Ethel and I continue to have success at getting poems published.  We both had poems in this year’s Wisconsin Poets Calendar:  We got our copies when we went to the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets fall convention in Madison, Wisconsin this weekend.  Door County Living Magazine released an article Gary Jones, a fine poet in his own right who had a poem in the last release of the Blue Heron Review that also included a poem by Ethel, wrote at  At the end of the article the magazine published a Miltonian sonnet I wrote called “Cherry Orchard.”


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15 responses to “Publications

  1. That is great news… congratulations! My last poem to be published was in my old high school’s yearly poetry magazine in 1968!

    • Steven, I always enjoy your poetry. It has a formal, spiritual sense to it that is rare in today’s world. You should try to get published. You are certainly good enough to find outlets.

  2. ajmark

    I really enjoyed reading your bio and seeing your portrait…but where is Ethel? She is much more mysterious in my mind, always there, industrious, creative but not apt to come out into the open too much. It’s wonderful to see and read about your lives and successes as poets and the support you give to others here is also so valuable. Good, good, good!

    • Ethel is not as “out there” as I am, I’m afraid, though she does do art shows and has her poetry published. There was a good article on her at the House of Tomato website, but I haven’t been able to track that down, so I assume it’s been taken off the web. A photo, although it includes me, can be seen at this website: Our daughter, Sonja Bingen, also has photos of her mother on her facebook page. Thanks for the comment, Anna. Ethel is remarkable in a number of ways, ranging from poetry to art to cooking to wife to mother and grandmother.

      • ajmark

        I followed the link and enjoyed seeing the two of you side by side, hands placed in similar ways, the years you’ve had together. And congratulations, too.

  3. Congratulations to you both, Tom. I’ve followed the links and read the article in Pulse with great interest. You have achieved a great deal in life already – congratulations on all of that!
    I also enjoyed your poem ‘Cherry Orchard’. Ostensibly it celebrates the genesis of the modern landscape, the achievements of European settlers, but at the same time it is a eulogy to the ancient landscape that was being sacrificed. Not only that, but there is a vivid picture of the exhausting work and strength of character of those early settlers – to my mind a recognition of the human spirit in any culture. Your poetry and Ethel’s often reaches out to that.
    We can see too how much the human spirit is revealed through daily work, rather than at moments of peak experience. (Come to think of it, the biography of your own career supports that too!)

  4. I would have to second everything that Anna Mark said, Thomas, and add my heartiest congratulations!

    • Thanks Cynthia. The article is way too positive, but I was happy to have a Miltonian Sonnet published.

      • Though it can’t be the primary urge (or else we’d commit suicide) public recognition certainly feeds the soul of a poet. Even knowing that one’s work is on someone’s bookshelf is good. I have Salt Bear and Moons of New Mexico among my collections, as I know you have my book. (A Certain Age, by the way, won Honorable Mention in the national Writer’s Digest 23rd Annual competition for a self-published book of poetry last year.) This isn’t why we do it, though; to paraphrase May Sarton: you may choose to write a novel, but when it comes to poetry, it chooses you.

  5. Cynthia, Honorable Mention is pretty impressive, isn’t it? I had no idea. You probably deserved first, though, at least in my opinion.

  6. Congratulations to both of you with that great accomplishment.

  7. Good to see that you are being appreciated and acknowledged.

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