Ten days later, "The Short of It" page of, I Write Her published three short pieces: A Fair Trade, Homeless, and Impossible Position. This blog posts short, very short, and very very short fiction (or is it all fiction?).
The next day, for Father’s Day, his poem: A Father Who…, appeared in the book, Father and I, a Father’s Day anthology of poetry published by Wingless Dreamer.
That same day, Poetic Publications released his collection of 63 poems and one short story, No Known Address. All were written in response to the Holocaust. Herrmann has a direct connection to the Holocaust through his great grandfather’s native village in Bavaria where he has visited family several times.
The month of June ended with the arrival of the anthology, Far Villages: Welcome Essays for new and beginner poets, released by Black Lawrence Press. His essay, and the others, are offered as encouragement and inspiration to anyone who wants to “be a writer.”
The Fourth of July brought a surprise when Herrmann discovered himself quoted on the website: BahaiTeachings.org, in an article titled: Who is Robert Hayden? Herrmann has written about hidden meanings in the poetry of Robert Hayden, the first African-American Poet Laureate of the U.S. (though the title was different then). Hayden was also a member of the Bahá’í Faith.
On 10 Jul 20 Tiny Seed Literary Journal
published his poem, Dancing on the Wind, in homage to butterflies for their special butterfly issue. This joins two other poems of his on the site: Tree Dance and Refuge of Trees. The site is dedicated to nature and all poems are illustrated with relevant photographs. They are looking for photographs and poems.
The next day, Just Place – chapbook posted his poem: Prairie Bones, which has since been joined by: Barn Being. These poems, also, are illustrated with photographs.
On 20 July, the Adirondack Center for Writing, in response to a weekly writing prompt, posted Herrmann’s memoir: Games my Brother Played. This has since been accompanied by other pieces in various forms (one even a recipe): Ode to James, One Boy’s Life, Dear Little Duane, Recipe for a Disastrous Family Life, and My Feet Have Taken Me. Anyone can submit responses to their weekly, and interesting, prompts: To find the responses go to: “ADKWrites,” then: - “Featured Writing.” They are organized by the weekly prompts.
Two days later, New Engagement published, in their digital issue 18, July 2020, a collection of three of Herrmann’s poems under the title: Grass Waving Under Wind: Strange Year, Lonely Land, and Old Farmer. The latter a tribute to his grandfather.
On 25 Jul, Duane’s PoeTree (blog): posted five of Herrmann’s poems: Fly With Me, Little Bodies, Frozen Tan, Baby Bonding, Grieving For. Curiously, both Duanes have the middle initial L.…
Almost a full week of August went by before his next publications: a poem and a history article, both about a piece of Kansas history: Mother Bickerdyke Day and Special School Day. These appeared in the summer issue of the Topeka Genealogical Society Quarterly. How many people remember the Kansas holiday of Mother Bickerdyke Day?
On 17 Aug, the book celebrating the rebirth of an original part of Topeka, once a separate town, as an arts center: NOTO Plein Air Arts Project 2017, was released. It features paintings and writings about North Topeka. Herrmann’s poem, ‘Eugene-Nue’ was included. The original town was named Eugene.
Two days later, a publisher in India, Poets Choice, accepted three poems for one of their print anthologies. The title will be: Jumbled: Part Two. The poems are: What I Am, Remnant, and Hand Fitting.
And the September issue of Winning Writers Newsletter has a paragraph summarizing his publication record for the summer under “Subscriber News.” This is a free newsletter to anyone who requests to be on the mailing list. It publishes information on contests and publishing opportunities.
Duane wants to assure people that this is NOT a typical summer! He has NEVER had so many things published in such a short period of time and the rejections he has received in this same time out-number the acceptances.