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posted on: Oct 22 2019

Book Publishing – A Few Things I’ve Learned

This essay also appeared in The Startup on Medium   In the fall of 1985 I sat down at an ancient typewriter and called myself a writer. I wrote short stories, one after another, and nine years later published my first one. Eventually I collected the best...

posted on: Sep 14 2019

when a cliché

originally published in Q/A Poetry   when a cliché, she’s wily, cunning, crazy as a fox in her foxy coat made slyly of her own fur   when not, she escapes the brush, crosses the road, cut by hunger’s knife to seek the fleeing prey   when a cliché, the a gentleman farmer slows his late-model rig to spare her thieving life, impatient then for...

posted on: Sep 02 2019

Maggie’s Ruse – First Three Chapters

coming October 1st from Unsolicited Press chapter one The floor creaked whenever Maggie shifted her weight. The Jimmy Choo stiletto pumps were killing her. Their cherry red leather called her name in the SoHo shoe boutique only an hour before, just after Kyle’s text message urged her...

posted on: Aug 24 2019

By the Wayside

  She’s a woman who discards anything which causes sorrow or blocks her path. A man she cares for does both, and she leaves him. She takes only what she really values, an old set of books, a few china plates of her mother’s, an abstract...

posted on: Aug 21 2019

Sailing Off The Edge of The World

originally published in 34THParallel Magazine   All my life I knew one day I’d sail off the edge of the world Into the mouth of a smiling dragon That’s me on that painted Medieval ship Canvas billowing Men pulling the ropes in terror STOP! But the world is flat & the wind has...

posted on: Jul 18 2019

Maggie’s Ruse, Chapter Two

coming October 2019 from Unsolicited Press read Chapter One here   Josh faked a lingering outrage over Maggie’s ruse. He was a sensitive person, he said. Such base manipulation was unworthy of anyone who claimed to be an artist. Marta sympathized. Her eyes smoldered with fury. He loved...

posted on: Jul 15 2019

Nina’s Dream

originally published in Lamplit Underground   NINA’S DREAM   The left eye’s pupil is sluggish I’m not sure how much you can really see Please cover your right eye Now your left And, between the two?   One clear, the other distorted One gives green only, the Other, red & green   Like Christmas?   [Each sighs, takes a moment]   Please continue   One...

posted on: May 27 2019

Bending Reality

  A long time ago, when I was a wild rebellious eighteen-year-old who left my mother’s home with a young man I would soon marry, I liked to experiment with LSD. Not as often as some of my generation did, but often enough to learn that...

posted on: Mar 14 2019

Politically Correct

originally published in Feminine Collective Who may tell her story? Who has earned the right? What if she’s come and gone? Has no tongue, no eyes, no hands? Must one wear her skin, eat from her bowl Fight nightmare’s demons on her sleeping mat just to feel the Rhythm of her heart? Aren’t...