Down in the Dirt magazine includes “The Rough, Violet Stone” in its newest anthology.

I got some nice news a little while ago — Down in the Dirt magazine has included my poem “The Rough, Violet Stone” in its newest anthology, entitled The Final Frontier.  (The poem previously appeared in the magazine’s August 2022 issue on the first of the month.)

You can buy a copy of the new book on Amazon at the link below:

The Final Frontier

Or, you can read the entire anthology online right here.

As always, I am grateful to Editor Janet Kuypers for selecting my work for both this outstanding magazine and its subsequent poetry collections.


Reality check.

Following the FBI raid last night of his Mar-a-Lago home, Trump and his allies are claiming he is a victim of “the weaponization of the justice system” and “political persecution.”

Recall, please, that this man launched his first presidential bid with the ubiquitous slogan “lock her up.”  He simply wished to have his opponent imprisoned.

It was an early red flag that he was … y’know, fucking insane.  And an aspiring tyrant.

Also?  FBI Director Christopher Wray was a Trump nominee.  He is a Republican.

The Piker Press publishes “An Ode to a Would-Be Swimmin’ Skink”

The Piker Press today published my humorous nature poem, “An Ode to a Would-Be Swimmin’ Skink!”  For those of you who are uninitiated, a skink is a little lightning-quick iridescent lizard common in the Southern United States.)  And they even ran the photo I submitted with the poem!  (I snapped a shot of the little fella off Shenandoah Avenue here in Roanoke, VA.)

You can find the poem and the photo right here.  Thanks, as always, to Managing Editor Sand Pilarski for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful community of readers, writers and artists.

Happy Monday!  🙂

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