Filed under:Poetry — posted by jonfrankel on November 17, 2014 @ 8:05 am

November Snow The canary leaves of ginkgo peel to the ground Like frozen petals of lemon roses they patter When they hit the pavement piling up a mound Of yellow fans weaving waves of light that scatter Over snow on barren branches and the rungs of a ladder The morning’s still forgotten silence drowned In [...]

Red Suits

Filed under:GAHA: Babes of the Abyss,Sci Fi Noir — posted by jonfrankel on November 14, 2014 @ 6:25 am

This is an excerpt from Isle of Dogs, volume 2 of Drift, the novel I’m currently working on. Volume 1 is GAHA: Babes of the Abyss. The action of volume 2 occurs forty years earlier. CHAPTER NINE UN PLAZA At noon buses and limousines pulled up to the curb, one after the other, and soldiers [...]


Filed under:Blogh — posted by jonfrankel on November 4, 2014 @ 12:27 pm

WHISKEY TIT Miette, who created this website, and who has been a tireless lover of fiction, promoter of fiction, disseminator of fiction in all of its forms, especially read aloud, has started a publishing venture, WHISKEY TIT. The fact that her first book will be GAHA: Babes of the Abyss, is icing on a cake [...]


Filed under:Blogh,Poetry — posted by jonfrankel on October 23, 2014 @ 6:47 am

For the past couple of years I’ve been writing formal poetry. Some of it is traditional, and some of it is made up. I’ve always been fascinated by rhyme, and have always written strongly stressed verse, but I never consciously followed a pattern, and wrote free verse. If I had to find a category or [...]


Filed under:Fiction,Novels and Novelists — posted by jonfrankel on September 29, 2014 @ 6:07 am

CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS By Bohumil Hrabal Bohumil Hrabal’s Closely Watched Trains is a novel of World War 2, set in a small town in Czechoslovakia in 1945. The Germans are losing the war. The narrator, Milos Hrma, an innocent young man, is employed by the railroad and works in the local station. The war has [...]

No Money No Time

Filed under:Poetry — posted by jonfrankel on September 17, 2014 @ 7:25 am

NO MONEY NO TIME No money no time The days aren’t mine. Sky that was solid Grows thin as pallid Congregants of cloud Couple and uncouple Above a crowd Of cornstalk stubble, Of golden rod And purple Asters, Milkweed pod And hay in pastures. Crimson hands of woodbine Thread the indelible sign.


Filed under:Books,The Vietnam Project — posted by jonfrankel on September 9, 2014 @ 6:32 am

WATER FRONTIER Commerce and the Chinese in the Lower Mekong Region, 1750-1880 EDITED BY NOLA COOKE AND LI TANA This book of essays continues the pioneering work of economic history begun by Li Tana in Nguyen Cochinchina, which focused on the central region of Vietnam in 16th and 17th centuries. As with any book of [...]


Filed under:Fiction,Novels and Novelists — posted by jonfrankel on September 2, 2014 @ 9:24 am

BEAUTIFUL SOUL By Joshua Corey Spuyten Duyvil, New York City, 2014 Joshua Corey is an accomplished poet, blogger, professor and literary critic. With Beautiful Soul, he adds novelist to his list of accomplishments. Corey struggled, publicly, with the seemingly rigid constraints of narrative writing. He has overcome these restraints, and embraced them as well, writing [...]


Filed under:Blogh — posted by jonfrankel on August 29, 2014 @ 6:52 am

Billy Cote, a great musician, artist and writer, now has a website: Please go to it and see the amazing stuff he’s been up to. His writing is hilarious and harrowing, as ecelctic and elemental as his music and art. Billy and I have been friends for some time, kindred spirits. It’s been my [...]


Filed under:Blogh,Food — posted by jonfrankel on August 28, 2014 @ 5:38 am

Corn and Potato Hash Feeding 6 hungry 14 year old boys on Sunday was not an easy task. I threw meat at them, of course, and potatoes, and corn. I suppose it was actually easy, then, for quantity is always simple, provided you have the money and the time. But 14 year olds are not [...]

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