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Ginkgo Tears

Ginkgo Tears In autumn, after the ancient gingko has been kissed by the sun when the first cold rain comes, yellow tears will fall.   © 2008 Jeffrey Alan Miller

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Invaders from Mars

Other than having a fan letter published in Archie Comics in the summer of 1969 and winning the top prize of $5.00, I think when I really knew that I wanted to be a writer, or at least entertained the notion of becoming a writer was in Mrs. Gandolfi’s eighth grade English class.   I […]

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Plinking — Part 1

Chris called it plinking. That’s what he called heading down to the Little Vermillion near Oglesby, Illinois with our .22’s to blast alligator gar that surfaced for a gulp of fresh air. I am not sure if it was Chris who came up with this idea, or if it was cooked up by one of […]

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Somewhere in a Seoul morning

I wrote this poem back in the late 90’s and I just recently took another look at it, changing a few things, tweaking it here and there. It’s a poem that reminds me of cold Seoul mornings on my way to teach at ELS when I first arrived in Korea in 1990.   Somewhere in […]

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Kyoto Autumn

In your gardens of meditation—framed by bambooand autumal huesbeneath a cobalt sky;we sitwith the quiet coolnessof your breathon our skinand ponderancient stonesin swirls and whorlsof sand.

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Subterranean Seoul — 1990

Beneath the shivering city This strange new language stumbling over my lips— Shill-ye-ham-ni-da means, “excuse me.” Inserted in early morning chatter while ordering an eggs, toast, and black coffee breakfast. What’s the Korean word for “thank you”? Kam-sa-ham-ni-da. Elbow to elbow office ladies in charcoal gray skirts squeezed around the counter of this subterranean eatery […]

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It all started with Archie Comics

When people ask me how I became interested in writing or what was my first publishing credit, I tell them Archie Comics. That’s right, it was Archie Comics and an Archie Fan Club letter that got me started down the literary path. It probably wasn’t how I first became interested in writing because I had […]

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Somewhere in a Sunday in Shinch’on

A work in progress…Somewhere in a Sunday in Shinch’onSquatted over the rust-colored hardplastic tub,she works the blood-red sauce—made from ground red pepper andfish sauce—with short, fat, arthritic fingersthrough soggy, steamingcabbage leavesin the bitter coldof an empty November Sundaymorningbeneath the bluish hazeof a shivering city.

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It all started with Archie Comics

I am always flattered when someone tells me that I am a good writer. Just the other day I got an email from one of my best friends and former FLI colleagues Mike Gibb who mentioned among other things how good a writer I am (thanks Mike!) and not to give up my writing pursuits. […]

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Lost and Found and Lost Again in Korea

If you were to have asked me prior to 1988 which Korea was the Communist one, who Kim Il-sung was, or where Korea was located specifically in Northeast Asia, I probably wouldn’t have been able to get all three right. I had heard of Korea though. Two of my uncles had fought in the Korean […]

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