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Fresh-Squeezed Mimosa

Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

Mrs. —–, in slippers and her late husband’s only suit, fries two steaks and feeds one, the better cut, to her shih tzu, named Hugo, who can’t bark but can rasp and sigh for the bloodied and price-tagged butcher-paper on the counter.

— Charlie Daly

Charlie Daly is 23 years old. He swims and lives in France. His work has appeared in: Grey Sparrow , Gloom Cupboard, Troubadour 21, a Year in Ink III & IV, Writers Bloc (Rutgers), and a few others. Find him at


Dear friends,

I will stop work on Bat Terrier on Oct. 1, 2012, although I will leave the site up until the site name comes up for renewal. If you would like to submit to Bat Terrier, please do so by Sept. 1, 2012. Submissions will close permanently as of Sept. 2, 2012.


Joe Ahearn

A Note on Bat Terrier Status

Posted: Monday, June 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

Dear friends,

The pressures of completing a graduate degree have caused me to fall behind with Bat Terrier. My apologies. Look for new Bat Terrier articles on a regular schedule beginning in mid-June.

Best / Joe Ahearn / majordomo, Bat Terrier


Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012 in Commonplace Book, Poetry, Uncategorized
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A profusion of pink roses being ragged in the rain speaks to me of all gentleness and its enduring.

William Carlos Williams

10,000 Readers–Many Thanks!

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

Sometime last night, Bat Terrier gained its 10,000th reader. Many thanks to all of you who have read, commented, sent mail and contributed your work. You have proven that this little experiment works.

Best Regards,



Baz Luhrmann is directing a new film version of Scott Fitzgerald‘s “perfect” novel, The Great Gatsby. The film will be released next summer and stars Leonardo Di Caprio as Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carroway. Click here to see a Daily Mail article on the filming that contains some terrific pictures of the actors in period dress. Fitzgerald’s writing in Gatsby, of course, is so beautiful that Hunter Thompson typed the text word-for-word just to get closer to the language. As have many others, including the Bat Terrier. You should certainly celebrate news of the film by reading Gatsby again. Click here for a free e-book.

Submissions closed temporarily

Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

Bat Terrier thanks the many people who have submitted such interesting short poems and flash fictions. Please note, though, that submissions to Bat Terrier are closed until 1 October 2011. Any submissions received after today, and until 1 October, will be returned unread. Many thanks for your patience.

Henry David Thoreau was born on this date in 1817, so it seems worth mentioning you can read his truly wonderful book, Walden, beautifully formatted and annotated, for free. You can also download Walden as an audiobook for free here.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” –from Walden

In a better world, we would all read Walden (and Civil Disobedience!) pretty damn often.

Happy birthday, Bob

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

“How do you account for Ezra?,” W. B. Yeats once famously asked. Indeed, how do you? How account for the man who edited the Waste Land, brought the classical Chinese poets into English (see this stunning translation), and who wrote a foot-thick epic studded with lines like these?

A blown husk that is finished/but the light sings eternal/a pale flare over marshes/where the salt hay whispers to tide’s change

You can’t really. (And that’s not even mentioning Mussolini, tiger cages, treason trials). But there’s a new Selected out from Faber, and it looks good. The accounting continues.