The Cover Story

Posted on August 25, 2014. Filed under: Cancer | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Introducing...Lending Color to the Otherwise Absurd

Introducing…Lending Color to the Otherwise Absurd

After writing several posts recognizing illness as a smack upside the head to make fundamental changes in areas of life that hold one back, I looked at my bucket list and am I tackling #2. Number 1 was getting a website. The second item is getting my poems and “wall poems” published. This is a long-overdue project and I’m not very patient these days.

I took a chance and filled out a grant application for an Individual Artist Grant from the City of Chicago last spring and guess what! I got it, which means I can’t procrastinate anymore! Introducing Lending Color to the Otherwise Absurd.  With the help of some design cohorts, the book’s cover looks great and uses a painting I created with the book in mind.

I didn’t want to send my manuscript to a zillion editors, wait for one to accept it and get sent to market my book for them, so self-publishing seemed a logical choice. has talked nicely to me and can accommodate the grant budget, so I’ve given the project to them. Hopefully, all will go smoothly. I am planning on a fall release date.

I’ll keep you posted.

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By Request

Posted on August 30, 2012. Filed under: Cancer | Tags: , , , |

A number of people have asked for the poem I wrote and read on Sunday. Here it is…

Next in Line
A True Story

The almost-boy at the register
in a red T-shirt with a bull’s eye
logo across his heart
pulls the diapers, batman pajamas
and hand sanitizer across the scanner
while the toddler in the cart grunts
and points for his new pacifier.

Next in line, a man in army fatigues
does not buy anything
does not return anything.
He wants to shoplift the almost-boy
in the red T-shirt with the bull’s eye,
who must ask a supervisor
to check out wine bottles,
but knows the difference
between video games and military maneuvers.

The recruiter bends over
the counter stiff and angled
presents an offer as if selling meth.
The almost-boy tells him
he makes enough money—for now.
In response, he’s told to think of his future.
The almost-boy says he is
planning for college
adds “Thanks, anyway.”
The man in fatigues spins
on his boot heel and marches out.

The almost-boy asks me to please wait
nods to a man in blue at the door
a badge on his heart
his hands on his hips.
The almost boy asks,
“Hey, if I’m to report solicitors,
do recruiters count?”

Security bolts through the exits
toward the Jeep in fatigues
idle in the no-stopping lane.

The almost-boy turns to me and asks,
“Did you find everything?
I lie , say “yes” and wonder
if the lines will ever end
if we’ll stop the need
for protection from protection
how many will check out
before there is peace in aisle six.

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