Poetry Book Wednesday – Kirsch & Kerosene

This week’s Poetry Book Wednesday feature is Kirsch & Kerosene. It is the fifth in the “A to Z” poetry books as well as my tenth published book. Kirsch & Kerosene was released on October 08, 2013. Several of its poems can be read through words-scribbled.com/books/kirsch-kerosene/.


Clutching nutrients
In my withered palms
Singing healing psalms
Malnourished soul
I harbor within
Drink deep of the real
I forged and built

Kirsch & Kerosene is available through Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1490918264. Kindle – $2.99 and Paperback – $9.99. The other 21 of my currently published poetry books and numerous chapbooks can also be found on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/default/e/B00AOVY2K4.

Poetry Wednesday – Stitched


Heart stitched into my side
Above my scarred hide
Feeling it beating opposite
Of what I expect
Thought it to be an omen
The end to come
Heart stitched into my side
Devoid of blood as
It beats and beats
Reminding me of pain
Over and again
Wish to exist long
Will not bare this omen
If it be such
Must change but how can I
When I forget so much
Of each day
Languishing against rage
At the change to my being
Heart stitched into my side
Had me thinking I may
Die with it above my hide
Here I be with this
Abomination in sight
Heart stitched into my side

May’s Kindle Freebie – Last Days!

kirschcoverThis month’s free Kindle ebook is Kirsch & Kerosene. It will be available to download for free from May 15th through May 19th. After that, it will go back to $3.99. Please download, read, enjoy, and review.

May’s Kindle Freebie – May 15th through 19th

kirschcoverThis month’s free Kindle ebook is Kirsch & Kerosene. It will be available to download for free from May 15th through May 19th. After that, it will go back to $3.99. Please download, read, enjoy, and review.

Poetry Wednesday – Osiris


Still as the velocity
Reason to make you mine
Empower prostration before idols
Abandoned at Osiris’ feet
When we slaughtered our bond
Essences torn asunder
Still as the velocity
Easing my mind cool
Produce more than the scales
Incapable of balancing at
My tempestuous behest

Kirsch & Kerosene

kirschcoverYesterday was the release day for Kirsch & Kerosene. This book of one hundred poems continues the themes explored in Unlined & Undertakers. It also explores the darker sides of romance and obsession.


A large portion of Kirsch & Kerosene was written during NaPoWriMo 2013 which was my first year participating in the challenge. I hope readers enjoy this work as much as I enjoyed working on it.

Plenty of Ideas…

…if they would just speak to me beyond basic phrases.

I spent last night working with two story ideas that have been on the back burner since 2005, because they decided to present ways of relieving their stagnant states, in addition to writing two poems. Unfortunately, the story ideas aren’t in a talking mood today. Nothing really is. I attended a write-in this afternoon and was not as productive as I would have liked. I wrote two poems for Obiter & Oleander, one poem for Kirsch & Kerosene, and one poem for Nightmares & Nevermore. Obiter & Oleander is three poems away from being completed and Kirsch & Kerosene needs six. Still, I remain confident that the two books will be done by the end of this month so I can focus on Xenium & Xyris, Zephyr & Zine, Elysian & Ether, Nightmares & Nevermore, and whatever novel that decides to talk to me during the July session of Camp NaNoWriMo.

I also wrote a piece for poetry magazine in the UK that is doing open submissions for an upcoming anthology. It has been many years since I’ve submitted a piece to a magazine or anthology so I am a little nervous about the whole thing. I really like the piece, Incantations, I wrote for it. The writing guidelines for this anthology were wide open so I have no idea if the piece is right for it or not. If it gets rejected, it will find a home in Obiter & Oleander or Xenium & Xyris. In the past, my work has done better with the UK magazines than with the US ones so there is a chance. One of the US-based magazine actually told me I should look into getting extensive psychological therapy because my poetry was just too disturbing and dark. That particular magazine went under a few months later and the name of it escapes me now.

It is hard to believe that July is a week away. I am not ready for it to be here yet. This next week will be very busy making preparations for the coming month because there is so much I want to write, and I cannot afford to be distracted by other things like I was in April.