Summer AVAA Show

My painting “Mitosis” will be available for sale at this year’s AVAA Show.

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Mitosis

This is one of my latest, called “Mitosis.” Like my other paintings, this one talks about unity and division, the lines and demarcations that are overwhelmed by an underlying coherence.

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Magenta Shield

Magenta-Shield

This was a challenge. Well, most of them are. Too much like a Christmas flower. Then the magenta emerged as a kind of protective shield. So there you have it.

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Song of the Middle Manager

Kalos

I’m happy – hey, more than happy – to announce that my third book of poetry, Song of the Middle Manager, has been acquired by Kalos Press. Publication is expected to be in 2017.

The book talks about two themes that I think are under-reported in contemporary U.S. poetry – life in corporate America and God stuff. I’ve been in business for 30 years, and that includes six years in four different hi-tech startups during the late 1990s. Very strange times, those. Powerful, tortuous and sometimes wonderfully surreal. I’ve tried to capture that in the first section of the book. Other poems talk about Catholic saints, the uneasy balances and trade-offs we make in life (our economies as it were), and the marriage between art and faith.

Kalos Press was founded in 2011 as an imprint of Doulos Resources. Their mission includes “a desire to see books with a high degree of literary excellence in genres and on subjects of interest to Christian believers.” My book will be their first volume of poetry.

I’ve found that most poetry manuscripts take several years to find a home, if they ever do. Song of the Middle Manager was completed at the end of 2013, and I’ve sent it to almost 50 publishers. So if you’re a writer out there (or anyone trying to make a mark), take heart. The editors of this world say no all the time. It’s a necessary and valuable part of their job. No after no after no after no. And then they say yes.