Saturday, December 3, 2011

With Rough Gods--coming soon!

Hello all!

A happy announcement to say my first book, With Rough Gods will be coming out in January, 2012.
Look for more information at Jagged Door Press.

Here are two poems from the volume:

Aphrodite & Hephaestus

Ariadne & Theseus

Order early, order often!


stu said...


It doesn't seem to be possible to order early, yet. :-).

G. M. Palmer said...

Soon, my friend, soon!

stu said...


I really liked the poems linked here, especially the killer last lines. Ariadne & Theseus could be retitled, "A Cougar Speaks," if you wanted to "repurpose" it to a more modern vernacular.

And the last line of Aphrodite & Hephaestus reminded me of something my high-school girlfriend used to say on days that hadn't gone especially well, "Some days, you can't lay down with snakes." Said with the appropriate resigned intonation, it speaks deeper than sighs.

G. M. Palmer said...

I'm glad you like them. I hope you'll enjoy the book!

Three more will be posted prior to the publication of the book at

I don't know that my publisher will make pre-ordering available but I'll add order information as soon as I have it.

A note about A&T: Theseus ought to be the one speaking--he's the one who did the seducing, but the ambiguity is certainly intentional.

stu said...

Theseus? I had to go back and re-read it.

Indeed, I re-read it several times before posting. Is this a monologue or a dialog? It wasn't ever really clear. It seemed to me, though, that the line, "A fearless boy, my eyes hold you, my freedom’s key" had to be spoken by Ariadne. Obviously, I don't remember the underlying story all that well -- something to brush up on. Afterwards, I converged on "monologue," but evidently with the wrong anchor.

I liked the ambiguity, so maybe a title that doesn't resolve it is better. But the last line really could be a cougar breakup line. All it needs is, "I wonder who will be next."