100 Themes Poem and Prompt: “The Hill-Top Exile, Dreaming Still”

The Hill-Top Exile, Dreaming Still

Themes of separation and exile seem to be the golden thread running through my poems. I’d almost say it was my “poetic mode.” Or mood. But then, perhaps exile is the essential mode of all poets … since, after all, to be human in this world is to be an exile. All of us long for perfect communion, … Read more…

Happy Halloween: 15 Spooky Stories, Poems and Songs Under 15 Minutes

All right, folks, it’s time to jump on the bandwagon and give you my top reading recommendations for Halloween. Except I’m not going to recommend books. No, I suspect your reading list is long enough already. Instead, I’ve gathered up my favorite stories, poems, songs, and poem-songs, which you can enjoy in 15 minutes or less. … Read more…

ENCHANTMENT by Orson Scott Card

Friday night I finished reading Enchantment by Orson Scott Card — and I was caught between the pleasure of having read such a great book and the sadness of finally coming to the end of the adventure. The plot summary you can find on Amazon, but basically Enchantment is a modernized and Russianized retelling of Sleeping Beauty. It … Read more…

RUSALKA by C. J. Cherryh

Rusalka (1989) is a fantasy novel by C. J. Cherryh that reworks Russian folklore into an alternate history of the Kievan Rus’. Sasha Misurov, a young and untrained wizard, and Pyetr Kochevikov, a drinking/gambling/screwing around “scoundrel” who doesn’t believe in magic, are forced out of their hometown of Vojvoda after one of Pyetr’s illicit affairs … Read more…