Through the Dark

My son Micah and I have been working on a manuscript for some time. It’s received a few glowing rejections from publishers, but we’re hopeful that it will find a home soon. Each of us has had a few pieces from the chapbook published in literary magazines and journals so far. This one found it’s…

Edgar Allan Poe Meets Stevie Nicks

I originally published post this back in February of 2014, but since today is Poe’s birthday, I thought it would be a good time to update some of the information (the old video was a bad link) and sing a song for him again. Although she is a classy, gorgeous woman, I am not sure…

Saturday Songs for Mary Cigarettes

Last week I discovered that once again, upon wondering why I hadn’t heard from an old friend for some time, that another great influence on my life has passed on. Mary Cigarettes, who bore two different names before I knew him, left this world seven months ago, just shy of his 60th birthday. I found…

Saturday Song with the Mountain Goats

“There will be feasting and dancing in Jerusalem next year!” I can’t believe I haven’t shared something by John Darnielle here before, so for my first post of the new year, there’s no time like the present. When I hit the highway for the 2-plus-hour drive to visit my dad with my boys on New…

End of the Trail Café

. . . and Recent Publications Though I’ve added some recent publications to the appropriately titled “Publications” page, I haven’t taken the time to individually mention them. Also, I’ve been missing my old habit of recording poems. Usually, it was the poems of others, since my own were out searching for publishers, and to post…

Haunted Hospital

Originally posted on The Monkey Prodigy:
Haunted Hospital I was pacing around The Valley again when I saw a hospital worker approach a patient who was talking to himself. They started talking as I eavesdropped. She asked who he was talking to. He explained he was reliving times spent with his friends who weren’t there.…