The Date Book Arrives

The 2022 big time flash fiction date book, taken by me. Nov. 20, 2021.

It was fun to receive the 2022 big time flash fiction date book in the mail today, even though I do not intend to write in mine. It has a lot of room to write things on each day, and, on the opposite page, flash fiction. Some stories (including mine) spread over more than one day. You can get an idea of the layout, and read the beginning of my story, by looking at this picture:

The date book, open. Taken by me, Nov. 30, 2021.

If you would like to enliven your days, or someone else’s, in 2022, click on the link above to purchase the date book. I admit, I have not had a chance to read any of the stories besides mine, but titles like “The Ron Jeremy of Klingons” sound promising.

Postscript: I am not a fan of porn for many reasons, but I always considered Ron Jeremy to be a comic, slightly pathetic figure. In Googling him for a link in the title of the above story, however, I discovered that many women allege he is anything but. So I will now offer that link with a content warning: distressing accounts of sexual assault. I have also skimmed the story and can confirm that the allusion to Ron Jeremy is only about his porn star status; his cosplaying Klingon parallel is, if anything, overly anxious to ensure that any coupling is consensual.

“Be Well for Life” Accepted by Ubu

Photo credit: Bruce Bisping, Old Style Cash Register and Canned Goods in a Butcher Shop in New Ulm, Minnesota. October, 1974. Wikimedia Commons. PD.

I was happy to find a quick reply to a submission in my inbox today. Editor Lori A Minor not only accepted one of my can poems, “Be Well for Life,” but also said she wished she had been quicker to accept “Koans for the Late Anthropocene,” which I had to withdraw when it was accepted by Mollyhouse. Thanks for the acceptance and kind words, Editor Minor.

“Be Well for Life” will appear in ubu., a journal of brief, absurdist poems inspired by absurdism in general and Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi in particular. Like much absurdism, therefore, the poems in ubu. upset various apple carts and expectations, including social ones. “Be Well for Life” should fit right in.

I am now up to 24 can poems out of a projected set of 25. Almost all have been accepted somewhere. This one is based on the text on a can of Bumble Bee Tuna (the third tuna can I have used–not sure what that says about me). The poem is very short and tries to represent various qualities of wellbeing in a free way on the page. The last element of the can text I used, “Non-verified,” is corporate speak, which ends the poem on a twist, encouraging readers to consider what being “non-verified” is, how it might be an ingredient in wellbeing, and in what ways it (and the poem) may defy the corporate structure that produced it.

At least, that was my intention. When it comes out, I will post about it, and you will be able to judge for yourself how well it works. In the meantime, be well.

Two Poems Accepted by Mollyhouse

I was very happy to be greeted, first thing in the morning and so close to a holiday, by an acceptance of two poems to Mollyhouse. Many thanks to Editor Raymond Luczak. I am even more thankful than usual because these poems are avant-garde responses to the authoritarianism of the toxic yam’s regime, and so not welcome at just any journal.

Luckily, Mollyhouse is not just any journal, as I suspected from its name. As I learned doing research for my dissertation on Oscar Wilde, Joe Orton, and Tom Stoppard, a mollyhouse was a meeting place for gay men. (Actually, I seem to remember my sources alluding explicitly to gay brothels.) In accord with its name, Mollyhouse does not accept submissions “by white hearing able-bodied heterosexual cisgender men.”

Taking a hint from this, I included the two poems that have found favor in my submission: “Koans from the Late Anthropocene” is about the insoluble conundrums posed by authoritarian fostering of personal disempowerment, cowardice and bullying, environmental degradation, and abusive violence; and “100% Pure” is a can poem about white supremacy and the persecution of immigrants and asylum seekers at our Southern border. (That persecution was, of course, not unique to the yam’s administration, but he did greatly worsen it, most notoriously through increased separation of children and even infants from their parents.)

I’m so glad these will now have a voice in the world.

Love Anthology Arrives

Love anthology, on top of She’s with Me, by my friend, Teresa Rodriguez. Taken by me.

I was delighted to receive a copy of Love Lifespan Vol. 4 from Pure Slush Books. It’s a big thick book with a lot of short little nuggets. It is nice to see my poem, “Snow Globe,” which I talked about here, in print, and I can’t wait to dive right into the rest of the volume.

I photographed it atop She’s with Me because seeing my work in print always makes me feel like a superwoman, and especially in this case because getting poetry out of my experience with a narcissist does seem like a superpower that negates his attempts to hurt me.

Judging by what I have read of the Friendship volume in the same series (almost all of it), I believe Love would make a nice gift, so if you purchase it in any of its several formats, let me know what you think. I am always interested.

Flash Fiction Out in Date Book

Unknown source. Charles Darwin. Wikimedia Commons. GFDL.

I am happy to learn that my flash fiction, “‘Difficulties on Theory,'” which I wrote about here, has been reprinted by Scars Publications as part of a 2022 date book. Many thanks to Editor Janet Kuypers. I like the idea of a date book with flash fiction on the facing pages to the planning pages, and I look forward to seeing which contributions go with which day. If you think that sounds fun, click on the link to “2022 date book,” above, and check it out.

In case I do not revisit this site in the coming week, Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate.

“Memory” Is Up in Feed

Photo credit: Extra Zebra, Frio Agean. 31 Oct. 2010. Flickr CommonsCC BY 2.0

Thanks to Editors Jessica and Allison, of FEED Literary Magazine, for publishing my flash CNF, “Memory,” today (scroll down–it’s the second piece). As I mentioned when FEED accepted it, I wrote about the piece here. Having reread it just now, and viewed it in the context of some other works in the magazine, I think it fits with a sense in some of those pieces that something irretrievable has already been lost for the vulnerable speakers before they begin. The editors kindly called my piece “mesmerizing,” but I think that characterizes the alienated questing in many of the works in FEED.

So if you find yourself needing a dose of something dark, melancholy, and beautiful, head on over, do a little reading, and, as always, let me know what you think.


Love Anthology Now Out in EPub and Kindle Formats

Just a note to say that Love Lifespan Vol. Four is now out in Kindle and ePub formats. My poem, “Snow Globe,” which I wrote about here, is in the anthology. Now you have two more ways to read it and the other works in there. What are you waiting for?


Flash CNF Accepted Again

Photo credit: Extra Zebra, Frio Agean. 31 Oct. 2010. Flickr Commons. CC BY 2.0

I am happy to report that my flash CNF, “Memory,” has been accepted by FEED. Many thanks to Editors Jessica and Allison. I am especially thankful because this piece was accepted before, by Rum Punch, but it stopped publication before “Memory” could appear on its site.

I wrote about the piece on this blog back then, so I will only add now that although I say in “Memory” that people don’t travel by freighter, this form of transportation actually seems to be having a bit of a vogue, judging by the search for photos I just conducted, but the most popular cruises appear to be local coastal ones. I don’t think a lot of people choose this option for transatlantic trips. I clearly remember that when we returned to Europe in 1973 almost nothing of the kind was available.

So I look forward to seeing my strange memory trip back to what was still essentially mid-twentieth-century American life out in print soon. In the meantime, I will be familiarizing myself more fully with the contents of FEED.