Three Poems in the Tic Toc Anthology


Me, not writing a poem.
Me, not writing a poem.

Recently I mentioned that three of my poems appeared alongside the work of Jason Allen and June’s featured poet Brian Fanelli in Contemporary American Voices. If you haven’t checked them out yet, please do.  The July issue is almost here, so for our poems in June click here.

But it’s a great little journal to follow, so be sure to bookmark it. I was tickled to find quite a few poets’ names I recognized in past issues, including poet and blogger John Gallaher, and former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. Many thanks to editor Lisa Zaran for her good work, and to Brian Fanelli for his kind invitation. I am honored to appear on those pages.

In other small press news three of my poems appear in the Tic Toc anthology which just came out days ago from Kind of a Hurricane Press. Obviously the theme is Time. You can purchase a hard copy for under ten bucks or download a PDF from their bookstore here.  I appreciate editor A. J. Huffman’s diligent editing and the care with which she handles her poets, even making a last minute change I requested (dropping a final unnecessary line in one of my pieces).

Thus far my experience with editors in the small presses and such has been unexpectedly positive. I really haven’t been submitting as much as I had planned this spring, but I have begun comipling submissions for various places for the fall and winter, and I am crossing my fingers for a chapbook contest win for my upcoming collection The School Bus Poems. Wish me luck!

8 Comments Add yours

  1. John says:

    At this rate, I’d better get your autograph now, so I can proudly tell people “I knew him when….”

    I read the CAV poems when you mentioned them in the earlier post … but, I still went and read them again. And, I still really like “George.” And, I read the PDF of Tic Toc … well, ok, I’ve only read your poems at the moment. You inspire me to keep at it, to keep working, to be better at my own work.

    “Years Later” … powerful. Very. And, I relate to the fearful visits. You’re right .. it doesn’t hurt any more. not much.

    Can I put in my request now for tickets to the ceremony when you win your Pulitzer. 🙂


    1. Haha, now don’t get the cart ahead of the pulitzer. But thank you. I really appreciate the encouragement, John. “Years Later” is one that I had not even considered sending anywhere. But when this Time theme came up I revisited and revised it. I’m grateful to know it spoke to you.


  2. beautiful- particularly like Stray – reminded me of the verse – entertaining strangers/angels – K


    1. Ah, thank you. It’s one of my favorites.


  3. Congratulations! I enjoyed your poems. Especially “George.”


    1. Thank you. That one is the most precious to me from that trio. He was my mentor, and I miss the cranky old marvelous bastard. 🙂


  4. What wonderful poems–congratulations, David!


    1. Thank you, Jennifer! I deeply appreciate that.


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