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Event coming up…

On Wednesday night, May 10, I’ll be performing a special set of my work for the Maine Organization Of Storytelling Enthusiasts (MOOSE — get it?) at the Portland, ME Public Library.  The event will run from 7-9 PM and will be in the main branch at 5 Monument Square.  

If you are a regular reader of my work here, I’d love to see and meet you there.  I promise I’ve got something special planned and I hope that if you can be there, you’ll leave saying that you experienced something unique and worthwhile.

Looking forward to Wednesday!

About those other projects…

Hi, Dark Matter readers!

I’ve been quite busy of late on a variety of writing projects as well as some things related to my band, The Duende Project.  The most recent post on the Website for that side of what I do gives out a whole bunch of info, including some recent publications and other musical activities of the band.

You can see that post at:


I hope you might take a moment to check it out.  Thanks!



The previous poem, “Thanks Due,”  marks the 300th new poem published here on Dark Matter in 2016.  

Just wanted to alert regular readers that I’ll be taking a break from posting new poems for a few days at least as there are some other pressing things that need my attention.  

In addition, the current political situation in the US has got me and more than a few other folks fairly stressed out; I’m sure that regular readers have noticed that my work’s been pretty focused on that lately, and I feel like I need a bit of a break to get ready for the harder road ahead.  

If you’re new to the blog, please take some time to look through the back catalog over the next few days.  I won’t be gone long, I promise.  It’s hard to shut me up in good times, and these ain’t good times.  

Be well, and thanks for reading.

— T

Pushcart nominations…

Every year, journals in the US nominate work they’ve published for potential inclusion in annual collections of the best of the small press called the Pushcart Prize anthologies.  

I’ve been nominated twice this year: for “2001 CR-V,”  published in Drunk In A Midnight Choir; AND for “Song Fragments From The Brokenhearted Chorus,” a composite poem to which I was thrilled to contribute, published in Radius. (Go there to look at the impressive list of names who were involved in that stunning poem.)  

These mark my fifth and sixth nominations, although I’ve never won.  Fingers crossed for this year…

Thanks to the editorial staff of those fine journals.

Ok…the new book is now available from the publisher…

“In The Embers” is now available for pre-order.  Proceeds to benefit suicide prevention efforts…

Here’s the link…Tired Hearts Press.

Thanks for your patience.

NEW BOOK is out!

I rarely publish my work except in odd anthologies and the occasional journal; this blog usually answers the need for me.  Once in a while, though, I pull together a group of somewhat related poems and find a way to get them out as a self-contained chapbook.

My latest effort like this, “In The Embers,” is freshly out from Tired Hearts Press.

I’m extremely proud of this collection, and the publishers did a more than fine job of creating a beautiful chapbook to showcase it.  It’s lovely to look at and hold and read.  

At the moment, the book is not yet available on their Website but will be shortly.  When it is, I strongly encourage you to buy it from them.  The press has a tradition of contributing a portion of sales to organizations that work on suicide prevention, and that’s a cause I strongly support — in fact, it’s another reason I submitted the manuscript to their contest in the first place. I’ve asked that ALL net proceeds from their sales be contributed to such efforts, and they’ve agreed.

I’ll keep you posted about its availability, but here’s the link to save if you’re so inclined : http://tiredhearts.storenvy.com/collections/163836-individual-titles

Many thanks in advance to all of you who purchase it.


Very pleased to receive my contributor’s copy of “Delirious,” an anthology of poems in tribute to Prince, in today’s mail.

Thanks to NightBallet Press for including my poem, “For You.”

Here’s where to get it, and its entry on Goodreads.  

Just a cross post…

I mention now and then work I’m doing with our poetry and music group, the Duende Project.  

Here’s a link to an entry at our Website this AM about some exciting developments.  It includes a sound file of our piece “Trinity,” which may or may not open depending on where you are in the world; not something I can do anything about, sadly.  





People find this blog and my poetry in different ways.  Some follow the page on Facebook and Twitter, where links to the poems are cross-posted whenever I put them up.  There are a handful of folks who’ve been diehard followers from back in the LiveJournal days who get it via RSS feeds there on the site and in their mail each day.  (Yes, people are still on LiveJournal.)  All told, those outlets feed to just under 1000 people.

At the core, however, are those of you who subscribe directly through WordPress. And as of this past weekend, we crossed the threshold and there are now 1000 of you here.

Thanks to all who read the poems, wherever you are…this extended effort at self publishing and making an entire body and process of Work available to all would not be possible without you. 



Note from the musical side of this project…

The Duende Project (the band in which I do poetry and a little guitar while three really great musicians make it all sound good) just released a free download of the poem “Falconers,” a tribute to librarians everywhere — you can read more about it at the site.  Available for free or pay what you want right now.

All of our other work is there too — buy single tracks from any of our five albums, or grab the whole discography as a download for one discounted price.

thanks in advance, 


NOTE:  If you are having trouble listening to or downloading anything, could you let me know?  There MAY be an issue outside the USA but I’m having trouble pinpointing it.  Thanks.

Follow up note:

Although I feel better and was able to complete a couple of pieces and post them in the last few days, I confess that I’m quite mentally and emotionally drained at the moment and need to take a bit of a break from this Work.  

It’s not writer’s block I’m dealing with — never had it, never will — but a need to reexamine my path and readjust a bit.  

I’ll be back soon.  PLEASE take the time to read some of the older work here; there’s lots of it and the focus on the most recent material causes a lot to be lost in the fog.  I’ll be doing the same as I figure this out.

Thanks for your understanding.  Take care.


A note for followers:

Been sidelined with a load of work AND a nasty head cold, so I apologize for the gap in posting.  I’ve either been working or sleeping, to be honest.  

Hope to have it remedied in the next few days.  Plenty of older stuff to read, of course…


If you’re remotely interested in what I sound like when I read poetry, here’s my recent poem, “Neighborhood Bar,” as a demo recording I did for our band, The Duende Project — that’s me on guitar and vocal.  Wide open for feedback…

Neighborhood Bar


Hi readers…

I’ve got three poems up today at the sublime online journal Drunk In A Midnight Choir.  A journal of eclectic writing well worth your time beyond just my stuff, I promise.

In addition, they’ve recently released an anthology of writing from their first year, and it’s got a few more of my pieces in it.  Go get it here if you’re so inclined:


Also: FreezeRay Press, based in Oklahoma City, has just released a stunning anthology of poems about pop music, covering folks as diverse as Taylor Swift, DMX, AC/DC, and Prince.  I’ve got a piece in it about coming to terms with the legacy of English songwriter Nick Drake.  Really excellent work all around from some great poets.  

Go check out Again I Wait For This To Pull Apart.  

Really honored to be among the poets in these journals and anthologies.  I hope you’ll consider a purchase of one or the other or both books and support the independent press.



Wanna hear and see some poetry and music in action?

Then head on over to the site for my poetry and music project, “The Duende Project.” 

There’s a lot of info about us on there, and the most recent blog post has links to new videos of a duo performance we did on January 3rd, 2016 in Worcester MA. You’ll get to see me mangle a guitar and see bassist/nylon-string guitar genius, Steven Lanning-Cafaro, as he pulls our cookies out of the fire each time. 

Seriously — it was a good set and I hope you enjoy these videos, shot by Duende Project guitarist Chris Lawton.