Pubished November, 2018
Navigating by Stars: 24 ‘Very’ Short Stories of Love & Longing
Navigating by Stars features 24 first-person narratives, portraying characters who have each arrived at some spiritual crossroads in their lives. Some reach out to others; some go it alone, but each one struggles to comes to terms with the circumstances of his or her own present moment.
What makes a “Short, Short?”
The successful short, short, in my opinion, must have a couple of core elements. First, a concentration of language, and second, a true character arc. Within their compressed confines, these miniatures must offer a beginning, a middle, and an end. But most of all, they must portray characters that readers will care about.
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Poetry: Another Life
Another Life is the working title of Mark Russell Gelade’s debut collection of poetry. Readers have commented that the collection is like an extended self-portrait, covering themes of work, nature, and sensuality. The manuscript is currently looking for a publishing house to call home. The title piece is offered below.
Late summer, harvest moon—
I am traveling out through these woods
like a wounded bear.
Dried scars and a loping limp—
my hips grinding in their sockets.
Beneath star-poked skies, I have followed a scent
that has returned me, once again,
to my starting point.
Wrapped in a dream of blackberry vine and plum—
all I desired was another life.
Padded prints dry in the mud;
while above me, the moon scales hills
that I have abandoned.