Birthday Dinners This weekend was my son’s birthday. He turned 15. We don’t get a lot out of him these days other than grunts. A grunt is an extremely serviceable sign to the 15 year old male, and can represent assent or dissent. However, dissent is most often registered with a tirade of some sort, [...]
VISITING HOURS One by one they climb the stair They’ve come to see the face of Lear. A man in the hall says, ‘Stand here,’ Points to a room where there is a book And another man who says to look At names written by hands that shook. One by one they climb the stair [...]
A PERFECT NOVEL I was recently asked in an interview if I had read a perfect novel recently and I had, Middlemarch. Middlemarch is often considered one of the greatest novels in the language, and I have to agree. It is bursting with incident and the pleasures of narrative. She spans multitudes of characters and [...]
Cara Hoffman, author of Be Safe I Love You and So Much Pretty, has posted an interview with me on her website. Also, Eric Maroney, author of The Other Zions and Religious Syncretism as well as numerous wonderful short stories, posted this review on his website.
The Two Houses There is a house of pain And a house of pleasure. In the house of pain there is always measure. In the house of pleasure there is always rain. I’ve never been in a house so dark As the one where measure doesn’t end And there is no friend And no work.
GAHA: Babes of the Abyss is now published, by Whiskey Tit Press. It’s available as an ebook or trade paperback from Amazon. PLEASE BUY IT!
Late November Light The late November light is strong It transfuses the empty arms of trees And radiates the wooded land along The shelves of shale crumbling free Falling in a rush of silver drops To the gorge below where everything stops. Darkened by the shade, a frozen spring In a caul of ice enfolds [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]