A Brief Guide to Preparing Your Book for Self-Publishing

A lot of writers who self-publish take the do-it-yourself (DIY) approach. Often, this is not so much a choice as it is a necessity: putting together a book can be very expensive—potentially thousands of dollars. Doing as much yourself as possible can go a long way toward keeping costs down. The downsides to the DIY [...]

The price of admission (a poem)

An ekphrastic poem, inspired by a painting by William Turner, viewed online at http://ekphrasticassimilations.org/william-turner-2/. She stares at me, exposed. The look is so direct, I feel compelled to hide, lest she discover my secret. But I cannot divert my gaze. The edges of checkerboard pattern are not strong enough to break the bond we have forged, [...]

The Imperial Hotel Physical (a poem)

An ekphrastic poem, inspired by photographs of Hi Red Center’s Shelter Plan (1964). Will the boxes be our shelter or our container? Given the potential consequences measurements seem almost beside the point and the photographs not so much documentation as a means of identifying the dead (as if you could do that without dental records) [...]

The wall, alone (a poem)

An ekphrastic poem, inspired by the painting ‘Fugue’, by Lu De’an, at VALA Art Center in Redmond, WA. Day after day after day it endures the constant beatings of weather stripped of color by sunlight rivets rusted by rain pummeled with debris by the wind until it aches A few dark patches reveal where machinery [...]