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.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Bang, Bang!

Two poems up today in Former People: Bangs, Whimpers, Arts, Culture and Commentary. "Gran Torino," (poem better than title) and "Gerrymandering the Great Unknown," (title better than poem). Thanks to editor and former person (zombie?), C. Derick Varn, for printing my work.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Going Yard

I went yard twice yesterday, Literary Yard, that is. Two of my poems were published in the online mag, that is a very active and important supporter of literature and writers. Thanks to the editor, Onkar Sharma. Batter up! Poetry's never out of season.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

M. P. - As A Joke?

What me joking? It's a poem, stoopid. Cacti Fur as a joke? No, it's the journal the poem appears in. It's really good, I've read it. Jim Thompson is the boss. Thanks, Jim. So, people, go get you some Cacti Fur, a new dose every Wednesday. Today's my turn. Woohoo!

Friday, December 1, 2017

The Bitchin' Bitchin' Kitsch is Out!

Thanks to Chris Talbot-Heindl for publishing my poem, "Vietnam", in the December issue of The Bitchin' Kitsch. Vietnam was the dark cloud over my youth, like Trumpism is today. It infects every thing with depression and hopelessness. We'll be okay once the nightmare ends.

The Bitchin' Kitsch is a really good mag. I know, I read every page. You should too. Takes half an hour, but something in there will stay with you all day.

Monday, November 27, 2017

It's Asbestos, Asbestos!

PoeticDiversity is a fine poetry journal. I'm very happy that they published my poem in their latest issue. Except that they misspelled the title: Abestos Factory should be Asbestos. Hey, made you look.

Maybe they try to stay away from it as much as possible. Good idea, nasty stuff. Anyway, this is a rare poem that comes mainly from a true story. I miss the old gentleman.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tower Journal Babel

Two of my poems appear in the latest issue of Tower Journal ("Ashes" and "I Kissed You"). It's a simple online mag dedicated to good words and art. Check it out. Thanks to Mary Anne Sullivan for inviting me into the Tower.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Peeking Cat Tourists

Get it? In the current issue (October 2017) of Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine you will find my poem, "Tourists." It's a rare poem about living in Italy, sort of. Rustici are fried delicacies like rice balls or cheese sandwiches. Mignon means mini. They're good, but don't eat too many. The magazine contains about 20, good poems, that is. Thanks to Sam Rose, the editor, for including mine. And watch out for peeking cats.

Friday, October 27, 2017

I Got Nominated

Yippee! Richard Heby, editor of the Beechwood Review, nominated two of my haiku poems for the Touchstone Award for Individual Poems. I'm thrilled. Thanks to Richard, for a nomination is already a prize. If you're curious you can find the poems in BR3. It's in print, but I'm not sure it's available yet. You'll have to search it out, Sherlock.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

I Got Repurposed

"House of Experimentation," is a rare long poem of mine that appears in the Sept. 2017 issue (issue four) of Repurposed Magazine. I am particularly honored because only four poets are included. The layout is simple and effective. I like this poetry journal very much. You will too.


Monday, October 16, 2017

I Got Mused

In a poem, sometimes the speaker is not the poet. That's the case in my poem, "Lay It On," published recently in Mused, the BellaOnline Literary Review. Read it and you'll see what I mean. Heck, read the whole journal. You could even subscribe if you like poetry. If you don't like poetry then read my poem. You'll see what I mean.

Here's a link:

Friday, September 8, 2017

A Dash of the Good Stuff, Please

Dash Literary Journal published a poem of mine, "Blind Man to Junkie," in the Spring 2017 issue. I'm not sure how you can get a copy, try writing to the editors at Dept. of English, Cal State Fullerton or They're on facebook, twitter and instagram too. If you get the poem, you may wonder what inspired it. I was sitting in my car waiting for a used bookstore to open in downtown San Jose in 1985 with the passenger seat window rolled down. Some of the local characters were on that sidewalk a few feet from me having the conversation which became the poem.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Down in the Dirt Again

Janet Kuypers, editor of Down in the Dirt poetry magazine, has again found my stuff worthy. Thanks Janet. You, faithful reader, can find two ditties in the August 2017 issue 148: I Hate Monkeys and Malcolm X. Banjo. I stand by the monkey poem, whereas the other one is on shaky ground; an absurdist poem about racism in America seems inappropriate right now. It was written many years ago. Maybe it'll stimulate (like this photo). You decide.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Poet of the Weak?

Oh no, it's Poet of the Week. Along with fellow San Franciscan, Stephen Kopel, I'm honored by the Poetry Super Highway's editor, Rick Lupert. Two shorties are on that wide road: It's Not Late and Living 40 Years in Nuclear Fear.  Here they are:

Pretty good web mag, think I'll subscribe, and I advise you to get on the highway too.

So, poet of the weak? I hope. You tell me.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Door is a Jar, a literary magazine

When is a door not a door, Batman?  I'm so old I find that joke funny ... almost. Anyway the magazine is better than the joke. It's packed with good writing. My poem, "Photos of Food," is in there, for example. You can order the kindle version for a few bucks, paperback a few more. Go here to find out what's what.

Come in, if you dare! Ah ha ha ha.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Uut Uut, Uuray!

Uut (n.): the chance meeting of a galleon and a caribou on the dissecting table of America. That's what their website says among other unlikely explanations. I think Uut Poetry is simply writable on the top tier of the keyboard. Maybe they lost the lower letters. Anyway,  my poem Modern Error's in there. Or in here rather:

Sunday, July 2, 2017

As If You Didn't Know

It's a Dumbass World.
At least that's what the poem says.
Online at Down in the Dirt.
Gettin' down, gettin' dirty.
Thanks to Janet Kuypers.
Look here: July 2017 issue

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Zombie Logic Used to Good Effect

I woke up to a summer Sunday rain storm and six nasty poems published in the Zombie Logic Review. Warning: they're all dirty in different ways. If you dare, give them a glance.

My thanks to editor, Thomas L. Vaultonburg, for providing a place for the extreme. Some think poetry should be about butterflies and moonbeams, others, like Zombie Logic, say write all the pain, loathing, and porn that's in your head. That.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Two for One!

Today, June 1st 2017, I got two poems published in two different journals. That's fun.

The first is in Former People: Bangs, Whimpers, Arts, Culture, and Commentary. There's even a picture (of me as a former person). The poem is called "We Will All Become Vegetarians," and it includes Fruit Loops. Here:

The other one is called "Smokey Poetry," about burning one's own poems, and it includes a tin tub on the roof. It's in good old Verse-Virtual. Here:

I'm very pleased that my scribbles are finding some place in the world. And two in one day!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Everest: the Mountain or the Magazine?

What is it?

It's in Everest Magazine, Spring 2017, hot off the presses. It's called "The Double Prayer." It might be a prose poem or it might be a short short story. Or something else. Does it matter what it is? Fair or foul? I don't care if you don't. Sonya Maizell, Sarah Sassone and the staff at Everest Mag. don't care. They liked it and printed it. I'm very grateful. It's something that means a lot to me. I'll tell you why someday.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Chrysanthemum, the word, the international journal of haiku

Chrysanthemum. I like to say the word: chrysanthemum. It rolls off the tongue, into the air, sails around my head, brightening my day. Like the little poems included in the current issue of the Chrysanthemum, the haiku journal that prints each poem in both English and German. Want to see my little poem in German?