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 Both are old, but not outdated.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.

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.