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The Chair (A Prose Poem)

The Chair (A Prose Poem)
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The Chair We’re going. It’s 12 o’clock. “Wait here until we come to get you. Here on this chair.” The lone chair is in a long hallway in front of double doors that people walk in and out of; doctors…

Honey and a Ham Sandwich | Chapter 16

Honey and a Ham Sandwich | Chapter 16
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Remembering the comforts of a grandmother’s love If I’m ever in the unfortunate position of having to choose my last meal, I will choose a ham sandwich on lightly-toasted Pepperidge Farm bread and a cup of tea with milk and…

The Only Poem on My Wall Was a Leonard Cohen Poem

The Only Poem on My Wall Was a Leonard Cohen Poem
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In a second floor apartment in a non-descript building on a street in the Heights section of Jersey City, on a wall likely hidden under coats of paint, is “The Only Poem” by Leonard Cohen. That is its title. “The…

Who Do You Never See? A Christmas Story

Who Do You Never See? A Christmas Story
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[Listen to a reading of this story by Joe and Keri Pagetta above, or on SOUNDCLOUD] [If you enjoyed this story, and I hope you do, please consider donating what you can to the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville Emergency Response…

Meeting Merton Beside the Mall

Meeting Merton Beside the Mall
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(Note: 9.29.15 – There’s a renewed interest in Thomas Merton following Pope Francis’ speech before congress last week. He was even trending on Facebook. My own relationship with Merton began several years ago during a silent retreat in Nashville. I…

In Memoriam: Bobbie Girl (2000-2015)

In Memoriam: Bobbie Girl (2000-2015)
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Bobbie Girl wasn’t originally supposed to be mine. She belonged to an ex-girlfriend who had left her at my apartment while she was sorting things out at her new place. When she came back months later to claim her, it…

The Night My T-Shirt Let Me Down

The Night My T-Shirt Let Me Down
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(First read at Howlin’ After Dark at Howlin’ Books in Nashville, September 5, 2014) On the day in seventh grade that I learned I’d been accepted into the national junior honor society. I walked home at lunch, went up to…

Video: Going for the World (Winter Olympics Edition)

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In 2004, I released an album titled Joywood that included the song “Going for the World.” Every two years since,  I tell myself, “damn, I should have pitched that to someone or some company to use during the Olympics.” I…