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,…

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…

Coming To Terms With Love Of Our World

  Ever heard of hyperreality? You can look it up, but in a few words it’s a confusion of the real with the technically-enhanced versions of reality. This is the burden of our modern world. As we withdraw deeper and deeper into AI (Artificial Intelligence) we become more fearful of what we perceive of as…

Mean History

Hystopia, by David Means One way to cast a unique light on particular historical eras is to chronicle that era in alternate history. David Means does this with the era following John F. Kennedy‚Äôs assassination and the ensuing Vietnam War. In his hands, however, the actual political and social instability is managed by a federal…

The Marketing Game – Part 2

Last time we asked (ourselves and you) the BIG QUESTION when it comes to book marketing, but first a caveat: To the true writer, writing itself is the reward, beyond publication and marketing. Still, one of perhaps only two primal reasons to write is to share your creativity, your story, your life experiences and insights….

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,…

A New World of Writing

There was a time when fiction writing seemed pretty singular and glamourous. From my pre-pube years through college I was taken with the great American fiction writers of that era: Steinbeck, Hemingway, O’Hara, Flannery O’Connor, Paley, Roth, Dos Passos, and others. They made their bones, a lot of them, as journalists, paid their bills writing…