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Some links to my JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS since October 2021(For a list of earlier periodicals where my work is featured, see "Archives" below.)

February 2023

I have two lyrical narrative poems in February’s Verse-Virtual.

September 2022
Thanks to Jeri Rogers for including my poem “For the Fools of
April” in the 2022 Artemis.
And (with thanks to Jim Lewis), Verse-Virtual’s September
2022 issue features a poem I wrote in my late twenties:
derek-2022-september.html .

August 2022
On August 27, Dear Booze posted another of my pieces, “In
Which I Jump Off The Right Train,” on their website:

July 2022
My July publications include two poems in Verse-Virtual.
“Postcard from the Smoke” is about my first year in London, as
an escapee from South Africa and apartheid. “T’ai Chi with the
Finches” is about Beijing in 1993.

I also got an oddball piece (poem? you can be the judge) into the
online journal Dear Booze.

May 2022


"Corgis and Bess," my tribute to Queen Elizabeth and her corgis, appears in the current issue of LIGHT. Read it here:


I have two poems in the May 2022 Verse-Virtual. You may find them here: The optional theme is "war." One poem, "Boat Woman, Towson," is reprinted from my collection Mutt Spirituals. The other, "Eva in April," is about the marriage and death, two days later, of Eva Braun.

April 2022

To read my interview in the April issue of KIRKUS REVIEWS, please check out "Praise and Press" at the PUBLICATIONS tab.


For my poem in Virginia Poet Laureate Luisa Igloria's National Poetry Month initiative, please visit her website blog at She invited contributors to mail her a postcard featuring our artwork and an original poem. We were to touch on our concerns for our "immediate natural environment and community," especially in the light of such threats as climate change. My poem is called "Sonnet On My Neighbor's Holly Tree."


I also contributed to Mike Maggio's National Poetry Month Initiative, 30 FOR 30. The theme: "Love on an imaginary boulevard." The rules: an eleven line poem comprised of lines of exactly eleven syllables. Forbidden words: I, you, and love. My poem is "Two Sleepwalkers."


The Life In Ten Minutes Project periodically puts out an anthology of mini-memoirs under the rubric "Unzipped." The current issue, BARE, features my pieces "Stubborn" and "Indoctrination Training."


I'm also in the current issue of LUCKY JEFFERSON, at page&utm_campaign=Gibberish Online&fbclid=IwAR39gPkGoUnyCPdYp3K-GFmf2lGyNIYI3OqC4RZ1c1_6vyvv6QOrnfMmiNI. The theme is "Gibberish," and my poem is "Nistle." A nistle is a word that can form anagrams begun with each of its letters in turn.

(Acronym, from nistle, inlets, silent, tinsel, listen, enlist.)

March 2022
I have two poems in the March VERSE-VIRTUAL. One is a self-portrait, of me as a 16 year old 
high school student, and one is a narrative lyric, about a father and his sixteen year old daughter.
Here's the link:

February 2022
RIDDLED WITH ARROWS ran a Valentine's month special of love poems, under the title "Candy Hearts & Little Literary Love Notes" One of my photographs (of grasshoppers pitching woo) is featured as visual art. Here's the site: And here's my page: As I put together my book about
the fauna of Forest Hill Park Lake, this photo is one of dozens I took of mating grasshoppers. I used a very different image for The Flap Over Tree Debris Island, but the quatrain I chose fits this pic just as well: "All August, in the lakeside grasses, we see their clasped shapes, groins to
asses: the grasshoppers, in slow, locked pairs—no world and time but this; but theirs."


January 2022
"Alibi" is a longish poem about my grandmother and about being questioned in a murder investigation. The version from my next MS was originally 200 words longer than this one, and it includes Americanisms. The journal has a 600 word limit and insists on British English only! I found this a fun and instructive adaptation challenge. The issue's theme is "Brown"

December 2021
RIGOROUS is running my snarky, exasperated Donald Trump sonnet, sometimes called, "November 2021 Post-Election Prayer" under the title "Because the Man Just Won't Go Away"
In the December VERSE-VIRTUAL you'll find two of my recent poems: "Taxiing." which is dedicated to my mother, and "A Wasp"The theme of the issue was "endings."
You can find the poems at:

November 2021
I am thrilled to have work in the latest issue of ANMLY—even more so because the journal is running two of my translations/adaptations from (excuse me while I fanboy out) RUTEBEUF himself! There are lots of writers I love. Many writers have influenced me. But who has ever cast a double spell to surpass the 13th century French poet Rutebeuf? ANMLY generously offers space for both a translator's note and an audio presentation. I do hope you'll check them out, and that you'll browse the rest of the issue too. Thanks, Sarah and Maxine!

October 2021

VERSE-VIRTUAL is a monthly online journal edited by Jim Lewis. My sonnet "I Wouldn't" is part of a loose sequence of formal persona poems I call "Parental Advice." They are usually in the voice of an older person addressing a teenager, but occasionally it is the teenager who speaks. Here's the link:

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