Poetry Chapbooks & Other Books
December 31, 2021
Ninety-six poems about writing, damnation, or both. This book is thematically an heir to both the Elgin-nominated 'Pocket Full of Horror' (2017), and 'Beneath the Greasepaint: Poems About Creating & Creators" (2003). Samples:
rain and sun punish the drunk
words, dead or alive
these words on paper
charcoal scratchings from dead hands
you were once my love
twenty-one years gone you speak
a ghost still pacing my heart
August 15, 2021
I co-edited this anthology with most of my efforts focused on the poetry. This is the eighteenth annual anthology from Parsec Ink.
It includes new writers and established writers. At the time of this writing, four of the poems have been nominated for the Rhysling Award.
It was a delight to get to play with the Pittsburgh science fiction community, and I'm delighted with the result.
December 31, 2020 from Written Image
Thirty-five poems in three sections: Daily Fibs, Pandemic Fibs, Fantastical Fibs.
yelled at me
while I was grilling
on the first cookout day of spring.
I negotiated, promising no birds had been
injured in the production of
this meal. Mollified,
July 23, 2020 from Hiraeth Press
This is a book of essays on writing minimalist genre poetry, liberally illustrated with samples of poetry.
This book includes fifty of my poems, enough for a meaty collection. Those poems are couched in thirteen casual essays. One of those poems, "Frozen Hurricanes" won third place in the Dwarf Stars Award for the year.
Collaboration with Alan Katerinsky
is in need of an upgrade
creator finds blame?
this art does not surpass artist
your thinking limits us both
June 14, 2019 from Dark Particle Press.
Twenty-five urban viewpoint poems in thirty pages.
life runs like water
except for those moments
and those people
frozen at the edges
April 12, 2019 from Poet's Haven Press, 33 prose poems telling one story of what happens when scientists prove the existence of an afterlife.
Transition to afterlife cannot be completed without a sentient witness to resolve all quantum states of a soul moving from one plane to another...
The failure to develop artificial intelligence haunts us all.
There can be only one solution:
someone must stay behind...
These four mini-chapbooks combine to contain over 400 very short poems, and 16 micro-fictions. So far they have been available only at events and brick and mortar stores. Hopefully, an online option will launch in January. The first three covers are by Moira Anne Design. The fourth cover is by me.
she leaves her small cloaked scout ship
hovering six miles up
below common flight paths of local airships
yet above flight capacities of most natives
taking a concentrated breath of air
the lana tucks her wings and plummets from the ship's bottom hatch...
despite her training
she is anxious with anticipation
at touching down in uncharted flora
on the surface of another planet...
the opposite of facebook
leaning over snow shovels
the neighbor lady and I chat
and I learn more about the history
of the neighborhood
and the history
of the neighbor lady
(a fibonacci poem)
are forded by logs,
floating bridges leading to bed
(a cinquain for Jennifer Crow)
has feathers and
nine limbs, juggling ancient
vases inscribed with mythical