I’ve been working hard on getting healthier, and one of the things I’ve been doing is reading Writing the Natural Way by Gabriele Rico, as well as doing the exercises. I highly recommend this book, by the way — lots of deceptively simple exercises and information about how the brain works. I thought it would be fun to start sharing some of these poems here on my blog.

Today I wrote a poem following the structure of another poem, in this case, Portrait VIII by e.e. cummings. His poem was about Buffalo Bill. I’ve chosen Zeus from ancient Greek myth.



Zeus is


     who can take any form

     to seduce whoever strikes his


     and wield onetwothreefourfive thunderbolts


     By the gods!

he was powerful


          sitting on his throne in Olympus

               governing all

but where is he





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Author Interview: Andrea Lightfoot

Today I am happy to introduce writer Andrea Lightfoot, author of Fanastica – Surreal Prose and Poetry.
fatasticaTell us about your book. Is there one in particular you are promoting right now? What is it about?
The book is called ‘Fantastica – Surreal Prose & Poetry ‘ and is a guide to the “nearest place to Fairyland”, featuring short stories, poems, interviews and information by residents of Fantastica and it’s visitors.
What genre do you write in? Who is your audience?
The fantasy genre, which I love, as it really allows me to unleash my imagination. ‘Fantastica – Surreal Prose & Poetry ‘ is universal, meaning anyone any age can read it.

How do you come up with the ideas for your writing?
My ideas come from all sorts of places. I see the world like a child does, and I think imaginatively instead of logically (unless I need to think logically). I can see/imagine passageways, for instance, and music gives me ideas too. A cardboard box for me is never just a cardboard box. There’s always something else that it can become.

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Author Interview: Stjepan Varesevac

Today I am happy to introduce science fiction author and poet Stjepan Varesevac.

IMG_7484What do you read? What are your favourite books and who are your favourite authors?

I read all genres, but I prefer science fiction. Currently reading several books: Fallen-Kate Lauren, The Judging Eye-R. Scott Bakker, Vagabond-Cornwell Bernard, Demonic Awakening–K.P. Merriweather. Many writers I like: Jules Verne, George RR Martin, Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, Mark Twain, Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo, and many more. Read more

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Author Interview: Justin Bienvenue

Hello, I’m happy to welcome ecclectic author Justin Bienvenue on my blog today.
2013-08-28 13.45.36What genre(s) do you write in? Tell us about your books.
I write in many different genres. I’ve written a dozen short stories or so each in different genres such as horror, science fiction, crime, romance, mystery, etc. I’ve written in three different genres when it comes to my books. I’ve written poetry, western horror and a crime thriller.
My first book is called The Macabre Masterpiece: Poems of Horror and Gore. True to its title it is a book of 50 horror poems within 5 chapters each a different level or type of horror.
A Bloody Bloody Mess in the Wild Wild West is a post Civil War Western about the small fictional town of Toomswood. The town are trying is trying to recover from the war when a slick Mexican outlaw comes into town with a deal but is really out to cause trouble. It’s up to a young man by the name of Emerson Shaw to stop the outlaw with help from the town.
Like A Box of Chocolates is a book of poetry within several different genres. The book not only has many poems in different genres but also has many different rhyme schemes.
Opium Warfare is a Crime Thriller set in 1920’s Shanghai. It is about the rise of opium from underground obscurity to public prominence.

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