April 3, 2013
The James Lloyd Davis Dictionary of Unorthodox Nondeistic Doxology defines an appreciationist as an active aficionado of any and all artistic endeavors… as opposed to a dilettantist, who is a bloated capitalist who pretends an affinity for the arts, but does little or nothing to support them.
Kickstarter is the new, powerful, internet gateway to appreciationism, the chance for all of us to be patrons of the arts.
AwkwOrd Paper Cut is a multi-media project that I refuse to describe, but have decided to champion in my own small way…
Let me just point you to its Kickstarter page and you can see what I mean:
Play the video, watch the visual included, featuring a poem by Matt Dennison and see what I mean and why it excites me.
Better yet, become an appreciationist hero and back this project with dollars to match your enthusiasm. Poor as I am, I did.
April 2, 2013
In anticipation of soon joining the circus at Facebook, I’m doing a major renovation of this web site. Lots of new projects in the offing as well. In the meanwhile, bear with us please.
December 6, 2012
With a reasonable price of $10.05 and every cent of the profits going to the Japanese Red Cross to assist in continuing efforts at recovery following the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, you cannot go wrong in purchasing this brilliant anthology.
With the inclusion of many writers and artists, a total of 60 authors from around the world, New Sun Rising is a wonderful anthology and is a perfect example of literary activism at its best.
Here is the link:
My own short story, On The Train to Otsu Station is included in this anthology and I’m proud to be a part of it.
September 17, 2012
It’s finally posted, so I can talk about it. My short story, Knitting the Unraveled Sleeves has been selected for an Editor’s Choice Award in the Eric Hoffer Prose Award competition and will be included in the annual anthology of short prose, Best New Writing 2013. The book will be available in early October.
Here is the link to the announcement: http://www.hofferaward.com/HAprosewinners.html
And here is the link to order the book: http://www.hopepubs.com/pubbuy.html#BNW
I’m particularly proud of the story and very happy to see it found a proper home.
May 28, 2012
Fascinated by the decadence of pre-war Germany, a frantic epoch frought with passions of social, political and artistic focus, I wrote this poem after watching several old German films. The poem is posted at Tulpendiebe on tumblr, a site created by Jürgen Fauth, the co-founder of the writer’s site, Fictionaut. He has also written a novel, titled “Kino.” My poem, titled, “I see a sea of cinema faces, black and white, black and white, black and white” is my poor attempt to capture something of the decadence and the tone of the era. You can read it at:
The tumblr site also has a link to Fauth’s book and in Tulpindiebe, you will find an odd, curious, fascinating collection of works, prose, poems, art, photos that are marvelously tuned to the epoch and to the period in which Fauth’s novel is placed. It’s a fascinating period.
One of the most memorable film clips from any period is the beer garden scene from Cabaret. I could describe it, but here’s the link.
If you haven’t seen it, you must see it for the full impact. It condenses the chilling emotions of the time in a way that no words could describe.
March 10, 2012
This remarkable magazine, LOST IN THOUGHT, is published in Canada and is a stunning mix of visual art, poetry and fiction. One of the finest magazines I’ve ever seen, I am proud to be included in the collection. Each illustrated story and poem pairs a writer with either a photographer or an illustrator. The result is singularly arresting and represents a new class of magazine, one that rivals any that you’ve seen before.
Here is the link to preview and purchase the magazine: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/345833
February 22, 2012
My story, The Rising, has been published in a special edition anthology of River Poets Journal. You can access the .pdf file here:
Or, you can purchase a print copy here:
I’m also happy to say that my story, On the train to Otsu Station will be included in an upcoming charity anthology, New Sun Rising. Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to charities providing earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan. The anthology was sidetracked for a while, but is now in gear and I’ll post a link for purchase when it’s available.
In the meantime, here is a link to information on the ongoing effort to publish:
As for the rumors, I will have a poem published in Blue Fifth Review sometime in May and my story, Waiting for the Wolf will appear in print sometime soon in the Canadian journal, Lost in Thought. In the meantime, I’m working on two novels, one of which should be finished in November of this year.