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George Cassidy Payne

George Cassidy Payne

George Cassidy Payne is originally from the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York. He now lives and works in the City of Rochester, New York. George is a poet, photographer, essayist, professor of philosophy, and social worker.

George's poetry has been included in a variety of  journals and magazines, including Chronogram Magazine, Allegro Poetry Journal, Mojave Heart, the Red Porch Review, Albany Up the River Poets Journal, Teahouse, The Adirondack Almanack,The Mindful Word, Talker of the Town, Pulsar, Moria Poetry Journal, Ampersand Literary Review, and many others.

George's letters and editorials have appeared in The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the South China Morning Post, the Syracuse Post-Standard, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Minority Reporter, Chicago Crusader, Amsterdam News, and the Albany Times Union.

When he is not writing or taking photographs of natural landscapes, he works as a domestic violence counselor, adjunct instructor of philosophy, and social justice activist. George has a beautiful wife and two wonderful children named Mendon and Ellison. You can reach him at 585-703-9230/icaj2000@yahoo.com.

 Lord ShivaLord Shiva by George Cassidy Payne
We have traveled ten thousanddreamless mileswithout each other,in the past,present, and future,in unknown realms,unguarded,
 The Wild Boy of AveyronThe Wild Boy of Aveyron by George Cassidy Payne
Before we learned to solve each other\'s traps,you reminded me of that poor wolf child, urged on by hunger, digging for roots and bulbs in the fields,      
 Barn's Burned DownBarn's Burned Down by George Cassidy Payne
  Now I see the moon, in this burning heap of cinder block and timber,     this cataclysm, this crush, this dense mass of silent con
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 Twin FlameTwin Flame by George Cassidy Payne
search as I willI cannot find the causereunited with youit doesn’t seem to matterso holy and instinctualis this passio
 AtammayataAtammayata by George Cassidy Payne
Birth and death, love and hate, the burnt scent of cloves on fingers and campfire on jeans,     nothing is attached for long. In the butter-soft leather light of purple
 The Birth of the Sacred MirrorsThe Birth of the Sacred Mirrors by George Cassidy Payne
(for Alex Grey)Birds settle on a tree for a whileand then go their separate ways again.There is no separate way apart from you.When I breathe, I can taste
 A Definition of TimeA Definition of Time by George Cassidy Payne
On a dead-end block inan Atlanta suburb,she lays down to drinkalone, not giving a damnabout being marriedin the finest old oak casksor being distinctive with a
 A Graveyard MeditationA Graveyard Meditation by George Cassidy Payne
I know the forests are burning to the charnel ground, and probably, there is little that can be done about it nowYet sometimes the best medicine
 At a Red LightAt a Red Light by George Cassidy Payne
There are those who only have their name to give as thanks. Have you seen a two year old boy hand his papa an orange peel?That is what I remember, and Barry\'s eyes, too,
 Marma PointsMarma Points by George Cassidy Payne
I want to tell you something that is bornout of the erosion of words.Something remorseless and eternal,the way oceans become mountains.Here, hold the bottom of
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