I’m a published poet. Words I never thought I’d type. Because seriously, I can’t rhyme. Or observe the rules of iambic pentameter.

But last week, I debuted in my first-ever literary journal appearance.

With a poem.

In the wake of the Charleston shootings, I wrote through my grief, words and phrases I never intended to share. When I described my scribblings, someone asked to read them. I hit send and forgot her request.

Until she asked me to be the lede
in a special literary journal on
race in America.

I’m proud of my contribution “The Day a Five-Year-Old Girl Played Dead.” It’s the first entry in Minerva Rising’s Sparrow’s Trill: Writers Respond to the Charleston Shooting.

Answers never lie within the lines of any tragedy. Words reflect our confusion, our angst, our mourning, and our outrage.

Get your copy HERE.


Hurry! Time is running out! Get your final entries for my #DadIsWellHung Contest ready. All entries must be posted by 11:59pm EST this Thursday, December 24, 2015.

  1. Post a photo of said gift on social media.
  2. Hashtag it #dadiswellhung.

That’s it! Every #dadiswellhung update will be entered to win the #DadIsWellHung Contest.

First Prize: A $25 gift card to Amazon/iTunes/Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice)

Second Prize: A $15 gift card to Amazon/iTunes/Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice)

Third Prize: A $10 gift card to Amazon/iTunes/Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice)

And to encourage creativity…..
A $25 gift card of choice will be awarded to
MOST CREATIVE #DadIsWellHung post!!!

The only rules for Most Creative?

  1. Post a photo of said gift on social media.
  2. Hashtag it #dadiswellhung.

So EVERYBODY can wow Dad with creative homages to his well-hung-ness. Come back tomorrow for a selection of our favorite #DadIsWellHung entries so far.

Winners will be chosen at random on December 26, 2015, except for Most Creative. YOU will vote for your favorite. More entries coming later today!

LOVE AFLAME by Pamela BeckfordI’m pleased to introduce you to Pamela Beckford. She’s just publisheed her 3rd solo poetry collection, and it’s awesome. Using various poetic forms she illustrates how love can set the heart on fire but also shows how that same love can turn to ashes. Poetry is an expression from deep within the soul. It can be therapeutic and healing. It can bring out all the best or the worst in life. Her poetry comes from the heart, not the head. It is an outpouring of emotion and she exposes it to the reader in the pages. She leaves a piece of her soul in every poem.

Love Aflame by Pamela Beckford at http://www.amazon.com/Love-Aflame-Pamela-Beckford-ebook/dp/B00SRRKADA/

Reviewers have said things like:

“Pamela’s poems are refreshing since they are truly written from the heart. She has a gift of writing a poem that speaks to each person’s heart and emotions.”

“Breathtaking. That singular word – breathtaking – is the best one-word description of ‘Dreams of Love’ by Pamela Beckford that kept coming to mind as I lingered within the pages.”

DREAMS OF LOVE by Pamela Beckford

Dreams of Love by Pamela Beckford at http://www.amazon.com/Dreams-Love-Pamela-Beckford-ebook/dp/B00NVDUYQS/
“These are not just words strung together in forms. Somehow she manages to share huge and deep emotions with two words – or one.”

“Pamela’s poetry is diverse and creative. Lyrical without self-conscious fluff. Quiet confidence in her abilities with the various forms.”

LOVE LOST and FOUND by Pamela BeckfordLove: Lost & Found by Pamela Beckford at http://www.amazon.com/Love-Lost-Found-Pamela-Beckford-ebook/dp/B00LEST9Z4/

Pamela Beckford has been writing poetry for about two years. She began writing with the encouragement of a couple of friends and has found that it has taken over her mind. She is a nonprofit CEO and enjoys reading with children on a regular basis, as well as her own reading. She lives in northern Indiana where she devotes her life to others through her job and her family.

Admit it. You want to be that person. Like in the movie The Legend of Zorro? When Antonio Banderas met Catherine Zeta-Jones for the first time?

He made her clothes fall off with his, ahem, blade.

And that’s kind of how love poetry works. I feel like I need an arsenal of it for MTM, because he deserves more tributes than a continent of husbands knitted together.

I’ll admit it. I’m a sucky poet. Sometimes I quote Shakespeare. Or Song of Solomon (a book of the Bible that’s quite erotic and very dirty.)

Or, in the coming days, Pamela Beckford’s Love – Lost and Found.

I read Pamela’s poems every time she posts, and I’m honored to mention them here. She didn’t ask me to do it, and my opinions are completely uncompensated, totally my own. Often, I find things in her words and wish I’d written them to my beloved. Her poetry is lovely.

You can purchase Pamela’s latest poetry anthology Love – Lost and Found on Amazon by clicking here: I’m Horny for Poetry, Baby!

Because you never know when you’ll need a set of mesmerizing words.