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Into the Wide and Startling World

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My chapbook of poems, INTO THE WIDE AND STARTLING WORLD, is now for sale on AMAZON.

Here's a sample:


In a huge sand landscape
a small boy
in black trunks
runs along the river
toward a white dog,
arms cocked like commas,
right hand, left arm
unfinished, no hand, only
a rounded end with tiny buds,
the beginnings of fingers, like the thought
of a hand that never got spoken in his body.

It was the summer
they laughed at him in camp.
I watched the boys slide away
as he came to them, again and again,
to show them his precious friendship.
Like fish in a school they disappeared
into one another--until
he stood alone.

And though
the tide is in and the salt river
fills quickly, coursing with tricky
currents from the bay, and though
the dog is strange and might be
dangerous, might bite, and though
people might tease and stare,
despite our fears despite
our terrible need to keep him
safe,he rushes headlong again
and again into the arms of the world.


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In the December/January issue of MORE magazine, I have a short piece about money, gratitude, and common sense. The story was inspired by something my friend, Ira Ziering, said to me years ago, advice that has served me well over the decades.

Into the Wide and Startling World

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This spring, in late May, I have a small book of poems coming out, titled INTO THE WIDE AND STARTLING WORLD. I will send out an announcement in early 2012. This is a type of redemption for me, since I had counted all these poems as material lost in the ozone of my feckless past.

Parents Magazine and Ladies Home Journal

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My essay about the lessons we learn from our children on the topic of winning, losing, and loving the game appears in the October, 2011 issue of Parents Magazine.

Also, in the October, 2011 issue of LHJ, you can find my essay about being the paralyzing illusion that we are in charge of our children's happiness.

Once these two essays are no longer on the magazine websites, I'll post them here.

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