Notes on a Friend’s Wedding

I was going through a long divorce when I wrote this, but had been dating off and on for a couple of years since my ex- had left. Style was the nickname of a friend who I met on a chat site and became “dating buddies” with; we never dated...

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Today, We Are All From Worcester

The first legal gay marriages were welcomed by the Worcester town government while other communities in Massachusetts were so caught up in the new administrative nightmare the court decision permitting gay marriage caused that they seemed to lose touch with the real meaning of the day. Everywhere there was a...

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Home for the Holidays

The woman I was dating at the time was flying to Israel the next day for an extended, likely relationship-ending trip, and it started me thinking about different meanings of “home,” and how they evolve over the course of our lives. I still like the heavy rhythm of the refrain,...

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For M—

My instincts were a little too good here. As love poems go, this one worked…um…better in the short run than the long run. Not every thicket has a trail leading into it, a lesson the idealist in me hasn’t always wanted to accept. And not everyone is quite so willing...

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The Thunking of Lars

This was a little mock-epic romp that came out of a gaming session. I fell in love with the “we’ll drink a toast to the drinks we’ve drunk” line and felt like playing with rhythms a bit. After three verses I’d pretty much beaten the joke to death and had...

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Teach

I wrote this more than 30 years ago, and I’d certainly write parts of it very differently today. Some of the images don’t really work for me anymore; but then, I’m in a very different place than I was then. I never was able to finish it. This was an attempt to...

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An Epitaph to Byron Preiss

This was sent in response to a request for commemorations by Science Fiction Chronicle in the immediate aftermath of Byron’s death. I doubt it’s quite what they had in mind, but like many people in the SF and comics fields, I have complex feelings about Byron. Certainly I was stunned...

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Adult Student Life

In slightly different form, this was the introduction to The Adult Student’s Guide, which I put together two editions of (now sadly out of print). Most of it draws on my experiences as a professor in both adult and traditional college programs, as well as that of my students and...

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