The Ramblings of a Poetic Fool

frontcover_webI’m pleased and proud to announce that my book, “The Ramblings of a Poetic Fool”, will be released in the very near future. Monday, July 29th is the targeted release date for this, my very first collection of poetry.

“The Ramblings of a Poetic Fool” is a collection of 44 poems including many of my personal favorites. These are poems that run the gamut from the romantic to the tragic, expressing hope and disappointment, ecstasy, desperation and much more. After many trials, much soul-searching and with the support and encouragement of a few dear friends, “Ramblings” is the result. It is my hope that you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

“The Ramblings of a Poetic Fool” will be available on Amazon, Amazon Europe and CreateSpace eStore. Additionally, you will be able to order my book from thousands of major online and offline bookstores and retailers.



A Great Resource for Southern California – the Los Angeles Poet Society


I stumbled upon the great website of the Los Angeles Poet Society today. As usual, I will let LAPS explain itself with this excerpt from their website:

Founded in 2010, the Los Angeles Poet Society, (LAPS), was by raised by East LA born Poet, Jessica M. Wilson. The mission of the LAPS is to create a bridge, fusing the communities of Los Angeles and Southern California Poets, poetry organizations, Writer groups, booksellers, publishers, literary enthusiasts and supporters into a unified social and literary network.

The focal point of LAPS is to network and publicize the events and achievements of its members. LAPS also organizes and promotes events, pulling from within its own community, to create and sustain Los Angeles’ literary anchor.

The founder, Jessica M. Wilson, is a poet from East Los Angeles, CA. Jessica holds her Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Otis College, and a BA in both Creative Writing and Art History from UC Riverside. She is the Founder of the Los Angles Poet Society, Writers’ Row (a showcase of Writers during the downtown Art Walk), Writer Wednesdays, and SoapBox Poets which is a collaborative group of artists delivering their work to masses.

If you live in or around Los Angeles, you might want to become a member and take advantage of all this organization has to offer.

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Do you want to join other poets, musicians, songwriters, and artists around the USA and across the planet in a demonstration/ celebration to promote serious social and political change?

“What kind of CHANGE are we talking about?”

The first order of change is for poets, writers, musicians, artists, anybody, to actually get together to create and perform, educate and demonstrate, simultaneously, with other communities around the world. This will change how we see our local community and the global community. We have all become incredibly alienated in recent years. We hardly know our neighbors down the street let alone our creative allies who live and share our concerns in other countries. We need to feel this kind of global solidarity. I think it will be empowering.

And of course there is the political/social change that many of us are talking about these days. There is trouble in the world. Wars, ecocide, the lack of affordable medical care, racism, the list goes on. We are only asking that local organize events about change within the guidelines of peace and sustainability.

It appears that transformation towards a more sustainable world is a major concern and could be a global guiding principle for this event. Peace also seems to be a common cause. War is not sustainable. There is an increasing sense that we need to move forward and stop moving backwards. But I am trying not to be dogmatic. I am hoping that together we can develop our ideas of the “change/transformation” we are looking for as a group, and that each community group will decide their own specific area of focus for change for their particular event.

~ Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion (Co-Founders, 100 TPC)

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Well, it seems true …


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“Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.” – Jane Yolen

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Veronica Speedwell

Veronica Speedwell

Veronica Speedwell
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Photo: Rick Stephen - 3 July 2013

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Dying Inside – Micropoetry – 4 July 2013

There’s a gnawing within me
devouring the man that you see
leaving behind not more than
a mere shell of a man

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Happy Independence Day!


I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and happy 4th of July. As you celebrate, take a moment to remember the sacrifices made by everyone from our founding fathers to the courageous men and women serving in the military here and abroad.



Carousel of Dreams by Rick Stephen

brasssangDreams die hard and they should. Our dreams are things that should be worked at, strived for and not given up on easily. Sometimes though, they just aren’t going to happen and it takes a certain level of awareness and maturity to recognize when that point has been reached. It’s not easy to give up on a dream, to rearrange your priorities and decide to pursue something else. Sometimes our dreams seem to take on a life of their own. Though we may know a dream is out of reach sometimes hope just won’t die. This poem, Carousel of Dreams, is about just that. I hope you enjoy it!

Carousel of Dreams

desires, wishes,
wants and needs
a life full
of sterile seeds

dreams implanted
that shanll never be
fruit that the sun
will never see

yet hope strives
for those dreams
but never grasps
the brass ring

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Empty Still by Rick Stephen

here at work
wasting time
hours after quitting
because I’ve no reason
or desire to go home
where no one waits for me
the only sounds
my footsteps echoing
off darkened walls
breaking the sterile silence

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