Sunday, October 16, 2016

Starving Artist (no offense)

"Remission of Cancer," "The Koi Are Not Indifferent," and "The Gospel According to Bob," were published on Independence Day in the wonderful literary magazine, Starving Artist. Who me? Artist, I don't know. Starving, always. Remember the last two words of the Whole Earth Catalog? Recycled by Steve Jobs.
Stay hungry.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Scarlet Leaf Review, oh yes!

Check this out. Three of my poems in the Scarlet Leaf Review. Very happy boy here. Go to the site, look for July 15. That's me and three little poems that I admit I underestimated. Fortunately the editor, Roxana Nastase, did not. Thanks.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Vanilla Sex

Vanilla Sex, What??? Vanilla Sex Magazine. Of course. They had the courage to print a story that I had the courage to write. Actually VSM is not pornography but a fine young literary magazine with excellent stories and poems and erotica.

I'm particularly pleased that they published "Cartoon Graveyard" because it's such a weird story. I guess it takes one to know one. Weird mag, weird writer, weird readers. That means you'll like it too.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Viva Verse Virtual

Though it's not the first time, I'm no less pleased and grateful to have some poems, five this time, included in the July issue. Go here ( and see what you think. Write a comment on the page or send it privately to me. Read all the other poets too and follow us on facebook to read reviews, etc. It's virtual but it's verse, so viva!

Friday, June 10, 2016

From Steve Klepetar

Martin Pederson has fun with the idea of repetition, actions and choices repeated to the point of obsessive compulsion in his poem “I Repeat Repeat.” His speaker walks the same corridors, sings the same songs, buys the same chocolate cake over and over – even his tooth brushing pattern is identical. The ending brings the poem in with a quiet bang –
“Oh, I just thought of something/I will only do once.”

         Thank you, Master Steve.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

It doesn't get less exciting

What? Love, sex, food, money, mystical ecstasy, the roller coaster? Maybe, but I'm talking about publishing a poem in the current issue of Verse-Virtual. Check it out among the other poems on the theme of Two. I repeat Two. (
As McCloud would say: There you go.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Virtually Ecstatic

What a kick to have five poems in the April issue of Verse-Virtual, a journal and a community of fine poets. I feel humbled and unworthy. I'm in a journal with Dorianne Laux and Dana Gioia and so many others with more experience and skill than little ol' me. But I'm in there. All five poems submitted about poetry were accepted by our fearless leader, Firestone Feinberg. Thank you, sir.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Playing in the Literary Yard

Go to the site of Literary Yard:
and you will see three of my poems: Thoughts on Hockey, Ode to a Peach, The Zen of Scratch.
Thanks to Onkar Sharma, editor, for the kind words and for putting up my work next to an ad for human hair wigs. Yeah.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Pilcrows and Daggers Again

Another poem of mine, "Maze of Thorns" appears in this month's issue of Pilcrow & Dagger under the theme: Leperchauns and Love. How the poem relates to the theme is something you'll have to figure out. Anyway, I thank the editors, LeeAnn and A. Marie for their generosity. Again.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Pilcrow and Dagger

That should be Pilcrow with the backwards stylised P-ish thing that means paragraph division. In sum, the thing I write on my students' essays to mean split this 500-word rant into paragraphs grouped by content and form. Here, here and here.
Together with the Dagger, an instrument I've never wanted to use on students, though colleagues are a different matter, it is also the name of an excellent young literary journal. The editors, LeeAnn Rhoden and A. Marie Silver, are enthusiastic writers and lovers of literature who make their contributors feel special. For me it's not just a publication credit, but a fun experience all the way around. And my picture's in it.
See the January issue: Exploring Fantastic Tales: the Sci-Fi issue on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. My poem "Orange Lifesavers" is on page 27. I don't know, you might even like it.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Got a review?

E.Martin Pederson’s poem The Phosphorus Sharing describes a simple act that we have all performed many times: strike a match and light a candle.  The details are masterful, and the last line gives the poem a new meaning.
Kenneth Slaughter  (thanks)
Verse-Virtual community

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Got a match?

Go to, current poetry, E. Martin Pedersen, and see what happens. It could light up your day. A dude named Firestone said he liked it and made me like it. The Phosphorus Sharing: or when is a match not a match?

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Did you do it?

Did you take a peek at the Botticelli Magazine, issue 5, online at
You might find three of my poems: Miss America, Waiting for the Bus, 3 Gray Pleasures.
Let me know if you did it.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Coming Soon

Next Friday, May 22, the excellent British  literary journal, Ink Sweat & Tears, run by Helen Ivory, will publish some of my short poems. Check 'em out, if you want to.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Baseball Poetry Considered

Here's an article I wrote about the poet's sport and the sport's poets. It has little or nothing to do with the fact that the San Francisco Giants just won their third World Series in five years.

The photo is of poet Marianne Moore throwing out the first pitch on opening day, 1968. There's a nice poem here:
For my article, click here:

Monday, September 22, 2014

Paul Who? Are you saying I'm fat?

Paul Bunyan Between Scylla and Charybdis:
American Folklore in Sicily
by E. Martin Pedersen
Many years ago I wrote this account of my activities teaching and singing here in Messina.
 It was published in a British publication called Folklore in Use. That was the thesis I was working on (and the thesis for my M.A. in Folklore and Education): that folklore materials must be taken out of archives and included in the curricula at all levels in order to preserve and diffuse traditional culture, without which we lose our identity as a people with a history. In particular outside of the native country where folklore tells others who we are. My country, the U.S., because of its ethnic makeup and science emphasis, runs a serious risk of looking only towards the future and forgetting what made us us. Not a history of wars and hatred but of everyday life, entertainment and knowledge. Every people, however, needs to be careful to constantly relive and exalt their traditions. In our super-mobile world, folklore (songs, stories, speech, crafts, beliefs, etc.) loss is a threat similar to language loss. A tragedy when it happens, a victory when avoided. Oh look: another heavy responsibility for teachers.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Ending the Yarn by E. Martin Pedersen

If you're interested in storytelling, you might enjoy looking at this academic paper I wrote many years ago. It is about the typical American yarn, the shaggy dog story, the put-on, and, specifically, how this story-type ends or doesn't or doesn't seem to. Anyway, you can get more here:
Good reading and thanks for caring about the ancient oral art that often seems crushed by television. What a loss if that were true.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Well, What Do You Know?

From Cattails, the official journal of the United Haiku and Tanka Society, premier issue, Jan. 2014, p. 17:

after the wildfire
I emerge from the well
with only my name

     dopo l’incendio
     emergo dal pozzo
     con soltanto il mio nome

E. Martin Pedersen, Italy

There were so many wonderful haiku submitted, it was nearly impossible to select so few Editor’s Choices. However, this one by E. Martin Pedersen from Italy, stood out as definitely a unique moment that certainly gave me pause. I often think of everything being “so pastoral” in Italy, but in this haiku, the realization of life “after a wildfire” is the same no matter where one lives, or perhaps worse. Stripped down to just “his name" is such an excellent “aha” in the last line. Both this haiku and Marianna's (above), involve “self” and are more personal than I usually select, however both are obviously by experienced authors as they are composed in a way that anyone can feel the true force of nature overpowering the human aspect.—cattails Principal editor an’ya, USA

Saturday, May 3, 2014

High FRiGGin’ Five !!!!!

A high-five to myself, that is. And a thank you to FRiGG magazine for printing five of my poems in their latest issue. Thanks to Ellen Parker and Dennis Mahagin for seeing something in my work that merited inclusion in their excellent, well-respected journal. I was extra flattered that they liked and published the whole set I sent. Guess I won’t give up on poetry after all.

The five poems also include my comments, so I won’t add anything except to say that I was pleased that the varied set taken together gives an idea of what I’m doing. I’d be happy to hear what you think too. So in my usual “grumpy” fashion, with my game-face on, I go into my study, close the door behind me, raise my fists, yell ‘yes, yes, yes’ silently and do a little Snoopy dance. Then it's back to the salt mines.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Taj Mahal: the palace or the singer?

Neither. The Taj Mahal Review is one of India's premier literary magazines, publishing Indian and worldwide authors . On page 176 of the December 2013 issue you will find seven of my short poems. I am pleased to be published in India, where it's all happening. High on my list of places I still want to visit.

Here in Messina we have few Indians but a large population from Sri Lanka. One of my friends came back from there yesterday and brought me bananas, pineapple, tea, coconut candy, and a painting of elephants on black velvet. Another friend is from Mauritius, an island in the Indian ocean. She is returning today from her mother's funeral. We'll have plenty to talk about. I've been reading the Ramayana, better than the Rings trilogy.

Maybe I'll publish more in India, stay tuned. Plus I still like Taj Mahal, the singer.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Check Out

from your local library? the latest issue of Valley Micropress Poetry Journal from New Zealand to find several of my short poems (6 in all). You could also request a copy from the editor, Tony Chad, at the address you can find on the web. Poetry: of the People, by the People, for the People!

By the way, I'll be posting all my published work here on this site eventually, but I want to let at least a year pass from the date of original publication as a sign of respect for the journals and editors who work so hard and are so gracious.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Letter Flip

This is just a note to let you know that one of your flash fiction
stories from has been included in our first Kindle
Anthology, which is now available at Amazon!

I've made it as cheap as Amazon will allow at $0.99, plus there will be
5 days a month that it will be free, and I'll do my best to announce
those days on Twitter. Like usual, our goal with this is to spread the
word about Free Flash Fiction and get exposure for all participating

Get more info on our website here:

Best wishes,

Jean Martin
Editor, Free Flash Fiction