Elephant Shielding Dog
“Elephant and Dog Sit Under the Rain” by Mike Kiev (used with permission)

Recent Poetry Publications:

As of Sep 18, 2022

Published or accepted (printed poems are not available online)

  • [online] In OPEN: “Cutting Back” and “Warnings” (July 2021)

see: https://ojalart.com/poetry-all-forms-stylessandra-newtonwarnings/

  • [online] In Brevis: “What Is Not There” (July 2021)

see: https://vitabrevisliterature.com/2021-07-27/what-is-not-there-poetry-by-sandra-newton/

  • [in print] In Oberon (issue 19) “Rocking Chairs” (Winter 2021)

            see: https://www.oberonpoetry.com/

  • [online] In The Woolf: “Bastille Day 2021” (Winter 2021)

see: https://thewoolfx.com/bastille-day-2021/

  • [e-book] In Vultures & Doves (Valiant Scribe): “Nocturne No. 2” (Winter 2021)

            see: https://www.valiantscribe.com/

  • [online] In The Ekphrastic Review: “What Hides” (31 Dec. 2021)

see: https://www.ekphrastic.net/ekphrastic-writing-challenges/ekphrastic-writing-responses-gustave-caillebotte

  • [online] In Fauxmoir: “Aspiration” (debut issue  21 December 2021)

see: https://fauxmoir.com/winter-2021-2?tag=Newton

[online] In Apricity: “History 1961”

see: https://theapricitymagazin.wixsite.com/volumev

  • [online] In Evening Street Press & Review: “Hungarian Rhapsody,” “The Baseball Mitt,” “No Word,” and “Nocturne No. 3: Little By Little” (sometime in 2022)

see: https://eveningstreetpress.com/

  • [online] In Neologism Poetry: “In Glory” (November 2021 issue)

see: https://www.neologismpoetry.com/november-2021/

  • [online]  “Eliot Then and Now” (a personal essay) in Exchanges (Autumn 2021), ed. John Caperon, the newsletter of the T. S. Eliot Society (UK)

see: http://s699163057.websitehome.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Exchanges-Autumn-2021.pdf

  • [in print] Nothing Divine Dies, The Poetry of Nature of Vita Brevis Press: “Age” (December 2021)

see: https://vitabrevisliterature.com/bookstore/

  • [online] in New Note Poetry: “One Long Night In New York” Winter 2021

see: https://www.newnotepoetry.com/winter-2021 specifically, https://simplebooklet.com/nnpwinter2021 for booklet and https://simplebooklet.com/nnpwinter2021#page=51 for my poem

  • [online] in the Decadent Review: “Again and Again: Philomel” (23 Dec. 2021), “Cauchemar” (24 March 2022)

see: https://thedecadentreview.com/corpus/again-and-again-philomel/ and https://thedecadentreview.com/corpus/cauchemar/

  • [online] in Provenance Journal: “Unpronounceable,” “His Journey,” and “Late Winter in Connecticut” (Dec. 2021)

see: https://sites.google.com/view/provenancejournal/issues/issue-2/sandra-salinas-newton

  • [print] in Cerasus Magazine: “Winter Roses” and “I Stole Pictures” (Winter Special Edition Jan. 2022)

see: https://cerasusmagazine.com/  and for sale at https://www.amazon.com/CERASUS-Magazine-Winter-Special-2022/dp/B09RG2M1WZ/ref=sr_1_2?crid=AZ5MXA8QVXBI&keywords=cerasus+magazine&qid=1644855376&s=books&sprefix=cerasus%2Cstripbooks%2C88&sr=1-2

  • [online] in Native Skin: “Coming To America” and “Young Woman’s Song 1968” (Issue 3, Feb. 2022)

see: https://nativeskinonline.com/poetry-february-2022/sandra-salinas-newton

  • [online ezine] The Poeming Pigeon (to be published by The Poetry Box): “Permanence” (Fall 2022)

see: https://thepoetrybox.com/bookstore/tpp-12

  • [online] in Library Love Letter: “Bookish” and “If You Would Know Me” (February 2022)

see: https://libraryloveletter.com/letters/lettersone/bookish/ and https://libraryloveletter.com/letters/lettersone/if-you-would-know-me/

  • [online] in Poetic Sun: “Correspondence” (March 2022)

see: http://www.poetic-sun.com/uploads/1/3/7/1/137144924/poetic_sun_issue_9.pdf  

  • [online] in Multiplicity: “Winter Solstice” and (accepted & to be published as a reprint) “Winter Roses” (published as “Against The Grain”) and “Coming To America” (published as “Heart of a Father”) – published in Summer 2022 (issue 4)

see: https://multiplicitymagazine.com/exile-three-poems/

  • [print] in Midwest Quarterly (June 2022) –“Fountain”

see: https://www.pittstate.edu/info/midwestq/index.html

  • [online] in Etched Onyx: “Ylang Ylang,” “Confusion,” “Fade,” “Morning,” and “Old Friends” – published in Spring 2022; also podcast

see https://onyxpublications.com/category/winter2021/

  • [finalist] in Kallisto-Gaia Press Saguaro Prize 2022 – chapbook Dead Men Tell Such Tales

see: https://www.pw.org/writing_contests/saguaro_poetry_prize

  • [print] in Ponder Review – “Accident Survived” in vol.6, issue 1

see: https://www.muw.edu/ponderreview

  • [online] in Hawai’i Pacific Review (May 2022) – “Once”

see: https://hawaiipacificreview.org/2022/05/19/once/#more-73867

  • [print & online} in Brushfire (May 2022) – “Waking”

see: https://issuu.com/brushfire/docs/edition_74_volume_2_online (p. 42)

  • [print & online] in Slab – “Nothing Lasts Forever” (Fall 2022)

see: http://www.slablitmag.org/home/

  • [fiction] one of four finalists in the Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest in Historical Fiction 2022.

see: https://writersleague.org/programs/manuscript-contest/2022-manuscript-contest-winners-and-finalists/

  • [online] in Wrath-Bearing Tree Literary Magazine (April 2023) – “Naught,” and reprint of “Accident Survived”

see: http://wrath-bearingtree.com

  • [print] in Musings (Fall 2022, Premiere issue) – “Coming Clean”

see: https://musingpublications.com/

  • [online] in Young Ravens Literary Review (Issue 17) – “Being Old”

see: http://www.youngravensliteraryreview.org/

  • [online] in riverSedge (Winter 2022) – “Disposable”

see: https://www.utrgv.edu/riversedge/current/index.htm

  • [print] in boats against the current (Nov. 2021) – “Our Place”

see: https://boatsagainstthecurrent.org/

My Philosophy

I believe in goodness and compassion; however, I also believe that the world is too often a dark and cold place.  We need moderation in all things: Taoism emphasizes that, and I try to balance on that slender line between light and dark, good and evil, right and wrong.

About Me

I am a retired college professor (Professor Emeritus of English 2005) who continues to enjoy reading, computers, and writing. (I earned my Ph.D. from Fordham University.)  In retirement, I’ve been able to pursue my personal interests (some of which remain “academic”), including a wider reading of T.S. Eliot and the scholarship about his works (and him), and creative writing. In the past, I’ve published textbooks on poetry and film, as well as a short story. More recently, I’ve completed a novel and published a number of poems.*

One significant event of my life was, in 2016, the death of my adult son, Luke, who succumbed to a particularly virulent form of brain cancer, glioblastoma; it was thirty-one days from diagnosis to death.  During his illness, he turned forty-three: he lived only two weeks at that age.  We never expect to outlive our children, nor do we want to.  I set up this website not only to look backwards but also to give Luke a future insofar as I can cherish him through these pages, talking about the subjects that interested him, telling part of his story.

It has taken me more than four years to understand and learn to live with the grief of losing my only child, but I have finally done so and, as President Joe Biden says, I now remember my son mostly with smiles now, rather than tears. It is a difficult journey.

*Enjoying the Arts: Poetry, and Enjoying the Arts: Film (both NY: Richards Rosen Press); “The Balikbayan,” in Philippine American Short Stories (Giraffe Books); list of published poems (with links) updated here periodically: