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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.

 A Moment in the BackyardA Moment in the Backyard by George Cassidy Payne
The way some fireflies hide within the obsidian grass, faking the blinking signals of cold heat, I waited for you to want my offerings,as badly as I wanted to giveth
 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 passionthe h
 The sacredThe sacred by George Cassidy Payne
is when you knowthat shoveling the drivewayis a Catholic massand eating at Red Lobster is the same as receiving communion, that\'s prayeran
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 Blue MountainBlue Mountain by George Cassidy Payne
Anointed by the elementsyou are my blueeyed mountain jewel, my empty breeze returning togreet the lipsof a valle
 Have You Seen My Integrity?Have You Seen My Integrity? by George Cassidy Payne
It was wearing a crimsonfedora and a gun metal blackv neck t-shirt
 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,      
 AmyAmy by George Cassidy Payne
I honor youYour fiercenessand devotionTo family and friends Your calling to be a teacherand your love of nature Of God\
 DistillationDistillation by George Cassidy Payne
Having grown bored with wisdom, resting by an old fence of fist sized rocks, chalk whiteas baby powder, a young man leans back and closes his eyes, recognizing
 Dear GrampsDear Gramps by George Cassidy Payne
They say you owed money butwho knows to whomthe sheriff neverbothered to lookNo matter too much chatterin the backgro
 Like a Bottle of 10 Year McKennaLike a Bottle of 10 Year McKenna by George Cassidy Payne
Color in whisky means nothingIt has no meaningother than pleasure Taste is everything  
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