Tuesday, June 1, 2010


I'm delighted to announce that SILK EGG: COLLECTED NOVELS (2009-2009) has been accepted for publication by the illustrious Shearsman Books of Exeter, U.K. Publication Date: Spring 2011!

SILK EGG, of course, began with the first novel Novel Chatelaine! The book will present a dozen novels! More details, no doubt, to be forthcoming!

Novel Introduction

Leny M. Strobel, Haruah (February 2009) and Kathang-Pinay (Jan. 22, 2009 post)

Ernesto Priego, Never Neutral

Jesse Glass, Ahadada

John Bloomberg-Rissman, The Blind Chatelaine's Keys

John Olson, The Blind Chatelaine's Keys

Allen Bramhall, Tributary


Novel Chatelaine Inspires Poem by Jeff Harrison, first posted on WRYTING-Listserve.


Novel Chatelaine is also part of a larger manuscript entitled SILK EGG: COLLECTED NOVELS. The title novel "Silk Egg" has been published in the Fall/Winter 2009-2010 Issue of Cerise Press: A Journal of Literature, Arts & Culture, and can be read without cutting a tree OVER HERE! UPDATE: "Silk Egg" has been nominated for BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES and BEST OF THE NET!

Another novel from SILK EGG entitled Christmas is now available as a booklet from Dan Waber's tiny series from chapbookpublisher.com.

Monday, September 14, 2009


I have written thousands and thousands of pages attempting the novel. I have spent years now attempting the novel. Except for the rain forests that I've decimated (sorry sorry sorry to Nature!), it's not a wasted effort as one improves with practice, and also because I've been able to recycle some of the better chapters (within failed novels) into short stories. But, still, I've spent years failing at the form of novel....until now!

So it is with much purring that I announce my first successful novel entitled, what else


It is being published by the fabulous and, more significantly, very charming Teeny Tiny Publications published by Amanda Laughtland.

And, yes, as the picture shows, it's tiny (intimate) enough to nestle lovingly on your palm! Kudos to Amanda's book design--in Ron Silliman's words, "Seven chapter, 8-page novel with great color graphics ingeniously printed on a single [8 X 11"] piece of 20-lb weight copy paper."

Isn't it ironic that, when it comes to poetry, I blather forth BRICKS and BRICKS. But when it comes to the novel, I can only muster successfully a most tiny text (moithinks the Poetry Muse is very jealous and wishes, really, to retain most if not all of moi attention). NOVEL CHATELAINE contains seven small chapters. In fact, I'm happy to share the first chapter:

Chapter I

It began with the recollection of a blue silk pocket.

From which an iron key fell.

Which made her purr, "Well hello you 17th Century…!"

Doesn't that first chapter make you want to read more? It does?! Well, HERE'S THE KEY, I MEAN, MY GIFT! If you wish a copy of my novel, just email me (GalateaTen@aol.com) your snailmail address and I will send one to you for FREE! While supplies last...


NOVEL CHATELAINE is part of a larger manuscript:


which I have faith shall be forthcoming....!


I'm so happy! Moi novel inspired the fabulous poet Jeff Harrison to pen a poem, which he shared with the WRYTING-listserve (hence I heard about it!). Here's his poem -- and thanks Jeff!

A silk pocket
(Unattached? Perhaps!)
blue as a watering can
an iron key.

Neglect oranges
a vineyard.

Are jettisoned, slowly, and,
despite poesy,
mortal as vines:
red roses
from immense crystal vases.
O hart,
from your horns: light once more!

From zero
bubbles no remorse.
From a pocket
blue and silk spumes
a key iron
as any iron sea.