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.

Who Let the Dogs In? What Right Have You to Pray to My Gods?

Should we be gatekeepers for the gods? Continue reading

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Divine Deposits

Every morning I make a small offering to the gods, usually incense or a fragrant candle. When I light the flame, I say, “Hail Hestia, First and Last.” I then raise the flame to the heavens and say, “Beloved Theoi. … Continue reading

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Orion Writes Religion

Two close encounters in one night: Hunter in the heavens. Hunted on Earth. Continue reading

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God Nature

Young Son Virile Boy Humps his way through the underbrush Eats out every night Comes home for dinner Head grows into the crown Granddad Limp Limb Back in the cave Waits for ointment and His good bitch to come back … Continue reading

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Soul Bites Spellcraft: Magic and the Law of Attraction

Are the principles of magic and the Law of Attraction interchangeable? Continue reading

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Adventures in Nash Vegas: The Holy Loop

You can get religion anywhere religion can get you—even under overpasses. Continue reading

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Friday Fun: It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s a Bruja?

Flying ointment in action… maybe. Continue reading

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