As for me, I'm a 49 year old business executive with 3,600 people in the division reporting to me. I only mention this because in a sense the daimon that propels my occupation also propels my poetry. For instance, Gertrude Stein once said, "If Mr. Robert Frost is at all good as a poet, it is because he is a farmer -- really in his mind a farmer, I mean."
Am I a businessman who writes poetry, or a very minor poet successful at business? Who knows? But my daimon propelled me into such a good financial position that I could now quit my business dealings and comfortably write poetry the rest of my life . . . yet I am afraid to quit for fear my daimonwill leave me, or my greed will taunt me for decades.
Formerly I managed distribution centers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, Arizona and Illinois. My wife and I now live outside of Indianapolis and are currently toiling with much determination on our second crop of children,having adopted four wonderful girls and fostered several others.
Fairly new to publishing my efforts -- this most challenging of all endeavors -- I have still been fortunate to enjoy some initial successes, and have published 612 pieces since late '96. Please see the attached list of credits. Current successes are: being nominated for the 1999 Pushcart; completing an interview with Israeli poet Elisha Porat (1996 winner of the Prime Minister Prize for Literature) which was accepted by ACM, Another Chicago Magazine; being accepted by Rattle, Sunstone, Spillway, Porcupine
Literary Magazine; the Ezines Pif, 2River View, Artvilla, Moongate, Oblique and Offcourse; and by print magazines Potpourri and Skylark. Lastly, I wasselected as the Featured Poet by the Ezines: Seeker, England's Poetry Life &Times, and Canada's Pyrowords.
Two novels, "Divine Murder" and "Keenly Alive, Tony,"
are represented by The Sternig & Byrne Literary Agency
"comedy incarnate," forthcoming on cd rom by Kedco Studios (Las Vegas, NV)
"histories of souls" forthcoming as an ebook by Word Wrangler Publishing, Inc.
Of the 612 published pieces, some have found their way into:
ACM, Another Chicago Magazine, The GSU Review, Limestone,
The Listening Eye, The Lucid Stone, Mad Poets Review, The Old Red Kimono, Porcupine Literary Magazine, Potpourri, Rattle, River King, Skylark, Spillway, Sulphur River Review, Sunstone
Ariga, Artvilla, Big Bridge, Lynx: poetry from Bath, Moongate, Oblique, Offcourse, Pif, Poetry Magazine.Com, Pulse, Pyrowords, Renaissance, The Rose & Thorn,
San Francisco Salvo, 2River View, Unlikely Stories