Grateful acknowledgment is made to the following publications in which these poems appeared or are forthcoming, some in an earlier form:
About Place Journal – “Wind In Pines” Boston Literary Magazine – “fil de téléphone” and “The other side” Dămfīno – “The Trial Survey” Ealain – “Anaphora for Ann” Incessant Pipe – “Summer in St. Louis” Poetry Quarterly – “Toni tutors townies”, “Tefillah echad”, “To Katrina, wherever you are, xoxoxo” and “Fifteen years cutting fish in the market, only once…” Radius – “it was one of us” Soul-Lit – “Casualty and Medic reconnect on Facebook”, “Cpl Jim on his furlough Thanksgiving 1942 - BROWN PHOTO SERVICE, Minneapolis, Minn. DEC 11 1942”, “My infusion nurse smiles as she releases the clamp on my pic line and invites Cisplatin in”, “Reincarnation at the tag sale”, “Rosh Hashanah 5775 – Yom Sheni”, “The Scroll of Jeru ” and “Unreasonable” Vietnam War Poetry – “Casualty and Medic reconnect on Facebook”
Special thanks to my wife & best friend Ann, don’t know who I’d be without you. Sons Dan & Adam, you make me proud every day. Mom, I must have been fun to raise. My extended family, I am embraced by your love and support.
Heartfelt gratitude to Robin Stratton—for being a light and believing in me. Jane Ellen Ibur—my sister in poetry, wielder of truth and heeded attitude adjustor. Wayne-Daniel Berard—deep-souled Achi, diviner of spirit and wisdom. Dămfīno Press, LLC—insightful and skillful editing. John Hodgen & Joe Pacheco—fonts of grace and guidance.
These poems were born in community. Appreciation for my writing groups: Worcester—Southgate Workshop and Poetry Happens Workshop Sanibel—Group 3 and Poetry Alliance ADK/Northampton/St. Pete—Nerissa Nields’ Writing It Up In The Garden retreats
In memory of Melvin Fox William Gordon Merritt
Hope the greens are breaking true.
Cover Design: Lea C. Deschenes, Damfino Press, LLC Front Cover Photo: Mark William Rabiner, Orpheus by Cristoforo Stati at the MET Cover Background Image: xOneca. “Handmade dense labyrinth” Back Cover Photo: Dan Fox