Now Available from Cajun Mutt Press!

How do you recycle a Siberian tiger? by R. Keith

I still don’t know how to adequately recycle a Siberian tiger after reading R. Keith’s new book but this tiger of a collection burns bright with good old fashioned hardboiled set tails (get it?) and quirky circumstances sprinkled with a dash of snotty yet self-mocking existentialism… A surreal grindhouse collection of stories with some pretty contemplative musings from Canada’s very own non-film-making Tarantino.
—Mike Zone, EIC of Dumpster Fire Press

Entitling a story “Shit Head” might suggest angsty teenage skateboard rebellion, R. Keith’s collection of short stories however, points to a considerably more sophisticated mind, well versed in humor, self-reflection, and a gift of crawling into the murky crevices of the human psyche only the most worldly of wordsmiths possess. Pop-Culture namedropping gets tedious in some hands; in R. Keith’s possession, references to Moesha soon progress to arguments on Basketball courts, while Vanishing Act is an intriguing piece full of romantic allusions to faraway places with strange sounding names that could easily take a dark twist from out of nowhere and soon become the most difficult case Columbo will ever have to solve. Mr. Keith is a unique writer, one I wish I could read more often.
—John Doyle, author of A Stirring At Dusk, and Leaving Henderson County

C.M.P. Featured Writers, April 2022

I’m running behind today. Woke up late, got distracted by some other things I had to do, then didn’t even realize it was April 1st until I went to put the featured writer post together. April is also national poetry month, but my life revolves around poetry every single day. So this month won’t be any different for me. I’ve fully dedicated myself to this craft, and I’m proud of what Cajun Mutt Press has evolved into over the last four years. Thank y’all for coming on this journey with me. Cheers to many more poetry-fueled years to come!!

Now, to the business at hand. If you’d like to submit some writing for a featured writer spot, send 1-3 poems to cajunmuttpress@gmail.com along with a bio and author photo. I have three spots left to fill in July. Then I’ll be reading for Aug.

Manuscript submissions are officially CLOSED. If you’ve sent one in and haven’t heard from me yet, please be patient. I’m getting back to people quick as I can. So far I’ve released two books in 2022. Seven Times Down by Wilfred Hildonen, and Before the Bridges Fell by David O’Nan. The links are included in this post. Please leave a review if you’ve grabbed a copy! I also have upcoming titles by Hugh Blanton, R. Keith, Dusty Jaggers, Aleathia Drehmer, Will Mayo, and Frogg Corpse lined up. Keep your eyes peeled for more details coming soon. To the others that I haven’t gotten to yet, you’ll be hearing from me soon.

Love Y’all, Write On!
JDCIV
🤟💀

Seven Times Down by Wilfred Hildonen
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09S27PLYN

Before the Bridges Fell by David L. O’Nan
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09V3L1NS4

C.M.P. Featured Writers, April 2022:

Ev’ry Stupid Day
by Keith Gorman
04/01/22

Car on Fire
by Carrie Magness Radna
04/04/22

Woman Next Door Plus Guitar
by John Grey
04/06/22

Bob the Belly
by Will Mayo
04/08/22

anytime
by Botched Resignation
04/11/22

All Things Natural
by LB Sedlacek
04/13/22

Death & Co.
by James H Duncan
04/15/22

Preparing a Five Course Meal for World Class Villains
by Mike James
04/18/22

Lookin for a Fight
by Luke Young
04/20/22

Adventures and Sailors Tales
by Wayne Russell
04/22/22

Stoned
by Chris Cooper
04/25/22

The Country Uncle
by David Alec Knight
04/27/22

At the Beach
by John Drudge
04/29/22

Now Available From Cajun Mutt Press

Now Available from Cajun Mutt Press, Before the Bridges Fell by David O’Nan!!

Before the Bridges Fell is a series of poetry based on characters that are scrambling to figure out life before the inevitable destruction of their towns, their ideals, fantasy worlds, fame of past figures that seemed to work so well to influence and shape today’s world. Before the Bridges Fell and what is unknown is always in the back of your head, and you are still expected to live your life without worry, hardly. That unknowing is always there. The script isn’t fully written, and so the improvisation of our everyday lives can be scary.

Now Available From Cajun Mutt Press

Good morning/afternoon/night! Whatever time it may be in your corner of the world, I wanted to let everyone know The Adventures of Brain Man by Ron Whitehead is now available! I’ll post today’s Featured Writer for y’all in a little while as well, putting it together now.

Write On,
JDCIV
🤟💀

Ron Whitehead takes you on a journey across lands and through mindscapes in The Adventures of Brain Man. Searching for his “Other” brother, The Brain Man, who left home at seventeen for Oxford on an academic scholarship never to be seen again. Only heard about in news reports, magazine articles, and the occasional poem in various publications. After finding a mysterious and scathing letter about a book Brain had written in a secret part of the attic, Ron sets off to find his brother for answers. Ultimately finding himself in the end.

Cover Art: “Allfather” by Ryan Case
Ink, acrylic paint on watercolor paper.

Now Available From Cajun Mutt Press: Oracles of a Strange Fire

Oracles from a Strange Fire: Poems by Merritt Waldon & Ron Whitehead

Cover Photo by Jinn Bug

In this collection, you’ll find two versions of each poem, created by two poets sharing one voice in their own distinct way. A collaboration that experiments with editing and style by Merritt Waldon & Ron Whitehead.

“Oracles from a Strange Fire: poems by Merritt Waldon and Ron Whitehead was born out of an exchange between Ron Whitehead and me. Upon receiving a gift package of books and CDs from Ron, and in the spirit of free sharing between poets, I sent Ron a handful of poems. He told me he liked them, and that he had been editing them. His words were more than welcome as I have been scarcely published, and never edited. Then it came to me: what if a book was published of my original poems, along with Ron’s edited version. on opposite pages, or next to one another, similar to bilingual editions of poetry. Ron liked the idea so I selected random poems from the past five years and sent them to him. Ron’s edits grew. Two voices became one then another voice was born. And so the birth of my first published BOOK, an experiment in language in life in living in poetry, a joint collaboration between two poets on the opposite sides of the Ohio. I proudly present Oracles from a Strange Fire.” —Merritt Waldon

“Not long ago Merritt Waldon sent me four poems and asked me if I would read them and offer feedback. I edited two of them. Often, when I edit I end up losing myself and rewriting the poem(s). Merritt suggested we do a volume of his poems accompanied by my edits/transformations. In the midst of working on some other big projects I said HellYeah! A couple of weeks later, the Oracles from a Strange Fire collaboration was completed. Merritt’s poems are on the left hand page and my edits/transformations are on the right hand page.

I’m excited for Merritt on getting his first book accepted for publication. I’m honored to be part of it. Thank you to James Dennis Casey IV and Cajun Mutt Press for publishing this experiment in poetry. Language always has been and forever will be an experiment.”
—Ron Whitehead, Kentucky Outlaw Poet