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Wounded

My poem, Wounded, is up at Poetica Review. Here is the poem: Wounded The phone rangbut I hesitatedto take Jim’s call. Are we bornwith the needto avoid human misery?Perhaps thatis the source of accusation—witch, warlockbad things happen around you.And Jim … Continue reading

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Collector

My poem, Collector, is in the current issue of Nixes Mate Review. Great fun to write because collectors are a special breed of crazy. Collector I found itin the thrift storebeside the coffeeshop on College Ave.It’s become a fineplace to … Continue reading

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Raking

My poem, Raking, is in the spring issue of Muddy River Poetry River. Here is the poem: Raking leaves today—old whisk rakewith the soundof someonetrying to getmy attention. The leaves fellfrom a streetmaple—a treeabout as oldas I am.We thought we’dlost … Continue reading

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Snowline

My poem, Snowline, has just been published by Sangam. Many thanks to the editor, Ryan McGuckin, for some helpful suggestions. Here is the poem: Snowline All nightThe neighborhoodHouses shuckTheir tentsOf snow. “One more spring,”You’d chantAs if urgingOn the nagYou had … Continue reading

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Stillness

My poem, Stillness, was just published in the Fall/Winter 2021 issue of the Schuylkill Valley Journal. Here is the poem: Stillness It’s perfect right now.Early eveningdistilled through the oaksin a lattice of light.The air coolingto that first fine chill. In … Continue reading

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Two Poems on RavensPerch

I have two poems published on RavensPerch. Here are the poems: AT THE GRADE-SCHOOL REUNION No,of course youdon’t rememberme. No doubt,you rememberthe cut-upswho sat in the back— passingnotes andplanning to holdup the liquor store, and those in front,tiny adults—scrubbed andglistening, … Continue reading

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Forever

My poem, Forever, is in the current issue of Sheila-Na-Gig online. Here is the poem: Forever Alofta single-engine proppulses against a head wind, vibrates briefly,like a drill biting bone,then silence over the forest ofPennsylvania.Progress seems little more than slow-steppingabove the … Continue reading

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Zonker just published by Backchannels.

My Doonesbury inspired poem Zonker is up at Backchannels. Here is the poem: Zonker My love affairwith the sunbegan early oneMarch, aftera particularly brutalwinter. No one couldhave predictedit. After all Iwas a paleand pastychild, who shriveledoutdoorsand spentsummers slatheredin calaminelotion. These … Continue reading

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Two Poems with the Lothlorien Poetry Journal

Here is a link: https://lothlorienpoetryjournal.blogspot.com/2022/02/two-poems-by-steve-deutsch.html The Mercury will peak at -2 today. Declaring a holiday, we let the kids sleep in, take coffee  in the toasty kitchen, and stare out frost-crazed windows willing something, anything, to motion. When they wake … Continue reading

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Millionaire

I heard him say it dozens of times, but the first time I said it I laughed out loud. Dad never had  two extra nickels to rub together— my parents the king and queen of getting by— and, get by … Continue reading

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