Book Review: Cadence

by Mark Kodama I just finished reading Cadence, a book of poetry edited by Grant Hudson and written by members of the Inner Circle Writer’s Group.  It is a best seller in France.  The anthology includes my poem, “The Tortoise and the Thoroughfare."  Poetry, for many people, unlike prose, is an acquired taste.  Oftentimes, you … Continue reading Book Review: Cadence

Book Review: Behold

Thoughts on Behold; a Poetry Collection by Danish Author, Rikke Dehli. Rikke Dehli is a Danish author of Behold, a poetry collection filled with free verse poetry published in November of 2017. Behold is Rikke Dehli’s first published poetry collection. The cover art is unique and simplistic. It’s a good representation of the poems that can be … Continue reading Book Review: Behold

Las Vegas Tales VIII

Bill DeSelms I The Newspaper Reporter Prologue: The Business by Mark Kodama   What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. James Madison Two movie … Continue reading Las Vegas Tales VIII

Las Vegas Tales VII

The Poetry Contest by Mark Kodama  The travelers gathered at the Greyhound bus station in Los Angeles, California. An art movie house, once part of the old MGM Studios across the street, featured The Leopard and Sea Wolf.  A large granite stone statue of Julius Caesar cast its giant shadow over a small greenish copper … Continue reading Las Vegas Tales VII

Summer Daze, Summer Haze

by Vivian The sun blasts through the window. Hazy rays of light illuminating Through the translucent pink curtains. Specks of light fall through green leaves and little eyelids. Little legs run through fresh-cut greens. Silky grass grazes through little toes and tickles little armpits. The warm air kisses the tips of little foreheads and flat … Continue reading Summer Daze, Summer Haze

Las Vegas Tales IV

Jennifer Faulle: The Young Woman's Tale Legend of Dusty the Racer by Mark Kodama Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. Confucius Elbows to the ground. Feel the vibration. I was the rookie racing sensation My motorbike flies into the turn. Smell the rubber burn. The winner’s circle is my destination. Hear my engine … Continue reading Las Vegas Tales IV

Las Vegas III

Jennifer Faulle: The Young Woman's Prologue The Gentle Reply But could youth last, and love still breed, Had joys no date, nor age no need, Then these delights my mind might move To live with thee and be thy Love. Sir Walter Raleigh: The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd by Mark Kodama   Jennifer Faullé:  … Continue reading Las Vegas III

Las Vegas Tales II

Sid Delicious: The Poet's Tale Forever and a Day   Come live with me and be my love, And we will all the pleasures prove That valleys, groves, hills and fields, Woods, or steepy mountain yields. Christopher Marlowe: The Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Mark Kodama Can I compare my love to a summer’s … Continue reading Las Vegas Tales II

Las Vegas Tales I

Sid Delicious: The Poet's Prologue The Summer Day   The grave’s a fine and private place, But none, I think, do there embrace. Andrew Marvell: To His Coy Mistress by Mark Kodama The air brakes hissed and the bus slowly backed into reverse.  As the bus driver left the terminal you could feel the bump … Continue reading Las Vegas Tales I