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Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine to publish “Iphigenia’s Womb”

I received some nice news this morning — Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine will publish my my poem “Iphigenia’s Womb” in its upcoming December 2017 issue.  This poem appeared previously appeared in 2014 in Dead Snakes and 2015 in Aphelion.

As always, I am grateful to Editor Samantha Rose for allowing me to share my work with the readers of Peeking Cat.





Aphelion Webzine features “Iphigenia’s Womb.”

I’m quite happy to say that the good folks over at Aphelion Webzine today featured my poem, “Iphigenia’s Womb,” in their wonderful free online magazine for fantasy and science fiction fans. The poem can be found here:


“Iphigenia’s Womb” was first published over in Dead Snakes in January 2014.  I am grateful to Poetry and Filk Editor Iain Muir for allowing me to share it today in Aphelion, as it might now be enjoyed greater numbers of fans of Greek mythology.

The piece is an allegory to the death by burning of Iphigenia, daughter of Agamemnon.  He sacrificed her to the Gods to appease them after an offense, as the deities had sent strong winds to beach the Greek warships ready to set sail against Troy.  (Of course, the poem is also about other things.)

If the imagery of the burning girl bothers you, then consider this — there are various versions of the story.  In one, a giant bird appears from the heavens to dive down and rescue young Iphigenia clean away.  It’s the kind of deus ex machina we occasionally see from winged saviors in fantasy; think of both the eagles in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings,” as well as the wayward seagull in Richard Adams’ “Watership Down.”  (“WHERE’S YOUR WHITE BIRD, *NOW*, BIGWIG?!?!”)

Thanks again to Mr. Muir and the Aphelion community!  🙂


Publication Notice: Aphelion Webzine to feature “Iphigenia’s Womb.”

The good folks over at Aphelion Webzine informed me today that my poem, “Iphigenia’s Womb,” will appear soon in its upcoming June issue.

Thanks to Poetry and Filk Editor Iain Muir for another great opportunity to share my writing with fans of fantasy and mythology!

I’ll post a link when the piece appears.

Publication Notice: “The Minotaur” to appear in Aphelion Magazine.

I got some very nice news today — Iain Muir at Aphelion Magazine told me that the online publication would feature “The Minotaur” in its April issue.  I wrote this poem as a tribute to W. H. Auden.

Aphelion is a terrific webzine of science fiction and fantasy, with features, stories and poetry.  It’s pure fun, and it’s 100 percent free.  Check it out here:


When my poem appears in April, I’ll post a link.

Thanks, Aphelion!

Publication Notice — Aphelion Webzine features “The Cyclops.”

I am honored to be able to report that a poem of mine, “The Cyclops,” has appeared in the February issue of Aphelion, The Webzine of Science Fiction and Fantasy.  I am honored to see my work featured alongside the many talented contributors there.

Aphelion is just full of cool voices and fun stuff (I myself find my interest piqued by the shared-universe “Aphelion Project”).  Head on over there and find out what the creators there have in store for you.