After Words

After whirls listen whale hush comes the cat jigs the bat for your cares ward off dangerous asks. For love these old letters wild bedraggled wag around nest of gnarled grunts mosses bones hair vines. The old alphabetical guard strains in place at attention runes assigned ward beds grand command inspection. Sparse words heal after…

Scamble and Cramble: Two Hep Cats! The Poetry Episode

A new Scamble and Cramble episode has been posted to the Comics page! And, meantime, regular readers of The Coming of the Toads may notice a new format now in the works. Please browse around and let me know what you like or not of the new template.

Counterpoint

This is another table poem – the words and lines formatted within the rectangles of a table inserted into a document. The table consists of 5 columns and 21 rows. A kind of counterpoint is created when the poem is read horizontally, vertically, diagonally. Formatting widgets (spacing, alignments left or right, cuts, etc.) have been…

“Saltwort” Book Launch!

“Saltwort” is selected poetical writings by Joe Linker, author of “Penina’s Letters,” “Coconut Oil,” and “Scamble and Cramble: Two Hep Cats.” Forward by Salvador Persequi. Includes 109 pieces. US readers may participate in a paperback giveaway: Winner: Every eligible entry has 1 in 4 chance to win, up to 4 winners. Requirements for participation: 18+…

March Release! Saltwort, Selected Writings Poetical

Announcing, Scheduled for March, 2017 Release – Saltwort is the title of a collection of selected poetical writings from 1973 thru 2017 by Joe Linker, author of “Penina’s Letters,” “Coconut Oil,” “Scamble and Cramble: Two Hep Cats,” and “The Coming of the Toads.” With a Forward by Salvador Persequi! Still in proof and editing stage,…

awake & asleep

ear to ear each other we hear now there now here tilting tinctures chandelier sweeps & swivels & windowsill candles glisten in moved & numbed dark a sommelier comes pinches the wicks dreams river yarn & damn earwax secrets sheets surface smears of sea & ocean seer seal bobs near freer & freer

On Letting My Hair Grow

I’m letting my hair grow. It’s starting to snow. Nothing to be done, Estragon fond. “Now I’m a donor,” I told Susan, “on the recent license renewal.” “They’ll take your anatomical hair,” she said, the young one at the Department of Motor Vehicles: “On your license, be a donor?” she asked me. “Sure, and why…