Wednesday, July 11, 2018

New Facebook Page - Pictopoems - art, literature and travel

A new page on Facebook - which I am co-authoring:

Follow us on social media: FB, Twitter & Instagram:



New posts under way.

Monday, July 09, 2018

Of Fish Heads, Hot Summers and How Everything Happens at the Same Time

It is a hot summer in Ontario and we are stepping through its haze as if gliding through a looking glass.

Since no one has ever returned from the other side of a looking glass to tell its story, we are left to our own devices - i.e. mere speculation, as to what this season's slip sliding away may turn into.

Looking back at me from the back of my own mirror is a poem titled "Fish Head" which has just been published in the Summer Issue of the Big Pond Rumours litmag. 

"Fish Head" is a short poem that takes a precious gift (our sight), mercilessly hashes it into smaller pieces and turns it into a rock sediment. 

(OK...just trying to have some fun..:0)).

Reading poetry should be fun indeed, especially on a hot summer day, as it can transport us into an alternate reality.

Interestingly enough, for me, the enigmatic fish head brings writing poetry full circle; the poem was one of the first attempts at creating pictopoems, with my good friend Tatiana Arsénie. 

Pictopoems are a blend of poetry and drawings, that Tatiana and I have been experimenting with, and which ultimately resulted in a book.

This collection of pictopoems, titled "Pictopoems, A Guide to Berlin", which I am self-publishing, is forthcoming at

I've been extremely reluctant to go down the path of self-publishing - for obvious reasons.

But, it is difficult to get a book-length poetry manuscript published; so there's the choice between not being published or going the alternate way. 

Somehow the weight of the hot season may have finally tipped the balance in  favor of taking a path less traveled and, with a blast from the past - opened by a fish head - a book of pictopoems is on its way.

Which brings us to the conclusion of this post - where fish heads, summer and pictopoems, all happen at the same time. 

You can follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @pictopoems as I continue to talk about the book. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Book review: The Phoenix Anthology - in literary magazine

Free stock photo of books, grass, outdoors, book pages

Read my book review of the "Phoenix Anthology" in lit mag.

The book is an anthology of Canadian poetry, which includes some of the work of the participants in the "Phoenix" literary workshop in Canada.

Since we are talking about the the '80s, I have included a quote from Gaston's Bachelard book Water and Dreams, An Essay on the Imagination of the Matter:

“Real life is better when we give it reasonable vacations of unreality.” 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Big Pond Rumours Literary Magazine

I've just been advised by Sharon Berg, the General Editor of Big Pond Rumours that the e-zine, in addition to embedding cool new pages into its online presence, has moved its submissions process to Submittable.

This will make it easier for authors to submit their work and to participate in contests.

There is something to be said for small presses - they are the lifeblood of an inclusive, grassroots literary scene. 

Big Pond Rumours, an international literary e-zine located in Sarnia, ON, does just that - creating excitement for writing, reading events and shared literary experiences. 

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Issue 3 of the Horror Literary Magazine "Cadaverous Magazine" is out

Issue 3 of the online Horror Literary Magazine "Cadaverous Magazine" has just been released.

The Founder/Editor-in-Chief of the magazine is Alexa Findlay.

I am happy to be present in this issue with the poem "Veil" - on page 26.

Hope you enjoy it!

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