The image is entitled “The Last Day”, and was created by the amazing Austrian artist, Alexander Kofler. It appears with permission, and is a fitting image for the home page of my website.
This website contains the fantasy poetry and flash fiction of Jon Gutmacher. If you like short stories and flash fiction – especially in poetic form – you’ve found the right place. To me, the critical element in everything is “the story”. I write a mix of many different types of poems – everything from free verse, to traditional rhyme, to a mix of everything in one place. However, as I’ve indicated, almost all my poems comprise a complete story — and qualify both as “poetry” as well as “flash fiction”. This is intentional. Likewise, I write as I please. You may wonder why I sometimes mix styles together — but that’s just the way I write. As a poet, I believe I have the absolute choice to write exactly how I please, free from traditional rules. My only rules are: if the words flow – if the story is clear – that’s all that’s necessary. I also believe that each poem should normally have an image background to “set the mood” of the poem. I have taken these images from the web, and often there was no way of knowing who the artist was who created the image. I’ve done the best I can trying to find the creators, and putting that information at the end of the poem, and if you happen to see an image you recognize, and know the artist – please let me know so I can add that in. Of course, the artwork is separately owned by the artist who created it.
You might also be interested in knowing that many of my fantasy poems and flash fiction are written in allegory, especially the fantasy poetry. By that, I mean that I have taken a modern event or concern, and placed it back into another time — a time where magic, dragons, knights, wizards, witches, and damsels in distress were common. For instance, “The Good King” , which is about a once celebrated knight who has fallen on hard times, is really a story about the plight of our veterans, who return from multiple deployments, and then face homelessness and other serious problems due to PTSD, and a government that doesn’t care enough. If I see something on the news that really concerns me – it often creates an inescapable urge to write, and winds up as a fantasy poem in allegory. I rarely write unless an inspired urge comes over me. When that happens, I feel compelled to write – and the story comes quickly. I either do it immediately – or the story and mood are lost forever.
For whatever it’s worth – I began writing fantasy poetry back in 2010 after a serious shoulder injury. It was a way of dealing with the extreme pain, and a long period of healing. Within ten months my website was ranked with the top three “fantasy poetry” websites in the nation, and by the end of a year – it was ranked #1 in the nation for fantasy poetry and fantasy poems for almost five years straight. I then stopped writing for two years, and only recently have decided to redo the website, and perhaps start writing again.
Last, the subjects of my poems are varied, and certainly not all fantasy poems. While my first love is definitely fantasy — I write on many subjects, some very contemporary. However, all of them normally contain a complete story, albeit as flash fiction, and most will be in poetic form — in the way I like to write it — and often have a moral at the end. So, that’s the story. You’ll find each poem as a post in the LIST OF POEMS section of this website. Hope you enjoy the work, and please let me know what you think by sending a comment.
List of Poems & Flash Fiction
In the style of Kipling, Tennyson, and Byron comes this poem dedicated to the British Colonial Soldier of the late 1800’s, and the campaign in Zululand. If you can hear the cadence of the drums in your mind as you read this poem – you understand.
This fantasy poem tells the story of a battle wearied warrior who rests by a placid river thinking and dreaming of a time of peace, only to be brought back to the reality of war far too soon.
This fantasy poem tells the story of a knight who tries to steal a powerful book of magic guarded by a dragon. Unfortunately, the spells that guard the book are more powerful than his.
If you look around you’ll likely not see too many American flags on display – even on holidays. More likely you’ll see a school flag, or even a fantasy flag. To me, especially on a holiday like the Fourth of July, that’s just sad. This patriotic poem is dedicated to Old Glory, and the need to fly her – with pride.
Lawmen in the Old West were tough – or dead. This Old West poem tells the story of one of the toughest.
A stark poem about the way justice was handed out in the Old West — by a public hanging. It’s not a poem for everyone.
A fantasy poem about a wizard who is unfairly accosted while traveling thru the realm of an evil queen, and gets more than even for the harm done him. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have your own fire breathing dragon around when you need him.
No ordinary princess here, this is a fantasy poem of a Viking princess battle ready, and battle hardened. A “shield maiden” as often called, and just itching for battle.
“Chivalry is never dead!
hand on hilt to varlet said
“Chivalry will never die
but certainly you will!”
A fantasy poem of a knight without a sense of humor.
A single monolith stands guard on a far moon to guard a planet from invasion, left by who? This science fiction poem tells the story.
A poem describing the actual epic battle in England in 1066 when a large viking force led by King Harald Hardrada of Norway tried to usurp English King Harold Godwinson, and take over the English throne. Godwinson’s army caught the vikings unprepared, and completely routed them. Attempting to retreat back, a lone viking warrior volunteered to block the only crossing at Stamford Bridge, and held the English force off for almost an hour before being killed. This poem is dedicated to his bravery as a warrior.
“Bobby” was a Skye Terrier who spent 14 years guarding the grave of his master, John Gray (Old Jock), in Scotland, until the loyal terrier also passed away on 14 January 1872. Several books and films have been based on Bobby’s life, and now this poem to honor “man’s best friend”.
This fantasy poem about a mythical creature, part dog, part dragon — the last of its kind, slain by a knight, without need, without thought, without consideration. As the creature passes, cruelly slain, it realizes its fate, and sadly understands it is the last of its kind. And, in the end, is taken into the Great Light of God’s embrace, to be remembered only as legend.
This free verse fantasy poem mirrors Beauty and the Beast, but here, the Beast perishes – and only then does the woman he has loved all his life realize that she has loved him all this time, as well. A best fantasy poem.
This fantasy poem about finding a stray kitten on the street saves a lonely woman from her isolation, and brings the cat and her together as a family sharing their mutual love.
“The Dance” is a poem of romance almost like a short love story. Written in free verse, it is a fantasy or reality we all have wished for — here symbolized by a romantic dance to a Sinatra tune, between an older, but still very much in love couple. And as they dance, it seems to bring all of that together. So, this fantasy poem, and poem of a long and close romance.