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School Supplies

By Doug Jackson Every Fall I get nostalgic about school supplies. I pass those candy-bright shelves in the local grocery store and can barely resist buying myself a new three-ring binder, a sheaf of college-ruled loose-leaf paper, a packet of pens, one of pencils, some erasers, and one of those nifty little plastic pouches to…

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Why September Feels New

September is strange. We put on it a newness it has not earned, due to a dominant academic ordering of the year. From a seasonal perspective, it’s pretty long in the tooth, well into the third quarter of a spent calendar. At best, it is “middle aged,” as one might euphemistically (and charitably) call someone…

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Promises kept

Way back In December of 2012 I made a promise to myself to do “a podcast or two” sometime in the following year. Alas, I didn’t get to it last year, but finally, I tip my toe in the water of podcasting via Audioboo. Better late than never? You tell me: Find more of my boos here: https://audioboo.fm/users/2664868/boos

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Answering the Why of Writing

[The following post originally ran in June 2014 on Hieropraxis.com.] Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body. – Ecclesiastes 12:12 (NIV) From third grade through my freshman year in college, I played the violin. I got so I could play well enough to sit first chair in our…

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FLP extends presales period for Spare Buttons

Good news! My publisher, Finishing Line Press, is extending the pre-order phase for Spare Buttons until August 18th, ten extra days. Sweeeeet!!! To spell out what this means beyond what I’ve written here and here… Pressrun is determined as follows: Prepublication sales between 55-104 copies sold = 250 pressrun. Prepublication sales between 105-154 copies sold =…

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Summer Musings

A soft percussion as raspberries drop into the colander; I taste the tart tip of my thumb *** Where the stars fall and flicker with fireflies; in fields of lemon balm. *** A hint of a dream half-remembered, gone again: firefly *** On the bedside stand a pile of chapbooks and a flashlight – just…

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Pushing my Buttons…

Summertime and the livin’ is easy… Yes, and yet I find myself pushing buttons again, or rather, pushing Spare Buttons, my latest poetry collection. But the drumbeat will be winding down soon, as the preorder phase ends in two weeks, on August 8th. In the meantime, I want to thank the readers of All Nine for…

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Blog Hop, Baby, Blog Hop!

Out of the blue a couple weeks ago I get this random, “Hey, ya wanna write something” message from a guy named Robert Rife out in the Pacific Northwest somewhere. And I think, “He must not know me.” I mean, seriously: Do I want to write something? Would a kitten like a ball of yarn?…

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Another Spare Button: Miracles

Miracles How do we know this dry river bed this poem this Saturday night bean supper is not a miracle? From Spare Buttons, my 2nd chapbook, now available for preorder from Finishing Line Press. Most of the twenty-six poems in this chapbook are of the micro-variety (tanka, haiku, etc.), but the piece I’m most proud of…

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Silly String and Two Seasonal Tanka

By Doug Jackson “July,” writes John Steinbeck in The Winter of our Discontent, “is brass where June is gold, and lead where June is silver. July leaves are heavy and fat and crowding. Birdsong of July is a flatulent refrain without passion.”  Cheerful stuff, of course, but something to it. So I have written a…