Writing

Swallow Me Whole

Swallow Me Whole

Swallow me whole
Body and soul
Not just to the middle
But all of my quiddle…

Why Liberals Should Defend Milo

Why Liberals Should Defend Milo

John Stuart Mill cogently argued that liberalism requires more than laws to protect free speech. Liberals must also guard against “the tyranny of the prevailing opinion and feeling.” That defensive principle must also be applied to a controversial antagonist like Milo Yiannopoulos.

Why Not Apply EU Wisdom to the Middle East?

Why Not Apply EU Wisdom to the Middle East?

If freedom of movement is a universal panacea, why not adopt it throughout the Middle East?

Forbidden Thoughts; or Why I Joined the Dark Side of Science Fiction

Forbidden Thoughts; or Why I Joined the Dark Side of Science Fiction

Forbidden Thoughts is a new science fiction anthology, full of stories that are politically incorrect. Two of the stories are by me, meaning I am in very bad company. But irrespective of the current locus of mainstream tastes and opinions, there will always be a need to present alternatives.

A Small Christmas Uprising

A Small Christmas Uprising

I’m a little light bulb, hanging on the tree.
Though you use me every year, you never think of me.
Wasting electricity on twinkly lights to bring pleasure to your lives,
But you could get the very same thing by looking at the skies…

Afloat

Afloat

Flash fiction about toes that stop touching the ground.

No More Leaders of the Free World

No More Leaders of the Free World

Some believe that Trump and Clinton are competing to be leaders of the free world. Outside of the USA, few will share that belief.

The Greatest Gift, and More

The Greatest Gift, and More

A poem for an old friend who needs nothing and has more than she knows.

The Old Man of the Beach

The Old Man of the Beach

A poem inspired by a pillar of rock that stands upon a beach, opposing the waves that lap around it.

If Terror Has Nothing to Do with Islam…

If Terror Has Nothing to Do with Islam…

There is an oft-repeated rationalization that Muslim terrorists are not Muslims. The same hollow wordplay would be denounced if used to excuse rape, child abuse, racism or homophobia.