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Mimi'sDilemma-cover Final

“Mimi’s dilemma boils down to this: to fuck or not to fuck…”

So, begins the title poem of my third poetry collection, MIMI’S DILEMMA AND OTHER POEMS ABOUT WOMEN, SEX, AND MODERN ROMANCE, that is available on Amazon and Smashwords.

This follows the launch of my first two poetry collections BACKYARD POETRY and THE HOLLYWOOD HOMELESS late last year.

MIMI’S DILEMMA, which is my ninth indie book, is a compilation of poems I have written since the late 1990s about women, sex, relationships, and the limitations of modern romance and love.

Much credit again goes to graphic artist Dancinee Jennings for creating another brilliant cover for my collection. Her cover truly captures the controversial and intriguing aspects of my poetry book.

And yes, the Mimi mentioned in the title was initially inspired by a real person, an accountant, who I worked with at a public relations agency in the early 2000s. However, Mimi is also a composite of many women I have known through the years that still struggle for erotic liberation in a society (and world) that disdains and rejects female sexuality. These poems are sexually explicit at times, but also honest about the romantic illusions we still attach to sex, and how we still confuse lust and love, which can lead at times to frustrating personal lives.

The book is ultimately dedicated to the ongoing struggle of women to express their sexuality and erotic freedom.


Look for another poetry collection based on my lyrics later this year after the upcoming launch of my science fiction novella.

Stay tuned as always.





Lyrical Poetry or Poetic Lyrics? A new form of poetry? New Poetry Collection THE HOLLYWOOD HOMELESS out today on Amazon and Smashwords explores these intriguing notions


Lyrical Poetry? or Poetic Lyrics?

I explore this notion in my provocative second collection of poetry titled, THE HOLLYWOOD HOMELESS, released today on Amazon and Smashwords.

This poetry collection, my second,  is an experiment of sorts. In addition to my novels, short stories and poetry, I have also written song lyrics since my mid-teens. However, not being much a singer and having no musical skills, my lyrics stayed hidden away in file cabinets or inside my computer. I was fearful to show them to anyone and had no way to share them not being part of a band or knowing any musicians who I could collaborate with.

Not too long ago, I came up with the idea to turn my lyrics into poetry and to put them out as a series of poetry collections. The idea seemed so obvious and I have no idea why I didn’t think of it years ago. However, I mostly maintained the original content in converting my lyrics into poetic form. The rhymes and verses were nearly kept the same way as I had written them, but the lyrics are laid out in stanzas and choruses and verses are not spelled out. I also didn’t try to turn these poems into free-form poems or follow the rules of rhyming poetry. My main objective to share the content as honestly and straightforward as I could. This is a compilation of my top lyrics I have written since I began writing again in early 1998 after a 10-year hiatus.

I loved music and songwriting for as long as I could remember. However, hearing Bob Dylan’s HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED at the age 18 changed my life. That level of storytelling, the wild, powerful descriptions as I found in novels, films and poetry, but in song form, fascinated me. Also having a similar impact and influence on me at this time were Bruce Springsteen’s BORN TO RUN, DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN, and the RIVER, Tom Petty’s DAMN THE TORPEDOS and HARD PROMISES, The Band’s first two records, John Lennon’s solo works and work with the Beatles, Paul Simon’s early solo records, Curtis Mayfield’s SUPERFLY, Elvis Costello’s MY AIM IS TRUE, THIS YEAR’S MODEL, ARMED FORCES, GET HAPPY, TRUST, Sly Stone’s THERE’S A RIOT GOING ON, Marvin Gaye’s WHAT’S GOING ON , Joni Mitchell’s early records, Patti Smith’s HORSES and EASTER, Neil Young’s RUST NEVER SLEEPS, the Clash’s LONDON CALLING, the Pretenders early albums, X’s LOS ANGELES and WILD GIFT, among many others. There are really are too many to mention. Actually, music was and continues to be a huge influence on me. It is more than an obsession.

My lyric writing is different from my poetry. My lyrics explore more storytelling techniques, and attempt to explore tales of the down and out, disenfranchised, people on the edge and left out of society’s prosperity. For them, the American dream is a sad illusion. In these lyrics, you’ll discover stories about runaways in Hollywood (THE HOLLYWOOD HOMELESS, STEAL YOUR CHILDHOOD AWAY, TRADING DAYS FOR NIGHT), homeless people living under freeways, barely surviving (IS THERE LIFE AFTER YOUR DREAMS DIE?, A CASTAWAY IN AN OCEAN OF CONCRETE), a Latino couple trying build a future for their family out of society’s trash (THE RECYCLING LIFE), forgotten African Americans who came to California to work the fields in search of a better life (LOST IN CALIFORNIA), an Iraqi War veteran struggling to cope (JIMMY ROWE), a frustrated retail worker (WALMART BLUES), drug mules (FULL OF DOPE, FULL OF HOPE), immigrants risking death for better opportunities (DYING OF THIRST), a patient worried about losing healthcare (EIGHT YEARS TO MEDICARE), Katrina survivors (THE LEVEES BROKE, BEING POOR IS OUR ONLY CRIME), war’s aftermath (IN WALTER REED), a failing prison system and drug war (PRISON TIME, INCARCERATION NATION, DRUG WAR BLUES), Native Americans poisoned by radiation (MY RADIATION PRAYER), political grandstanding in the wake of 9/11 (THE 9/11 BLUES), indifferent politicians (DRIVE-BY POLITICIANS) and even singer Hank Williams traveling the dark lost highway (HANK DRANK).

These 100 poems also explore the dark side of love, loneliness, Hollywood dreams, life in Southern California, economic inequity, death, and life’s mysteries and hard-fought victories. I never try to sugarcoat life in Los Angeles, which is both beautiful but heartbreaking at the same time. You can read these as poems, but don’t forget these are lyrics as well. So, my book’s subtitle: “Lyrical poetry or poetic lyrics for a band to be named later, Vol. 1” is partially tongue in cheek, but also truthful. If any singers or musicians out there are truly serious about collaborating to transform these lyrics into songs, I would, of course, welcome the opportunity.

Much credit goes to graphic artist Dancinee Jennings creating another brilliant cover for me. Her cover went beyond the vision I had for the cover and truly captures the controversial and intriguing aspect of my poetry collection.

Please remember dear reader, these lyrical explorations can now finally be read as poetry as well. It feels great to finally reveal another side of my writing pursuits. This will also be the first of many of my lyrics collections as I have written more than 1,000 songs through the years. I can’t wait to share them all.


What’s Lost



When I ponder
my petty thoughts
earthly pleasures,
wild feelings
of being inside my skin
breathing in the ocean air
or the scent of a beautiful woman,
I begin to grasp what will be lost when I lose my life.

Just the simple freedom to breathe in life
in all its unpredictable forms.

The chance to muse about
my humanity,
my frailties,
my faults,
my frustrations,
and all my faulty notions about living.

Or to able to revel
in the fascination
of listening to my heart beat,
my body creak and breathe,
and my futile attempts
to capture my cascading thoughts in words.

That’s what makes
the Holocaust
and all the holocausts before and since
so difficult to fathom.

All those spirits and souls,
whose mortal coils
were so cruelly tossed aside,
robbed of the beauty,
of experiencing more life.

The real cost is too much to truly comprehend.
Numbers fail us.
A magnitude of destroyed dreams.

My spirit is numbed
by the barrage of atrocities daily.

What is ultimately lost is my sense of loss.

George Pappas

Copyright 2016


Twitter: An Intriguing Haven for Poets


Twitter is an intriguing haven for poets.  The platform’s brevity of communication — being limited essentially to 140 characters — has helped foster the rise and popularity of micro-poetry.

Now, I have written poetry since I was in college and I have developed longer poems that you can read on this site and will eventually publish in collections.

I have recast some of my longer poems into Twitter poems, but I have also written poetry specifically for Twitter. I believe we are inventing a new form of poetry on Twitter that is bolstered by the social platform’s immediacy and shorter communication bursts that we call tweets. Some have tried to turn their Twitter poems into digital and print books — something that I may consider in the future — however, I think Twitter poetry is best experienced online rather than trying to repurpose it into past formats and styles. Additionally, the response that you receive to your work is timely and it is encouraging for a poet to have admirers (or even those that are not fans) share and comment on your work.


You can find the work of Twitter poets of all backgrounds and styles from around the world by accessing numerous hashtags such as #poetry #poets #poet #micopoetry, etc.

The life of a poet and writer can be lonely and isolating where you many times doubt the value of your work. The overall enthusiastic support I have received to my poetry on Twitter over the years has been beyond inspiring.

You can find me on Twitter at @gpwriter where I share my tweet poems, thoughts about life and my novels as well.

Poetry, which is ignored by many as one of the least understood of our art forms, is finding a new and vibrant life on Twitter. You should check it out.