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Writer’s Block

When I draw portraits and illustrations, I often use pen and ink. Without an eraser, I have to learn from my mistakes and creatively work around them to achieve a result that I like. Often a misplaced line has led to a more intricate background or a stronger contrast between light and shadow. Drawing is […]

First Half of Chapter 1: Saturday Night, May 16th

The tall, Nordic blond gazed out the window at Park Avenue, twelve stories below, where cars undulated like trains crossing the prairie, going as far back as a man could see. “Excuse me. Do you know where I can get a drink stronger than ginger ale? I hear Dave’s got something stashed.” Turning, Jake pulled […]

Convergence: “The Calling of a Disciple”

I think fundamentally a poem is about convergence—the poet’s inner world with the external world, the temporal with the eternal, the real with the ideal, now with then, my point of view with yours, words with images, feelings with ideas.  A poem is the Tardis, an impossibly big room in a small box. In Daniel Jordan’s “The […]

Honoring the Enemy

Suddenly spies are all the rage. First, Steven Spielberg makes a movie—A Bridge of Spies—about James Donovan, the lawyer who negotiated the Gary Powers/Rudolf Abel swap with the Soviet Union in 1962, and then the New York City Council honors Ethel Rosenberg. First the movie: while I enjoyed Bridge of Spies, Spielberg’s whitewash of Rudolf […]

Sweep Back

Dansul Mortii Your best memories haunt you, and the time you danced to Holst’s Planets in a long blue dress hangs in the air like a ghost as “Jupiter” plays on the radio. You were one of them, then, the sylphs, the Willis, fairy girls with bony chests and hollow cheekbones, floating phantomlike, beautiful as […]

Argh! We lost our theme!

Because of updates by Host Monster, we lost our theme. We’re working to replace it with an even better one–more modern with a cleaner look that accommodates all the great blogs you’re used to reading. We’ll keep posting if you’ll be patient with the current look:-) Thank you from the writers at Skoob Press.