Diet Coke Photo Art

Go-Getter 🙂




light emitting diodes
are the seesaws and
the swing sets we’ve
replaced with plastic
reeds inside the aisle
of home furnishings.

© Ben Ditmars 2014


Poetry Reading at Lincoln Park





Photography at Home Depot

© Ben Ditmars 2014



Voices in the Hurricane

Inspired by the words of Mark Stone

voices hardened by the
war against survival crack
like whips and dog day
afternoons spent
bathing in the sun
and swimming pool can’t
unmake a hurricane.

you’re such a
lovely hurricane.

© Ben Ditmars 2014


Image Source: Flickr


Savage Rose #poetry sale.

Savage Rose #poetry sale..


I Seek the Stars

hopelessness inside of
sunken voices screaming
dreamers die cold
against the stars
they seek.

and I am
no exception to
the golden rule
turned silver before
flashing bronze.

light cannot escape
the truth caused and
stimulated by mundane
emotions everyday….

he hates her
and she hates him
because the copier
has never worked.

and we are red
and we are blue like
rising lava from
the sky.

© Ben Ditmars 2014



Writing Spaces

I recently read an article on where famous authors do their writing. There were some remarkable and inspiring locations and it made me wonder where the authors I know (the majority being small press and indie) write their words. I collected photographs from ten authors including myself: we span the spectrum from poetry and comedy to horror and high fantasy. Thank you to all the writers who let me into their homes (and other special places) through photographs: Ciara BallintyneSusie Clevenger, M.E. Franco, Helle Gade, Nadia Hasan, Natasha Head, Jon Konrath, C L Raven, and Stacey Roberts.

Ciara Ballintyne

Ciara Ballintyne, author of Confronting the Demon

Susie Clevenger

Susie Clevenger, author of Dirt Road Dreams

M.E. Franco

M.E. Franco, author of The Dion Series and The Rustler’s Daughter

Ben Ditmars

Ben Ditmars, author of Night Poems and Haiku in the Night

Helle Gade

Helle Gade, author of Silent Dreams and Savage Rose

Nadia Hasan

Nadia Hasan, author of From the Cafe and Beyond

Natasha Head

Natasha Head, author of Pulse and Nothing Left to Lose

Jon Konrath

Jon Konrath, author of Sleep Has No Master and Atmospheres

Cat Lynx Raven

C L Raven, authors of Disenchanted and Romance is Dead

Stacey Roberts

Stacey Roberts, author of Trailer Trash, With a Girl’s Name