Distinctive Poetic Styles

In the past two posts, we’ve hopefully drawn a line of demarcation between poetry and prose, and we’ve witnessed two distinct styles and voices as applied uniquely to poetry.   Mustin’s poem, Metamorphosis II, takes the reader quickly through a philosophical dance concerning the nature of cities. Here we get that cities have difficulties; they,…

Playing With Time

In this poem by talented writer, Jane Mary Curran, We see a difference in style, and a different approach to the subject matter. We’ll get to the comparisons in the next post, but for now let’s take a look at this very well done poem: HOLLYHOCKS nod in the dusky air by the old smoke…

The Word Ominous

A neighbor recently asked me about my publishing and writing, and I quickly mentioned the two poetry books out on my press this month (coincidentally National Poetry Month). He gave me a wicked smile as he asked, “Isn’t poetry just another way of writing prose? You just cut out the punctuation and break the sentences…

A Family on Fire

Desperadoes, by Ron Hansen Hard times are upon those of us who traffic in literary fiction writing, and it’s been that way for quite a while. Readers don’t seem to trust us when we tell them that literary fiction is more real than real, and they turn to genre fiction, where story rules, or to…

Lucky and Proud Today

I’ve been fortunate. Without any real help from the book industry -and little help from agents and institutionalized editors, I’m lucky to have a pretty darned faithful readership. A lot of people see you struggling, do what they can, and when a bit of good fortune comes your way they cheer with you. Recently, I…

TheMarketing Game

Let’s say you’re a writer and you’ve written a novel. Doesn’t matter whether it’s your first, your fifth, you’ve had moderate, but somewhat tainted success in the publishing game. Your first one ended up with a big name publisher and just before publication, they dropped you. Going with authors with guaranteed platforms, they said. The…

The Depths of THE BLUE BICYCLE

  It was my privilege last night to have a recorded chat with a representative of the Short Story Book Club, an Internet phenomenon, apparently based near Baltimore, Maryland. It went well, and I enjoyed it immensely. The focus was one of my books, The Blue Bicycle. Questions and comments about one of my works,…