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James T. Stemmle is an old man, currently living retirement in WV with his wife. In warm weather, he writes poetry during morning meditations on a bench in his back yard, where, immersed in nature, it is so quiet that, depending on atmospheric conditions, he can sometimes hear interstate traffic four miles distant. He had a Federal Government career mostly with EPA, earned a doctorate from Catholic U in Chemistry, and was born in Louisville, KY. He is eager to share more of his accumulating poetry, currently enough to fill 7 one-inch binders and part of the 8th. He has published seventeen poems so far in several small literary magazines including: The Octillo Review, Evening Street Review, The Raven’s Perch, Deep South Magazine, Hektoen International (a journal of medical humanities), Literary Veganism, Choeofpleirn Press, Seattle Star, Poetry Superhighway, and Open Arts Forum.


Trigger Warning

disinformation is a card
trick intended to confuse
what you see with your

own eyes by gaslight not
an honest mystake for which
journalists apologize and

retract while they lose
their jobs faster than coal
miners yes Virginia there

is a fog of war but also
propaganda to keep an
autocrat’s domestic

population pacified.

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