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Relinquishing the past

This collection of poetry represents most of my best work from the past 40 years. They’ve been put into one volume so that I can put them behind me and focus on the many new pieces of my future, hence the title “Relinquishing the Past.” Included are some of my favourite spoken word pieces: Unused, Take Me, Then and Now and She Fell Into The Sun. However, close to 25% of this collection has never been seen before.

It is available in print and e-book editions at the link:

Cover art by Richard Mongiat:

The Pub

“The Pub” is a play that asks the questions “Why are we here?” and “What is the meaning and purpose of life?” Those two questions are the main reason I write poetry.
The play has now been published and is available from me for $15 including shipping or you can find it on the CanamBooks store at the link below:

The protagonist, Paul Satin, finds himself inside a pub, doesn’t know how he got there and can’t seem to leave. He meets and converses with other characters who are a mixture of royalty, psychology, science, philosophy, occultist, disabled and religious. Questions and arguments abound, blended with humour and love.

Cover art by Richard Mongiat:

Chapbooks and CDs

The Chapbooks are now out of print. I thank you for your patronage and hope you enjoyed them. However, many of the poems are included in the above collection “Relinquishing the Past”. There will be additional full collections published in the near future.


Published: December 15, 2009
(cover art by Georgio Patrizio)


Published: December 15, 2009
(cover art by Annie Mongiat)

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A Sleight of Hand

Published: December 15, 2009
(cover art by Richard Mongiat)

You Don’t Have A Soul . . . You Are A Soul

Published: December 15, 2009
(cover art by Richard Mongiat)

Collection Of One

Published: December 15, 2009
(cover art by Richard Mongiat)

Compact Disks

The CD’s are still available and they are “FREE”. Send me an e-mail (see contact page) and I’ll make arrangements to get one to you.

Pass The Mustard

Produced and Recorded by Mitchel Girio.  Musical contributions by: Michael Alaggia, Matty Cooper, J. Ocean Dennie, Sam Cino, Simon Schumph, Lynn Kastner, Heather Knechtel, Gerry LeBlanc, Sean Hollis, Davidson Yeager, Tom Lillington, Stephen Lee Hunt

Every so often, one of my friends hears a poem and then says, “Can I write some music to that.” This CD includes “Then and Now” with rocking guitar by Michael Alaggia and harmonica by Matty Cooper; “You” with the incredible percussion of Sam Cino; “Glass Blizzard” with Heather Knechtel’s operatic voicing; “Harvest Moon” with ethereal background by Michael Alaggia and Lynn Kastner; and more.

Like A Diamond In The Sky

This CD was produced by Mitchel Giro. It was based on the “Labour Of Love” literary magazine that I produced between 1991 and 2016. I used to do issue release parties and the poets appearing in each issue would perform their work and musicians came to join the celebrations.

It includes the first poetic recordings by the late, great Nik Beat; the now host of the Howl radio show Valentino Assenza; some rare work by Rob DiMarco; the last recording by my late friend Larry Stanley; the first recording by my friend Moesch; excellent songs by the now defunct bands Soulmouth and Walk Left Stand Right; amazing poetry/musical collaborations by Kevin Sutton; and many more poetry/musical art.

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