My work has appeared at Connotation Press, Blue Fifth Review, Divine Dirt Quarterly, Poets for Living Waters, Manifold, Cur.ren.cy, Eye Socket Journal, Silk Worms,Ink, Gumball Poetry, and The Arlington Review.
Cosmology, envy, serendipity, and Texas weather "fuel my creativity."
I write because I have to. Often, I enjoy it.
Bishop, Eliot, Heaney, Pynchon, Sophocles, Homer, Aeschuylus, Plath, Larkin, Stevens, Gibson, Bradbury, Dickens, Shakespeare, Dante, Tomlinson, W.S. Graham, Hemingway, Faulkner, Atwood, Conrad, Basho, Heinlein, Anderson, Robert Browning, Issa, Lowell, Roethke, Robert Venturi, Twain, Carver, Salinger, Hughes, Heller, Verne.
The Complete Poems Of Elizabeth Bishop, The Complete Poems and Plays of T.S. Eliot, Station Island, Gravity's Rainbow, Oedipus Rex, Antigone, Oedipus at Colonus, The Odyssey, Agamemnon, Ariel, The Collected Poems of Phillip Larkin, The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens, Virtual Light, Dandelion Wine, Great Expectations,
Othello, Inferno, Seeing Is Believing, Malcolm Mooney's Land, In Our Time, Go Down, Moses, Morning in The Burned House, Heart of Darkness, Stranger in a Strange Land, Winesburg, Ohio, The Collected Poems of Robert Browning, The Complete Poems of Robert Lowell, The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, Huckleberry Finn, Where I'm Calling From, Franny and Zooey, Wodwoe and Other Poems, Catch 22, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
Thank you for the comment on "Beware the Armed Man" Gary. 17 doesn't leave us. It stays in the back of our minds until we find the words for it...well...that's what happens with me anyway.
Thanks again Gary.
Thank you for reading and commenting, Gary. I think I live for comments sometimes.
Thanks, Gary, for your comment and fave on Spatter and for adding me as a contact.
Thanks, Gary, for such nice comments about Instructions.
Thank you, Gary, for your kind words on "Break".
Also-I finally looked at the books you have listed on top. How did I not realize you're a Robert Browning fan?!`
Thank you for reading and commenting on My Great Uncle Jerry, Gary. Writing it made me nuts, so I appreciate your saying that it didn't seem forced.
Thanks for the comment and the star for "The Waves." The incident has been on my mind for a long time.
Love derivative. Anything with math and porn. Seriously both are connected....amy
Thank you for your wonderful support, Gary. Your comments are so kind.
Hey Gary. Thanks for reading berets and fish, and thank for commenting, too. fos.
Gary, thank you so much for your comment on "Pyromania". That's easily the best one I've received. Ever.
Thanks for the kindness, Gary.
Gary, thank you for your kind words on my stories, and for your seemingly undying support in general.
Thanks, Gary, for letting me know you liked W.P.A.
Thank you for commenting on my story.
Thanks, Gary. Glad you liked Wild Horses. I expected this not-so-uplifting little piece to make me eligible for the zero club. ;-)...
Thanks for your comment on Leviathan (?) don't understand it though... although Dolomite seemed to - who is Maryanne?
Thanks for the star and for calling Float to Water "lyrical and lean." That's what I aim for.
Thank you for reading Miss Jewel Eppinette, Gary. I'm always happy to see you've read and liked something of mine. I'll reciprocate soon.
Gary, thanks for your comment on Demons (4). Yes, car and snow is a kind of leitmotif which will travel through the whole piece.
Belated thanks for reading Requiem Bell!
Dear Gary, flatterd by your ocmment on Demons!! Thank you.
Glad you enjoyed "Boy on Fire". It was a pleasure to write.
Dear Gary, thank you so much for your comment on How to Travel with your Demons, its part of a much longer piece, and comments like yours says, ok, keep going with it. thanks again.
Thank you for commenting on Mama. Thank goodness it's not real!
Thank you for reading and commenting on Bare Feet on a Tile Floor, Gary. Cheers. Nonnie
Thanks for reading Hub for the Visionaries Gary. I am honestly trying to move away from the bar poems! :)
Thank you for taking the time to read The Light at the End of You - appreciate the comment. :)
Gary - thanks for reading and commenting on Daddio.
Mr. Hardaway, thanks for the note on "MacGowans." No need to visit ancestry. Just make it up.
Thanks for the comment as always Gary!
Gary, your kind words about Listing mean a lot to me! Thanks.
Fish Eye: All really interesting and wise thoughts to ponder, the similarities and differences of skill-building and sustaining in all these arenas. Earlier in life I was a painter and found that taking breaks and just looking for awhile improved my work more than constant practice. There also may be stages in the development of an art or skill requiring more or less "doing."
Thanks for faving "Never Let Me Go". Glad you loved it. I think that the piece was, in some ways, more about the unseen than what the reader sees (i.e the line about a fist in the wall). The unifying factor (I hoped) was that anywhere the character goes, the voices don't really stand out. They just disappear into one big, constant stream of noise. I wrote it as a way of sending a message to an old writing teacher--if I ever seemed flippant or angry, it's not that I didn't want to listen. It's that I couldn't hear you.
Thanks, Gary for reading and liking "A Forest."
I loved your comment on Life's Meaning. You're right. Too weird for fiction.
Thanks, Gary, for reading and speaking kindly of "That Line."
Thanks for reading and commenting on 'remembering'
Glad to bring you enjoyment with Spring Fever. You bring me so much.
I sound like a Hari Krishna. You can delete all the extras. I thought it wasn't working because it was taking so long.
Gary. Writing is a true faith for us Godless heathens.
Thanks for your comment on Amends.
Gary, it seems interesting now only in retrospect. I was a senior in high school and not much impressed me. Even then, tho, I would have conceded it was cool that Bob Denver rode up on his bicycle and treated us as if we were old friends. Probly never happen these days.
Glad you liked Holiday Newsletter.
Gary, thanks for reading and commenting on Winyah Bay. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
thanks Gary, for reading and commenting on 4:09.
Thanks for reading and commenting on the story, 'The Color of Sound.'
Thanks for your comment on False Alarm. I think one writer called his book on fiction "The Lie that Tells a Truth." John Dufresne. Daydreaming aloud is really no different from free association. Technicalities. Psychoanalysis on children is not particularly effective. I like family and play therapy.
Thanks for your comment on False Alarm. I think one writer called his book on fiction "The Lie that Tells a Truth." John Dufresne. Daydreaming aloud is really no different from free association. Technicalities. Psychoanalysis on children is not particularly effective.
Thanks for your comment on Light, though I hope it's only half-true.
Thanks for you comment on "Good Boy"
I liked the way you worded your comment on Dry Well. Thanks.
Hi Gary, thanks for reading Brick Walls, I appreciate the comment, too. fos.
Thanks for taking the time to comment on my poem Gary. Always appreciate it. Neil
Synesthesia. Wassily Kandinsky had it. His paintings were music to him and he heard music in all color. I did a term paper on him in college as an art history major.
Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Twenty One,' Gary. I greatly appreciate your comments.
Thanks, Gary, for your kind words about Aerospace.
Thanks for your comment on Insanity.
My gratitude, Gary, for sticking with Hemingway Test. Keeps me feeling connected!
Thanks for your Forgiveness comment.
Gary, thanks for commenting and faving "Testimony." I'm delighted you enjoyed it.
Would that our body parts had warranties as well.
Gary, I almost wish I could look back at childhood with the kind of focused recall I have in this flash piece, The Crack, but the memories are scattered. Most are too vague to mean much.
Insomniac, that it has been.
Thanks, Gary. Your enthusiastic comment about White Cliffs is much appreciated.
Thank you for commenting on my squirrels. I think they like the cooler climate up here, lol.
Thanks for your comment on Conversation.
Thank you so much for your comment on Attachment.
Hi, Gary. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Seventeen.' I greatly appreciate your lucid comments.
Thanks for reading "Eulogy for the Eating Disorder". I try to make my writing as lean as possible.
Hi Gary, thanks for spending a few minutes with Eight States Away, much appreciated. fos.
Thanks, Gary for reading "Menthol." A little sampling of family, NYC-style..
DUO: Thanks for your comment. Experimenting with writing without punctuation has been eye-opening.
BOXWOOD AT NINE: I basically wrote this in my head as is when I was nine.
Thank you for your engagement with "Falling". I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Gary, I much appreciate that you are following Hemingway Test. Your comments continue to encourage me.
Thanks, Gary for reading and commenting on "Folly Island." I'm delighted that you enjoyed it.
Thank you for your comment and fave on "Sending kisses". I'm glad you enjoyed it. I don't know if people noticed, but I sprinkled the text with x's. Those were the kisses.
Thanks for your insightful comment on Flinch.
Thanks very much for the kind words on "Gravity," Gary.
Thank you for the kindness sir
Thanks for your comment on Women's Lib. Some of us humans are good some of the time.
Hi, Gary. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Fourteen' and 'Assiduity Fifteen.' I greatly appreciate your helpful and encouraging comments.
Thank you for your lovely comment and fave on "Sending kisses". Apologies for my delayed response. I hadn't received an e-mail notification from Fictionaut for some reason.
Thank you for your comment. I like these words from above: "I write because I have to. Often, I enjoy it."
Gary, thanks for commenting on my poem "Factory Girl in a Blurred Photograph."
Hi, Gary. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Thirteen.' I greatly appreciate your helpful comment.
Thanks for EX!
Gary, I am grateful for your meaningful remarks on "What Some Boys Do!"
Thanks so much for your generous comment on The Ring.
Thank you for your insightful response to Crime and Punishment.
Gary, I was delighted and gratified this morning to see your kind words for my little story, Peacemaker. Peace, brother.
Thanks for your comment on Sukkos Morning. I especially like flies as decoration too.
Thanks for your enthusiasm over Gas Chamber.
Thanks, Gary for commenting on "Ceali." I'm glad you liked it.
Gary, much appreciate your reading Hemingway Test - 3. At first glance with misted morning eyes I thought you said "Pynchonesque", and almost crapped my pants. Pythonesque is still mighty flattering. Thanks.
Hey Gary, thanks for reading a bar for all occasions. Thanks for commenting, too. Both, very much appreciated. fos.
Gary, I greatly appreciate your kind words for Conjured Love.
Glad you liked Lifetime.
Thanks, Gary, for your kind words about 'What the Future Holds...' A thousand words would be like War and Peace for me.
Hi Gary, please forgive my tardiness, but thank you for reading and commenting on Familiar Things--much appreciated! fos.
Hi, Gary. Thanks for reading ' Assiduity Nine.' I greatly appreciate your comments.
Re: Aflame . There is such a wide spectrum to family comfort and horror.
Thanks for your comment on Sitting Shiva.
Thanks for your specific comment on Mimsy.
Thanks for the read on "Casual Violence." Just needed to get that out.
Thanks Gary, for Matchmaker. We felt such a tiny piece of the quilt indeed.
Re: Hair. The world and possibilities seemed so different then.
Staff meetings are so all the same that if you took my place at an Orwellian one for a session, no one would notice, except maybe my boss who would like you a lot better.
Re: Princess Gary, I totally agree with you. Everything seems too wordy these days.
Thanks Gary for your comment on "The Man with the Blue Ski Jacket.". Felt good to pin this one down.
Thanks for your insightful comment on Tribe.
Thanks for reading and commenting on 'Assiduity Six,' Gary.
Thanks so much on your comment on Saratogah Peony.
Hi, Gary. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Five.' I greatly appreciate your comment.
Thanks for the read and comment on "Paris Review." Not the most welcome of topics to explore.
Thanks, Gary, for your kind words about 'Listening to Neil Young...'
Thanks Gary for the nice comment on "Muddy Creek." It means a lot.
Hi, Gary. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Four,' and for your comment. I greatly appreciate.
Thanks for the kind comment on "The Songs of Townes Van Zandt." He touched and continues to touch many people.
I appreciate you taking the time to read Things to Come - many thanks.
Hi, Gary. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Three.' I appreciate your insightfully helpful comment.
Hi, Gary. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Two.' Your insightful comment is greatly appreciated.
Witty comment on Werewolf.
Thank you Gary! Still a work in progress but I'm glad you enjoyed "Like Swan Lake."
Thanks, Gary for reading my long story and commenting. I'm delighted you enjoyed it.
RE: Munchausen's = Gary: I didn't work in a factory. I worked in an upscale medical practice and I swear this was me and all the other women providers there.
Hi Gary. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on Elegy for the Old Republic ~ it's a rant that should be delivered slam style.
Hi, Gary. Thanks for reading 'Independent Assiduity.' I greatly appreciate your comments.
Thanks so much for your stellar comment on Psychotherapy, God and Me.
Re: The Cough Gary, you can't be a psychotherapist for nearly thirty years and not see the absurdities. Thanks for the comment.
Thank you belatedly for your insightful comment on Rin-Tin-Tin.
Thank you so much, Gary. Your comments mean the world and the fact that you enjoyed it, the heavens.
Thanks for your comment on Waiting. Loved Human Season.
Thanks, Gary for reading "Childless." Another one of my experiments which I may keep tinkering with (though not too much).
Thank you for the read and comments on my poem "Remembering the Future." Regenerative gave me a good smile. I'm glad you liked it.
Gary, I appreciate the comment and the fav on "Honor Grade." I'm glad you liked it.
Thanks for the read and comment on "Change of Heart."
Thanks for reading my Afghanistan story, Gary, and for letting me know how much it touched you. These endless, unwinnable wars are wearing me down, breaking my heart. Peace.
Thank you, Gary. I so appreciate you as a reader and fictionaut friend. Blessings to you.
Hello Gary, and thank you for reading "Metamorphoses." Thanks for the compliment and the fave. Always means much to me to have your input. Clark
Glad you liked Boringer.
Thanks Gary for commenting on "Boss of Bosses" and for the fav.
Thank you, Gary, for reading my recently posted piece.
Gary, thanks for the read on "Low Country Boil." Saw this or something like it unfold from across the way one night on Sullivan's Island.
Thank you :) I am happy you like it :)
Thank you for your kind comment on the Diary of Anne Frank's Daughter.
Thanks, Gary for reading "Herself, Alone" and for commenting.
I am so deeply grateful and flattered by your high praise of my last two installments of Birds of Prayer. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you for commenting on "Not Enough Sin to Go Around," Gary. Glad you liked the poem!
I see you’re in Plano. I had a friend who lived NE of where the beltway intersects with JFK. Hadn't see him in years.. Was a grad school roommate. I want to say there was a hotel called the Grand Kapinsky or something like that up there. Seemed like it was closev to Frito Lay Nat. Hdqtrs.
I said, “I’ll bring some beer,” and he said “let me tell you where the liquor store is.” But there were Liquor stores all over, no? I’d seen a big one just off the beltway in Richardson, nearby. My friend said that that was the one. The only one around up there in that N. Dallas desert.
Thanks so much for your Birds of Prayer/Snow Queen comment and fave. It is so very validating, especially coming from you.
Thanks, Gary for reading "Vanity Chair." Cheers!
Gary; Re Suicide Notes -- Gary, I understand and don't understand what you are saying. I am who I am. I have a personal investment in how it turns out. But I adore your comments. They are so thoughtful and challenging and make me think. Thank you so much.
Thank you so much for your appreciation of Fallujah, a story that reminds me there are other holocausts besides my own.
Gary, glad you liked Riding with the King.
thank you for comment on cloth ;)
Gary, I took all your suggestions for I'm Taking my Bath with my iNuke and it's much better. I appreciate all your generous time and thought. My husband had told me it needed more editing and polishing but did I listen to him?
I greatly appreciate your comment on Fairy Tale in Dachau.
Thanks for the read and kind comment on Fat Tuesday.
Thanks, Gary, for reading and commenting on "A Thousand Books." Hard to let go of things!
Gary, thanks for praising my latest. Much appreciated.
Gary, thanks so much for your funny comment and fave on There's Going to be a Test at the End. Did you pass it?
Gary, thank you so much for your Question Authority response to my story Reading at the Table. I wrote a more detailed response there.
Thanks for your comment on "Twedes." Fragmentary history of the Midwest. Yes, a fragment of history on a small farm in it.
Amazing range of voice contrasting We Should Be Hoardes and Existential. The latter was stunning and I'm glad you sent me to it. I look forward to reading more of your work.
Thanks Gary for reading "This Is Not A Love Poem." Ramona consumes me.
Thanks for commenting on "Annulling the Future," Gary. Appreciate the comment!
Gary, thanks for commenting on my Things I Didn't Do poem. I'm happy you like you like it. It's so negative I wasn't sure if anyone would care for it. Best.
Hi Gary, I am so thankful to have a reader like you. Means much that you enjoyed Saturday Morning. Best, HM
Gary - thanks for reading and commenting on "An Itinerary..."
Hi, Gary. Thanks so much for reading (once again) "Dumb-Waiter." Had to whack it a few more times and exploit more details put of it, but I think I'm getting somewhere.
Thank you so much for your comments on "Momma's Elephant." I appreciate them very much!
Or maybe yang and yin! Thanks, Gary, for commenting on the Tapeworm poem.
Thanks, Gary, for your nice comment on 'Used Rainbows.' I'm glad you liked it.
Hi Gary, glad you liked "Out of no way, way". Thank you.
Thanks for the read and comment on "Tongues."
Thanks Gary for commenting "Resolution." I delighted you enjoyed it.
Love your comment on "Finland." Thanks, Gary!
Thanks, Gary for faving "A Good Man Deserves a Good Woman." Had some really good feedback from my Woodshed friends on this one.
Thanks for commenting on "Somewhere East of There." I'm delighted you liked it.
Gary, thanks for commenting on "I Can Take Satan." Glad you like it!
Hi Gary. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my Boogie Man story. Means much. Best, HM
Thanks, Gary, for your kind praise of 'Hints of the Blitz.'
Gary, thanks for the constructive comments on Terror From Above, let's see what the next iteration looks like. This is why I joined Fictionaut, to have constructive critiques and interactions on how to improve!!
Gary, thanks for commenting on "One Week At A Very Quiet Camp."
Thanks for the read and kind comment on my story, "Whole Life."
Thanks for the fave of "Low Dose Yoga," Gary!
Hi Gary. Thanks for reading Invisible Grime, and thanks for commenting, too. I apprecate both. fos.
Hi Gary ~Thanks for reading "Passing the Last Buoy" and commenting. Much appreciated!
Thanks for the read and comment on "Maalox." G;ad you enjoyed it.
Thanks for commenting on "Under Commiseration," Gary. I'm fond of the "pagan razor" line too.
Thanks for reading and faving " Hanky Panky." I'm glad the humor is there. Humor is a slippery devil.
Gary, thanks for commenting on "Picking the Bark Off Experience." Appreciate it comment very much!
Hi Gary! Thanks for reading "The Tall Man's Secret" and the comment. Appreciated!
Appreciate your words about The Measure of Love, Gary. I'm so drawn to Hess's approach to painting - in work after work. I was hoping my words & form could get at my reaction to his work.
Thank you for reading and commenting on Nonesuch. Much appreciated. :-)
Thanks for your comment on The Cull me Cuddle me of the Call-me-to-you and the Terrifying smell of Downstairs. x
Thanks for commenting on "My Books," Gary. Thanks for the fave.
thanks gary, some poems i worked on two years back. recently dug them out and am trying to figure out what to do with them. all best, james
Gary, glad you like succinct. I am trying, really trying :^) Thanks for the kind comment on Outside Starbucks... Peace...
Gary, Many thanks for taking the time to read Running Forward and for your favorable comments as well. . .
Hi, Gary. Thanks for reading 'Truth Or Consequence.' I greatly appreciate your concise analysis: "Socratic dialogue with erotic coda." And *.
Hi Gary! Thanks for reading and commenting on my post office piece. I really appreciate it! I hear you and I totally agree. Truth is, that experience somehow caused me to view their situation with a lot more compassion. My great grandfather was the last horse drawn mail carrier in Milwaukee. So there's some ancestral connection there.
Thanks for the nice comment, Gary. I really appreciate the encouragement (especially when I am working on new things and worried that they may be coming off as too sentimental).
Thanks, Gary. Much appreciated. No plastic. xx
Thanks for your super comment on Eat Drink Grow. I'm so pleased. x
Hi Gary! Thanks so much for reading For The Raven and for your warm and generous comments! Much appreciated!
Gary, hi. Thanks for reading 'Wattle and Daub-3.' I greatly appreciate your comment.
Thanks, Gary, for commenting on my three domestic micros. Glad you liked them.
Thanks for commenting on "Stevie's Knees," Gary.
Hi, Gary. Thanks for reading 'Wattle and Daub-2.' I greatly appreciate your comment.
Hi Gary! Thank you so much for dropping by to read "Go Hard or Go Home" and for your warm and generous comment! I really appreciate it. Even the Man of Steel needs a little boost now and then!
Gary, thanks for the kind words about my poem.
Thank you, Gary. Glad you enjoyed "Chapel Access."
Thanks for reading City of Ants, Gary. I'm glad you enjoyed the piece.
Thanks, Gary, for commenting on "The Hotel Where Esenin Hanged Himself." I appreciate having you as a reader!
Thank you so much for reading and commenting on Episode II of The Last of the Hard Boiled Dicks! ;) It means a lot and I really appreciate it!! May I offer you a light appetizer? ;-)
Gary, thanks for the kind words on "Eyes Off the Road."
Thanks for the comment on Cold.
Thanks for commenting on "Joan of Dark." Glad you liked it, Gary!
Thanks Gary for the comment on Rear View. Appreciate.
Thanks for your comment on "This is the Way It Is" Gary! I appreciate your comment very much. Bulowski wrote a little poem which I'll have to paraphrase because I can't put my hands on it at the moment but it goes something like this: It's not the big things that drive a person mad. It's the little things. Like your shoelace breaking, when there's no time left."
Thanks for the comment on my Eve piece! So glad you liked it.
Thank you for reading and commentings on Parking Garage, Gary.
Your support is so appreciated, Gary. Glad you liked "Sweet Sounds of Home".
Thanks for your comment on 'Snow falls' Gary. Cheers.
Thanks for commenting on "Eleutheria," Gary. Much appreciated!
Gary, Thanks for your comment on 'Maths class'. In response to that, after reading some of your work, I would reckon you could do it.
Hey Gary! Thanks for stopping by to read and comment on "Not in Tangier" - Much appreciated!
Gary, thanks for reading and commenting on "Gardens".
Gary, thanks for your kind comment, I liked it a lot.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read Conversation From a Lunch Counter and to and post a comment. Much gratitude and appreciation! I'm really looking forward to reading your work!
Thank you for your comment on The Wedding: Snow White. Happy New Year, and wishes for many brilliant words in 2012.
Great comment on "Need." Thanks, Gary!
Thanks for the read and comment, Gary!
Hi, Gary. Thanks for commenting on "Magritte." Happy holidays!
(Joseph Cornell? Good idea!)
Hi, Gary. Thanks for reading, 'Heart of Gold.' I greatly appreciate your comment.
Gary, thank you so much for your comment about my story "Tada!" Much appreciated! Nice to see you here!
Hi Gary, dive on in, the water's warm!
Hi Gary: Post something good. I know you can; just dig out an old chestnut and plop it here. It'll grow.
Love the reading list, the reason for writing. Looking forward to your work. -- Q
Welcome to Fictionaut!