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…

The Meaning of Meaning

I have a strange curiosity about geometry. I always have. Where this comes from is anyone’s guess, but it’s there, a part of me, and so I’ve made use of it. Part of my skill set in my former engineering career had to do with roadway geometry. I fell  into it easily, found it easy…

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’s assassination and the ensuing Vietnam War. In his hands, however, the actual political and social instability is managed by a federal…

Reading 2019

As we start the year, we all (probably) establish a budget for household expenses so we can save for those special things, like trips to the British Isles, a new car, unexpected medical bills. But do you plan ahead for what you want to read for the year? Of course, you can’t make infallible plans….

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….

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…