Thomas M. McDade A forty-five poem collection concerned with driving and the driven. The vehicles involved are mostly used and battered Chevrolets and Fords but there are appearances by other brands including Volkswagon, Pontiac, Plymouth, Buick, Studebaker and Cadillac. A dump truck and a couple of big rigs live here too. Speed, hitchhikers, accidents, fraud, reckless and irresponsible motoring are not strangers.
Thomas M. McDade Chet has trouble with mom & her boyfriend as well as with kids in the Housing Project where he lives. Things aren't any easier at school. He's devised two plans of escape but just one will work.
Thomas M. McDade "Detailing" concerns a man going to visit his mother in a nursing home for the first time. He uses many measures to divert his mind from the situation and the guilt that hounds him. He revisits the past throughout his time with his uncommunicative mother.
Thomas M. McDade Forty poems of youth, loss, remembering and observations perhaps befitting this quote. The only business of the head in the world is to bow a ceaseless obeisance to the heart. -- William Butler Yeats
Thomas M. McDade This short story deals with metal, legal and illegal, light and heavy, as well as two men who collect it. Shuffles gathers the former, Jake deals the latter. A Bob Dylan lyric shows up at the forging of the partnership and accompanies the trip. Mysterious mother and daughter beggars complete the cast. Sit back, pop an Iron City brew.
Thomas M. McDade Fifty poems steeped the human predicament, displaying in diverse ways, its demons, saviors and whimsies. Stop by for a coffee at Andy's Diner or Laura's Luncheonette. A drink at the Canopy Club, taste Olympia's fromage. Fill your lungs with smoke in Sarajevo. Visit the Sleeping Giant and Castle Craig. Fall in love with Lena. The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety. --W. Somerset Maugham
Thomas M. McDade Former dishwasher Jeff Gardener is confined to the one-star rated Crestwood House nursing home after suffering a paralyzing stroke. A nurse's aide named Diane is the one bright spot in his existence. Events in her life, combined with a pastime of his, impact his being and fate in eerie and fantastical ways hard to imagined.