Two Poems Accepted by DASH


I am excited to report that two of my poems, “Trump Signs Bibles in Alabama” and “Golden Age,” have been accepted by DASH Literary Journal, which is produced by students at California State University, Fullerton. Besides taking pleasure in being recognized by the young and hip at my advanced age, I am always relieved to place my edgier work, and always happy to have work in print journals and publications affiliated with colleges or universities.

I also believe it’s important to sound the alarm about climate change, whose effects are so starkly portrayed in the photo above. “Trump Signs Bibles . . . ” calls out all of us for not doing enough and instead too often retreating into the kind of magical thinking that consoled those who got their bibles signed.


“Golden Age,” I dashed off, appropriately enough, in response to a writing prompt that was part of an application. As I recall, the prompt asked applicants to describe their birth as a mythological event. I may have strayed a little wide of the mark on “birth” (if, indeed, that was even the word–I can’t remember), but thinking of parallels between mythology and my family history helped me to portray that history’s more violent and primal aspects in appropriately archetypal terms in this brief prose poem.

As always, I am grateful to the editors and eager to read the journal. I hope that everyone with extra time now is using it to read widely and adventurously.   


Photo credits: The White House, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump Visit Alabama. 8 March 2019. Wikimedia Commons. PD.

Jacopo Zucchi [user, Sine Fine], The Age of Gold. Ca. 1565 [image, 2 March 2020]. Wikimedia CommonsCC BY-SA 4.0.

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