Saturday, August 20, 2011

Du Fu's Cottage

Haven't had a chance to post much lately, as I've been touring through Sichuan Province over here in China.  I did get a chance to visit the former home of Tang Dynasty poet, Du Fu (a.k.a. Tu Fu) in Chengdu, and thought I'd share some pics.  He lived here for about five years.  Beautiful grounds, with lots of statues, quaint gardens, and multiple language translations of his poems on display.  One highlight:  the Hall of Odes, containing statues of Du Fu and other famous Chinese poets, like his buddy, Li Bai (Li Po). 


Sunday, August 14, 2011

On Air

Amazon link below for the book On Air, by my friend and publisher, Robin Stratton, recently released by Blue Mustang Press.  A truly great read!  I highly recommend Stratton's modern tale of Boston radio DJ, Eric Storm, his complicated relationship with his mother, and his late "coming of age", all set against the tragic events of 9/11. Both funny and touching, the flow of writing here is smooth and natural, the characters highly developed, and the theme complex yet fully realized. Stratton is a master storyteller, with the fine writing skills to back it up, and this is a book that will leave you thinking about its characters long after you've put it down. Pick up a copy—you won't be disappointed!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Dark Chaos Acceptance

A big thank you to editor Jeffrey Callico, for picking up one of my poems for Dark Chaos.  I've been searching for just the right home for this poem about Jim Morrison, titled "What the Water Gave Him", for a long time.  You can read it on the Dark Chaos website here:

Monday, August 1, 2011

New Chapbook Review

Link below to a new review of my chapbook, by Zack Kopp for the Denver Examiner.  A big thank you to Zack.  I'm really lucky to know some great people in the biz!

Snakeskin Acceptance

Link below to the August/September issue of Snakeskin Poetry Webzine, in which my poem, "The Cottage" appears.  A big thank you to the editor, George Simmers.  This is one of my favorite online literary journals~check 'em out!