Saturday, December 10, 2016

Eight Words, all for you

Want eight words? That's how many are in the poem of mine just published in the Sonic Boom Journal from India. I'm pleased and proud to be included. There's lots of other great stuff in issue 7. Dig in.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Make Verse-Virtual America Again

Three poetry buffs:
You guys've already read several issues of the superb, innovative poetry journal, Verse-Virtual.
Yes, yes.
Well, the December issue is out. Dive in.
Maybe Martin's got a couple somethings in there.
Let's find out.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Under the Bashō tree collecting leaves

I got two notes today from haiku masters, Kala Ramesh and Hansha Teki. The first to say that they would publish a couple of my haiku in Under the Basho, the second to say it was done. That's swift.

Is writing haiku a valid exercise in this bad dream we're living in right now? A dream that you want to wake up from but just can't.  Writers and readers all need a bit of quiet and solace, a zen garden of few words to rest in. So yes, more haiku, hopefully beautiful.,-martin.html

Saturday, November 12, 2016

What's going on behind the hedgerow?

Hedgerow #96 is up and running. Beautiful little poems and images. Editor, Caroline Skanne, does a great job keeping the words alive. I'm in there with a couple.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Failed Haiku is the best!

Just out today the super-issue of senryu. I'm featured on page 161, way down near the end. Three little poems like candy.

Thanks to His Editor-ness, Mike Rehling.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wading the Muddy River

If you've enjoyed my poetry in the past, you might like the two ("The Great American West," "Palmyra Remembered") published in the Fall issue of the Muddy River Poetry Review. If not, no sweat.
But the Muddy is good read all around. Take a day off from the current craziness and spend it with moving words. Might help.

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.