The Place We Imagined Separately

After sending several telegrams
back and forth
hinting at stories untold
we finally agree to meet

Back to the early days
instead of you being over there
and me having just left
we know exactly where to go

The place we imagined separately
where there’s a light snow on the ground
and our voices are carried by winds
that haven’t yet left the sea

You tell me what’s never happened
I share a story that will someday unfold
this is all in an unwritten letter
that was lost in the mail

Embracing the bond of our silence
we stare at ourselves across the way
watching us take our leave
never to say goodbye

New Project: The Falling Dream

Book Review: Whimsy

Whimsy by Shannon McLeod is a wonderful novella, an emotional story about a young woman who is dealing with scars both internal and external. A tragedy has happened in the past, a traumatic experience that haunts her — but the dramatics of that event and the immediate aftermath are in the distance. What this story explores is the quiet echoes and jagged ripples of guilt that continue to impact how she experiences and perceives where she’s at right now — the usual goings on in life — work, dating, family. I was impressed with this exploration — so thoughtful and raw and nuanced. Most definitely worth a read.

My review on Goodreads.

The Silence in Between Questions

Recalling a phone call
I didn’t answer
and the conversation we had
while the ringing and ringing continued

This was well after we had disconnected the line

You asked how I …
Where had I …
When I would …

The silence in between the questions
is what I remember most

It was a lesson
and the beginning of a quest
I can not hear it so clearly now
even in this stillness
especially when no one is around

Free Ebook: Anya Chases Down the End

For a limited time, you can get my novella Anya Chases Down the End for free in the Amazon Kindle store. This is a fun, short read — the story of young person chasing after her dreams — in publishing, no less — and how that chase gets a lot more chaotic after she loses track of a coveted manuscript. Off she has to race into the New York City night to track it down, a madcap quest filled with secret door venues, abandoned subway stations, concealed backrooms and crash pads, mysterious missed connections on old school rotary phones, electric alleyway kisses, and revelatory poetry hiding in plain sight.

Here are some quotes from recent reviews:

Anya Chases Down the End is a fantastic read for a reader of any genre, but I would find it especially fitting for someone who enjoys coming-of-age stories and poetry. There’s drama and chaos, romance, literary excitement, and a remarkable sense of humor within the story that I found enjoyable while reading. I was impressed with the author’s ability to showcase a young main character with a sense of motivation and desire for a successful future.” — Kourtney Bradley (Full review at Reedsy Discovery)

“For me, Anya Chases down the End read a bit like a NYC version of Alice falling down the rabbit hole. It’s a whirlwind of crazy publishing adventures, back rooms upon back rooms upon back rooms, and endless street poets. Honestly, I really kind of loved it. The story feels like a slightly magical, bittersweet exploration of chasing dreams, being present, and learning to say goodbye. It was sweet, it was fun, and it didn’t try to be more than what it was.” (Full review at Goodreads)

“If you enjoy books about books, funny adventures and a protagonist you’ll be rooting for from the off then you need to add Anya Chases Down the End to your reading list – highly recommend!” (Full review at Goodreads)

Deal ends November 16, 2021. Get the free ebook here.