A Good Fall for My Work

Digital artwork by Michael Dickel of Sea Gulls flying by Lake Superior.
Garden of Mind ©2012
Garden of Mind ©2012

Last night, we lit the Channukiah (Menorah) for the third night of Channukah. In about ten days, the Winter Solstice will slip by. Shortly after that, Christmas comes. However, heavy snow and cold weather arrived in my former home of Minnesota, and rain and relatively cold weather settled into my current home of Jerusalem, so I thought it would be a good time to reflect on this (almost past) Autumn’s publications. This has been for me one of the most productive periods of having my work go out into the world–18 poems (counting one coming out at the end of the week, as I write this), 8 digital artworks and one modern midrash. Eighteen is a good number, standing for chai, or life, in gamatria, the Jewish tradition of equating numbers to letters and words. Eight (images) plus one (midrash, an interpretive approach to Biblical text) makes nine, considered also a good number as it’s half of chai. So, it’s all good. It’s been a good Autumn for my publication projects.

I’ve put links below, and hope that readers will follow the links, comment on the publication sites that allow comments, and here, and let me know what you think. Please feel free to share this on your social networks–in fact, I’d very much appreciate your sharing my publications with anybody that you think would be interested.

Eight images, digital art

Three images in Synchronized Chaos, November 2012:

Five images in Synchronized Chaos, December 2012:

Eighteen poems published in the Fall of 2012

One poem, coming up in the Winter issue of The River Muse

Five poems in Synchronized Chaos, December 2012

  • Anthony the Scissors Grinder
  • False Prophecy
  • Salt Sea
  • The Watchmaker’s Shop
  • or this a bit closer perhaps

One poem and one modern midrash in Drash Pit November 30, 2012

Two poems in The Vehicle: A Literary Journal

  • Fiddle Music
  • This Fiddle Madman

    Digital art by Michael Dickel, Butterflies, ©2012
    Butterflies ©2012

Four poems read online by James WF Roberts on Phoenix FM, out of Central Victoria, Australia (read live November 16, 2012, about 9:15 AM) [listen to SoundCloud recording here]

  • Dissonance
  • Salvation
  • Peace requires…
  • In Jerusalem

Four poems in Synchronized Chaos, November 2012

  • A Gathering of Stones
  • One night when you were near
  • Recipe
  • Tabula Rasa

Completing the circle, beginning where I ended, one poem in The River Muse (formerly The River Journal), October 16, 2012.

  • Ghosts without community
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