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This year I had eleven poems in eleven different journals (eight of which I’d never been in before.
“Nothing But Memories,” Distillery, (May 20, 2009). Print, not available
“Spring NASCAR Race @ Bristol,” Right Hand Pointing, (July 2009).
“How a Poet Speaks,” The Wild Goose Poetry Review, (Summer, 2009). Not archived.
“Dual Perspective,” Rusty Truck (August 29,2009).
“When Trees Pop,” Fried Chicken and Coffee (August 31, 2009).
“Where Light Is Going,” Hobble Creek Review, (Fall 2009).
“Spin, Spin, Spin,” Blue Fifth Review, (Fall 2009). Scroll down
“Moon-Lit Ghosts,” Deuce Coupe, (October 31, 2009).
And I had five book reviews published.
The Fractured World by Scott Owens (Main Street Rag, Charlotte, NC, 2008), The Centrifugal Eye (August 2009). Not Archived.
Conquering Venus by Collin Kelley (Vanilla Heart Publishing, 2009), Blogcritics (August 25, 2009) and reprinted in The New Book Review (October 31, 2009)
Telling Tales of Dusk by Terri Kirby Erickson (Press 53, 2009), Blogcritics (October 5, 2009).
Available on Amazon.com
Signed copies are still available from me.
So far, six reviews of Better With Friends have been published.
Kathryn Stripling Byer on My Laureate’s Lasso (April 29, 2009) scroll down
Sherry Chandler (August 11, 2009)
Scott Owens in Main Street Rag (Fall 2009) Print issue, review not online
Scott Whitaker in The Broadkill Review (November 2009) Scroll down to page 19.
EarthPal (December 18, 2009)
Collin Kelley on Modern Confessional (December 30, 2009)
Others have made shorter but equally kind comments.
See life is truly better with friends.
[Circular Letter to Friends, 1968]
Blessings and joy in the New Year. Pray for peace at home and abroad. May the Lord bring you peace in your own hearts and joy always. God be with you.…I have already said more than I intended. God bless you. I appreciate your friendship and your communications. Keep well. May your understanding of life deepen, may your freedom grow strong, may you be more and more independent of forces that try to dominate and standardize our lives in massive futility. May you grow in love, may you have joy!
Thomas Merton. The Road to Joy, Robert E. Daggy, editor (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1989): 109, 111.
So much of our energy, time, and money goes into maintaining distance from one another. Many if not most of the resources of the world are used to defend ourselves against each other, to maintain or increase our power, and to safeguard our own privileged position.
Imagine all that effort being put in the service of peace and reconciliation! Would there be any poverty? Would there be crimes and wars? Just imagine that there was no longer fear among people, no longer any rivalry, hostility, bitterness, or revenge. Just imagine all the people on this planet holding hands and forming one large circle of love. We say, “I can’t imagine.” But God says, “That’s what I imagine, a whole world not only created but also living in my image.”
“Writing in an accessible, narrative style, Losse groups the collection into short sections, with two long poems — “There Is A Presence” and “Where the Reverie is Apt to Lead” — taking up the last quarter of the book. It’s the latter poem that contains the line “This is a poem about living,” which neatly sums up all the work to be found in this thoughtful collection.”
Read the entire review.
Thank you, Collin.
One of the hardest things in life is to let go of old hurts. We often say, or at least think: “What you did to me and my family, my ancestors, or my friends I cannot forget or forgive. … One day you will have to pay for it.” Sometimes our memories are decades, even centuries, old and keep asking for revenge.
Holding people’s faults against them often creates an impenetrable wall. But listen to Paul: “For anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation: the old order is gone and a new being is there to see. It is all God’s work” (2 Corinthians 5:17-18). Indeed, we cannot let go of old hurts, but God can. Paul says: “God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not holding anyone’s fault against them” (2 Corinthians 5:19). It is God’s work, but we are God’s ministers, because the God who reconciled the world to God entrusted to us “the message of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:19). This message calls us to let go of old hurts in the Name of God. It is the message our world most needs to hear.
Reconciliation is much more than a one-time event by which a conflict is resolved and peace established. A ministry of reconciliation goes far beyond problem solving, mediation, and peace agreements. There is not a moment in our lives without the need for reconciliation. When we dare to look at the myriad hostile feelings and thoughts in our hearts and minds, we will immediately recognize the many little and big wars in which we take part. Our enemy can be a parent, a child, a “friendly” neighbor, people with different lifestyles, people who do not think as we think, speak as we speak, or act as we act. They all can become “them.” Right there is where reconciliation is needed.
Reconciliation touches the most hidden parts of our souls. God gave reconciliation to us as a ministry that never ends.