Saturday, May 29, 2021

"The Botleys of Beaumont County" are getting closer.....

     The Botleys of Beaumont County have come to me for proofreading. Actually, half of it. My creative partner Carol Worthington-Levy is formatting it for Blurb, and we still plan a release around July 1. 

     I am excited about it. If you were to have asked me years ago what I wanted to write, I would have instantly replied "Novels". The rough draft of one is only a few feet away from me in a container. 

     Life intervened, and I have no regrets whatsoever. After a long hiatus, I began writing poetry, and the links below direct you to my books, and two I did with Carol. I also include a link to her amazing art and more,

     Botleys I described as Faulkner meets Updike, Vonnegut, and Wallace. The writing is not like Faulkner's but at the core, a distinguished Southern family struggles to maintain its position in a small town. Not right after the Civil War, though: the action starts on Election Day 2008.

      More later!

Monday, May 24, 2021

Happy 80th Birthday, Robert Zimmerman...Bob Dylan!

These are some of Dylan's best lyrics. I called him a poet while I was back in high school, and I called it right this time! Happy 80th birthday, Bob Dylan, 2016 Nobel Prize Winner for Literature. In my first book of poetry, Places and Times ( © eLectio Publishing, 2015), I write about how my 12th grade English teacher told me, "You want him to be a poet, Arthur, but he isn't". Mr. Herrmann was not being mean; it actually was a good discussion we had. He enabled me to appreciate literature by letting me do essentially was an independent study. It was a life-changing experience since my goal then was to eventually go to law school.

Dylan remains an iconic figure on the world scene, and especially in America. He has taken creative risks (going electric), writing in different genres and using various types of music, and literally being the voice of a generation, now being heard my several generations after that.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

One Week Left in My Birthday Month Fundraiser for Tupelo Press 

    Help small publishers spread poetry!  For each donation, I will write a poem. Donors give me a topic and/or style. Thanks! Spread the word!

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Teaser About the Novel!

     The Botleys of Beaumont County-   sounds distinguished, doesn't it? The Botleys have held a prominent position in this part of the southeastern USA, from colonial days to the early part of the 21st Century. right before 2000, a few cracks appeared in their foundation. By 2008 they are in trouble, but not all of them know it.

     Coming on Blurb in July 2021!

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

The Botleys of Beaumont County

      Doesn't that sound like a great title for a soap opera, a TV show, or....a novel?

      My first novel will be out on Blurb in two months, give or take a little.

      Stayed tuned here for more details!



Monday, May 3, 2021

Some Pix from Arts on the Ridge 2021 

   A perfect day with mild temperatures, a clear blue sky, and good people! The pix hardly do it justice!

   Thanks to Phyllis Nichols Gutierrez and all wh made it possible!

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Reviews Are So Very Important to Writers, and So Hard to Get

      When my first poetry book was published seven years ago, I dutifully asked readers/friends to review it. That book, Places and Times, ...