Half Moon and other poems in Verse Virtual!

Moon silver!

Half Moon and two other of my poems were published in Verse Virtual today. I’m most honored to have them included alongside those of some amazing poets! Please take a peek at mine and all the poems in this month’s issue. Here’s the link: https://www.verse-virtual.org/2021/September/walton-robert-2021-september.html

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Pull My Finger

“A lantern’s golden light . . . “

Old friend and raconteur Ed McKean used to amuse my sons (and numerous other young ones) with his campfire story “Pull My Finger”. I won’t go into details, but it was always a hit. Thinking back on those happy times while worrying about fires, smoke and climate disaster, prompted me to use his story’s title for one of my own. Originally published in the 2019 On Loss: An Anthology, Ab Terra’s editors graciously included it in their Issue 4: Climate and Environment. Scroll down a bit to find my story. Here’s the link:  

/http://bmpvoices.com/issue-4-climate/

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Vintage SF! The Resident Sommelier

Neil Hogan’s new anthology

Pour yourself a glass of  Chateau Latour (or at least Opus One), settle into a comfy chair and enjoy my “The Resident Sommelier”. It’s included in Neil Hogan’s new Alien Dimensions #20 – #21 combined edition. Sip your way through some great SF! Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/Alien-Dimensions-20-21-Anthology/dp/B098VSSQGJ/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1625762673&sr=1-1

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Last Date – Again!

Noir stories for real!

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. “Last Date” fictionalizes one of Pete’s more shocking investigations. Originally published in 2014 by Every Day Fiction, I’m happy to tell you that it’s just been republished on the Spillwords site: https://spillwords.com/last-date/

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Tenaya Moods in Red Wolf Journal

I thank editor Irene Toh for including “Tenaya Moods Shared” in Red Wolf Journal. Yosemite’s beauties – especially Tenaya Lake – are sources of spiritual regeneration for all who visit them. Covid has severed us from those beauties for more than a year and our spirits suffer. Words are cabnot substitute, but I hope mine will help a little.

https://redwolfjournal.wordpress.com

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Leftover Duck Soup

Drabbles are 100 word stories, no more and no less. One of mine won a prize in a recent Scribophile contest. I chose my favorite Groucho Marx quotations and wove them into a more contemporary satire.

Second Place: Leftover Duck Soup 

Judge’s Comments: “Loved the comedy running through this. It reflects Groucho Marks’ humour so well, I could see the conversation taking place in my head. It made me laugh out loud, which given the subject matter, is no mean feat. And all dialogue, which isn’t easy. Nicely done!”

I hope it will afford a chuckle! Here’s the story:

Leftover Duck Soup

“Groucho, you can’t possibly vote for him again! Think about our children!”

“Why should I care about posterity? What’s posterity ever done for me?”

“You think he’s done a good job with Covid? You’d take hydroxychloride?”

“Certainly, I intend to live forever, or die trying.”

“Didn’t you hear Fauci last night?”

“Why a four-year-old child could understand that report. Run out and find me a four-year-old child.”

“You’re terrible!”

“Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.”

“I can’t stand it!”

“Thanks for coming. I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it.”

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A Prize for Crescent Moon

My poem Crescent Moon was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Saturday Writers winter poetry contest. I look forward to its eventual publication sometime next year!

“Saturday Writers  February, March and April Poetry Contest Winners:

First Place: Cathleen Callahan for Ripples

Second Place: Cathleen Callahan for High Place

Third Place: Cathleen Callahan for Echoic Spheres

Honorable Mention: Jeanne Felfe for The Gulf

Honorable Mention: Kenneth Lee for The Hatchling

Honorable Mention: Robert Walton for Crescent Moon

Congratulations!”

Heather Hartmann

2021 Contest Chair

Saturday Writers

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