: currently free). You can find JDR on Facebook or write to them here. As far as I know, they don't have a website. Now that's old school!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Who's Ugly?

Five of my poems appeared recently on The Ugly Writers website. I am very pleased to be published by this journal based in The Philippines. That's a first. It's all online, check it out. Maybe you can be an ugly writer too.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Straight Forward No Excuses

My poem,"The Seed and No Excuses", appears in the latest issue of Straight Forward Poetry (page 22). It's not such a straight-forward poem, but since it appealed to editor, Lindsey Lewis Smithson, I've re-evaluated it. Maybe I finally get it. Thanks to Ms. Lewis Smithson and SFP for this chance to unravel my own work.

Here's where you can buy issue 15 of Straight Forward Poetry for less than €4.40:

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Failed Haiku - hey, what's that?

Failed Haiku is an excellent literary journal that specializes in the type of haiku called senryu, which breaks some of the traditional rules. Senryu isn't really failed haiku but merely a more human-centered form as opposed to a nature-centered form. I love it. Remember Frost's description of free verse as "playing tennis without a net"? Easier but not as fun. Well, most poets today, me included, write mostly in free verse. Is that failed poetry? Of course not. Just different.

My thanks to editor Mike Rehling for publishing me again in one of my favorite journals. Read it all. It's like eating peanuts.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Inside the Dreaming Machine

Inside the poetry journal, The Dreaming Machine, you can find, if you like, several of my poems. Thanks to editor, Pina Piccolo, who, I discovered, is a mid-Atlantic person like myself, part-American, part-Italian, part-Citizen of the World, part-whatever. The first and third poems, in fact, deal with Italian topics, the second and fourth, American. "Going to the Edge of the Land," "Sensitivity Training, California 1970," "Death of a Sentient Being," and "Our War is Over," are the titles. Once you're there, you can surf around the whole website which includes fiction and non-fiction and other stuff, some with a socio-political bent, and plenty of interesting poetry. I also like the photos, especially the one accompanying my work. So thanks again.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Nthanda Review - to Malawi again

My best flight ever -- of hundreds -- was on Air Malawi back in the 70's. I made a long stopover in Blantyre, the capital of Malawi, on my way to a magical summer in Zimbabwe. I've always wanted to go back, and so I am thrilled to have four poems published in Nthanda Review. Many thanks to editor, Beaton Galafa and all the staff. Check out this wonderful, young, vibrant journal and see what's new in African poetry. Then maybe you and I can visit Malawi too. After all, it is the "warm heart of Africa".

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Cecile's Writers - I am one

I'm very pleased to be featured in the international literary magazine, Cecile's Writers. Both of my poems found there are rare, as they deal with my experience living in Sicily. I haven't written about that much, don't know why. Both are old, but not outdated. My thanks to Cecile and Samir, Sofia and Vanessa, the editors. I feel like I finally found a club for people like me. Check out and bookmark the webpage and read it regularly. It's all good. Here's my stuff:

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tomorrow, Here Comes Everyone

The Tomorrow issue of the Coventry, England-based journal, Here Comes Everyone, includes my story, "Broken Worlds." Thanks to editor, Matthew Barton and the whole HCE team. The story is so weird, driven by such a peculiar sense of humor, that other magazines were scared to print it (or just didn't like it). Hoorah for Here Comes Everyone! I've seen the whole issue and it's great. You'll have to spend a few pounds to get a hard copy, but it's worth it. Here's where to order:

Martin (pronounced Martin)

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Incredible India

The Wagon Magazine is beautiful. It's rich with wonderful writing. Editor, Krishna Prasad, chose to publish five of my poems here. Thank you, sir. I am thrilled and honored to be published in your international journal based in India. I keep noticing great poetry coming out of India these days. Perhaps it appeals to me because we use the same language, but I suspect that there is a reawakening of Indian poetry going on now at the same time as the economic boon. Someday I will visit your vast country to see for myself, as we all should.

In the meantime, here is a link to my poems and the whole issue of Wagon Magazine.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Hinchas de Poesía

the digital codex of Pan-American writing, get it? Poetry fanatics. Tifosi scatenati di poesie. Something like that.

"Nixon's Barber" is a story about my grandfather, sort of. It's a story, so only part of it really happened. It finds it's place in this wonderful largely-Latino-themed bilingual journal. I'm so proud of this, not the story as much as the prestige of the publication and the opportunity they gave me for wider readership. Thanks to editors: Yago S. Cura, Jim Heavily, James Cervantes, Jennifer Therieau. I'll brag about this for years.

And the best part: the whacked-out illustration that accompanies the text.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Revue PØST, chapitre II

I'm delighted to have a poem in Revue PØST, a bilingual journal from Montreal. Thanks to editors, Gabriel Kunst and Leila Alfaro. I've read the others, of course, and find that I'm in great company, all very accomplished poets. I'm humbled and grateful, as you can see from my expression. Here's the link:

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Persuaders

The Ibis Head Review, that's an excellent poetry journal edited by Eli T. Mond (thanks). This issue contains a topical poem of mine called "The Persuaders". I know, it sounds like a band name. Read it, if you want. You can get the whole issue from the link below and pay what you want. It's all good. Except maybe this here selfie ...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

E-Martin in E-Pamphlet

Hmmm, what made me do it? This morning I checked the website of The Electronic Pamphlet and issue four is out! And my mug is on page 2! My three poems are nicely set up with minimal frills. I love this no-bull journal style. My thanks to the editors for welcoming me into the EP family. Read the whole sheebang here:

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Collecting, Finally

"Collecting for the Tribune" is a long story I've been working on for years. It is finally published in CURA Magazine this month (vol. 4, Somnium). Thanks a billion to editor, Christina Elia, and all the staff. CURA is called A Literary Magazine of Art & Action. Yes. Lots of good stuff in there and a beautiful layout too.

About the story, it's an unusual retro piece, WWII period, female protagonist, epistolary, but there's a second story about a paperboy in the sixties too. I showed it to Alex Espinoza at the Squaw Valley Writers Conference, and he helped me understand that there's a third story there too. I'll let you figure that one out.

On the net, there are at least two CURA magazines so go to or directly here:

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Trop Drop

My story, "You Bug Me", just dropped on Trop Magazine. Hop, bop and clip-clop over there to check it out. The mag is very essential, so the writing is highlighted. No frills, I like it. You'll want to bookmark to start every week with a quirky story and a smirk. Thanks to the editors.

Friday, February 16, 2018

You get the Pilcrow, I get the Dagger

Pilcrow & Dagger, a bright and enchanting literary journal edited by A. Marie Silver and LeeAnn Rhoden, has recently published another couple of my poems: "No Love Story," and "Two Cats, not having sex." The theme of the issue is "Let's Get Physical," as these two poems seem to imply did not happen. In any case, I'm very glad they included them. Here's where you can go to get information on how to download the issue and see what they're all about, the Pilcrow and the Dagger, that is.

Monday, February 12, 2018

New to Oddville

Not new to odd though. I'm excited to be included in the latest issue of The Oddville Press with a mildly political poem called "Power Broke". When I saw the handsome setting and read the other high-quality contributions, I liked my own poem even more. The frame makes the picture look better. Thanks to the editors and staff for letting me visit Oddville. You should too.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Scarlet Leaf Review, Yes, Yes!

Thanks to Roxana Nastase, Yes. A Royal Flush, Yes. Five poems in the current issue of The Scarlet Leaf Review, Yes. A beautiful mag from Toronto, Canada, Yes. What can I say, I'm happy and honored again, Yes. Five yesses. Good start for a good year. Read the whole issue and you'll get a good start too.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Stop! Kiwi Time!

Tony Chad, the generous editor of the New Zealander poetry journal, Valley Micropress, has graciously published a couple of my poems, "Seven Days a Week," and "Stung". Thanks to him and kudos for the work that V. M. does to promote poetry inside and outside New Zealand. V. M. is old-school, printed on paper like we used to do, stapled, cheap but full of good work. The real deal. Do yourself a favor and buy a copy. Write to Tony at for info. He's very nice; you won't get stung.