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Speckled Trout Review’s Spring 2021 (3.1) issue includes an increasing number of poets from abroad. We hope readers as well as our contributors will continue to share the news about STR’s electronic and print publications.
The Fall 2021 (3.2) publication will again be a print issue, with the theme of childhood memories. Specific submission guidelines will be announced September 1, 2021.
Kevin J. McDaniel, Founder of Speckled Trout Review
Nancy Dillingham, Associate Poetry Editor
Featured poets: Lisa Baron, Ken Been, Steve Brisendine, Milton Ehrlich, Trina Gaynon, Sergey Gerasimov, Jay Jacoby, Seth Jani, Paul Jones, Candice Kelsey, Mercedes Lawry, Katherine Leonard, Dan MacIssac, Mari-Carmen Marin, Kevin J.B. O’Connor, Mike Ross, Mike Schneider, Marc Swan, Ben Westlie, Philip Wexler
____________________________________________________________________________________ What I Would Say to the Snow You are a distracted parent, a too-busy seamstress of white cuffs and pale blouses for too many demanding trees. Stop drifting. Put down your needles and come sit with me. You are an unpredictable parent. I can’t read you. One minute you are a flurry of praise, the next raging like a blizzard. You are a gentle parent. Sometimes, you land softly and brilliantly on the upturned red mitten of a child. You are an absent parent. Stop making me guess about your unexpected arrivals and departures. I’m still lost, still seeking some line of sight through these frosted windows. Lisa Alexander Baron is the author of four poetry collections, including While She Poses, poems prompted by visual art. Her poems appear in Chautauqua, Confrontation, Fourth River, Philadelphia Stories, and others. She teaches writing and public speaking at two Philadelphia-area colleges and hosts “Modern Plays Read Aloud” on Meetup, which offers an open poetry and monologue reading space for poets and actors. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Deal people came to visit his wheelchair and I wished he could play the show-off again how he could spin a circle like an old drawing compass its needle driven into the center point of a deadpan perforation cut here follow the dotted line beware his round face was already glazed except for his eyes loitering despite the signs they found me alone across the room looking out the window and damn like everybody says how funny the typesetting brain is still able to italicize the best moments of the circular narrative that time ice fished in Beulah when the dash line moon was a flint we struck matches on after the undertow whined and creaked like crate nails backing out through the icicle night of fissures on Crystal Lake his eyes emptied like powdery snow suddenly nudged off the trees at midnight and I shuffled across paralysis to the hole we'd been fishing and took a seat on a plastic bucket bottoms-up in our shanty concealed from the moon our casual promises dry as a cinder block and jute rope on the sled beneath the overhang the deal struck over cigars unsigned Ken Been’s work was included in the recent anthology Remembering Lawrence Ferlinghetti (Moonstone Press). His writing has appeared in Kestrel, Hospital Drive, Passages North, and Midstream, among others. In 2018, he read his poetry at a summer literary celebration hosted by Fairmont State University. _________________________________________________________________________________________ To the Last Enemy, Upon His Brief Victory For Emma Wales, 1917-2014 In the iglesias Bautistas of the meatpacking towns, she was everyone’s Tia Emma. She shrugged you off for years, tireless far beyond the allotted threescore and ten. Two husbands, a son, two grandchildren, a brother (my father, four years younger to the day), her only sister: she knew your grim, hungry grin more than well enough. She made you work for her, though, made you break a bone-sweat under those robes. You’d stagger up a dust cloud into some village, sure heat and years had worn her out, and find nothing but tire tracks out of town and boxes of Biblias Santas left behind. Did you read over a shoulder, see your own demise written in the native tongue? Y el postrer enemigo que será destruido es la muerte. Made the moment harder to enjoy, I would think, when you finally caught her sleeping. Steve Brisendine lives and works in Mission, Kansas. His poetry has appeared in the most recent 365 Days Poets anthology and in Squawk Back, Grand Little Things, and The Rye Whiskey Review. His first book, The Words We Do Not Have, is due out in spring 2021 from Spartan Press. ________________________________________________________________________________________ Hiking with Father We clambered ahead with his machete, cutting our way through thorny bushes, hanging vines and slippery undergrowth, around scattered ponds of quicksand. He wanted me to see the imaginary faces he could detect on lichen-covered rocks and how to tell the difference between red pine, white pine, black oak and white oak. I was so excited to see the view— I kept running up ahead of him. A mushroom forager, he would call me back to show me how to tell a poisonous amanita from one you could eat. Father wanted me to enjoy the climb as well as the view—reminding me of his favorite line from Basho: Even in Kyoto, I long for Kyoto. Milton P. Ehrlich, Ph.D., is an 89-year-old psychologist and a veteran of the Korean War. He has published poems in Poetry Review, The Antigonish Review, London Grip, Arc Poetry Magazine, Descant Literary Magazine, Wisconsin Review, Red Wheelbarrow, and the New York Times. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Fire and Ice You can find the ocean up there Past the ghost town of St. Elmo, Its gold and silver mines played out. Above the tree line, approaching The summit of Mt. Antero, erosion Exposes the smoke of quartz, The fire of topaz crystals, The shimmer of aquamarines. You can find four-wheel drive trucks Parked off the road while rock hounds Scrape through clefts in granite, Pulling scree down on their heads. They pack guns, the better to stake Their claims. They pack Pickaxes, hammers, shovels, And ice chests of beer. You can find miners dining On squirrel and canned beans, Sheltering from thunderstorms That rip open the Colorado sky. Even in August logs flecked With ice float in the river. Miners face rockslide and mudslide And washed-out roads. You can encounter wind so strong It’s clear the mountain wants you gone. Trina Gaynon's poems appear in Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, Mizmor Anthology and in the journals Buddhist Poetry Review, Essential, and 45th Parallel. Her chapbook, An Alphabet of Romance, is available from Finishing Line Press. She currently leads a group of poetry readers at the Senior Studies Institute in Portland and participates in the Ars Poetica community. _________________________________________________________________________________________ In an Empty Kitchen The days go on, the days walk by, the days parade, marching in cadence. They walk over people, stepping on their ribs, on their fingers, on their heads, stepping on their necks to strangle. Their black army boots are dirty and heavy and have ribbed soles. People are trampled, squashed, flattened, worn out like old doormats. The days go on, the days walk by, the days parade over us, stepping on our hopes, on our fragile childhoods, on our first loves, and second and third ones. They walk right over your woman, over your mother, over your little kids who are not little anymore, over green hills. Swimming across a field of unripe oats like a pod of dolphins, they trample the green into yellow, the yellow into brown and black. But something in you lives and burns never touching the days, never touched by them, staying above them, like the blue flame stays above a gas stove burner switched on in an empty kitchen, in a silent house, in a city of the deaf, switched on without permission. My Lilac Starship My dear, I’ve come back from the planet of haste. And, you know, haste drinks everyone dry there, leaving just skins rustling around on two legs. Time on that planet spins, staying at the same place, or imperceptibly going down, like the seat of an adjustable piano stool. There, work bites days and hours off your life, eating the tastiest parts, gnawing through your abdomen, eating its way in, deeper and deeper. You know you are dying, but never protest, keeping a straight face, or even smiling, like a Spartan boy who stole a fox and hid it under his cloak but kept silent and never showed pain while the fox was chewing into his guts. But, my dear, I’ve come back to you. You’re sleeping, and the morning is tall and pointed like windows of a gothic cathedral. Don’t wake up, my love. Here, the time stands almost still and, knowing that, I left my lilac starship in the orchard. It’s slowly cooling down, and cherries in bloom drop petals on its armor, which is still warm. Sergey Gerasimov is a Ukraine-based writer. His stories and poems have appeared in Adbusters, Clarkesworld Magazine, Strange Horizons, J Journal, Triggerfish Critical Review, and elsewhere. His last book is Oasis, published by Gypsy Shadow. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ AAA Kudzu Service for Anne Royall Newman, 1925-1982 Because someday someone may harvest a volume of kudzu verse to match your gathering of bears, I venture forth with this wild title, hoping somehow to be looked at first, to be turned to well before all viny clichés loosen their grip. Driving through dawn in late summer, on the road to Atlanta, you taught me southern manners are a mask given at birth, that country ham biscuits don’t travel well without a gallon or two of sweetened tea, that the lush southern topiary I admired was a mysterious strangler from the East hugging in its green “good-to-see-ya” arms anything foolish enough to stick around— tenured or untenured, sweetgum or outhouses— changing all into ogres and dragons and castles. I saw the potential—though I kept it to myself— for a twenty-four-hour emergency road service to rescue the transient displaced and disoriented from taking invitations to “Come back and see us,” from country hams, with or without sweet tea, from foolishly rushing into the kudzu’s embrace. Seven years later, I drive alone in midwinter, see what the road held in the naked season, find the shapes were neither green nor gone, discover a forest of tough and wiry bears, no less vital for their lack of skin, stronger even standing alone, holding tight dominion over all. Patina At the antique market, permit yourself to be captured by the worn patina of once everyday objects: chisels and spokeshaves, ax handles, twisted walking sticks, hochmessers, darning eggs, rolling pins. Feel all the wordless marks left behind by remote and unremarkable people, anonymous tactile diaries, epitaphs stroked without design to keep us in touch with lives so plainly lived. Jay Jacoby is a retired English professor, having taught at UNC Charlotte. He now lives in Western North Carolina. His poetry has appeared in Asheville Poetry Review, Cold Mountain Review, Main Street Rag, Atlanta Review, and other journals. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Floating The rain’s been crafting these gorges for a million years. Their waters respond to my body, lifting its conspicuous pain and carrying me downstream. I end in yellow leaves, in the green realm of bullfrogs. The moon following course through the slatted trees is part of the ancient river. It’s the reason why every terminal pool fills with light. Desert Wind Body of southern darkness over the hemisphere, over the skein of crucified trees, where the red flare of canyon light forms a chiaroscuro landscape the bodiless inhabit. Fleshless, eyeless, without form. Just glittering presences blowing through the shadows like bits of ancient marrow. Blackbirds The oak deep-twisted out of the space between my body and the light. It shimmered with or without me. Presences glued to its branches, to its trunk, to its waxen leaves. A solitary walker in the black, periscopic rain, I was stunned to find not a tree on a desolate Seattle hill but a community. Seth Jani lives in Seattle, WA, and is the founder of Seven CirclePress (www.sevencirclepress.com). Their work has appeared in The American Poetry Journal, Chiron Review, Ghost City Review, Rust+Moth and Pretty Owl Poetry, among others. Their full-length collection, Night Fable, was published by FutureCycle Press in 2018. Visit them at www.sethjani.com. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Swifts They may as well be smoke itself rising as they do from chimneys, ember-eyes sparkling amber, their sooty silhouettes like some precious dream unrealized. Their hard high-pitched chirps not unlike fires sing; their crackle carries songs I can't forget, a sound that sits inside me, warming me like early spring's sunlight, like their clouding columns as the sun settles in the trees. Even as their flight inks the red sky, even as their swoops and dives disguise their aims, these drab blunt birds in smooth flight claim the air from bats, from owls, at moonrise, the edge of day into unsettling night. They edge the day as they unsettle night with flaps and darts and swerves and surprise twists. Something about them is not right; one wing then the other oars the air. Peterson called them "flying cigars." Flame-born, they are what's left of desire after the heavy ashes fall to earth. They soar to rewrite the cloudy white at boundaries of blue. Dusk takes on their hue; signatures sharpen then blur into blots in the vast western sky there where red sun's fire can be last seen and the moon, refracted, opens to the world of dreams that might well be smoke itself rising. Paul Jones has published poems in Poetry, Red Fez, Broadkill Review 2River View, and numerous anthologies, including Best American Erotic Poems. He was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and two Best of the Web Awards. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ In Response to My Students Who Still Don’t Understand Irony and for Germanwings Flight 9525;crew: 6,passengers: 144,survivors: 0 Take the German schoolgirl who almost missed her flight home from Spain the forgotten passport almost stuck at El-Prat to consume an iced mocha no whip with just her misspelled name on the cup— ascending toward Haltern buckled and ear-budded with her freundinnen and the Spanish ether buoyed with relief she made it was less than forty minutes in when the sudden descent sent orange juice leaping and hips repositioning and hands gripping over Le Vernet there was silence from the co-captain on one side of the cockpit door frantic pounding by the captain on the other side with a fire axe fate that would blazon her name misspelled across the news over Le Vernet and onto stone plaques like tombstones or smeared blood over some poet’s doorframe heart spilling answers like orphaned shirts from torn luggage across the mountainside that took the German schoolgirl— who almost missed her flight home from Spain Candice Kelsey teaches writing in Los Angeles. Her poetry appears in Poets Reading the News and Poet Lore, among other journals. Her first collection, Still I am Pushing, was released last March. She won the 2019 Two Sisters Writings Contest, received Honorable Mention for Common Ground Review’s 2019 Poetry Contest, and was nominated for Best of the Net and a Pushcart. Find her at www.candicemkelseypoet.com. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Heavens to Betsy Let Betsy be Everywoman or your kindly grandma, the neighborhood siren, the sweet soprano in the church choir, the beggar down by city hall. Speculation such as flag seamstress, Betsy Ross, floats without evidence. Etymologists dug and dug to no avail. Betsy remains unidentified. The heavens being only blue sky, clouds—black sky, stars, all up above in storm or blunt sunshine, the home of wicked winds. The home of feckless gods or those benevolent, those who smite. The whole flurry of what is greater or grander than our groveling selves, earthbound, we call upon in moments of extreme fear, delight, astonishment; for all we know of humankind, we may still be surprised. Perhaps Betsy is perched on the edge, peering down to see what’s prompted the exclamation. We reach up, thinking her kin to Minerva, for explanation as to why we crash through tidy boundaries to set ourselves among the beasts. Mercedes Lawry is the author of three chapbooks; the latest, In the Early Garden with Reason, was selected by Molly Peacock for the 2018 WaterSedge Chapbook Contest. Her poetry has appeared in such journals as Poetry, Nimrod, and Prairie Schooner and has been nominated six times for a Pushcart Prize. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Salmon Moon for Robin Wall Kimmerer I. Who can still sing the Song of Return by the light of the summer-kissed Moon? Where salt and fresh waters mingled, Salmon ran and The People Sang, Come home from the sea Swim upriver and breathe free Come home to the water of your birth. Marshes whispered rivulets of clear sweet water into estuaries— washed back and in and out and forth with tides under the gleaming Moon as it lit the Great Return. II. Now, the lowing of the cow becomes the dirge of the land as hooves bear down on peat and beat pliant earth into barren clay mats. Furrows carve channels— guide floods to the river that once ran clear. Salmon now halt, unsure of the path. The scent of home lost in mud. When Salmon Moon draws near to whisper Return, no song fills the sky. The People have gone and salmon thrash, lost in the milky brown plume. Katherine Leonard grew up in the US and Italy, living in Massachusetts at the time of John F Kennedy's assassination, experiencing segregation and Martin Luther King, Jr.,’s assassination as a high school student in rural Texas. She has worked as a chemist, a geologist, and an oncology nurse/nurse practitioner. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Arachne Redux The gods made plain she would not be beautiful: the burlap skin, hair lank like bedding straw, body squat and dark as a bucket of pitch. Her mother died giving birth, passing her like a gallstone. Her cutthroat father put her to work half-naked in his vats, in a wash of rotted sea snails. Harsh indigo dye razed her warped hair and blistered her skin. Her father, Idmon, caught her weaving with quicksilver fingers a radiant doll from thistle-tufts of wool and cast-off threads. He bought her a loom from her dyer’s wage. But, drawn outdoors by fiery light, the girl wandered from her attic room through bronze fields to Lydia’s gilded shore and the great sails burning gold at dawn. Idmon caught his daughter and hauled her, wailing home where he roped her around the waist and knotted her fast to the yarn-rack. She stuck her doll with iron needles then spun the loveliness he had denied her— brash sunrise beyond the barred window, burnished meadows braided with citrus groves, and the copper ocean wreathed with mist. Her quest and argosy: a flickering weave, this finished tapestry a topsail ablaze. Imprisoned, she twined a cold, hard noose that took her pulse, bursting netted veins. Idmon cut her down and dumped the body. There were no takers for the old loom. He stowed the bent frame in the dank cellar where spiders moored, spinning silken rigging. Dan MacIsaac writes from Vancouver Island. His poetry has appeared in many literary magazines, including The South Carolina Review, Stand, The Malahat Review, and The American Journal of Poetry. Brick Books published his collection of poetry, Cries from the Ark. His poetry has received awards such as the Foley Prize from America Magazine. His website is www.danmacisaac.com. __________________________________________________________________________________________ Vincent’s Night Sky Take me to that place in the night sky where the winds wrap the stars spiraling them closer to the crescent moon. Let me be the morning star, visible only at dark, before sunrise, glowing softly in the east. Make me float over the sleeping town, nowhere near its dreams and its nightmares. Help me surf the nebulous clouds. And, if you cannot, place me in the highest branch of a cypress tree, where I can touch the roiled blue heaven with my fingertips, higher than the church steeple, far from the shackles that bind me to the Saint-Paul asylum. Mari-Carmen Marín was born in Málaga, Spain, but moved to Houston, TX, in 2003. She is a professor of English at Lone Star College. Her work has appeared in Wordriver Literary Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, Dash Literary Journal, Months to Years, The Awakenings Review, Lucky Jefferson, The Comstock Review, The Green Light Literary Journal, Mothers Always Write, Breath & Shadow, The Ekphrastic Review, among many others. Her poetry collection, Swimming, Not Drowning, will be published by Legacy Book Press in 2021. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Woodstock We are ether, tiger skin draped over fire, oblivion, dust. Cast us into a well, banish us to barrels, let us ride our far-fetched dreams, recede, fade into nothing with our pink bell-bottoms and moccasins. Let us summon ghouls and noble souls; let them come floating on fields of clematis and orchid, with opium pipes and guitars, velvet drapes, steel drums. Give us tambourines and red beads. Let us sing and cavort. We have traveled far to reach this land, with flowers in our hair, lies on our tongues, to rise, gather, loose mud from our faces, gaze at the sun. No longer trapped, bodiless: across this hill we number a million, tripping, ecstatic, naked, peaceful, moved to dance. Kevin J.B. O’Connor is currently pursuing his PhD in English at the University of Kentucky. He received his MFA from Old Dominion University. He has published poetry in Luna Luna, Slant, Glassworks, Flare: The Flagler Review, Bayou, Eunoia, Yemassee, Hawaii Pacific Review, Poetry City, USA, Broke Bohemian, Postcard Poems and Prose, The Bakery, Bluestem, Mayday Magazine, Midway Journal, Wild Violet, Barely South Review, and Visions International, among other journals. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Lunch with Eichmann Rhine wine glows above white linen, sparking silverware, multiple courses: soup, salad, symmetrically separated by butter pats, crusty rolls, rouladen main course; within each serving lies hidden a sweet pickle. So much polite chatter between those who scarcely know one another. How welcome this respite from dull routine, leaving little behind except trails of crumbs, bits of bacon the wait staff will dispose of with sterling silver whisks. Aprons whisper: Haus Sanssouci, so tasteful, spotless, everyone observes civilities. Strudel hot from the oven makes the firmest ice cream melt in pools. No smoking, though steam from coffee floats like spirits above our heads. Next door, beyond pachysandra, hostas, the hidden path to the lake, resident ghosts escape cramped quarters, take the air, stretch stiff muscles, walk lidded groves around the blind eye of the Wannsee: so much to hammer out, schedules of departures, arrivals, distribution of rolling stock, trigonometry of transport. Commodities delivered on time to destinations, swept up by a fine-meshed metal net cast wide. Poems by Mike Ross have appeared in Potomac Review, Great Smokies Review, and Ekphrastic Review. His book of poems, Small Engine Repair, appeared in 2015. He teaches poetry writing at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the University of North Carolina. His second book, Ports of Call, will be published in 2022. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Budyonovka With a five-pointed red star front & center of his forehead, Trotsky to the White Russians was Satan incarnate, ubiquitously stoking coal into flame, driving massive iron monstrosities to fly on steel rails full throttle, stacked with field cannon & Maxims, when three men & a machine gun could stop a battalion. His stiffened cloth helmet, rising to a horn-like peak, took its name from Semyon Budyonny’s Red Cavalry. The orange sun is rolling across the sky like a severed head, wrote Isaac Babel, who in 1920 rode into Poland with them, Cossacks every one. Russia, wrote Gogol, you gallop ahead like an out-of-control troika. As three yoked white horses drag a sleigh over a cliff, Dostoevsky rises in rage from his grave then prays. Mike Schneider, who lives in Pittsburgh, has published poems in many literary journals, including New Ohio Review, Notre Dame Review and Poetry. Three times nominated for the Pushcart Prize, he received the 2012 Editors Award in Poetry from The Florida Review and won the 2016 Robert Phillips Prize (selected by Richard Foerster) from Texas Review Press, which in 2017 published his second chapbook, How Many Faces Do You Have? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Taking a Slow Ride If she lived in another time, married a different man, had notions beyond the role of what housewives did in the fifties in upstate New York, being more Irish than not, I imagine her sitting down each day at four with a fresh pot of Bewley’s, shortbread cookies, maybe scones, with a friend or two after a day spent knitting or sewing or tidying up the small house on a river road near a quiet town chatting about children, weather— simple things that keep the life wheels spinning along the way. I think of this today at four o’clock in my rattan chair by the Jotul gas logs, fresh falling snow, a glass of Bergerac Rouge, plate of Carr’s crackers, sharp cheddar cheese, taking a slow ride to the fifties— no tea, but there is Corky and White Shadow, Spin and Marty, Kenny and Arlene on American Bandstand after school before a hot supper and small, or no talk, between four of us at the red and gray Formica table. He nods, pushes in his chair, goes into his gun room. She mutters softly to herself by the kitchen sink. My younger sister upstairs, I head out to the woods beyond our yard where the wide oak stands to listen for owls, frogs, crickets sing their version of the blues. Marc Swan’s fifth collection, all it would take, was published in 2020 by tall-lighthouse (UK). Poems are forthcoming in Concho River Review, Chiron Review, The Chaffin Journal, Queen’s Quarterly, among others. He lives in coastal Maine with his wife Dd. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Storm I can tell you just a little of this. The ending is not for my mouth to release. He died. The only man I’ve seen naked in real light. The ocean wanted his slender, articulate body for its keeping. His artist mind envisioned just a swim out into the vastness of such a compromising color. Underneath the surface is when it struck like an electrocution, like a storm within his skeleton. Did his body lie on the ocean floor exhausted, and ready for a nap? Were his eyes open to all of the wonderful hues, to the lens of another world? His photo hung in a gallery once; at this time he was alive, able to see his purity. I can recall how his angles were perfection for the black and white world I wanted to see everything in. When I took the photo, his back was to the viewers. He faced a window looking out into winter, that barren, chilly revelation. Ben Westlie holds an MFA in poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is the author of four chapbooks of poems, most recently Under Your Influence, all published by Finishing Line Press. His poems have appeared in the anthology Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25, selected and edited by Naomi Shihab Nye, and in The Fourth River, Third Coast, Atlas and Alice, The Talking Stick, the tiny journal, Trampset, ArLiJo (Arlington Literary Journal), The Voices Project, Otis Nebula, and forthcoming in WhimsicalPoet. ____________________________________________________________________________________ Word Origins or So They Say 1. Metaphysics A word not created to stand for that branch of study which is beyond the physical but representing instead the philosophy of first causes of things and the nature of being and the world, thus named because it was the subject of treatises by Aristotle appearing sequentially after physics in his collected works. 2. Avocado—The Aztec word for testicle. 3. Sarcasm—From the Greek, sarkazein, to tear flesh. 4. Muscle The Latin term, musculus, meaning little mouse came about because the ancient Romans thought they saw in the flexing of a muscle a mouse in movement under the skin, the tendon as stand-in for its tail. 5. Whiskey—From the Gaelic, uisge bietha, water of life. 6. Yucatan The explorer, Hernández de Córdova, arriving on its coast, asked the name of the land of the natives who, speaking in Maya, said something that sounded like Yucatan but simply meant, in their language, We don’t understand you. Philip Wexler has had over 170 poems published in magazines. His collections, The Sad Parade and The Burning Moustache, were published by Adelaide Books. Another poetry collection, The Lesser Light, will be published in 2021 by Finishing Line Press. He also organizes Words out Loud, a spoken word series.