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After a false start and big-time help from Rob MacEwan,  the April (Poetry Month) issue of The Dead Mule is online.

Thank you, Rob.


Each April, the Mule presents the poet laureate of a southern state.  This year we are featuring NC Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti. 

Also in this issue – in a feast for the poetic – are 27 other poets.

Enjoy. Enjoy. Enjoy.



New poems from 16 poets are now live at the Dead Mule.  Prose is coming on the 15th.

Read up, Mule fans!

Many thanks to Michael Lee Johnson, who has posted a new interview with me on Interviews Poets, Writers.  Check it out.

2012 Best of the Net Nominations

Poetry Editor Helen Losse has submitted the following poets and their poems published in the Dead Mule to the 2012 Best of the Net.  Congratulations to all.

Cathy Smith Bowers – “A Book a Day” – published April 2012

Norvin Dickerson – “NASCAR Poet” – published October 2011

Shenan Hahn – “To the Coyote on the Side of the Interstate” – published February 2012 (scroll down)

Michael Evan Parker – “Old Woman Sweeping” – published June 2012

 Tim Peeler – “Drive-In 48” – published April 2012 (scroll down)

 Staci R. Schoenfeld – “World Wide Web” – published March 2012


While I was gone to visit my family in Joplin, MO,

I had two poems, “There’s “nothing new under the sun,” and Rail fanning,” published in Rusty Truck

Val made sure our poems from 16 poets came up correctly on The Dead Mule


I had a poetry reading in Joplin.

Featured Poet

Popcorn and Poetry

Dining Room

Foxberry Terrace

4316 N. St Louis Avenue

Webb City, MO 64870

Friday, August 3, 2012 2:30 pm

Now we’re back.  Do poets ever rest?  🙂

I had poem “Stopping Twice For Water” in The Montucky Review,  “Cell Phone Momma Goes Shopping” in Referential Magazine, and a reprint of “Seriously Dangerous” in Wild Goose Poetry Review.

And I published 20 poets in the Dead Mule.  Love that photo on the home page.

So read up!!

Poems from twelve poets, including two chapbooks and a NASCAR poem, have been added to The Dead Mule.

Rusty Wallace fans will want to read “NASCAR Poet” by Norvin Dickerson.

Cl Bledsoe interviews me on Murder Your Darlings.

The March issue of The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature is now online with poems from thirteen poets:    Gary Carter, Bud Caywood, Robert Klein Engler, Addy  Robinson McColloch, D. S.  Malone, Jenny Billings Beaver, Jessica Kirwan, Herbert Woodward Martin,   Jim Valvis, Susan Nelson Myers, Norvin Dickerson, Alberto Arza , and  J. B. Hogan.

Also online are two new essays.



In addition to editing the poetry section of November’s Dead Mule, I’ve had two poems published since the beginning of the month.

Flutter Poetry Journal published my poem, “Charleston,” in its November issue. Thanks to editor, Sandy Benitez.

Also in this issue are poems by Scott Owens and Phoebe Kate Foster.

Wild Goose Poetry Review published my poem, “Beyond Childhood.” Thanks to editor, Scott Owens.

Also in this issue are poems by Harry Calhoun, Pris Campbell, and Phoebe Kate Foster.

January 2023