RECENT & UPCOMING EVENTS & PUBLICATIONS

I'm honored to have my poem, "Mercenaire," appear in the new issue of Kelsey Review.  The journal has been published by New Jersey's Mercer County Community College for the last 35 years and features the work of Mercer County poets and writers (a pretty damned competitive field, I can assure you!)  This 2016 issue is the first to also appear online; I think the presentation is extremely elegant.
 
Need a coffee break?  Try a quick shot of poetry.  My poem, "Ristretto," appears in the March 2016 issue of Chronogram magazine.  Mmm, una bella tazza di caffe!  
 
A heartfelt ode to my favorite season, "Hermeneutic Approach to a Summer Day" was happily re-published online in the June 2015 issue of scene4 magazine.
 
A short poem of mine, "Rosy-Fingered Dawn," appeared in the December 2014 issue of Chronogram magazine, the beautifully produced free monthly of arts, culture, and happenings in the mid-Hudson Valley.  My sincere thanks to Chronogram's poetry editor, Phillip X Levine, for his continued and cordial support of my work. 
 
"Meditations of a Sniper" was re-published in Scintilla magazine's specially-themed Issue 6, Literature of War: At Home and Abroad. Scintilla editor and fellow-poet Tim Lepczyk has assembled an outstanding selection of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction for this powerful issue.  I'm honored to have my poem featured among such strong and important work.
 
"Meditations of a Sniper" was also re-published in the 2013 issue of War, Literature & the Arts (it can be found in the Poetry I section of the online index.)  WLA, based out of the United States Air Force Academy, has featured writing by Richard Wilbur, Philip Caputo, Andre Dubus, and Brian Turner, among others.
 
My poem, "The Ballad of Sandy Hook," appears in the October 2013 issue of scene4 magazine.  It takes a fierce look at the cascading chain of irresponsibility that led to the tragic gun-deaths at Newtown, Connecticut.
 
The April 2013 issue of the online journal scene4 magazine featured a fistful of my poems grouped under the title Five Easy Irish-Americans"Ferguson," "Flanagan," "Riordan," "Sullivan," and "Tuohy" are five in an onoing series of character sketches of, shall we say, the Irish Diaspora.  It's great to see them all together in such an elegant venue!

INTERVIEW

In December 2006, Jamie Saxon interviewed me for U.S. 1, a wonderful weekly newspaper here in Princeton.  To read the full article, just click on the link, "Where Do Poets Come From?"

COMMENTARY

 As the years elapse, Wallace Stevens only rises higher in my estimation, so it was a great pleasure to recently write a short article on his poetry for my column in scene 4 magazine.  "Wallace Stevens: Reclining Beneath a Palm Tree on the Edge of Space" appears in the July/August 2015 issueI hope it's a pleasure for you too.
 
August 2014 marked the centenary of the start of World War I, the catastrophe that set a catastrophic century in motion.  The war produced a group of poets with firsthand combat experience who sought to dispel the pernicious romanticization of the fighting in which senseless carnage was valorized as heroic sacrifice.  They came to be known as "the war poets," though I prefer the term "soldier poets."  England's notable soldier poets were Robert Graves, Edmund Blunden, and Siegfried Sassoon, but the best among them was Wilfred Owen, killed exactly one week before the Armistice.  It was with great respect for a fellow poet and fellow infantry officer that I wrote my scene4 magazine column, "Wilfred Owen: 'the old Lie' and 'The Next War'."

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