#18 The Confessor of Littlefield: 1950’s – John Boy

This installment introduces the writings of Bill Dinklpfuss. Adam, the storyteller, has arranged these sequences as he becomes more immersed in the telling of the story. The author bleeds into his characters, just as a part of me bleeds through, but this installment and #19 are the bridge writings that introduce the background of the…

Back Row Hooligan

A blog fiction writer, by the time he is middle aged, comes to find the importance of community. Writers are satellites when they are young. Some are angry and use that energy to fuel their creativity, or their lack of it. The one to himself, postulating, summarizing, mistaking his vitriol for identity, laughs at the…

American Success Story Ch. 7, Love Me Strong

This is the second song, or act of scene 3. It presents a sentimental remembrance of the woman who was the mother of Pete’s daughter. Love Me Strong All the spirit in my eyes walked away with you despite misgiven memories misspent still I need you as when we first met She said Love me…

Daddy Let’s Play – American Success Story Ch. 6

American Success Story is a short book of poetry that is told in song. The book has eleven chapters, and is set in four scenes. The two acts in the first scene introduce Pete Chandala, a factory worker in his mid fifties. The three acts in Scene two tell us about his childhood. Scene three…

The Soul In Need and the Giver A Proesy RJHoffman I wouldn’t want to take anything that makes you happy and it’s hard to give anything that makes me sad. You chip away at my heart your will to power through pity you lay shame and blame on the voice I’ve had Again, you say…

Dietrich’s Adventures in Dentistry

Dietrich’s Adventures in Dentistry by RJHoffman I got an email reminder today from a dentist I saw six years ago when I had no money, no insurance, and a raging tooth that needed to be extracted. I ended paying the sunnuva bitch ninety bucks for an unnecessary exam because the dentist couldn’t accept that, yes,…

The Song of Justice Dennert

The Song of Justice Dennert by RJHoffman Her: What keeps you scraping along? Me: What keeps you being so happy? To myself: I can see by your smile I’ve had enough of you. You take my money and tell me you know hat it’s like to be alone, you’ve been where I’ve been. I just…

Chandala

Chandala by RJHoffman The stories and poems I have been publishing lately are part of a project titled “Chandala.” These stories of varying word length, and poems from the mouths of mendicants, are meant to present the symbology of the underclasses of humanity and their perspectives and influences. Existentialism lends itself to the narratives to…

The Top of the Stairs

At the top of the stairs is a buzzing silence and a below zero chill It’s eleven PM and the powdered air is frozen to the wood boards clattering as I release them from my step On a wire above the tree a chickadee answers the sound of a cockatiel from inside   Copyright 2017…

When I See These Boots

All I think of when I see these boots is a hand full of dimes squeaking at me through the leather and broken soles that seem to grind my feet to the ground All I see is a row of wooden picture frames and I count them, subtract them, divide them into the hours that…