Review: “The Age of Steel” by Rudi Matic

A bit of a warning first: this superb collection of 72 poems is not for the casual reader. Many of the poems many are loaded with esoteric allusions, and the poet loves arcane terms and pulls no punches. To fully understand the first poem, "Bloch," for example,...

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....