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   Feb 17


Todd Millick was in the U.S. Foreign Service for nearly twenty years. He served in a dozen countries, including Algeria, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Serbia, and Egypt. He studied medieval history at the University of Colorado and received a master’s degree from Cambridge. He was also a Fulbright Scholar in Bulgaria. His memoir, Nasty, Brutish, and Short, will be published in the summer of 2016. One of its chapters, “Friendly Fire,” was published in Arcadia Magazine 9.3, where it was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Mr. Millick is married and has a dog.


Short and Sweet (2016)
ISBN 13: 978-0692646083
by Todd Millick

Short and Sweet is a collection of provocative poems, twenty years in the making. The verses are from a life overseas–times and places far different from today. Some may seem like foreign objects or outdated antiques. They are certainly not modern or post-modern works and probably belong more in nineteenth century New England, than our contemporary world. And they explore topics that have interested the author for years, such as flirting, dating, regret, love lost, drinking, travel, snow, and animals.

(A browse upon page 38…)

“Green Gecko, White Wall”

A man, not mean, enters the scene.
A crime–believe me–could not have been.
But there, not a doubt, frozen in flight–
Green gecko, white wall, guilty by sight!
Like some rogue, who at night, when captured by light,
Quietly frights–“You don’t see me–right?”
For taught well by day–
To move is to oneself betray…

But this man, not mean, who entered the scene,
Goes on his way, for a crime–believe me–has not been.

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