Thursday, August 29, 2013

Sunset over Irish

Motor through the channel; from Sawmill over to Irish,
and gather with the others, who come to relax there.
Sit idle on the waters, your rear blocking out the east,
and look towards tree-lined horizons where the sun starts to dip
its head towards western terrain, colors emerge in full.
Potent hues of purple and orange paint the greying sky;
fumes from running burn barrels tumble to senses.
Itching our eyes and smelling like burnt rust;
we take a drink of beer—like nothing ever happened
and joke to a stranger on a nearby boat.
All’s the same on irish.
when the sun starts to set.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Falling for Faulkner

Falling for Faulkner
Starting reading him years ago
Failed attempts to broaden my literacy
Whole body’d get lost in jumbled sentences
Sometimes running the length of a page
Counting commas; the structure’d confuse me
Messages and images would sail high
Mark’d be missed by miles.
More focused reading
Times I’d spend
Staring at the pages; mulling over
Images and messages of crafty
Description. Makes me feel something
Literature never has.

Morning Tea

Morning Tea
English Breakfast,
in a clear glass.
Deep brown reflections
of the early morning haze.
Crisp sweetness hangs in the air,
bitter beverage cutting through the sweet
smooth inhale.
Dog licking at my toes
I struggle not to giggle
and push him aside.
The tea is cooling;
heat being lost to the chilled outdoors.
Faint wisps of steam rising,
dissipating quickly.
Wave of warmth reaches my face;
carried by Apollo’s awakening.
Waiting for the mid-day high
noon for Sunday brunch.

Thursday, July 25, 2013


Dank sweat green
nuggets of gold.
Twisted knots of
mind-bending rolled
papers a plenty and pipes
put on hold
Always searching for types
smooth and bold
Purples, sativas and
sours foretold
of highs unimaginably fast
and slow
motionless movements of mind
stoned silence of moment
and calm.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Brain- Matter

There's something inviting about the idea of a bullet barreling it's way through my brain,
Ripping and tumbling through gelatinous brain matter before exploding from my skull.
My body would fall to the floor and rest on the carpet, a hole gaping in my head.
Problems, once so important, would be distant memories now blown from my mind.
Pains, both real and hallucinated, would flow away with the ooze of scrambled brain-matter.
Lifeless would my vessel lye with cracked and shattered bone clinging to my pate.
But with the lifeless soulless body, so brutally crowned,
Would hope be lost and happiness drowned,  not even a memory of existence.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Expand your Reading Scope and Support other Writers

    I have a confession to make. As a young writer looking to hone my skills I find that about 80% of what I read is considered to be "classical" literature. My days are dominated by the words of Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, William Faulkner, Leo Tolstoy, Joseph Conrad, and Mark Twain. Also, the majority of the other 20% of my fiction diet is from authors such as Jonathon Franzen, Philip Roth, and Cormac McCarthy; writers whose financial success is already insured and doesn't require my constant patronage. I often times thought and spoke about the need for young writers to support one another and then I realized that I was doing it in name only. I've decided to change all of that.
    Starting today I am dedicating myself to buying and reading novels by authors I have never heard of. I normally finish a new book every week and a half or so and I decided that every third book (about every month) I'll go into a bookstore and buy a full-priced novel written by a new author. Granted, I'm sure that I'll read a few bad books, but who hasn't? I'm also sure that through the whole process I'll be introduced to a few pieces that I actually enjoy and it might even lead to me finding new authors whose books I actively wait for to be released.

    To keep me honest I'll be bringing updates to this Blog as soon as i decide what my next book is going to be and then a short report once I am finished on what I thought of the book.I figure that this is as good of a way as any to get better in tune with what the current marketplace is while also experiencing new books instead of the same old classics that I keep rereading for the dozenth or so time.

    I think that this practice is something that the writing community as a whole should take up and I can't think of a single reason not to do it. Obviously there will be some financial sacrifice on the part of those buying books but most people can make the smaller commitment of buying two or three books a year from someone they've never heard of. Not only will that make them more well-read but it will also put more money into the struggling publishing industry. And more money in the publishing industry is always a good thing.

    Now this doesn't mean that you shouldn't go out and buy the next Stephen King book or even something by E.L James. By all means go out and purchase as many books as you can afford. But, if you can, also try to increase the amount of fiction you read by "unheralded writers". I think that if a sizable portion of the writing community were to commit to this project then we could really see some progress in the turn around of the publishing industry and that is good for all of us writers whether we are just aspiring or we've already made it. I look forward to discussing my readings with you all in the future.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Why I No Longer Watch the News

    When I started this blog just a few weeks ago I made the commitment to write only about topics that were somehow related to literature and writing. It's only a few weeks in and I find myself breaking that commitment. But I'm only doing so because the topic has changed my life so much that I find it worth sharing. About a month ago I stumbled across the following article and it changed my life.
    I would consider myself a news junkie and spent about five hours a day consuming some sort of news media. So when I read this article it definitely spoke to me. I thought that the majority of the points it made were interesting and I vowed to give up watching the news for a month. So now, approximately a month later, I am here to give my testimony.


    I've found that I have a lot more time in my day to accomplish the things that are important to me (my writing). This really goes without saying but until I read this article I wasn't really aware of how much time I spent watching the news.


   I am much more happy and motivated to write now than I was last month. The majority of what we see on the news is negative and makes us want to scream and yell and then sometimes just give up all together. Normally when I'm watching a news program I find myself cursing at a science hating Republican or yelling at a hypocritical Democrat and my blood pressure goes through the roof. Now I find myself to be much more calm and less obsessed with politics than I previously was.


   I actually feel better informed than I did a month ago and I will explain why. I don't think that we really think about how much useless information we ingest when watching a news broadcast. We are subjected to poorly worded diatribes and interviews with morons. In an hour long news program we only get a few short minutes of hard-hitting honest journalism. Instead it's watered-down garbage. Now I might not be as up to date on the latest filibuster but I know a lot more about the political landscape than I did before.
   Now that I'm no longer consuming watered-down cable news I have more time to consume some of the real journalism that is out there. I read more primary sources and trusted news magazines. I look at investigative journalism stories and read a few online sources. I find that I understand, and am in tune with, deeper and more important topics than I was when watching the news.

Current Events 

   This is the one area of my life where I feel like I have lost knowledge. But I consider that a good thing and this just adds to my list of why you shouldn't watch the news. Sure I know less about what celebrity punched what paparazzo and what senator slept with which intern. But that just removes some of the clutter of my life and allows me to appreciate the more important things. Before I started doing this I didn't really realize how much of a news broadcast was taken up with current events story's.

The Verdict 

   I would recommend everyone to try this. It's been one month since I have watched a second of the news and I don't plan on ever going back. Sure I'll watch Presidential Debates and Election coverage but that doesn't mean I will stay on to watch all of the spinning and distorting. I feel that I have more time, am more informed, and have a better attitude than when I was watching the news. I'd encourage everyone to give this a try.