The Challenge of Poetry

Today–the last day of National Poetry Month–is the final day you’ll be able to get my poetry collection Bite Your Lip & other poems free at Amazon for Kindle–whether that Kindle is your Paperwhite or your iPad or your Android phone or whatever you’re using these days to read. Bite Your Lip & other poems … [Read more…]

Exciting Poetry

As many readers probably already know, April is National Poetry Month. Wikipedia notes: National Poetry Month was inspired by the success of Black History Month, held each February, and Women’s History Month, held in March. Neglecting for the moment that conflating poetry, as a genre, to either race or gender seems a little, well, off, … [Read more…]

For Cynthia: Free

“For Cynthia,” the first story from my now-no-longer-exists debut collection Entrekin, is, today, free. God, I love Kindle Select. I know not everyone does. Barnes & Noble and IPG and the SFWA all have all used various methods–refusing distribution and bowing out of contract negotiations and, er, removing links to Amazon titles except where those … [Read more…]

Zihuatanejo

On March 1st, 2007, five years ago tomorrow, I published Entrekin, a self-titled debut collection of short stories, essays, and poetry. If you’ve ever been interested but put off picking up a copy, now’s the time to do so, as it’s your very final chance. I said that once, back when I pulled it from … [Read more…]

Gratitude 2011

A long time ago, I dated (briefly) a girl whom I took out on the night before Thanksgiving. We went out with mutual friends to a bar, and we danced and drank and were young. At the end of the evening, I drove her home, and I kissed her goodnight. It was our first kiss, … [Read more…]