Soul Man by Todd Mercer

Photo Credit - Todd Mercer

Photo Credit – Todd Mercer

Todd Mercer is an independent writer and editor, and is the Co-Founder of The Emerging Musicians Collective in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mercer won the Woodstock Writers Festival’s Flash Fiction contest and took 2nd and 3rd place of the Kent County Dyer-Ives Poetry Prizes. He judged the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards and Independent Publisher’s Poetry Book of the Year contest multiple years. He wrote a dog-choking mother-lode of book reviews, a chapbook called Box of Echoes, which won the Michigan Writers Cooperative Press contest, and worked a string of vaguely embarrassing day jobs. Mercer’s poetry and fiction appear in Apocrypha & Abstractions, Blue Collar Review, The Camel Saloon, Cease, Cows, Dunes Review, Eunoia Review, 50-Word Stories, The Lake, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, One Sentence Poems, Postcard Poems and Prose, Right Hand Pointing, RE:Union Journal, Spartan and Thema. Mercer likes long walks on the beach, but hates mean people.

Links to poetry:

“My Other Ride’s Your Mom” will appear in One Sentence Poems.

“Western Biological (for Ed Ricketts),” “A Silent Caller’s Subtext,” “Indirect Arguments of Geometry,” “Eleven Letter Word [After Hopper’s Compartment Car (1922)], “Shoal Shanty Suite, Part 1: Old School Sirens,” “Crosscut,” “The Underbridgeman Clarifies,” White Picket“ and “Three Word Story” will appear in Eunoia Review.

Entendres in Very Small Towns” and “On a Line Too Lightly Drawn to See” appeared in The Camel Saloon.

“Jimmy’s Dad Had to Snag a Ride” appeared in Right Hand Pointing.

“Mirror Image of a Country Song” appeared in 50-Word Stories.

“Calendar’s Last Page” and “In the Lee of Stones” appeared in The Lake.

“The Restaurateur’s Deconstruction [Ekphrastic on Edward Hopper’s New York Restaurant (1922)]” appeared in The Lake.

“Vanity Plates” appeared in Mobius: The Journal of Social Change.

“Undercoating” appeared in 50-Word Stories.

Links to flash fiction and short fiction pieces:

“Overly Casual Fridays” will appear in Spartan

“Resentsgiving” appeared in Cease, Cows

“The Captain of the Circular Firing Squad” appeared in Apocrypha & Abstractions.

“The Straight Angles” appeared on Woodstock Writers Festival.


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Among the Agora sculptures, Michigan Avenue & Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Illinois, March 2014.

Among the Agora sculptures, Michigan Avenue & Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Illinois, March 2014.

Our her.o at Henry’s Hotdogs, Route 66, Cicero, Illinois, 2013

Our her.o at Henry’s Hotdogs, Route 66, Cicero, Illinois, 2013

3 thoughts on “Soul Man by Todd Mercer

  1. Dear Todd,
    I love when my words become part of the definition of the action, rather than just a description of the action as in the repetition of the El “on a mission, on a mission, on-”

    I love when the space becomes as important a character as the characters as it brings more to life.

    Thank you. While I make food for my Tribe who are meeting in the High Desert this weekend, I enjoyed your words.


  2. Pingback: Piano Wire, Hammer by Todd Mercer | Postcard Poems and Prose

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