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A friend recently noted that I have not posted much poetry lately. Several reasons, including a lack of writing based on a fear of mediocrity. Seems like an odd excuse, but a way of justifying creative ennui nonetheless. And so I have dredged up another piece from a time when confidence was not as much…

My Brother’s Keeper

On occasion our local newspaper will accept one of my Op-Ed’s for publication. Below is one that was written last week, though the paper changed the title from “My Brother’s Keeper” to “Local food banks are bulwark against hunger during pandemic” which seems a bit lengthy. Appearing in today’s Opinion section of the Chicago suburbs’…

Futile Poetry Submissions

Years ago, when I thought I might find a place that would accept my poetry work as viable, I became disenchanted with the various publications that would send me a standard, computer generated rejection form time and time again. My sense, justified or not, was that magazines like The New Yorker or Poetry Magazine wouldn’t…

A Choice

I finished a book last night. A tale of fairies and dwarves, elves and men, driven to purge great evil. Their foes; vicious and foul. Creatures born of darkness, bent on abolishing the light. Heroic deeds abound, some with brave hearts die, others live. On final pages, I read of triumphant good, learning if we…

A Grand Adventure

On a cold November evening in 1969, I struck out on a cross country trek by making a small sign that read, “East”, stood on the corner of University Avenue and 6th Street in Berkeley. I had never hitchhiked before and only had $1.65 in my pocket, but was determined to see the country. Four…