So Many Voices

Poetic Matrix Press’

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20th Anniversary Authors’ Anthology

246 pages, Price $20.00, available from Small Press Distribution (SPD)

With material from our 60 books and 45 authors (including new pieces from many) this is a true reflection of So Many Voices that we have had the privilege of publishing. This is an interesting and beautiful compliment to our publishing efforts. With editorial assistance from John Peterson, James Downs and Joe Milosch and Forward from James and John and cover art from Molly Weller.

Kim Shuck, Francisco X. Alarcón, James Downs, Shadab Zeest Hashmi, john (peterson), Diana Festa, Anne Whitehouse, Patricia Nelson, Brandon Cesmat, Joseph Miloach, Ashley Gene Pinkerton, Arthur W. Campbell, Mun Duk-su, Peter Gibson Friesen, Joseph Zaccardi, Hassan El-Tayyab, Joe O’Connell, Joan Michelson, Leroy Franklin Moore, Jr., Grace Marie Grafton, Yearn Hong Choi, Lyn Lifsin, Rayn Roberts, Chris Olander, Molly Weller, Charles Entrekin, Gail Rudd Entrekin, Sandra Lee Stillwell, Tomás Gayton, Joel Netsky, J. P. Linstroth, Ruth Rosenthal, Bonnie Joanna Gisel, Peter and Donna Thomas, Reverend James Fox, Alex Landon and Elaine Halleck, and many more.

Tomás Gayton


Sojourn on the Bohemian Highway
by Tomás Gayton
108 pages, retail price $16.00

Sojourn on the Bohemian Highway is the peripatetic poets’ travelogue in prose and poetry in the tradition of W.H. Auden’s “Letters From Iceland.” Tomás paints pictures with words as he travels the world on the open road. With him you witness life in the Afro-Caribbean and in the womb of Mexico. He takes you on a safari in Mama Africa that rises onto the ethereal heights of Mount Kilimanjaro. Tomás’ journey reflects on themes of social injustice and spiritual catharsis. The world he shares with you is always colorful and full of life’s melodies and rhythms. Join Tomás in his sojourn for peace and justice in a strife ridden world.

“Gayton advances the development of investigative poetics in his new work, especially in the “Safari Song” section that focuses on the new South Africa. The worldwide presence of this highly conscious African-American poet in the new millennium contributes to positive prospects for the future of humanity.”
— David Henderson, De Mayor of Harlem and Neo-California. His bio of Jimi Hendrix is available in a recent new edition.

Tomás was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, the grandson of African American pioneers. He began writing verse soon after graduating with a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington. Tomás is a Civil Rights attorney/activist and world traveler who lives in San Diego. His poetry is his life in verse. His words appear in various publications and literary journals. Tomás’ most recent volume of poetry is Vientos de Cambio/Winds of Change, published by Poetic Matrix Press. Others include: Yazoo City Blues, Time of the Poet, Dark Symphony in Duet with the late Sarah Fabio, and Two Races, One Face, with John Peterson. Tomas’ work is also featured on his website (

For more information on Sojourn on the Bohemian Highway please contact the publisher at Bookstores and individuals can order Sojourn on the Bohemian Highway through Small Press Distribution (SPD) See all Poetic Matrix Press volumes at

Tomás Gayton


Africa is billowy primrose clouds
on sky blue canvas
barefoot Masai boys wearing red plaid blankets
herding scrawny goats and cattle
over ruddy dry earth, purple-green foothills—
our primal ancestral common ground
Thompson’s gazelles graze sparse dry grass
giraffes browse on thorny treetops
loping in slow motion across the Serengeti plain—
a ballet of pachyderms crossing in deep water single file
An elegant leopard languishes on naked limb of an ancient tree


African Princess

In a time capsule crossing Africa’s Rift Valley
on Serengeti’s vast plain a spirited young actress
Lady Emma and I are on the Ukimwi road together
on wildlife safari from Nairobi to Harare
our souls ignite in song, carefree and silly
Her playful laughter lulls me to sleep at sundown
I dream we are standing in the African bush—
she close behind me as I place my hands on hers
Together we thrill to thunder of the lion’s roar
the flash of lightning
in dark cool Serengeti night—
until I am awakened by falling rain
and Emma’s gleeful chatter at sunrise


from – Sojourn on the Bohemian Highway
by Tomás Gayton

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