New novel out – Dr. Jack Forester is back

Author's new book receives a warm literary welcome. Readers' Favorite announces the review of the Fiction - Thriller - Medical book "Reap" by Frank J. Edwards Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned...

Second Wind – a poem

Visiting home Thanksgiving from far away I rose early to get in a five-mile jog before the feast. I had started out fast under a cobbled gray overcast, Threading down the weedy shoulder Of the road I used to hitchhike skipping school, Back when my pantheon of heroes...

Jim’s Crow – a poem

My mother told many stories Of life on the farm, Chapters we would ask for on certain nights Over coffee— Her father’s workhorses; The time her chestnut mare bolted; The two week blizzard and the broken sleigh; My grandmother’s mysterious lapse into paralysis And the...

For David and a winter walk

This winter I have seen the graves Of Samuel Clemens and Frederick Douglass, Buried fifteen years and a hundred miles apart In the glacial till of western New York. How well they knew each other We can safely guess as great. Twain’s father-in-law, Jervis Langdon, A...

Memorial Day

So far from the chaos of battle, The white tombstones stretch; Far from the tattered and bloody uniforms, Their uniformity. I came home from Vietnam With a bunch of medals, But no hero was I. I quailed at the sight of the first corpse, With its limbs so flaccid....

A poem: Ashes and Berries

Some images mean nothing, Like the mound of bulbous mushrooms On a kitchen table, Or the pot of black-eyed peas Simmering on an electric range, Or the sweat puddled on a dying man’s chest As cool air seeps through a metal screen. Or even the way a fly lands on a page...

Writing notes

Well, I made some progress in Chapter 14 yesterday, but the scene didn’t feel quite right. I think I’m going to have to re-think it further. It’s challenging. Heidi is under cover, Jack is evolving, getting seduced. But the plot also needs to move forward; I’ve got...