I am a poet, essayist, and translator; I was born in Ontario, Canada and reside in the greater Toronto area. Published collections of my work include Vignettes: prose narratives, Postprandial: a prose poem novel, and Notes from November’s Noon: a chapbook in fictional letters. I am a Pushcart Prize nominee for the short story The One Single Note (Lunatics Folly, 2011), and for the short story Motel by the Stereo Sea (Mungbeing Magazine, 2012). Some of the publications my writings have appeared in include Glossolalia, Otis Nebula, and Whisperings Magazine. Currently I am working on a compilation of short stories called Electric Light, and the novel Autumnal, Light and Dark.
Writing, in one form or another, is simply a common and trusted thread. What fuels it is probably the age old practice of relating a story in order to connect with self and others. There is also the effort to express something unique, and if possible, to express it in a new way, or at the least, an honest way. I enjoy all forms of writing including correspondence, poetry, prose, essay, criticism, the novel, and others, but the short form seems to be like a favorite jacket or friend. One of the highlights of my writing journey was being sent a copy of The Big Red Book (Rumi), by the American translator Coleman Barks. This small gesture, along with his words of encouragement, was no small gesture at all. I have been revisiting the work of Malcolm Lowry, specifically Under the Volcano. I am also reading a book called Rilke and Andreas-Salome, which contains the twenty-five year correspondence between Rainer Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salome, and The Book of Love and Creation, by Paul Selig. For music I am listening to The Velvet Underground and also Lana Del Rey.
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Thank you for reading and commenting on My Great Uncle Jerry, Brian. Writing that poem drove me crazy!
Thanks for your comment on my story.
Thanks for the read and comment on "Losing Marlene."
Thank you for reading hungry knees blues and for your comment. It means so much. Your thoughtfulness in your comment means so much, man. Peace yo-
Brian--thanks for the read!
Thank you again, Brian, for your words about my stories!
Thank you for reading and commenting on The Most Beautiful Lady, Brian.
Thank you for the kind comments on "Temper." It is a very personal story that, even though it's short, took a number of years before I could actually put it into words.
Thanks for stopping by, Brian.
Thanks so much for reading and commenting on my poem, "Chimera"!
Thank you Brian very much for your words about my piece "Second Chance." Your encouragement means a lot to me!
Thank you, Brian, for your thoughts on "Crosswords"!
Thank you for your comment Sir..I'm enthused that you like it..your comment is surely going to serve me as an incentive for continuing writing. :-)
P.S- I'm a neophyte in the realm of fiction-writing.
Thank you for your time in reading and commenting on the blue micro. Its good to see some canadian ass on this arena! Ha! Pax. Amy.
Hi, Brian. Just wanted to pop in and say thanks for the encouraging comments on my story "Everything Foreign." I appreciate it!
Brian, thanks for your kind words towards "Deity". There was a surreal poignancy to that experience, glad I could share some of it with you.
Thanks for commenting on my poem, Moment to Moment, with such concision and clarity. That is much appreciated!
Thanks for your praise on "Omens", Brian!
Thanks so much for reading "Fragile Things," Brian. Looking forward to reading some of your work!
Thanks for you kind response to my little cat poem, "Curious", Brian.
Thanks for your detailed comments on The Bookshelves. That means a lot to me...
Glad to see you still here and writing... :)
Brian, thanks for your nice comment on "A Forest."
Thanks for the comment on Corpse. It's exactly where the mother is an energy vampire.
Thank you so much for reading and commenting on 'i want to walk with you.'
Thank you for your note on Mourning. I appreciate the feedback and encouragement!
I LOVE the concept of energy vampires. Thanks for your wonderful note on my story Amends.
Brian, thank you for reading and commenting on 1965 Dodge. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Hi Brian, thanks a lot for yr comment on clocks!
Thank you for your comment on Patterns on Time.
Thanks for taking the time to commeent Brian. Cheers, Neil
Thank you, Brian, for your response to Black Bombers. I am grateful for the encouragement.
Thank you, Brian for reading "The Restless Animus (or My 2013 Manifesto)." Glad you liked it.
Thanks for your comment on False Alarm.
Thanks for your comment on "Good Boy".
Thanks for your comment on Dry Well's fear of mediocrity.
Thank you, Brian for your kind response to The Horror.
Thank you, Brian, for your generous response to New Questions of Travel.
Thank you for your note and for taking the time to read my story, Brian. I hope you've enjoyed your first week here. It's a very encouraging and helpful community.
Brian welcome to Fictionaut. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my Thanksgiving story.
Thanks Brian for faving and commenting on my poem. Appreciate it!!
Cool to have you with us!
Welcome, Brian! I'm looking forward to reading more of your lengthier pieces. Best of everything to you.
Hi Brian, thanks for the feedback on "The Friend." Welcome to Fictionaut; I hope you find it as useful and encouraging as I have!
Hi Brian and welcome to this great writers community! & thanks for letting me know you enjoyed my story Rug.
Thanks for your comments re The Silence of Harold! Glad you enjoyed it. I'll check out your work soon too. :-)
Welcome to Ficionaut, Brian!