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I’ve always been a dreamer — and a mostly ambitious one, at that — but for the better part of the past two decades my dreams have been fueled and twisted (and more than a few of them dashed) by booze. Whiskey, in particular. But anything will do in a pinch.

My “drinking career” (as it’s referred to in some recovery circles) has been quite an adventure, to say the least. And it’s not over. In spite of the toll it’s taken on my physical and mental health, my career, my relationships, my finances — you name it, I’ve fucked it up — I still drink as much as I can, whenever I can.

And I have no desire to quit, so don’t even go there.

But I do have the desire to write, which brings me to the purpose of this blog.

I’m putting together a collection of poems that I plan to publish in both printed and digital formats sometime this Fall (2012). The plan is to publish each poem here first to get feedback (hopefully positive, but constructive criticism is more than welcome). I have a pretty decent body of work to pull from, but the majority of what will go into this collection will be new poems and rewrites of old ones. I’ll also be posting notes related to the writing process, as well as what goes on during the publishing process and whatever else I happen to be thinking of or fixating on at the time.

My writing style is heavily influenced by Charles Bukowski (imagine that!), but I’m also into Ginsberg and Kerouac, Sharon Olds, Frank Polite and many other poets (and essayists, novelists, short story-ists, whatever-ists) from all walks and schools of style and thought. Most of my poems deal with booze and/or the consequences of drinking, be they good or bad, but I’m also into philosophy, comparative religion, music, painting, gardening, woodworking and much more — all things that come up in or influence my writing. My work is mostly autobiographical, but I do take liberties, so keep that salt shaker handy — you may need a grain or two.

Peace out. 🙂