I began my Saturday morning with some very nice news from the gang over at Dead Beats Literary Blog. They will soon publish my first short story, “The Disappearance of Little Tommy Drummond.” The story will appear in the coming months.
“The Disappearance of Little Tommy Drummond” gets us acquainted with Kira Manning, a small business owner in the tiny town of Willibee, Massachusetts. Reflecting on the recent abduction of a local child, she realizes that loss and violence can permanently transform a small town’s identity. The story was inspired by my news coverage of “The Route 29 Stalker” in Culpeper, VA in the 1990’s, and his abduction and apparent murder of Alicia Showalter Reynolds. To date, the case is unsolved.
Thank you for kindly accepting my story, Dead Beats. 🙂
Every Day Poets notified me this morning that they will feature a short poem of mine, entitled “Bumblebee,” in the coming months.
Thanks, Every Day Poets! 🙂
Quick note — My cell phone number has changed.
If anyone needs to call me, just e-mail me for it first, ok? 🙂
Two short poems of mine were featured today by the wonderful poetry e-zine, Dead Snakes. The first is entitled “Spring and Summer” and the second is entitled “Lust.”
I am grateful to Editor Stephen Jarrell Williams for once again giving me an opportunity to share my writing. Thanks, Dead Snakes!
More from Dead Beats below. I’ll be reserving my copy of Cantos as soon as it’s available! 🙂
“We are releasing an e-book entitled ‘Dead Beats: Cantos’ on Monday 15th July. The book contains 24 of our favourite poems from our second year as an organisation, as well as an updated and unabridged copy of the Dead Beats Manifesto and a Contributors’ Foreword containing a compilation of quotes from our followers and fans. The e-book will go on sale for the very reasonable price of £3 (roughly around $4.50) and as always with our endeavors; any profits made will go back into ensuring the successful running of Dead Beats. If you’re interested, please do join our Book Launch Facebook event and share it with your friends:
I was thrilled this morning to learn that Dead Beats Literary Blog will feature a recent poem of mine, “Confession,” in the coming weeks. This was a piece that I’d worked a bit hard on, and I’d like to think it was one of my better poems.
Dead Beats is a terrific group of young people that are unafraid to take risks with the poetry they feature. Because “Confession” expresses feelings of mine that are critical of organized religion, I suspect it would be too controversial or subversive for other publishers. I’m really grateful to Dead Beats for giving me a voice. Thanks Dead Beats!
I’ll post a link to the poem when it appears.
The International War Veterans’ Poetry Archives was kind enough today to feature a poem I’d written during my college days, “November, Blue Ridge Mountains, 1992.” The piece is quite short, but it meant a great deal to me when I wrote it.
The IWVPA is a wonderful website that allows war veterans, their friends and supporters to share their creativity. I’m quite grateful to Anthony W. Pahl OAM for graciously allowing me to join the community there. Thanks, Tony!
Since I began sharing creative writing online about eight months ago, I’ve been lucky to gain the friendship of new and wonderful voices that have been a great inspiration for my own work. One such voice is Dennis Villelmi.
Dennis is unabashed creatively, and combines an encyclopedic knowledge of myth and folklore with a fearless examination of dark subject matter. I feel he sets a great example for me as an artist who is willing to take risks and express himself fully.
Dennis’ latest poem, “A Low Gnosis,” was published on July 4th by Dagda Publishing in the United Kingdom. (See the link below.) I highly recommend his strong and provocative work.
The poetry e-zine Dead Snakes featured a love poem of mine this morning — “Starlight.” Thanks again, Dead Snakes!
The online poetry e-zine Dead Snakes has featured my poem, “The Minotaur.” I’m especially grateful to Stephen and the gang over at Dead Snakes because this piece was important to me — it’s a tribute to my favorite poet, W.H. Auden. I tried to emulate the allusion and internal rhyme scheme he sometimes employed.
Thanks, Dead Snakes!!