Guest Boy the first novel in a trilogy called Light Piercing Water

Bo Cavalieri, a laconic sailor, earned a Silver Star from the Navy as a frogman and now sails the world as a Merchant Marine officer. Many shipmates treasure the drawings of themselves Bo gave them-drawings that recall Da Vinci's. His adventures in Hamburg, Morocco, Italy, Oman, Somalia, Edinburgh, and New York echo The Odyssey and The Seven Voyages of Sindbad.

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Far from Algiers, by Djelloul Marbrook

Far from Algiers

". . . as succinct as most stanzas by Dickinson . . . an unusually mature, confidently composed first poetry collection." -Susanna Roxman, Prairie Schooner
" . . . brings together the energy of a young poet with the wisdom of long experience." -Edward Hirsch, Guggenheim Foundation

  • Winner 2007 Wick Poetry Award
  • Winner 2010 International Book Award in Poetry

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The Great Lenore by J M Tohline

Artemisia’s Wolf

When lightning strikes Artemisia Cavelli, it rewires the young artist's mind in magical ways. From the hospital she steps into a maelstrom of betrayal, conspiracy, love and desperate vulnerability. Accompanied by a white spirit wolf, visible to a few but not to most, she changes all she touches. Set in New York's ruthless art world.
Artemisia's Wolf is a striking homage to women artists oppressed by a male hierarchy.

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Brushstrokes and Glances

Brushstrokes and Glances

". . . one of those colossal poets able to bridge worlds-poetry and art, heart and mind-with rare wit, grace, and sincerity . . . "
- Michael Meyerhofer, poetry editor, Atticus Review

" . . . the poems here about museums, galleries, and studios are as penetrating as the ones about the art . . . testify to years of careful seeing." -Maggie Anderson, author of Windfall: New and Selected Poems

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Mean Bastards Making Nice

Mean Bastards Making Nice

Leaky Boot Press, 168 pages, available now from Book Depository free of shipping charges worldwide

Two powerfully original novellas are set in the New York art world. In The Pain of Wearing Our Faces a New York art teacher and her student, a famous composer, pledge to entertain each other as they try to stay sober. He confesses to plagiarizing his most famous work, then disappears. She follows him to Woodstock and finds the woman whose music he stole. In Grace, a Catskills teenager runs away from an abusive father, hitchhikes to the city, and is briefly homeless before finding a job as an art mover/installer. Just as she begins to believe in her future she faces betrayal by her boss.

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Brah Ice

BRASH ICE: NEW POEMS by Djelloul Marbrook

Dec. 2014, Leaky Boot Press, UK, ISBN: 978-1-90984915-0
There's nothing brash about Brash Ice-brash ice being broken ice that appears scarred after freezing again. In his third collection the poet looks back on a dervish's trek through the world of illusions and tells us what beguiled, enlightened, froze, broke, and scarred him. "This is a poetry asserting with linguistic beauty Goethe's comment that 'color is the deeds and sufferings of light.' This is quoted in one of the poems. But it's important to shed light on this quote with another Goethe quote. In Book II of Faust, Goethe also said, 'Life is not light but the refracted color.' Marbrook's collection plays on this meaning of light and life throughout and especially in the concluding section."-Michael T. Young - Full review.

Alice Miller's Room

Alice Miller's Room

An artist creates a magical room for a young psychiatrist's adopted infant nephew-a room with the heavens projected above and hideaways in the walls. To help him, he recruits a metallurgist haunted by a disturbed upbringing. As the three build this fantastic space, a strangely rewarding friendship unfolds.

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Do we need a new constitutional convention?The radical nationalists—James Madison, George Washington, John Jay and Alexander Hamilton—who...
The popular television series CSI: Cyber has introduced to a term that’s bound to resonate with Americans feeling alienated from a society that...
  No terrorist threat is as big as the terrorist threat of corporate greed, but America is saddled with a bought press that hasn’t...
We were agile once,now we compensatein ways less boldand more dangerous.We send unformed brainsto burst by foreign roads.We pick the pocketsof the...

Are we shelf babies?

The popular television series CSI: Cyber has introduced to a term that’s bound to resonate with Americans feeling alienated from a society that treats them like disposable number sets. The term is shelf baby. It refers to an identify patiently created and nurtured over time by hackers to serve their nefarious purposes. In cyberspace the shelf baby has all the data and characteristics associated with a real person, including a personality. The minute I understood the definition it began to resonate with depersonalizing and dehumanizing experiences lodged in my memory palace. I’m a shelf baby, I told myself.


The candidates speak

We were agile once,
now we compensate
in ways less bold
and more dangerous.
We send unformed brains
to burst by foreign roads.
We pick the pockets
of the poor and tell
glamorous lies.
You think we’re in your way
as you scud down the street,
but we’ve seeded it
with hidden devices.
We hate you for your youth.
We’re the death of you.
This is your inheritance
whatever you choose to think.
Vote for us, kiss our asses,
we’ll take care of you.



Is it time for another constitutional convention?

Do we need a new constitutional convention?

The radical nationalists—James Madison, George Washington, John Jay and Alexander Hamilton—who engineered a coup in 1787 in Philadelphia had both foresight and hindsight, but they did not foresee cyberspace, national polls and a dangerously congealed press.

They did foresee the threat posed by corporations and banks, but even John Jay, that most judicious of founders, did not foresee, could not foresee, Citizens United and the power of corporate money to corrupt the body politic.


Frankensteinian Fourth Estate struts while a Fifth Estate is born

American journalism, for all its glitzy doodah and apparatuses, is stuck in the 19th Century. It reports the news, if that’s what you can call it, as a string of incidents without context or historicity.

But if you accept this critique, what is the remedy? And is any remedy financially sound?

To answer such questions, let’s look at BuzzFeed, the History News Network and The Intercept.


If someone or something is truly gone, then this is Gehenna

What does the word gone mean?


Here, according to Merriam-Webster, is its primary meaning: