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I’m the living poet on this program…thanks to the Greenville Jazz Collective for inviting me!

Witch Hunt

splainglish for duh Nile 
while witches cast spells
in wishing well
that wee might bees
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Which Hunt

which witch on a which hunt?
witch author it he said
may she rest in pieces
she was knot a witch
after all just a b*tch
it ain't easy bee ing a witch
which know won says
egg cysts

Love Note

Deep breathing is how

to stay in Love

year after year

never fear

where Love will go or

come from flowing

through you and

around you pluck

it from the air and

let it stay there too

between me and you.

April is Poetry Month for me too…

In celebration of Poetry Month I’ve been invited by the Greenville Library and the Greenville Jazz Collective to combine my poetic lines and rhymes with the musical lines and rhythms of Shannon Hoover on bass and Matt Dingledine on guitar. 

We’ll be having all this fun on:

Thursday April 18 from 6:30-7:30 pm at the Five Forks branch in Simpsonville.  

Greenville County Library – Five Forks
104 Sunnydale Dr, Simpsonville, SC 29681, United States

Phone# 864-234-4904

I’ll be heading down to the jam session tonight at Chicora Alley to dip my toes in the flow of music and work out some of my kinks…

Live at the Fundbureau now available in digital and streaming formats

It’s eighteen years later. I know that because I was eight months pregnant at the time and now my son is eighteen. Ralph Kessler, a brilliant software engineer, was there to record it, and the band and dj’s I’d been collaborating with for about five years. I should have known that it was the end of an era in my life…

I hope that you enjoy this unedited live performance at the Fundbureau in Germany. It was mixed and mastered also by Ralph at his Pinguin Studios. You can buy the album, download single tracks or search for it on Spotify or wherever you like to listen to streaming music…

Crystal Clear Waters now for Sale on Amazon

The second book in the Magic Path Series. I wrote Crystal Clear Waters when my daughter, with the same name, was young. I told it many times when I was appearing as a storyteller here and there. Now she’s grown and the story has too. It’s available as an e-book at Amazon.com

Once there was a tiny fairy named Ladybug living in The Enchanted Forest on Twin Peaks Mountain. Everyone living on the mountain knew that Ladybug spent most of her time at Lake Crystal Clear Waters. But none of them knew why. There was something singularly special about Lake Crystal Clear Waters. Sometimes when she swims in it, she can visit other worlds. Continue reading “Crystal Clear Waters now for Sale on Amazon”

Little Texas

Tony Mims speaks at the unveiling of the Little Texas historical marker at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville SC during the Little Texas Reunion on August 12, 2017.

The newly installed historical marker for the black neighborhood of Little Texas. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, SC.

Little Texas

by Tony Mims

If you don’t honor your history,

you won’t respect your future.

If you only live in the now

you can get lost in the many illusions

that will only feed the pitfalls

of your own personal confusion.

That’s why the memories of your home

should be a force of the positive and the strong.

It’s the roots of positive experience of growing up

that help your vision stay focused on what is real

and gives you solid meaning to how you should feel

in a world that sometimes gives life very little meaning.

 

The history of Little Texas goes way back.

About twenty years after they had to let the slaves free

this black downtown neighborhood

was Greenville’s first black working class community. Continue reading “Little Texas”

Word Anthology Now for Sale

Paperback: 116 pages Publisher: Gathering of the Tribes (March 30, 2017) ISBN-10: 0998611301 ISBN-13: 978-0998611303

Octogenarian Steve Cannon told me that Word is the last book he will publish. It is a thank you to all the people who contributed to “A Gathering of the Tribes Magazine” in various ways. He published fourteen print issues packed with poetry, essays, reviews and art.

Aside from doing some grant writing in his office, I was involved in several  issues of the magazine, first as an associate editor, then editor, and also as a contributor of interviews and poetry. My time spent at Tribes, then located in Steve’s home on East Third Street in the East Village of NYC, was well invested. I learned a lot about literature and publishing literature from Steve. I also met hundreds of people of all stripes who came through the door daily, hourly…

It’s an honor to have a few of my note poems in this volume. Personally, it brought tears to my eyes as I read through it. That’s because some of the contributors have passed on, and so have the times that we all intersected with each other under the blessing of Steve’s hospitality.

I’ll have to leave the critical reviews of this book to others. But I will tell you that it is in glossy full color and contains as much art as it does poetry. Please take a look and consider adding this beautiful book to your collection.

Kindle Countdown Deal for e-book

The e-book version of Mark and the Queen Fish is available now until April 27 for only 99 cents at Amazon.com.