"Joe West's New Mexico Songbook
" New Mexico Magazine
The local hero is back in the saddle with a new album of homegrown, quirky Americana and his best band yet.
AFTER BELLS HAD RUNG AND WERE SILENT
(1996) is the story of a girl's life from age 8-18, told by ten different narrators. This book's main character returns in The Object
, a novel which expands and explores the premise with fifty distinct points-of-view.
THE JOURNEY ITSELF IS HOME
(1998), wherein the narrator learns
that he has gotten a young girl pregnant. He travels around the country
trying to find the runaway on a journey that echoes the travelogues of
the haiku poet Basho.
PIRATES OF CRUDE
(2000) is a story about modern-day pirates who
prey on drug smugglers in the Caribbean. The modern pirates operate in
the same waters using the same tactics as the pirates of olde centuries.
Machine guns have replaced cannons, engines have replaced sails,
cocaine has replaced doubloons. Little else has changed. The story
bulges with sex, drugs and violence as well as sly bedevilments, peppery
history and black humor.
THE MALIGNANT INFERNO
(2002) is a dystopic novel in the spirit of 1984
and Brave New World
In a near-future where convenience is the ideal, what happens when a
member of the privileged class drops through the floor of his society
and must make an exodus on foot across the desert with a dog?
(2004) is the story of an American writer in
Iceland composing a novel. The journal of the writer (set in Iceland)
and the novel-within-the-novel (the story of a high school football team
in the U.S.) are cut together to create a multi-layered literary
(2013) will likely be the novel I write after The Object
. I cannot offer a snappy, intriguing hook for an idea which currently has the form of a deep-ocean jellyfish. However, I will confess that If
will trace the potential paths of possible pasts, and the continuously evolving wonderland of our existence.
I am a published poet of haiku. A selection of my haiku
from all over the world, exquisitely framed, is on exhibition at the Hollar Restaurant
in Madrid, NM. You are cordially invited to visit them.
This haiku has been nominated for the venerable Pushcart Prize
by The Journal of Truth and Consequence
She has me
toasting her with tequila
alone in my night kitchen
The following haiku are a slim selection of those composed while visiting Japan in the Spring of 2007:
through low churning clouds
hawks circle on broad wings
stiff like kites
Mountains above Usuki :
pale cherry blossoms
bloom among the pines
Sho chu with my brother
to the moon sky
up through clouds of sakura
Some unnamed scent,
some unseen bird’s song
haunt this cool green bamboo forest
Usuki Stone Buddha
century lips still red
just about to speak
Beauty looked at me,
pulling on her boots ...
in Spring rain
This night ferry
leaves a long wide wake
under bright moon,
cold wind on deck
Boy runs up,
smacks him across the face
Steep cemetery paths,
lichens splotch the crowded tombstones,
I am a contributor to the witty, sarcastic and sardonically irreverent sports website I Dislike Your Favorite Team
, created by one of my college roommates.