“Only Seventeen” now up at Citizen Brooklyn, a magazine
devoted to “unique energy, diversity, and expression.”
When they pick me up, Mother
This lifts my runaway status,
The poem was first published by The Stone Hobo.
Pay them a visit too, if you have the time.
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When I finally admitted that a paragraph did not belong in my novella, I cut it and sent it to the word cemetery for burial. Writers always kill their darlings though. We are accustomed to letting go and moving on, and our words learn to live with it.
The night of the cutting though, beneath moon-shimmer, my left-for-dead words arose, crept off together into the world and, in their innocence, stepped beyond the pale. But there, in that wilderness, the words gathered experience and cultivated their own ideas about what they should become. In time, they grew into a poem. At last they danced, but with a rhythm and an emotion true to their origin.
“Adventures of an Alaskan Barfly” would not be if I had left those words where they were, because nothing dances where it does not belong. So I continue, in what may be perceived as cruelty, to cut. So sorry, my darlings. You will thank me later.
(“WTF?!” artwork for the cover of Gargoyle #58 is by digital illustrator, Cintia Gonzalvez. If you are wondering, Papa, “WTF?!” means “Why the frown?!”)
Adventures of an Alaskan Barfly
Step out. Light up.
Beyond, the pale
January snow bank and moon-shimmer
~ Gargoyle #58, Paycock Press – get it at Amazon.com
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“a beautifully sensitive story”
The Glass Woman Prize is awarded for short fiction or creative non-fiction written by a woman on a subject of significance to women.
I will post “Catching Maggie” as soon as the story has a publisher.
Check out my story “Revisions
,” which made the Glass Woman Prize shortlist in 2009.
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To the Man Passing London Zoo’s Blackburn Pavilion Clock at 12:30 p.m.
Like a hummingbird
pinned to a fencepost, freed
of its Whirling Dervish world… <<read more>>
~ Every Day Poets
Note: London Zoo’s Blackburn Pavilion houses hundreds of bird species and includes the largest collection of hummingbirds in the U.K. The clock at its entrance springs into mechanical life, complete with chirping birds, every half hour.
London Zoo’s press team thought the poem was “fantastic” and tweeted about it on their Twitter page: https://twitter.com/#!/zsllondonzoo.
If you visit Every Day Poets, please vote – the star you click gives the poem a 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, or 5-star rating.
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Whether you want super-shorts or love, horror or personal stories, or a mix of them all, there’s something for you at the Natalie McNabb Amazon Author Page. Check it out, if ya wanna…
Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer
W. W. Norton and Company
Kindle Edition: $8.99
Love Notes: A Collection of Romantic Poetry
Kindle Edition: $3.82
Frightmares: A Fistful of Flash Fiction Horror
Dark Moon Books
Silent Embrace: Perspectives on Birth and Adoption
Catalyst Book Press
Kindle Edition: $2.99
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Two new pieces, just in time for Valentine’s Day–
Finding Things in the Sheets
As I Am
–in Love Notes, A Collection of Romantic Poetry
“Love shared, love in secret, celebrated, exploded…Love Notes has it all…” ~ Vagabondage Press
P.S. – As you inspire me in so many other things, you are the inspiration for these. I like you lots–not as in parking lots or casting lots, but as in lots and lots, as in bunches. Happy Valentine’s Day, luv. (Everyone else - As you probably guessed, P.S. does not stand for postscript here, and you can barf now.) ~ N
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