City of Pawns has received a positive book review from Kirkus Reviews:
“.…covers a lot of ground, including the poet’s own life and politics, current events, and meditations on the real and imagined lives of famous figures.” – Kirkus Reviews
“….poems alternate between long, proselike pieces and groups of short, focused haiku. All are marked by their attention to the sound and rhythm of language….” – Kirkus Reviews
“.…particularly lovely….collection of poems marked by strong political opinions and the skillful use of language.” – Kirkus Reviews
opens another new year
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when we overthink
we neglect first principles
On this day, which coincidentally is my birthday, I’m very pleased to announce that my third book of poetry “Two-Cornered Rooms” is now available in print form on Amazon. Kindle version to follow. The verse presented in this volume speaks to themes of philosophy and faith. Also included is a small section containing a selection of micro-fiction stories.
Painting by Albrecht Altdorfer
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acerbic grande dame
martinet with a gavel
fifty million a year
Judge Jean Boyd
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WTF????!!!! I simply cannot contain my outrage.
Drunken teen, with three times the legal blood-alcohol limit, driving more than twice the legal speed limit, kills four people and cripples two more.
His defense is that he was too coddled by an overly-insular, affluent upbringing to have properly learned right from wrong, to have learned that actions have consequences.
And the idiotic judge actually bought into this bullshit. Texas State District Judge Jean Boyd gave him ten years of probation and a six-month stint undergoing “therapy” in a five-star facility, replete with fine resort amenities, where the so-called therapy includes things such as horseback riding and tennis.
This judge is an execrable disgrace and needs to be summarily removed by whatever means is available in Texas.
And if one of the victims had been my loved one, I wouldn’t hesitate to take the now brazenly nullified law into my own two hands, and mete out directly this snot-nosed little bastard’s due measure of justice. And I’d do so with a full understanding of the consequences I would have to face. Without justice, there can be no civilization worth standing.
“Francois I and La Belle Ferronier”
Painting by Alexandre Menjaud
lover and egoist
seeming in complement
one needs to feed
one wants only to be fed
till the feeder dies hungry
Costa Concordia In Extremis
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brave captains with their sinking ships
their stories steeped in fame
but ill-fate gave Concordia
a captain smeared in shame