Catching kids cutting

     1st of all

       you never read

       so why would you

       ever have a book

       in your hands

       except to hide

       your guilty mug

       from me?

          2nd of all

       you’re holding a

       crossword puzzle

       book which requires

       work which you

       hate and a writing


       which you never

       have so why would

       you be looking

       through that?


now that you have

my attention which

is all you really


what are you doing here?


This is not a rhetorical question.


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The branch that bore the second fruit

And the LORD God said, Behold, the man 
is become as one of us, to know good and evil: 
and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take 
also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

 Genesis 3:22


 All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.

Albert Einstein


   Once stupidity

         has been rounded to

             a trillionth digit,

                  as we get closer

               to knowing

            god’s thoughts,

             peering deeper into

              this very persistent illusion

             with our frail and feeble minds;

        when the slight details that seemed

     like rolling dice to Einstein

   don’t have a place left to hide,

there will be born

   from science and curiosity,

      out of true love

          for waking to the world,

              baptized as the gift of fantasy

                  a mathematical

                      equation that means

                        in every language,

                         “A table, a chair,

                           a bowl of fruit

                         and a violin“.


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When my cell phone

   went off

in my hand

     ((      ))

on my chest

     I was still dreaming

of being with you

     of sneaking away from

the monsters that used

   to live under our beds

and live now

     looking back from

the mirrors


     ((      ))

dreaming of being

     with you running

away from the ocean

     looking to find

your mouth for a breath

     losing your face

avoiding the waves

     ((      ))

dreaming of

     looking for you

in a memory


     ((      ))

waking to thinking

     of being with you

in the darkness.

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Sympathy for Pluto

Thank you to the editors of JMWW for publishing my poem, “Sympathy for Pluto” in the winter issue of their journal. Please visit their wonderful site to read my poem and to check out the creative works of others. Here’s what you’ll find in the winter issue:

High Five

Five Books I Judged by Their Covers by Leni Zumas


  • Something Appropriate by Timothy Quinlan
  • Johnny Will by Mary Hamilton
  • Darren in the Van by Steve Silkin
  • Karina Street by Louis Gallo
  • Solicitous by Allison McCarthy
  • The Experimentalist: Extracts from the Journal of Lucien Steinmann by Christamar Varicella

Flash Fiction

  • Eulogy by Thomas Kearnes


  • near (white) by Mark DeCarteret
  • Sympathy for Pluto by Henry Toromoreno
  • Gumbo Limbo by Sankar Roy
  • Face Without Features by Jay Snodgrass
  • 13 Ways of Water by CM Scott Owens


  • The Photography of Michael Cantor


  • Where Do Poems Come From? The Dreamworld of Philip Levine by Gary Lehmann

Book and Chapbook Reviews

  • The White Road by Tania Hershman
    (Reviewed by Jen Michalski)
  • New Lines From the Old Line State: An Anthology of the Maryland Writers Association
    (Reader review)
  • To Lose & To Pretend by Chris O. Cook
    (Reviewed by Adam Robinson)


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Premio Dardos


I would like to thank Bryan Borland and S.L. Corsua for both awarding me the Premio Dardos which is “given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web”.

Bryan’s energy and ability to produce so much high quality writing forces me to steer clear for days at a time, for fear of being influenced by his work.

S.L.’s poetry, photographs and overall approach to blogging, have really made me want to be a better blogging friend to others who are working hard to make some art in this world.

Both bloggers represent for me the very best of what is possible; of what can happen when people get their hands on technology and use it to add to the conversation. I am humbled to have been nominated by two of the blogs I would definitely nominate myself for the award.

[According to the rules:

  1. Accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and a link to his/her blog. [Note: Don’t forget to copy and paste the award jpeg itself to include on your own blog!]
  2. Pass the award to another five blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgment, remembering to contact each of them to let them know they have been selected for this award.]

Now I have to find my five favorite sites, but I couldn’t go on, without thanking Bryan and S.L.

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