Louis found a Home


I often work for years on a poem before I think it’s ready for sharing with the wide world.  One such is “A Conversation with Louis”.  I think it’s ready now and you can find it on Verse-Virtual along with several other poems.  Please let me know what you think!


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Chaos Gate is a steal!

This guy belongs on your Kindle!

This guy belongs on your Kindle!

The Kindle price of Chaos Gate is now $2.99.  That’s a great deal!  In my own humble opinion, that is.

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Poetry Reprise

Tuolumne 2 copy

Photo by Jon Walton

Those of you who enjoy my poetry may find five of my favorites on Verse-Virtual’s September page.  Seeing a group of my poems stirs my interest in assembling a book.  I’d want to employ a certain photographer, however, and the kid is busy!


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This Train Leaves for Marseilles at Five


I’ve learned to stick with a story through years and years of rewrites.  “Train” is a perfect example.  I’ve torn it up and tinkered with it for twenty years and now it has a home.  The folks at Mysteriacal-E were amused by my genre-stretching, noir meets Sf story.  I hope it will amuse you, too!


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Last Date



Pete Noyes, retired newspaper and TV reporter, wrote a great book about his experiences in L.A. during the sixties and seventies.  It’s called “The Real L.A. Confidential”.  I befriended Pete through mutual friend Ed Foley and he inspired one of my favorite fictional characters, Al Murphy.  I’ve also mined his book for story ideas. “Last Date” is one of these and I’m happy to tell you that it’s just been published on the Every Day Fiction site.


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Tang Dynasty poetry for middle school kids


Photo by Jon Walton

John Miller and I have great, though far too infrequent, conversations over campfires.  Our most recent talk over embers at Courtright resulted in this poetry unit.  John asked me to look into classical Chinese poetical forms.  He has a plan for an enhanced Minecraft unit with poems embedded in the world the kids construct. I played around with Tang Dynasty forms and came up with a few that should be accessible to 6th graders and serve as models for their own writing.  At any rated, I’ve posted the unit at Teachers Pay Teachers http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Poetry-for-Middle-School-Students-1394002

 Far Snows

     Wind in fragrant pines is with me

Singing of life’s small harmony

     With melt-water’s descent from ice

For senses only now suffice.

              Sunlight glints on peaks black and torn,

        On blue snows where wind was born.

         Cock-robin, saucy on a branch nearby,

     Awaits my smile before he’ll fly.

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The Battle of the Crater, July 30th, 1864

The lieutenant of artillery looked down upon a scene he never imagined and would never forget: hundreds of men in blue torn apart by point-blank cannon fire. He turned to General Mahone. “We’ve held them, sir.”

Mahone continued staring at the slaughter. “It’s a turkey shoot.”


Today is the sesquicentennial of the Battle of the Crater. I wrote of the battle in Dawn Drums. I’ve posted that selection, along with a reading comprehension exercise, on my Dawn Drums website http://dawndrums.wordpress.com/blogs/. Please feel free to use it with your students.DownloadedFile-1

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