WRITER’S QUOTE FOR MAY

Ezra Weston Loomis Pound (1885-1972) was an American poet and critic who lived in London, where he worked as an editor of several literary magazines, helping to promote the work of contemporaries T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Robert Frost, and Ernest Hemingway. He is best known for his unfinished epic, The Cantos. “Poetry is a composition of … Continue reading

JOHN UPDIKE’S THE BROWN CHEST

Just finished a short story collection that contained John Updike’s The Brown Chest. Some of the best writing anywhere in a moving slice of life story. Here’s a couple of excerpts. “In the first house he lived in, it sat up on the second floor, a big wooden chest, out of the way and yet not. … Continue reading

SHORT STORY FINALIST

Excited to learn that another of my short stories has been chosen as a Finalist with The Pinch Journal!

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR APRIL

John Ruskin (1819-1900), was the primary English art critic of the Victorian era. He also wrote on a great variety of subjects in equally varied styles and forms including essays, lectures, poetry, manuals, and travel guides. He even wrote a fairy tale. Here’s what he had to say about reading, writing, books, and art. “A … Continue reading

MRS. DALLOWAY

On March 28, 1941, Virginia Woolf, in the depths of a deep depression, filled the pockets of her overcoat with stones, walked into the River Ouse near her home, and drowned. She was fifty-nine years old. In honor of her brilliant career, here’s a fragment of her outstanding novel, Mrs. Dalloway. “Shredding and slicing, dividing and … Continue reading

IN HONOR OF THE SPRING EQUINOX

A bit of poetry from Billy Collins for the first day of spring: TODAY If ever there were a spring day so perfect, so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze that it made you want to throw open all the windows in the house and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage, indeed, rip the … Continue reading

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

The great Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman for International Women’s Day:   Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR MARCH

Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980) is an American poet and political activist best known for her work on social justice, feminism, Judaism and equality. “The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry. “If there were no poetry on any day in the world poetry would be invented that day. For there would be an … Continue reading

RETREAT WEST SHORT STORY PRIZE

Unfortunately, my story, Robin (The Handle of a Child’s Bucket), one of seven on Retreat West’s short list, did not take a prize. Pleased to say, however, that it will be published in their upcoming anthology!

A POEM FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

A Quoi Bon Dire Seventeen years ago you said Something that sounded like goodbye; And everybody things that you are dead, But I. So I, as I grow stiff and cold To this and that, say Good-bye too; And everybody sees that I am old But you. And one fine morning in a sunny lane … Continue reading

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