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This month’s poetry rises above the pocosin and flies over our heads toward the astral plain. Having North Carolina’s poet laureate, Joseph Bathanti, join us to create an issue unparalleled in lyrical superiority seemed to compliment our seventeen year online history with sufficient grace but then we began to review…

Click here to read more... April Writer Spotlight – Robert Klein Engler and a bit more…

April Writer Spotlight – Robert Klein Engler and a bit more…

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* * The 2013 April (Poetry Month) Issue of the Dead Mule is dedicated to the memory of Elsie R. Jones  May 13, 1921 – March 12, 2013 Beloved Mother of Poetry Editor Helen Losse. * Elsie Rosa Jones, born in Swindon, Wiltshire, England, was the youngest of eight children…

Click here to read more... In Loving Memory

In Loving Memory

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New works

Click here to read more... February and March 2013

February and March 2013

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The Writers’ Workshop is holding its Annual Writers’ Retreat May 16-19 at Folly Beach (near Charleston, SC) – an ideal place to relax, write and review each other’s work. Click to read more about the Workshop’s upcoming events.

Click here to read more... Poetry Contest and MORE by The Writer’s Workshop of Asheville

Poetry Contest and MORE by The Writer’s Workshop of Asheville

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Welcome to 2013. Welcome to the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. We love your writing and we look forward to reading your submissions. Not every thing you send us is accepted BUT that does not mean it is unacceptable. Your writing could very well be superb. What happens is,…

Click here to read more... 2013, how odd is it to type that?

2013, how odd is it to type that?

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Some new stories, a few essays … those wonderful poems. We’re leaving 2012 with a nice warm feeling. The Mule’s looking like it’s in good shape for 2013. We’ve added a really neat little plug-in that stops readers from copying the content and publishing it somewhere else. You’ll notice it…

Click here to read more... New for the end of the year …

New for the end of the year …

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  Over the river and through the woods … The illustrations for the fiction and poetry sections this month come from a drawer full of old Christmas. Many of the senders are gone from this world and most of them are gone from my memory. Without my mom here to…

Click here to read more... December Fiction and Essays

December Fiction and Essays

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It’s almost time for fiction …

Click here to read more... Fiction and Essays come to the Mule Dec 15th

Fiction and Essays come to the Mule Dec 15th

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Photography redux in this issue… Little did we know, back then, that most of these iconic Southern buildings would be long gone by 2012. Hurricanes and floods destroyed every building in the images featured in the poetry section. If damaged by Bertha, the death of the buildings was assured post-Dennis and Floyd.

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December 2012 Poetry

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Excellent poems coming your way Dec 15.

Click here to read more... Poetry for December Issue!

Poetry for December Issue!

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The Mule formatting difficulties are not coming from your browser. Those odd bits of code are supposed to be quotation marks. Or, in some cases, they could be apostrophes. I suspect many of you already know that but some people do not — so let’s be kind and let those who are not aware of the cause understand what is going on here. Read more in this post…

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Facebook and the Dead Mule

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The Dead Mule has submitted the following poets and their poems [published in the Dead Mule to the 2012] to Sundress Publications: The Best of the Net.  Congratulations to all. Cathy Smith Bowers – “A Book a Day” – published April 2012 Norvin Dickerson – “NASCAR Poet” – published October…

Click here to read more... 2012 Best of the Net Nominations

2012 Best of the Net Nominations

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We note with sorrow the passing last week [July 22, 2012] of the quintessential dead mule signifier: Jerry Leath Mills of Washington, North Carolina. His passing leaves a hole in the heart of any discussion of southern equine fiction. As noted in his obituary in the Washington Daily News: His…

Click here to read more... Jerry Leath “Jake” Mills, a dead mule inspiration

Jerry Leath “Jake” Mills, a dead mule inspiration

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The Dead Mule is getting too many poems submitted without a Southern Legitimacy Statement. Now we are southern and polite, so we usually return these and point out the error. But we are getting more submissions these days, so please stop wasting our time, or one day we might just…

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Poems Submitted Without a Southern Legitimacy Statement

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I know, I know, I promised fiction and essays on the 15th and didn’t deliver. That’s pretty much what everyone expects, isn’t it — me being a day late and a dollar short? Oh well. The wait was worth it, I assure you. Once you read this month’s goodness, you’ll…

Click here to read more... Works by some old friends and a few new ones

Works by some old friends and a few new ones

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Fabulous, isn’t it? We’re not through yet. It’s April Fool’s Day but we’re not kidding about the quality of this month’s poetry… it is as good as it gets! From Tim Peeler to Carter Monroe to Cathy Smith Bowers and then back around to 26 other poets!! I mean it,…

Click here to read more... April Issue

April Issue

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We’d like to thank Jack for his contributions to this Mule. It’s pretty safe to say that without him, our issue would be brutish and gray. Jack is a rare artist, as far as we’re concerned. Anyone who can paint an ass without acting like one is indeed a treasure….

Click here to read more... Jack Niven, The Artist of the Hour

Jack Niven, The Artist of the Hour

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The Dead Mule is proud to announce Curtis Dunlap for his poem “Brickyard Road” and Norvin Dickerson for his poem “NASCAR Poet” as our nominees for Best New Poet 2012. Congratulations and best of luck to both of these fine poets. But wait … it’s not luck, is it? We…

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Dead Mule Nominees for Best New Poets 2012

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Mansion of Memory, a chapbook of poems by Dead Mule Poetry Editor, Helen Losse, has been released by Rank Stranger Press and is now for sale for $13 including postage. Proceeds from this chapbook go to Bright Futures Joplin Tornado Fund to help with the rebuilding process of Joplin, MO,…

Click here to read more... Poetry Editor’s Chapbook Raising Funds for Joplin, MO

Poetry Editor’s Chapbook Raising Funds for Joplin, MO

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Featuring Fred Hawkins… what a Mule!

Click here to read more... Fred Hawkins Photographer and Friend of the Mule

Fred Hawkins Photographer and Friend of the Mule

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Seven stories — what a world, what a world! Love the Mule Flash Fiction!

Click here to read more... New fiction online now!

New fiction online now!

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Creative Non-Fiction in great quantities now available on the February Mule.

Click here to read more... Wow! Essays! Get your red hot essays!

Wow! Essays! Get your red hot essays!

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We have some ever-so-fine poetry for you this month. Sixteen poets. New fiction will be online on the 15th. New creative non-fiction and essays available then also. Fred Hawkins’ photography will be featured — I’m working on it right now. You all know the Southern Legitimacy Statement … right …?…

Click here to read more... February Poetry

February Poetry