Ned Randle resides in Southern Illinois, where he writes fiction and poetry. He has a law degree from St. Louis University and studied writing at Washington University, Webster University and Southwestern Illinois College. His poems have appeared in a number of literary publications such as The Spoon River Quarterly, Circus Maximus, Seven Stars Poetry, Poydras Review, Emerge Literary Journal, Barnwood International Poetry Magazine, The New Poet, Hamilton Stone Review and Four Ties Literary Review. His chapbook, Prairie Shoutings and Other Poems, was published by The Spoon River Poetry Press, Bradley University. Coffeetown Press will release Randle’s first novel, Baxter’s Friends in June of 2013. For more information, go to nedrandle.com.
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by Ned Randle
Jerry Baxter and his two friends, Hugh and Al, are in midlife crisis. Jerry dreams about stark rituals from his Native American heritage. Hugh finds relief from the tedium of his job and his wife’s disinterest by fantasizing about an attractive female co-worker. Al, a hustler and womanizer, is looking for a new thrill. When fantasy gives way to reality, their troubles really begin.
Running at Night
by Ned Randle
This collection includes 59 poems written over the past 33 years of the poet’s life. Says Randle, “Poetry is the dry distillation of feelings that produces a tangible product to be shared with others. Although the process requires a very high heat and is not without risk, it is worthwhile when readers tell you they can feel the residual warmth rising from the page holding a poem they really like.”
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