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30 JUNE 2014

Here I am reading at the open mic sponsored by West of the Moon Writer’s Retreat in New Harmony, Indiana, on Wednesday, June 25th.

I bounced the Slinky (in my right hand) in tune with the rhythms of my poem.

West of the Moon Writer's Retreat (open mic event, June 25th, 2014, New Harmony, IN

West of the Moon Writer’s Retreat (open mic event, June 25th, 2014, New Harmony, IN

16 JUNE 2014

This month I turn 55 years old. I have been a poet for 14 years. Do I look sufficiently Irish-American?

photo taken by Frank S. Robinson, 2014

photo taken by Frank S. Robinson, 2014


16 JUNE 2014

SIXFOLD ACCEPTANCE ! — voters have ranked my 5-poem manuscript The Valley of Queens high enough to be published in the Summer 2014 poetry issue.  In the third round of judging, my manuscript was ranked 22 of 31 entries (#1 being “best”).  The starting-gate total, 443 entries, gradually fell to 31 via voter lapses in following the rules, and via the website’s deferred deadline.

From the Sixfold website: “Sixfold is a completely writer-voted short story and poetry journal. Every writer who uploads a manuscript votes to choose the prize-winning manuscripts and all the short stories and poetry published in each issue. Everyone’s equally weighted vote selects what’s published, instead of one judge, or one or a few editors. With a fair, transparent, rule-based voting process, all writers find the best writing together.”


2 MAY 2014

Posted on
Several of my poems have been published recently in these fine venues:
1) Barzakh
2) Misfit Magazine

3) Red Wolf Journal


4) Up the River

28 FEBRUARY 2014

RED WOLF JOURNAL has published three of my poems.

The third is HERE.

The second is HERE.

The first is HERE.


THANK YOU to the editors at Red Wolf Journal.


7 JANUARY 2014

I’m pleased to recommend these two valuable learning opportunities to poets. I have great respect for Martha Rhodes as a teacher, poet, and more.


ONE-ON-ONE sessions with Martha Rhodes

LOCATION: Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, 4th floor walk up, cats


*flexible sessions of 60 – 90 minutes to suit your needs — critical feedback from Martha; optional writing from prompts and/or revising
*bring 2 copies of 4-8 pages (to be discussed, depends on length of session) of your own poetry (new work, or revisions); optional email poems to Martha in advance
*you commit to and pay in advance for one round of 4 sessions (make-up sessions permitted due to weather or illness); you may renew for additional rounds
Email for fee information and scheduling
*your poems and your questions receive extensive feedback in a monthly letter
*send 6 pages per packet
*send packets by email attachment
*you commit to and pay in advance for one round of 4 packets; you may renew for additional rounds
Email for fee information and scheduling
Martha Rhodes is the author of four poetry collections: At the Gate (1995), Perfect Disappearance (Green Rose Prize, 2000), Mother Quiet (2004), The Beds (2012)She teaches at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and at Sarah Lawrence College. As well, she teaches at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and serves as a core visiting editor at the Colrain Manuscript Conference. Since 2010, she has directed the Frost Place summer Conference on Poetry. She is the director of Four Way Books, publishers of poetry and short fiction. She lives in New York City.

5 JANUARY 2014

Today I updated my index of titles, titles of poems and/or chapbooks which I wrote between late 2012 and early 2014. Because I attend a local poetry group which meets every week, I’m on a schedule to write 52 poems per year. The update below includes about 90 titles. Since 2000, I’ve written more than 400 poems.

After Her MRI
Against Grain
Ambience Engine
Ambient (a series)

Because I Miss My Cat
Before Long, She’s a He
Beijing Wall of Drawings
Born During Half Time
Bottle of Mucilage

Called to the Colors
Celo, Celos
Cemetery Sloping to the River
Charlotte Russe
Conjugal Visit
!Cuidado! !Mojado!

DaiCiEn Temple
Danker Street
DIY Painted Lady
Due Pedali
Dyeing Vats

Envidiar, Enviudar

Final Day’s Schedule
Found Poem
Fourteen Lines from Fourteen Diaries
Fourth of July
From the War Files

Grace with Grandpa Broderick
Graduation Day
Great Green People
Green Weak
The Groundskeepers

Heavy Artillery
Helmet of Stories
High Altitudes
How to Winter Over the Begonias

Illegal in Massachusetts
In the Doctor’s Waiting Room

”Late in Life I Have Come on Ferns”
Learn Spanish in Your Car
License Plates
Lupa Zoo

Meningitis Outbreak
My Father, Called to the Colors

No Problem, Kiddo

October Surgery
The Original Owner of Skull Five
Orphaned Adonics
O.T. and P.T.
Our Recoveries
Overseas Charities

Pia Mater
Pig Mimicry
Pinning the Dress
Plane Drone
Plot 41
“Poetry is Little Scraps of Wisdom”
Posing for Shots

Quiz Ubiquitous

Roadside Shine

Scarlet Fever
Second Opinion
Sertraline Hydrochloride
Squatting Inside a Tree
Steps for Gently Removing a Sock
Suite of Dreams

Tender Mother
Thursday Begins Her Weekend
Today I Heard Baby Birds
Too Fast a Dye
Training the Spider
Twenty-First Night, Sixth Month

Visiting My Father’s Grave

War Paint on Wheels
waxy baby peacock feedback
We, the Reapportioned
Within the Mariposario





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