Poetic Musings by Debby Reagan

My blog partner, Debby Reagan, has published a collection of her poems in a book called “Poetic Musings”. She has also included one of her short stories in this fantastic collection available on Amazon Poetic Musings.

It’s a great bang for the buck at $1.99 and for those with Amazon Prime you can borrow a copy for free. It’s an awesome opportunity to view a sample of writings from this wonderfully talented woman.

Happy Valentine’s Day — Free ebook

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Let’s kick this holiday off with a free ebook “A Steampunk Valentine”. The ebook is packed with an assortment of steampunk stories and poems from a variety of authors.

By the way, the first poem was written by me.

steampunk valentinePublished: Feb. 13, 2013
Words: 29,445 (approximate)
Language: English

Stories and poems from the Steampunk.com Saint Valentine’s Day Short Short Competition


The howl of the skunk ape

Deep in the swamp near the heart of the glades,
a solitary figure prowls.
The razor grass cuts like blades,
and I know why the skunk ape howls.

The turtles snap, the snakes slither,
and the panther snarls and growls.
In the swamp, the timid souls will surely wither,
and I know why the skunk ape howls.

The gators feast on marshy carrion,
its unhappy banquet festers in reptilian bowls.
The skunk ape’s howl is it’s clarion,
and I know why the skunk ape howls.

It silently stalks the swamps, imperceptible to science,
but I know that the beast’s howl is a howl of defiance.

Review: Broetry

by Brian McGackin
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books
ISBN-10: 159474517X
ISBN-13: 978-1594745171

Product description:

As contemporary poets sing the glories of birds, birch trees, and menstruation, regular guys are left scratching their heads. Who can speak for Everyman? Who will articulate his love for Xbox 360, for Mama Celeste’s frozen pizza, for the cinematic oeuvre of Bruce Willis?

Enter Broetry–a stunning debut from a dazzling new literary voice. “Broet Laureate” Brian McGackin goes where no poet has gone before–to Star Wars conventions, to frat parties, to video game tournaments, and beyond. With poems like “Ode to That Girl I Dated for, Like, a Month Sophomore Year” and “My Friends Who Don’t Have Student Loans,” we follow the Bro from his high school graduation and college experience through a “quarter-life crisis” and beyond.

My thoughts:

I couldn’t help but think of my old college English professor and her poetry lecture. She slowly regurgitated a lecture that she had no doubt given for several years to dozens of classes. After a long string of adjectives describing poetry, she lost her train of thought. She stood grasping for the next word, when I suggested, “fun?” With a dismissive wave of her hand, a gesture that I would become all to familiar with, she said something that would stick with me for over three decades, “Poetry is not fun.”

Broetry is fun.

While some of the poems are groaners, I have to admit that I smiled while reading them. A few of the poems are excellent. All in all, the book is a very enjoyable read. I recommend it to anyone who finds magic in a rhyme, and believes that poetry is, and should be, fun.

My Haiku or is that a “Broku” to Broetry …

Some witty verses
that I found entertaining
your Broetry rocks!

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