Author Archives: M. Ashley

About M. Ashley

Essayist and poet, my work has been rejected by some of the finest journals in America. Fortunately, it also gets accepted from time to time and has appeared in equally fine journals such as Word Riot, Inlandia, Brew City Magazine, and SageWoman among others.. In 2002, I was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize for Vanderbilt University. For no good reason, I possess an unnecessarily dark humor which is why being third generation California Inland Empirian delights me so. My gods are weird. I once received $350 for writing a smartassed essay on “why the wise use of water is important in my daily life”. I am undoubtedly the Greek god Hermes’ special snowflake. I’m pretty sure I got into college via a series of fortuitous clerical errors. When I had to grow up and get a real job, I decided against it and stayed a writer. I have worked many odd—and I mean odd—jobs to support my habit: Commercial writer for country music hopefuls, resume massager, WalMart fitting room attendant and switchboard operator, telephone psychic.

Chinese New Year 2019: The Pig Looks Back

Me and the pig: Like this. Looking back at one of the most amazing spiritual experiences I have ever had. There is also a 23 year old joke in here that I totally wrote myself. Continue reading

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Soul Bites Poetry: To Poseidon

Thank you Earth Shaker for shaking my earth yet leaving my better temple standing. -M.

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Soul Bites Quotes: Strong and Swift

“But you who are strong and swift, see that you do not limp before the lame, deeming it kindness.” Khalil Gibran, The Prophet If you haven’t read this book, you must. Beauty, beauty, beauty. -M.

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What is a Spiritual Master? (Is it me? I feel like it’s me.)

Did I answer the questions? Nope. Do you want to read it anyway? Oh yeah! Continue reading

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How Do My Gods Love Me? Let Me Count the Ways.

This one gets awfully personal, but we’re all best friends by now, right? Continue reading

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Soul Bites Quotes: Dear God

“Dear God, I remember climbing up those shoulders—coming up under you like a lion—coming down like we were dyin’. Dear God.” Mason Jennings, Birds Flying Away

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Pagan Before the Pearly Gates

As a dead-wrong polytheist standing before the pearly gates, here’s what I would say to St. Peter… Continue reading

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