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DM 107

Saugus, a, um


A Celebration of Tom Sheehan

{2016 DM Artist-in-Residence}

And Great American Storytelling



~ Porte D'entrée ~


The DM Spring Appeal


Almost Rickshaw


The Boy Who Got Stuck under the Warren Avenue Bridge


Cheri’s Place in Booksville


The Final Summer


The House on Horror Hill


I Now Burn Pellets in My Stove


The Man Who Carried No Name


Memories of an Old Sports Palace


Of Demigods and Devils


The Old Man from Blackberry Hill Farm



Toward the Blue Morning


Salvatore Giambaressi ~ Numbers Runner, Reader


Scrawleg and the Turban Man


The Town Without Butter



The Old Man from Blackberry Hill Farm


He lived on the edge of the mountain, my grandfather the smoker,

and sometimes he’d stay until Saturday burned down and ashed,

the rapping of his pipe against the arm of a chair echoing for days

after he’d go a sail down the long curve of the field. At our house

his pipe was alive, it made rooms move, shifting sideways, leaning

like spears, the smoke like sheets seen through. Ceilings came down

on him and lifted away on anyone’s breath, someone calling on him,

an old ice cutter, boots knee-high, scars deep as bones allowed, often

a thread still burned in the flesh of memory, as if that cut had a face.


They’d talk about all-day on the ice, saws serious as pistons, singing,

carving blocks out of the pond we swam in long before August let go,

his pipe and horses’ breaths tiering their gray-white differences, hawks

peaking on slow-motion thermals. They’d talk of bitter cold as if it was

a friend they’d put up with for the good of all concerned, or a fool wind

coming off the pond’s hind quarters the way a girl held on once, and fires

they’d light right out on the ice, like a good friend ought to be talked of.


Crushed ice, shavings thick as orange puree, pieces promising quick liquid,

sloshed underfoot. Horses, looming out of an Arabian skyline, great as all

outdoors, slid the pond under iron shoes enough to sink any man in all that

variety of water, their chains and shackles sure signs of going down good

and for the count, bubbles being the last sign you’d ever see, lots of them,

lots of old men, lots of old horses, eternal as huge blocks of ice, as much

long spirit as any of that clan my grandfather the smoker was part of.




Tom Sheehan



Tom Sheehan served in the 31st Infantry, Korea 1951-52, graduated Boston College in 1956 and worked 32 years at Raytheon Company, retiring in 1991. He's an avowed enthusiast of Boston-area sports teams at all levels.


His books include Epic Cures; Brief Cases, Short Spans; Collection of Friends; From the Quickening; The Saugus Book; Ah, Devon Unbowed; Reflections from Vinegar Hill; This Rare Earth & Other Flights. He has published 28 books, which include the western collections The Nations,  Where Skies Grow Wide and Cross Trails published by Pocol Press, and Six Guns, Inc., by Nazar Look and three titles issued in 2016, ... The Cowboys, Swan River Daisy and Jehrico ~ Eleven Stories of a Mexican Boy in the Old West. The fourth Harry Krisman mystery novel, Vigilantes East, is available from Hammer & Anvil Books, which earlier released Murder from The Forum (hockey novel set in the old Forum), Death for a Lottery Foe and Death by Punishment.


He has multiple work in following publications: Rosebud, Literally Stories, DM du Jour, Danse Macabre, Linnet’s Wings, Serving House Journal, Eclectica, Copperfield Review, La Joie Magazine, Soundings East, Vermont Literary Review, Literary Orphans, Indiana Voices Journal, Frontier Tales, Western Online Magazine, Provo Canyon Review, Vine Leaves Journal, Nazar Look, Eastlit, Rope & Wire Magazine, In Other Words/Merida, The Literary Yard, Green Silk Journal, Fiction on the Web, The Path, Faith-Hope and Fiction, The Cenacle, etc. He has 32 Pushcart nominations, and five Best of the Net nominations (with one winner) and short story awards from Nazar Look for 2012- 2015, and a Georges Simenon Fiction Award. International magazine/network sites include Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Romania and India.


He was 2016 Writer-in-Residence at Danse Macabre ~ An Online Literary Magazine.



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