Poem For The Dwaynes by Daniel Nester

Dwayne Freedman was the semi-retard who rode his bicycle backwards, waving to the crowds laughing at him. I know every town has one, someone named Dwayne—or Duane—who stands Bunyan-like over other boys, who can’t be tracked down after his fifteenth summer. They don’t work on the highway, [...]

March 24, 2014 // 3 Comments

Come one, come all to the poetry celebration

While on vacation in a foreign country, you get lost on the seedy side of town. An unsavory character approaches and sticks a gun in your ribs. Naturally, you assume he’s robbing you. But it becomes eminently clear the deranged fellow has other designs when he asks, “Why should anyone care [...]

March 23, 2014 // 6 Comments

Flexor hallucis longus, or, the day me Irish luck run out

I celebrated St. Paddy’s Day by going under the knife. Here’s my story, in five “acts.” 1. Sans a proper functioning Achilles, our hero is bested by Nurse Ratchet Having survived Admitting, I’m whisked into a holding room of sorts where a medical assistant with the bed-side manner and [...]

March 21, 2014 // 2 Comments

Ri-ra! What does it mean to be Irish? (part 1 of 2)

Every year on March 17, revelers hoist frothy mugs of beer, drape themselves in green and pay religious homage to the Patron Saint of Ireland. This year, bucketology peers behind the St. Patrick’s Day curtain to ask the question, “What does it mean to be Irish?” In addition to our usual [...]

March 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Q & A: Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor, David A. Grant

In honor of Brain Injury Awareness Week, bucketology interviewed Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor, David A. Grant. His story is compelling, insightful and honest. Enjoy. Q: On November 11, 2010, your life was forever altered. What are some of the last memories you have prior to sustaining severe [...]

March 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

Sudoku stream of consciousness

That can’t be a 1. I’ll put an X by it. A 1 can go here and here. I’ll write in subscript until I figure something out. A 4 can go here and there. Wait, not there. Hey, I got a 4! Whoopee, I’m on a roll. I need a 3. [Looks in upper right hand corner of page.] This is EASY [...]

March 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

How a brain injury added purpose to my life

Once upon a time, I fell madly in love with memoir. Not so much for the factual elements contained therein, but more for the poetry a skilled writer can bring to personal experience. I have since come to believe memoir has been hi-jacked by charlatans seeking to capitalize on the genre. Don’t [...]

March 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Bucketology’s All-Time Country Hits!

I don’t consider country among my favorite musical genres. Sure, I have a few favorites – Willie Nelson’s Red-Headed Stranger, Charlie Rich’s Behind Closed Doors – but overall, my taste is limited to chart-toppers from the mid-1970s. Recognizing my purist bent (and taking into account my [...]

March 7, 2014 // 0 Comments