In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.


A Review of Nostalgia and Ruin

Rusty Barnes wrote a really nice review of my poetry book Nostalgia and Ruin.

Cameron Mount’s Nostalgia and Ruin is a great example of a transitional work. Mount is one half of the duo that runs the pulp magazine Broadswords and Blasters, and I get a sense that this book is very much the work of an excellent writer feeling out interesting ways what will become his permanent subject matter.   

Rusty Barnes, Live Nude Poems

Read more here – Book Review: Nostalgia and Ruin

Book is available for purchase at Amazon and Lulu. Or if you’re in the US, you can send me $15 at Paypal, including your address in your message, and I’ll send you a signed copy.

NaHaiWriMo Days 11-14

February 14 – pulling taffy

boardwalk nights
saltwater taffy
and skeeball


February 13 – the little store on the corner

summer break
pork roll, egg, and cheese
and malted milkshakes


February 12 – the button at the top of a baseball cap

swatting greenheads — ouch! baseball cap leaves a welt


February 11 – Pilsner glasses

empty Pilsner glass–clouds all day

NaHaiWriMo Day 10

February 10 – Indian cotton shirts

winter storm
my cat nestled deep
in cotton t-shirts

NaHaiWriMo Day 9

February 9 – beating the heat

winter wind
the poet longs for sand
and sweet tea

NaHaiWriMo Day 8

February 8 – paintbox

phthalo blue–her eyes and the midnight ocean

NaHaiWriMo Day 7

February 7 – wrapped in a quilt, watching a meteor shower
freezing rain
headlights can be meteors
if you squint

NaHaiWriMo Day 6

February 6 – cutting the lawn

summer’s end
the hum of yellowjackets
lost to the lawnmower roar

NaHaiWriMo Day 5

February 5 – listening to the radio

Garden State Parkway–
and middle fingers

NaHaiWriMo Facebook Page


National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) is going on right now. Short poems for a short month. Check out the NaHaiWriMo Facebook page for more information. I’ll be posting my haiku here as well as on Facebook. Here’s a catch up for the first 4 days.

February 1 – biting into a taco

bhut jolokia
my words still burn
on my tongue

February 2 – railroad ties

northeast corridor
stapled together
by creosote and iron

February 3 – Greek coffee

black and bitter
coffee grounds settle for hours
winter night

February 4 – cream cheese with chives

my bagel lands
cream cheese side down —
six more weeks of winter

Signed Copies Now Available

IMG_20160705_121642I now have 30 copies of Nostalgia and Ruin on hand if anyone in the US* would like to buy a signed copy directly from me. You can send me $12 via PayPal (, and I’ll ship a signed copy out to you, anywhere in the US. Make sure you send me your address — cameron.a.mount(at) — so that I know where to send the book.

*I’m not even going to touch international shipping. Just too much hassle, which is why the book is up at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu.


New Pocketmod Poems

Tonight I’ll be one of the featured readers at a Brookdale hosted Faculty/Staff reading, with an open mic to follow. So I put together this new pocketmod, with a mix of older and newer works. I’ll be reading one or two of these and one or two others not included here.



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New Poems for Your Pocket

Slightly different format this time as the poems were too wide to fit within the Pocketmod constraints.


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New Poetry-In-Your-Pocket

Last month I went to my first poetry reading in awhile. I wasn’t completely prepared the way I normally am for readings/open mics, but I did have two poems to pick from. This month I wanted to be more prepared, so I put together this new pocketmod, with all new poems from the last few months.



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And some more Print-At-Home Poetry-In-Your-Pocket

Like the title says.


More Print-At-Home Poetry in Your Pocket

Following on from the last post, here’s another booklet of poetry. I actually still like these poems, something I can’t usually say about my work.

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Print-At-Home Poetry in Your Pocket

A few months ago I had the idea that I might start up a Patreon campaign to produce print-at-home poetry in your pocket booklets. My idea was to open up submissions, collect the four or five best poems, slide them into pocketmod designed booklets, and then send those out to Patreon backers (with a permissive license for those backers to print as many copies as they’d like, and then to distribute them wherever). The Patreon donations would go out to the submitters, with a pay scale based on the size of the monthly Patreon support.

I might still do something like that in the future, but since I’ve recently been hired as a full-time tenure-track college English instructor, that’s going to go into the background a bit.

Still, I made quite a few of those booklets with my own works. I distribute these in limited editions at every open mic where I read poetry, but I’m going to post those booklets up here over the next few months.


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Game design and other stuff

About a month ago I had an idea for a single person role playing game using the basic card game, “War.” I finalized a draft which is going to go up at in a day or two.

This week is Game Chef, a competition to create a playable game using a set theme and four “ingredients” in a week. I’ve knocked out a rough draft, and I think, as a game, it’s done and playable. Now I have to work on adding more story to the mechanics and fixing the presentation.

I’ll post links later this week.

In other news, the Silo story is done its first draft, finally, but I’m going to sit on it for a few days and then go back through it.

I still have about three dozen poems out in the ether awaiting responses, so I’m going to go through last month’s poems, cull the herd, polish the remainders, and then send them out as well.

Cezanne’s Large Bathers

While investigating the status of the English Department’s microphones, I got tired of saying, “Test,” so I used TouchCast to record one of my poems, an ekphrasis about Cezanne’s painting commonly called “Large Bathers” to differentiate it from several of his other works with the same theme.

Came out pretty well, I think.


New Publication

At the end of last week a new poem of mine, “Vertigo,” went live over at Mead Magazine. Check it out. It’s in the Sparkling section.