Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writers, September 2019


“We know that in September, we will wander in the summer’s wreckage. We will welcome summer’s ghost.”
– Henry Rollins

I feel as if I’d blinked and summer was over, it flew by faster than any other I can remember. Maybe that’s just me getting older, and time is what we want most, but what we use worst. My birthday is in a few days as well, so I guess I’m just wishing I could slow time down a bit.

Anyway, I’m getting off track. Below you’ll find the featured writer spots for September. As usual, you can send submissions to cajunmuttpress[at]gmail[dot]com. I’m not accepting manuscripts at this time because I’m booked until December, but you can still send 1-3 poems with a bio and author photo for featured spots. I already have the October lineup scheduled, so I’ll be reading for November & December.

Write On!

Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writers, September 2019:

I turned down
by Wolfgang Carstens

Cajeta (Gimme Some Sweet!)
by David Estringel

When there’s nothing else
by Brian Rihlmann

Lifting the hem of the nation
by Kushal Poddar

by Kevin Martin

There Are Four Ways The Hands Can Pray
by Paulie Lipman

The Void of Depression
by Rani Whitehead

Shame And Embarrassment
by Ian Lewis Copestick

by Dave O’Leary

by Sanjeev Sethi

If Love Does Not Live
by Joseph Spence

Dancing Bears And Satyrs
by William Teets

a tough day
by Pete Donohue

The Coffe Shop
by RIA Banerjee

Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 04/10/19


An Ounce of Pretension

My poetry is not a Magic Eye
picture, obscuring the image.
It doesn’t hurt your head
or make you squint.
The meaning is right up front for all to see,
instead of hidden behind squiggly lines.

My poetry tells a story
but it rarely rhymes.
I often write full sentences
instead of short lines.

No beret required.
But coffee is essential.
Wearing black is always an option.
I blame the French.
Or, should I blame Americans who
are under the mistaken impression that
to be avant garde, one must
adhere to a dress code and be and write pretentious?

Rules? Poetry doesn’t need your stinking rules.
It goes where it wants to go,
plays how it wants to play,
the Ad…oh wait, that’s something else.
Make poetry your bitch.

*Underneath this poem is a dinosaur, but you losers can’t see it.*

**Snaps pretentiously**

©T. L. Hayes all rights reserved


T. L. Hayes has published three novels with Bold Strokes Books, as well as an erotic short story in their anthology, Escape to Pleasure. She has also had short stories published in anthologies from Sapphire Books. When she’s not writing or editing, she has a day job in education, and spends her time, when not home doing those two things, Amtraking between Chicago and Oklahoma City.

I Didn’t Mean It by Robert Ragan


Am I so terrible
Such a standoffish person

That other writers feel the need to bring loaded pistols to a poetry reading

I say tons of things they find offensive

But on the mic when I read about sticking up the coffeehouse

And robbing fellow poets

It was strictly for shock value
I honestly thought they would laugh

Just another case where I went too far
Further alienating myself from my peers

At this point I don’t see myself as a poet or writer of any kind

I’m just a mentally unstable person who writes down all my bad thoughts on paper

Then calls it art

©Robert Ragan all rights reserved

Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer Spot 12/19/18

For featured writer submissions send 1-3 poems to along with an author photo and short bio.


Robert Ragan from Lillington NC lives his life for art and writing. He has stories and poetry online at Vext Magazine, Outlaw Poetry, The Dope Fiend Daily, The Rye Whiskey Review, Drinkers Only, and Under The Bleachers. Alien Buddha Press has published his short story collection “Mannequin Legs and Other Tales

Happy Thanksgiving from Cajun Mutt Press!

We hope y’all have a great time full of too much turkey, too much booze, too much fun, and too much damn family to last until next year! Sending positive vibes and Outlaw Gonzo Pirate Poet Love out to everyone today!

We have some great books available on Amazon, and still a few stickers left before we need to order some more. Christmas is right around the corner too, so consider picking something up for yourself or as a gift.

Happy Turkey Day,
Cajun Mutt Press


Haight by Red Focks
Absurd by Ronald P. Bremner
Dark Linings by Joanne Olivieri
Isomorphic by J.D.C.IV
Owls in Hot Rods with Pink Elephants and Dead Bats by J.D.C.IV
Death & Love/Love & Death by J.D.C.IV
Juggernaut Fuzz by Ryan Quinn Flanagan
This Many Years After the War by Matt Borczon


💀Cajun Mutt Press Special Announcement💀

Tomorrow there will be a noteworthy featured writer spot on our Facebook Page. We normally post them on Wednesdays and Fridays, but we’ve added one exclusively for this event. The incredible musician, singer, songwriter, and frontman of The Tiger LilliesMartyn Jacques will be joining us! This is big news, folks, and it is an honor to have one of Martyn’s writes in our line-up. Tune in tomorrow at 10 a.m. CST to see what we have in store.

Stay Gonzo!
Founder & Editor-in-Chief