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Why I Need Poetry

Summer rains come every day in southwest Florida.  The low-lying area of my back yard transformed into a tiny wetlands about two months ago.  This morning, as I sit here and wonder what strange message has compelled me to this … Continue reading

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The Tiger Lessons. Three: Say to Him the Names of Your Desire

“I want you to do me like that,” Sam says to me, pointing at Rick. “Okay,” I say.  But I don’t know how, and my breath is caught because he has asked this of me. I have just spent the … Continue reading

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Don’t Punch the Monkey. Or the Gypsies. Part Two: Not Punching the Monkey or the Gypsies

The monkey’s name is Em Dee, which is long for “M.D.” as in medical doctor.  Jim, her current owner, which, in monkey terms, means her butler-slave, altered the spelling to give it a more feminine look.  Her first owner, which, … Continue reading

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A Few Short Notes Reflecting Upon Watching My Friend Get Pulled into the Water

Yesterday, I had a logical but rather bizarre experience on my tour, and I want to talk about it.  Here’s what happened: a 9-foot female alligator bit John on the tongue of his snake boot and dragged him shin deep … Continue reading

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On Writing, Being in Love with a Tiger, and Going to Movies By Myself

I hate writing a novel.  It is the stupidest quote unquote dream to have.  Period.  I wish, when I’d been sitting in Helen Nicholson’s junior advanced English class at Rocky Mount Senior High School that I had decided–instead of fulfilling … Continue reading

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Wildlife Report: Knotty’s Nest, Bootsy, Pythons in the Freezer, and Jesse

“Yeah, my first wife, I met her down in Texas.  She’d just moved down there with a good friend a’hers, that Tate woman who was murdered.” Jesse and I are sitting side-by-side in cheap outdoor chairs from Lowe’s looking across … Continue reading

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Newsfarts from Sunny Florida: politics, big croc, good ol’boys, and entering the shadow

Tonight my mind is a mess.  On the one hand (and get ready for a Vishnu-type hand situation here), my facebook newsfeed is full of election-year nonsense posts by both liberals and conservatives, none of whom have figured out that … Continue reading

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