Best Vietnam Poems

December 23, 2016

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Monkey Screams by Robert Joe Stout Posted on November 19, 2016 Robert Joe Stout is a graduate of Mexico City College and has written books about Mexico. As far as his military service, he looks to be about the right age to be a Vietnam War veteran. Monkey Screams (FutureCycle Press, 90 pp., $15.95) starts with […]

Posted in: Poetry

Frisky Tunes

November 29, 2016

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NEW RELEASE: Frisky Tunes by Robert Joe Stout       Poetry’s flirtations with magic have aroused comparisons and commentaries since thoughts and experiences first emerged into language. Magic, but not black magic, mysterious and occult, but an everydayness magic, like a trout’s sudden leap over white water rapids, a smiling response from a person in […]

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Life’s Little Adventures

November 9, 2016

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FROM GNARLED OAK With the County by Robert Joe Stout on Nov 7, 2016 Somewhat to my surprise I discovered those who worked for the county in which I used to live were not government employees but members of a private club. One joined this club by filling out an application, taking a test and […]

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Pedro Fuerte

October 30, 2016

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From THE LAMPETER REVIEW, Spring, 2016 Under skies clouded into mashed potato mush directions cease to exist. Ten-year-old taxis striped maroon and gray, potato-chip-painted delivery vans, sputtering VW bugs—vochos the Mexicans call them—couples sandwiched together on Italicas, lumbering buses with destinations scribbled on their windshields: none of them headed in a predetermined direction. Some turn […]

Posted in: Life in Mexico

What Are They Saying?

October 21, 2016

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Robert Joe Stout From EL PORTAL, Fall 2016 “Compa! Ayúdame pushar la pinche carumfla!” A swarthy young fellow swiping at his face with his chambray shirtsleeve emerged from a cluster of men kneeling in front of a dented pickup on the Tijuana streetcorner as he cursed the man who’d called for help. “Por que no […]

Posted in: Life in Mexico

Macho Men

October 16, 2016

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Macho Men  by Robert Joe Stout From The Vehicle, Spring 2016   Oaxaca, Mexico, 2006 With the military/police takeover the historical district has become somnambulant. Despite sunshine everything seems gray, buildings and people slightly distorted, as though being photographed by out of focus cameras. The authorities have blocked auto and pedestrian access to the Zócalo […]

Lucky Ones

October 7, 2016

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Published in Corvus Review #6, Fall 2016 Shortly before I left Oaxaca to return to San Francisco I ran into Joan Campbell in the Zòcalo. “Chinga, Madison, cuidado!” in her sharp voice that always seemed to be jumping from one octave to another, one language to another. “I wasn’t anticipating an attack.” “I guess not. […]

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