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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.

Earthenware for the Voyage Home

Next in the portal series. Oil mixed with sand. Like the other portals, the portal inside leads you to the space where you began.

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“Aperture”

Latest painting. The cosmic theme continues. If reality is a thought burning in the mind of God, how could we describe that?

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Art on Fire: The Life and Work of Melissa Weinman

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I’ve long admired the work of Melissa Weinman, a Washington-based painter who works with images of faith. The image above is part of a series she calls “rosefire,” inspired in part by the last lines of Eliot’s Four Quartets. Image Journal is posting my article that describes her faith journey and how it has influenced her painting. More at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/goodletters/