“Elf Houses” Nominated for a Pushcart Prize!

Unattended pushcart advertising “frankfurts” with sauerkraut or onions, ice-cold soft drinks, and pies for 5 cents on a rain-soaked wharf.

Faithful readers will recall that not long ago I was disappointed when Doubleback Review was unable to nominate my story, Elf Houses, for Best of the Net. I was therefore all the more delighted when Krista Cox, Managing Editor of Doubleback, informed me that the editors have nominated “Elf Houses” for a Pushcart Prize! My thanks to the editors.

Now go read the story already!

Photo credit: Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Overseas Operations Branch. New York Office. News and Features Bureau. Picture Division. Exhibit Section. (1942 – 1945). Unattended pushcart advertising “frankfurts” with sauerkraut or onions, ice-cold soft drinks, and pies for 5 cents on a rain-soaked wharf. Ca. 1939. P. D. Wikimedia Commons.

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“Government Buildings in Berlin, 2018,” Is Out at After the Pause

Photo: Government buildings reflected in another government building across the Spree in Berlin. Taken by me. Summer, 2018.

I was delighted to learn today that my poem, “Government Buildings in Berlin, 2018,” which I wrote about here, is up in the latest issue of After the Pause. I’m grateful to Editor Michael Prihoda for publishing the piece, and hopeful that our country, like Germany after Nazism and Communism, can turn around and start going in a more progressive direction now. Although I did not compose them as a set, I’ve always felt that this poem and Dreaming to Updated Mountain Songs went together–both ekphrastic, both centered in a place, both anti-totalitarian, both looking to imagination in a time of incipient tyranny. So I was intrigued to see that Zebulon Huset, the editor of Coastal Shelf, which published “Dreaming . . . ,” has a piece in this issue of After the Pause. I look forward to reading his work and all of the experimental work in this issue of After the Pause. Perhaps it will further my understanding of “experimental,” which still seems to me a nebulous, though inviting, descriptor.