Songstresses: Moving Lyrics Into Poems. The project originated a few months ago when writer Joseph Quintela asked several friends to contribute to his Working Definitions project. You could select any word, (sometimes he would provide a list), and re-define them using poetic terms. Then, JQ created a Word Poeticizer, in which you could select a line, or phrase, or a lyric (I used several for Songstresses), and feed them into the Word Poeticizer, and out popped a completely different poem! Then I edited, and re-edited, altering the phrases and embellishing to make them “my own.” And voila! I hope you enjoy “Aretha,” and thanks editor Mike Joyce for the incredible support, and Felicia Simion for the lovely accompanying artwork:
Aretha by Robert Vaughan | Literary Orphans
Also in the Wordsworth issue, my good friend John Riley reviews Microtones, with aplomb. Very grateful to John for this:
A Review of Robert Vaughan’s Microtones by John Riley | Literary Orphans
And while you are here, check out stunning and diverse writing by Amanda Deo, Misti Rainwater-Lites, Matthew Burnside, Tantra Bensko, Kenny Mooney, Joel Kopplin and more:
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Microtones with her recently, I said SURE! I knew it could be hilarious, but had no clue just how much fun! You can read all about it at the HOUSEFIRE site:
HERE IS WHAT I REMEMBER MOST + Megan Lent interviews Robert Vaughan | HOUSEFIRE
I’ve had the honor of being published a few times at HOUSEFIRE, some of my most kooky, experimental pieces. Like “METEOR.”
I am also fortunate to have a strange piece included in HOUSEFIRE’S first anthology:
NOUNS OF ASSEMBLAGE: Riley Michael Parker: 9781937395001: Amazon.com: Books
All in all, I’m grateful for this opportunity, HOUSEFIRE.
And Megan, thanks a ton! We have to meet and eat our favorite pies in some sleazy diner. Fo sho’.]]>
Microtones is up at the Small Press Book Review, written by Jake Goldman, and I was referred to him by my buddy, Mel Boswell. One of the poems in Microtones that Jake refers to, “Turbidity,” I wrote in Boston when I went to read for Timothy Gager’s Dire Literary monthly reading series in April 2012. I was having my morning coffee, and it was Easter Sunday, and surrounding me at that Somerville Starbucks were students, housewives, drifters, single men; people who, for various reasons, were NOT celebrating this traditional family holiday. So, the first stanza of “Turbidity” came easily:
Holidays are hard
I’m going to take
a walk, escape the
silence of this house…
Goldman also refers to three other poems in Microtones, and provides the reader an exquisite glimpse into what Jake calls “a balanced and focused work and one that calls for multiple reads.”
I am very grateful to Jake, and Mel for this profound interpretation of my first collection from Cervena Barva Press:
The Small Press Book Review : Review of Robert Vaughan’s MICROTONES
Microtones written by Michael Gillan Maxwell at his writer’s blog, Your Own Back Yard.
Michael (affectionally known as MGM) and I crossed paths in 2010 at one of the most magical writing experiences we’d both ever had, a weeklong retreat at Omega Institute. Three of the poems that are in the Microtones book were crafted, first drafts, that week in paradise: “My Bicycle,” “A Stone Wall,” and “Legacy.”
I am so grateful for our friendship, and constant workshop and feedback of each other’s works-in-progress. MGM is a gifted poet and writer, and I have come to rely on his generous spirit! Thanks a ton, MGM!
Book Review: Microtones by Robert Vaughan Červená Barva Press 2013 | Your Own Back Yard ~ Writing and Art ~ Michael Gillan Maxwell]]>
String-of-10 Contest First Place Winner, Linda Wastila « Flash Fiction Chronicles
And here’s mine: String-of-10 Second Place Winner – Robert Vaughan « Flash Fiction Chronicles
So, when she most recently asked if I’d do a question and answer with her for this “Get to Know the Judges” at the Flash Mob site, I said OF COURSE! And now, here it is. Thanks a ton, Linda, for all you do, and what you mean to me:
FLASH MOB 2013 | The International Flash Fiction Day Competition
And what are you waiting for? ENTER THIS NOW! Get your short fiction into us a.s.a.p.!!!
For the third year, Flash Fiction Chronicles has asked writers/ readers to suggest their personal favorite short stories to honor May’s short story month. This year I am so honored that two of my stories made the list:
“Hexagon of Life” was recommended by Christopher Allen (thanks CA!), originally published at Metazen and nominated for the 2013 Best of the Net Award: Hexagon of Life by Robert Vaughan | Metazen
“A Gauze, A Medical Dressing, A Scrim” was recommended by Meg Tuite (thanks Meg!), originally published as the 2nd place winner in the FFC String-of-10 Five Contest: String-of-10 Second Place Winner – Robert Vaughan « Flash Fiction Chronicles
Here is the amazing list, all 161 stories, plenty of summer reading made available for you by the great people at FFC: thanks to Gay Degani, Jim Harrington and any others who compiled this list:
An FFC List in Honor of Short Story Month 2013 « Flash Fiction Chronicles
Gone Lawn Journal, thanks to guest editor Yarrow Paisley. There are several other talented writers in this issue, including Berit Ellingsen, Stephen Ramey, Nicolette Wong, Neila Mezynski, and many more. Featured artist is Pd Lietz and painting is called Maelstrom:
The five pieces I’ve published are:
The Hazards of Moving in With a Couple, A Wonderful Life, Dirty Laundry, Mercy, and Nuts: Gone Lawn 11 : Robert Vaughan
These are pieces I am considering for my upcoming full length book, Addicts and Basements, from Civil Coping Mechanisms.
I am very grateful to Mark Budman, editor-in-chief of Vestal Review, as well as Caroline for this honor!
Robert Vaughan – Olentangy Review
Today I was happily informed they’ve added a Marketplace tab to their incredibly supportive literary website. My book, Microtones, is mentioned, along with other published writers and authors, Walter Bjorkman, Jane Flett, Bob Eckstein, Marcus Speh, and Bill Yarrow:
Marketplace – Olentangy Review
Thanks, Darryl and Melissa for your unwavering support!]]>