Twitter Short Story

My short story, SKELETON MAN HEART GIFT, is a March 2016 Winner of the 140 Character Short Story Festival at WILDSOUND WRITING AND FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW. Check out the link http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2016/03/06/skeleton-man-heart-gift-twitter-short-story-by-kevin-del-principe/ to read/listen to the story and learn more about the competition.    ...

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Screenwriting Class!

For those interested, I will be teaching monthly online screenwriting workshops at The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, a literary and arts journal at Johns Hopkins University. I am particularly interested in teaching these workshops, as they are an opportunity for blossoming writers to hone their craft in an affordable, alternative educational setting. The current workshop I am running is...

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The Imperfect

  The Imperfect I saw true glimpses of you In the flashing lights of a carnival wasteland Even through your ancestor’s coat And your white knuckles from holding it so tightly In order to comfort yourself That you are totally impenetrable And safe from suffering If you dare to let us fail wonderfully and descend into the imperfect I will overwhelm you with skeleton kisses And you will give me your...

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Shadow Altars

Shadow Altars Let me walk in your shadow And create altars made of feathers and bones In the sacred places wherever you rest Because each rock you touch is utterly holy Our ancestors’ drums are still beating As long as these wild hearts still move And either the world’s spinning again Or we’re dancing together without realizing You remind me of the ocean And I welcome your unknowable quality Because you...

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Coffee Shop Goddess

After he rolled off her he thought to himself, “This is not what I thought it would be.”   It was too quiet between them. He could hear her neighbors below yelling at their kids. Even the moments grew uncomfortable and started pressing up against one another like intoxicated fans wobbling at a rock concert.   She finally spoke, “That was…nice.”   Her voice was higher...

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Last Prayer of the Night

Last Prayer of the Night Welcome to the great unwinding of inconsolable discontent These bones are rattling again to the rhythm of lost ancestors The twisting winds whisper doves in my ears But I hear them as knives and come back with claws Some mother is praying for her son in this moment As he finds his epiphany in the second to last...

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Skeleton Crow Hand

Skeleton Crow Hand There is a guitar playing in the distance And my ancestors are singing With their beautiful awful voices They say there are beatific fools among us still But these saints are the muddy variety Who like to take a drink And are unafraid to fight if called upon Look right at me tonight I’m still standing as sideways as ever And screaming out the ancient tunes Because my...

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Night Song Dance

Night Song Dance The descending seabirds are our eyes And we see glimpses of each other’s hearts As wonderful blessings in passing currents Piece together my great mystery Wrapped in shadows upon shadows And please hold my story As my hands are skeleton claws now Know me in my secret spaces Behind the calcified layers of my wild heart And I will make an alter To honor your unknowable ghosts Let’s hold...

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