Plotnik goes literary
With stories, essays, memoir pieces, and poetry, Arthur Plotnik has been practicing the advice he dares to offer others in his books and articles on writing. A select bibliography of published items from 2005 forward, with links, follows the sample below.
At the Home for Vogue Words
The way we doted on vogue words and phrases
in their prime, you'd have thought to find them
savoring their dotage in a pukka home:
lake views, Adirondack chairs, a light sherry.
But frail and spavined, old expressions drift
to a converted tenement where they pad
through corridors or step outside for a smoke
in the zebra shadows of an elevated train line.
High times have ended for You Go Girl; yet
on Sunday afternoons she steers her walker
to the chill lobby for a game of dominoes
with Bling, Rightsizing and dour Interface.
Hip, consigned to the assisted-living wing,
will tell you how he ran with Groovy, Dig,
and all those cats, but now he worries about
Phat, the spendthrift son who can't find work.
Whatever and her boyfriend Dude arrive,
still dressed as if dancing on every tongue,
but half-mashed Couch Potato puts them
in their place: here, living with memories
and the dream that Fashion will recycle them
---just look at Cool and that moron Funky.
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First appeared in Comstock Review, winter 2011,
Copyright Arthur Plotnik
Arthur Plotnik’s literary writings, 2005-- A select bibliography
“Dermot's Question,” poem, 1st Place, Irish Heritage Poetry Award (Chicago), May 2005
“Philip Roth Bats Me In,” poem, Slow Trains, June 2007 (online)
“The Menu Poet,” poem, Harpur Palate 7:1, summer 2007 (print)
“Seams,” poem, Rambunctious Review 24, 2008; Honorable Mention 2006 Contest
“Stolen Wishes,” poem, Rosebud 43, 2008; Runner-up, William Stafford Award,
“Unabomber and I,” poem, Thema 21:2, summer 2009
“At Gordon Parks's Crib,” poem, Brilliant Corners 14:2, Summer 2010
“Weeping Willow, Move On,” poem, Comstock Review, spring/summer 2010
“At the Home for Vogue Words,” poem, Comstock Review, Fall/Winter Awards Issue, winter 2011
“Dwell Time,” short story, Thema 23:1, spring 2011
“Trump—A (Superlative) Legend in His Own Mind,” essay, The Morton Report, May 17, 2011 (online)
“Dwell Time,” Chapter One excerpt from novel. Booth: A Journal, 2011-12; Finalist in 1st Chapter contest.
“Survivng the Unabomber: A Memoir,” Airplane Reading 11/27/11; Featured piece of the week (online)
“How to write a superbissimo thank you note for a mirific, magnanimous gift,” Opinion Page essay, Christian Science Monitor, 1/13/2012. (online).
“Say it ain't so, Phil,” op-ed, Christian Science Monitor Book Section, 11/30/12 (online); reprinted by The Daily Iowan
“I Studied Under Philp Roth,” poem, The Cape Rock, summer 2013.
“Close Encounter with My Pants,” memoir, Temenos magazine, fall 2012
“My Mother’s Mattress,” memoir, Narrative Magazine, fall 2012 (online)
“Charting St. John,” poem, San Redro River Review, summer 2013
“Horse-Chestnut in Rut,” poem, Glass: A Poetry Journal, June 2013 (0nline)
“Securing the Fortress: Notes of a Neighborhood Watcher,” (essay and memoir), The Milo Review, fall 2013 Print and online.
"Monica Before Bolivia," (short story), Split Lip Magazine, Nov-Dec 2013. Online.
"Composed Upon a Jet Bridge," sonnet, Off the Coast," Fall 2013. Print and online.
"Shards," (short story), awarded Honorable Mention, Glimmer Train September 2013 Fiction Open. (to be published elsewhere)