Upcoming Publications

"Analog Journaling" (photo by m.a.h. hinton)
“Analog Journaling” (photo by m.a.h. hinton)

As I have mentioned here before, while I have always been relatively good about finding the time to write, I have never been good about doing anything with what I have written.

In the analog days, it meant filling notebooks that went into boxes to be ignored. In the digital age, it has meant creating files that sit in folders on hard drives to be ignored.

Last summer I began the process of searching computer files and old backup hard-drives for poetry I have written over the years. I still have a few back-up hard-drives to go through and have not yet tried to tackle the few notebooks that still exist.

I have been editing the poems I find and putting them into a database. At the same time, I have been using that database to begin submitting work for publication.

The ability to digitally submit work has certainly made the process much easier than it was in the analog days. On the rare occasions that I ever tried submitting work in those days, you needed a big envelope, a couple copies of your work, a second envelop for your SASE (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope), and a trip to the post office.

It always seemed like a lot of work for little payoff. And so I seldom bothered.

Now I have no excuses.

Here is a list of upcoming publications. I am thankful to the editors of these publications for liking my poems enough to publish them. I am honored.

Awaiting Publication

  •  Aji Magazine: “Disturbance at Drumcliffe”
  • Temenos: “Crow is Reborn,” “Crow Sings”
  • West Texas Literary Review: “Larix,” “Dust,” “Into the Snow Sea”
  • GFT Press: “The True Nature of Philosophy”

I will post links once they are published and to any other publications as they happen.

Poetry Review: “The First Dream” by Billy Collins

Trouble with PoetryBilly Collins’ popularity and financial success make him one of those poets it is hard to ignore. The quality of his poetry makes him impossible to forget.

Collin’s poem “The First Dream” is a excellent example of what makes him a great poet: a great idea/moment presented magnificently. There is nothing complex about the form or language and yet it accomplishes much. It dives straight to the heart of the matter… straight to the heart of being human.

It is also a great example of two truisms about poetry that I have written about elsewhere on this blog:

  • poetry is ultimately born in an emotive moment, and
  • all poems are really love poems.

On a beautiful summer day, what could be better than a love poem about dreams.

Enjoy!

 

The First Dream
The Wind is ghosting around the house tonight
and as I lean against the door of sleep
I begin to think about the first person to dream,
how quiet he must have seemed the next morning

as the others stood around the fire
draped in the skins of animals
talking to each other only in vowels,
for this was long before the invention of consonants.

He might have gone off by himself to sit
on a rock and look into the mist of a lake
as he tried to tell himself what had happened,
how he had gone somewhere without going,

how he had put his arms around the neck
of a beast that the others could touch
only after they had killed it with stones,
how he felt its breath on his bare neck.

Then again, the first dream could have come
to a woman, though she would behave,
I suppose, much the same way,
moving off by herself to be alone near water,

except that the curve of her young shoulders
and the tilt of her downcast head
would make her appear to be terribly alone,
and if you were there to notice this,

you might have gone down as the first person
to ever fall in love with the sadness of another.

Poetry Review: “A Ballad of the Mullberry Road” by Ezra Pound

Ezra-Pound-300x282Ezra Pound is famous for many things: the man who discovered T.S. Eliot; an influence on and supporter of the generation of writers known as “The Lost Generation;” an influential literary critic; a traitor to his country in World War II. Above all, though, Pound was a poet.

As a poet he was a lyricist, greatly influenced by a love of China and the many works and writers that he translated and introduced to a Western audience. The poem “A Ballad of the Mullberry Road” shows this Eastern influence quite well.

Pound is another poet whose reputation has diminished with time. I do not know why. Leafing through a volume of his poetry, I quickly lose count of the poems I would like to feature here… the many lines I have loved since I first read them decades ago….

Enjoy!

A Ballad of the Mullberry Road

The sun rises in south east corner of things
To look on the tall house of the Shin
For they have a daughter named Rafu,
(pretty girl)
She made the name for herself: ‘Gauze Veil,’
For she feeds mulberries to silkworms.
She gets them by the south wall of the town.
With green strings she makes the warp of her basket,
She makes the shoulder-straps of her basket
from the boughs of Katsura,
And she piles her hair up on the left side of her headpiece.

Her earrings are made of pearl,
Her underskirt is of green pattern-silk,
Her overskirt is the same silk dyed in purple,
And when men going by look on Rafu
They set down their burdens,
They stand and twirl their moustaches.

Montana Poems

A volume of my poetry, Montana Poems, is now available in the kindle format from Amazon.com. Three decades in the making and a very low price tag of $2.99. That works out to a tidy little sum of… 10-cents a year!

Just follow this link

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00480P44A

For those who have been wondering why I have not been posting here much of late and have been “re-arranging” what is here… this is your answer. My first foray into e-publishing was more time-consuming than I anticipated.

Remember you do not need a Kindle to purchase Montana Poems. Kindle apps are available for  iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, PC, Mac, Blackberry, and Android-based devices, just about every electronic device you can imagine.

Now with that under my belt, I move to the next project: a collection of short stories entitled Montana Noir.