Monday, December 5, 2016

DN update

Dreams and Nightmares 102-104 were published in 2016. Every poem in all three issues is eligible for the Rhysling award of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. If you are a member, and lack any of these issues, ask me for PDFs of them.

I am reading now for issue 106 (May 2017) and laying out issue 105 (January 2017). I am actively looking for submissions of poetry, small black and white illustrations, and larger black and white illustrations for covers. Payment is $12 +2 copies.


a sea
strange days, here

Sunday, December 4, 2016


rainy enough
to unsettle plans
trees ain't feelin' it


a bounding conch eludes a predatory snail
it kangaroos across the prairie under sea
where conchboys ride proud tulip snails and jawbone yarns
but light no fires: they camp subaqueously

They really do this:

At least, the first couplet...

Saturday, December 3, 2016


the air falls in the dark
white flakes
nitrogen, oxygen, CO2
Earth's last coverlet

Friday, December 2, 2016


Red-giant Sol, the final episode of global warming, killed Terra's terminal bacterial biosphere. Primates had done for the rest, as usual.

Age and perception

I broke my neck at 46, still feeling young, and somehow in the subsequent 13 years I have become the kind of little old man at whom female college students smile indulgently, perhaps thinking of their grandfathers. I'm okay with that, but I wonder if I will ever feel old….