Untitled, for Nine

After an altar call

Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney
Cynthia Hurd
Rev. Daniel Lee Simmons, Sr.
DePayne Middleton-Doctor
Ethel Lee Lance
Myra Thompson
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton
Susie Jackson
Tywanza Sanders

Do you hear the poetry?
Do you hear the music
and love in these names?

These women and men are sisters and brothers,
mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles,
grandmothers and grandfathers.

These blessed women and men are ours.

All lives matter.
Black lives matter.
These lives matter.

These blessed people
are poems
taken away from us.

Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney
Cynthia Hurd
Rev. Daniel Lee Simmons, Sr.
DePayne Middleton-Doctor
Ethel Lee Lance
Myra Thompson
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton
Susie Jackson
Tywanza Sanders

Do you hear the music
and love in these names?
Do you hear the poetry?

These blessed people
are poems
taken away from us.

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One-Line Haiku

I wrote this in 2011, in response to the mass shooting in Norway.

another mass shooting mourning doves

Blessings to the memory of the nine blessed people we just lost in Charleston, South Carolina.

~*~

Originally popularized by Jim Kacian, the one-line haiku form seems to be increasing in popularity.

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First print issue of Mud Season Review!

Imagine my pleasant surprise in checking my mailbox this afternoon and finding my contributor’s copy of Mud Season Review!

The issue–Mud Season Review‘s first print issue–is gorgeous. Volume 1 features cover art by Nance Van Winckel. It’s packed with fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art, and interviews.

Oh–and the issue includes my poem, “I Take the Son I’ll Never Have to His First Baseball Game.” I’m thrilled to have my poem appear in such a lovely literary journal!

My grateful THANK YOU to Mud Season Review Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Starks and Managing Editor Danielle Thierry and to their staff members. And thank you for a contributor’s copy!

Please read Mud Season Review and consider subscribing!

Here’s a link!

With warm regards, Andy

P.S. Press on with YOUR writing!

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New work in The Bellingham Herald

I am delighted to report that I have new work in The Bellingham Herald — in print and online formats.

Who doesn’t like limericks? Well, anyway, I have two limericks in the March 17, 2015 edition of The Bellingham Herald. Read them here. While you’re at it, read Jim Milstead’s limericks, too — they are two of my favorites.

My grateful thank you to Dean Kahn of the Herald for selecting my poems!

Subscribe to The Bellingham Herald here.

Press on with YOUR writing!

Sincerely, Andy

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The Sun is Hiring

The Sun is a fine, ad-free literary journal known for superb and deeply honest writing.

I have subscribed on-and-off for years. I recommend it highly.

Link to the current issue here.

The Sun is seeking an Associate Publisher and an Associate Editor.

(The latter–at The Sun–would be a dream job for me!)

These are full-time positions in the Chapel Hill, NC office.

If you’re qualified and interested, apply!

Here’s a link to the announcement.

With warm regards, Andy

P.S. Press on with YOUR writing OR YOUR editing!

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New Work in A Hundred Gourds

I’m delighted to have work in the new issue of A Hundred Gourds.

My thanks to Editor Lorin Ford.

Read the new issue of A Hundred Gourds here.

Press on with YOUR writing!

Cheers, Andy

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New work forthcoming in Mud Season Review

I’m delighted to report that in late 2014 I received an acceptance from Mud Season Review for my poem “I Take the Son I’ll Never Have to His First Baseball Game.” Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Starks sent me a wonderful email that had me nearly levitating. My grateful thanks to Rebecca Starks and her staff.

This is one of my personal favorite poems, and I’m looking forward to receiving my copy of the issue my poem appears in–the first print issue!

The fourth electronic issue of Mud Season Review was released on December 20, 2014. Read it here.

Subscribe to Mud Season Review!

Press on with YOUR writing in 2015!

Sincerely, Andy

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