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gv simoni has worked as a ski instructor, journalist, track and field coach, carpenter, and public school teacher. His articles have appeared in many small town newspapers as well as Parade Magazine, a feature of The Sunday Oregonian. He enjoys writing in various forms and styles, and has written novels, stories, poems, essays, and a training manual for competitive middle distance running. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.
majikwoids serves as his publishing base. His books are presented under Books with a cover icon and blurb. The site is linked to The Book Patch, simoni's POD site, and both print books and e-books are available. Free PDFs and excerpts are featured in the Bookstore.
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After the Death
Robert Francis Kennedy
Elements of Training
Competitive Distance Runners
gv simoni's ten books are posted here. Both Print books and e-books will be available.
Selected short stories, essays, and poems are also available.
Free books, chapters, and excerpts will soon be available.
ANY MAN'S DEATH, a short story
Killings and koans, mayhem and metaphysics, the DoubleNickel Detective stories serve up the usual mix of characters, clues, and conundrums. Called DoubleNickel as a boy for his thick glasses, and 'Nick' as a college man, he remains without a name in the stories. He is a brown paper sack, a rumpled suit, a mutt of mixed ancestry. His father is Japanese; his mother is Irish. He is sardonic with a penchant for wit and whiskey. He is a private cop who lines up with the hard-boiled boys. Might be more here than meets the eye.
PLUG NICKELS is a selection of gv simoni's poetry. He prefers to consider the poems as wordgames rather than poetry. While the poems are written in free verse, there is some structure to each of the pieces. Some of the poems appeared in PLUMP BLACK CROWS, his collection of stories and poems.paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It's easy.
PLUMP BLACK CROWS is a collection of stories and poems all from gv simoni's early work. The book explores the sometimes subtle, often brutal interplay between the creations of nature and the constructs of man. River and mountain, church and state, character strengths and weaknesses all have their moments. Resolution of the conflicts are, as with beauty, bought with the eye of the beholder.
The cluster of buildings that was MacKensie sat in a cleared patch of forest all hemmed about by ridges. The Fourth of July loomed, and so did the outcome of a bet between two of MacKensie's rather iconoclastic citizens.Joe Murchison and Willard Crenshaw have feuded for weeks. Now Murchison has to climb Grants Mountain by the Fourth or leave town. The outcome turns on a surprising change in the weather and an equally surprising change of heart.
Conversations With A Hypoxic Dog is a collection of essays, stories and poems from gv simoni's later work. The book explores the nuances of both the physical and the metaphysical. Prose, poetry and prose poems offer up insight into life's little indigestions.
The fall of 1968. The place: San Francisco. Faced with the classic dilemma of the 60s and 70s, that of fight or flight, Thomas Malleus wanders to a solution. The novel is cast in the form of the classic five paragraph essay; but its style is more that of free verse. A word game. Malleus, something of an outcast, seeks to cast off the shibboleths that come with the American way of life: personal. religious, and social. The story is really about words and grammar. 'Talk is cheap' is a common idiom, a bit of homely philosophy. Though talk be thought cheap, language (words) is essential; for language is what we use to create the concepts that become our worlds. Beyond the concepts? Neverland. a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It's easy.
AMIGOS is a farcical, often satirical, novel that pokes and pulls at American culture in particular and world culture in general. Both detective story and saga, sometimes slapstick then again droll, the tale acknowledges the persistence and ingenuity of the conquistadores and inquisitors of the planet. If the meek are to inherit the earth, they'd best get a move on.
CONSULTING HUANG PO is a long narrative combining poetry with prose. Central to the story are the poems of 17th century Japanese wordsmith Bashō. Protagonist James Lee Cunningham teaches a course on the poet's Narrow Road To the Deep North. His university students, his friends, and his wife Mia Sakai interact to weave their own way along the cobbled paths and muddy tracks from the Sea of Japan to Corvallis, Oregon.a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It's easy.
WITHERED GRASS is a translation of selected prose excerpts ad various poems written by the 17th century Japanese wordsmith Bashō. Two versions of Japanese, character and romanization, and an English translation are presented. The ideograms or characters of Japanese (like their Chinese counterparts) are representational. Our alphabet is symbolic. Including both versions of the poem provides some depth of understanding.a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It's easy.
ELEMENTS OF TRAINING is a manual for competitive distance runners. Competitive distance running, in the context of this manual, refers to racing at distances from 800 meters through 5000 meters. Despite the bias towards the competitive middle distances, the elements of training discussed are applicable to all distances and all distance runners regardless of age, ability, or gender.
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