Mike’s poem Leaf Laughter will be included in the 2015 anthology of Mutabilis Press of Houston. Here is the poem: Leaf Laughter Elms and oaks and tupelos unleaving, ungrieving, undressing tree tresses, confessing with colors their seasonal sin. Leaf laughter comes after quitting their day jobs. Dancing while dying, the leaves keep on trying, seducing the wind, their ramble and scramble and gambol extend. We without winter fill five months with Autumn. For leaves that’s a lifetime to spend with a friend. ...Read more 0
My brother, Tim, created a promo video for my novel, Murder Music. It’s now available for viewing on this website. Click on the publications tab and scroll down to the next item below the Murder Music cover. You can also view it here. I hope you enjoy it and look forward to your comments. Please like it on Facebook to give it more attention. ...Read more 0
My poem, Bird’s Eye View, was selected for publication in the Spring, 2015, edition of the literary journal, Harbinger Asylum. It publishes some very nice modern art work along with edgy poetry and provocative short stories. Here’s my poem: Bird’s Eye View Have you ever heard a muffled thump against a window, and seeking, found a feathered lump upon the ground, and took it in your hand and felt its heartbeat fast and fluttering against your fingers, and find then its eye upon you, black and bright as a fallen star still sizzling, and did the innate gravity of that dark orb whelm you, unflesh you, draw you down into its starless depths, to feel yourself encompassed only by compressing darkness, horizoned then only by the edges of some endless dream, your crouching mind gone gurgling from its meager confinement to dwell among myriad strangers, yet alone and naked, wandering thru vacant, vaguely familiar buildings, inhabiting their walls, entrapped by shadows in a sunless clime, in an ever ticking yet endless time, unvoiced, unheard, unknowing if ...Read more 0
I attended Austin International Poetry Festival, April 9-12. My poem, In Case of Emergency, Read Poem, was selected for the AIPF Anthology. I will append it to the end of this post. Marilyn Komechak, PhD, and I presented our workshop, How To Find Your Poetic Mind, to an enthusiastic group of poets. I met, talked with, and read with a wide variety of wonderful poets. The whole experience was very energizing. I even sold a few books. Here’s my poem from the Anthology: In Case Of Emergency, Read Poem That’s what was written on the old man’s scrawny chest when I ripped open his shirt to give him CPR. I read it several times as I did the useless chest compressions. The message read: “Thank you, friend, for your concern. May your kindness here much kindness earn. This body’s not mine, it’s just a loaner; My whole life long I’ve sought its owner. Now that I’ve left its tenancy, perhaps its owner will find me. I’ve tried to love all fellow beings, to know all knowing, to see ...Read more 0
This is an essay I wrote for Plano Profile Magazine while an administrator for Plano Public Library back in 1985. I think this essay is still relevant today. I hope you think so as well. The history of America, almost from its inception, can be characterized as one continuous love affair with technology. Currently, that affair is at a fever pitch of intensity. Unfortunately, as with any passion, other, perhaps more important aspects of life have been sacrificed. With the ascendance of technology, the humanities, especially literature, have been de-emphasized, regarded as expendable. Thus, micro computers proliferate in the schools even as reading scores plummet and the liberal arts degree becomes virtually an endangered species. Yet technology and the humanities are not mutually exclusive poles of the orb of intellect. The two can and must co-exist. Let me state this as unambiguously as possible: first, there is nothing inherently wrong with technology, only with the attitude of devaluating non-technological knowledge. Second, literature is an absolute necessity. Why? Literature allows us to transcend our own limited perspectives. ...Read more 0
Welcome, friends and readers, to my author website. I will try to make it both interesting and enlightening for you to visit from time to time. You will find here all the books I have written, including many that are only available here. At your request, I will be glad to sign any books sold thru my website. Also, be sure to look for special offers and prices on items sold via this website. I plan to use my website not only to market my books, but also to promote ideas (mine and others’) to make America and the world better for everyone. My work as a public librarian, as a professor of Political Science, and as a writer has always been involved with ideas and helping people understand them. This website will continue that effort. Ideas are the essence of civilization. I will be delighted to receive your responses to my writings and will post them on this website if I think they will be of interest to visitors here. Civil disagreement (as well as ...Read more Comments Off on Welcome!