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Steve McKennon


I write poetry in my mind. Sometimes I put it onto paper.


In his early years, Steve McKennon was adopted by an Inuit family when he washed up off the coast of Alaska after a failed attempt to be the first toddler to circumnavigate the globe on a surf board. In line with ancient tribal tradition, he was given the name TropicalSnowstorm by his father, famed sorcerer and whale hunter Qanik Uqaqtualuk, during a solemn ceremony involving a sweat lodge, bare feet, polar ice, and hanging from bear claws that were inserted through his pectorals. He later discovered these were not the traditions of his adoptive tribe, but were instead based on a SciFi Channel horror movie. He and his father did not speak for several years after this discovery.

To bring honor to his tribe, as an adult TropicalSnowstorm has pursued many global adventures, such as hiking up a volcano in Ecuador, riding elephants in Thailand, touring the Ajanta Caves in India, surfing in Sri Lanka, and climbing up to Dracula’s Citadel at Poenari. He even successfully chatted up a local girl in Transylvania, who, despite her having an accent that was spot-on, turned out to not be a vampire.

Eventually he settled in Virginia where he met and married his wife, who encouraged him to quit moping that his misspent youth was over and focus on something besides petitioning to have Labor Day changed to Circus Day. Mrs. Snowstorm is a Jamaican and, in addition to being extremely good looking, can be quite persuasive. He still thinks juggling clowns and sword swallowing bearded women would be a much better theme for a holiday than "labor," but he complied with his wife’s wishes. Instead, his efforts are now focused on writing a novel and producing short stories that fall within the New Sincerity movement.

He and the noble but totally not funny when he takes a joke too far Qanik Uqaqtualuk eventually reconciled and now spend family time every year harpooning whales in the icy waters off the coast of Alaska. They also sponsor and coach a non-lethal whiffle bat seal clubbing team from a local high school, which has held the regional championship title since 2015.


"Tell me of the Devil's tale,
the one where the sky once fell in love
with the depths of the ocean floor.
Deep in love, they smuggled their passion
between the Atlantic and the Gulf."
(from "When She Reads His Literary Tone, She Gains Stars in Her Eyes.", by Tattoo Goddess)

TropicalSnowstorm's Works

Poetry (Satire)2016-12-24Miss Schengen
Poetry (Reflective)2016-12-04Humming along to an echo
Poetry (Love)2016-01-10Fleetingly awake
Poetry 2015-12-11Featured Poet - Poets Against Hunger event, Nov 21, 2015
Poetry (Philosophical)2015-09-15An empty chair
Poetry 2015-09-11Fall Festival (Summer Gave Way)
Rant (Satire)2015-06-24Why they call it flu season
Poetry (Reflective)2015-06-04A good old man
Poetry (Philosophical)2015-03-18Sunday afternoons at 20 Maresfield Gardens
Poetry (Philosophical)2015-03-05Carnivorous Horses
Poetry 2014-12-19Endless Restoration
Graphic Art 2014-12-16Never Apologize
Graphic Art 2014-12-16Inside the Silver Lining
Short Story 2014-11-26Surf Punks and Soldiers
Poetry 2014-11-16Topkapi
Poetry (Structured)2014-10-22"Lift not the painted veil" (Collab with Percy Bysshe Shelley)"
Graphic Art 2014-10-13Wonderful World, Beautiful People
Poetry (Philosophical)2014-08-04H*dl=I
Poetry (Ironic)2014-06-23Call me Ishmael...
Poetry (Reflective)2014-04-30Empty Space - Spoken Word Version
Poetry (Comedy)2014-01-09Cenobite origami
Poetry (Love)2013-12-26Painting with Stardust
Poetry (Reflective)2013-08-07Faces
Graphic Art (Love)2012-10-19Soul Wine
Poetry (Reflective)2009-12-02Kalimera
Poetry (Reflective)2008-09-20Omne ignotum pro magnifico
Poetry (Reflective)2008-09-15the Princess and the Impaler (vacation memories)
Poetry (Reflective)2008-08-29Thinking in Circles (on a Tuesday)
Poetry (Reflective)2008-08-28Walk back from Babel
Poetry (Love)2008-04-21Coffee with Supergirl
Graphic Art 2007-02-09Old Mohammed Had a Farm...
Poetry 2007-02-09empty space
Poetry (Philosophical)2007-02-02Hunting Butterflies
Poetry 2006-10-13MENE, MENE, TEKEL (Three first dates)
Poetry 2006-08-21Caca de Maimutza
Poetry 2006-02-02Popcorn sandals
Poetry 2005-11-01Tangible Shadow
Poetry (Reflective)2005-10-24Chipped Nails
Poetry 2005-03-30Something is rotten in the state of Denmark
Poetry 2005-03-24Homecoming vs. Dying Thoughts
Graphic Art 2005-03-16Role Reversal
Graphic Art 2004-11-16Afghan Surf Punk Council
Other 2004-10-22Red Vest
Poetry 2004-10-10Existential Lies and Room Service
Graphic Art 2004-10-07Mai Thai
Poetry 2004-08-03Skinny Dipping
Graphic Art 2004-07-24Buddha Bar
Poetry 2004-03-30Dyslexic Postmen
Poetry 2004-03-30Romeo Took a Lover
Poetry 2004-02-15Sugar Pastry and Cigarette Ash
Other 2004-02-03Glade Plug-ins
Graphic Art 2003-12-19Pashtun Balloon
Poetry 2003-10-26Evidence of the Window
Poetry 2003-10-23Dirty Little Secret
Graphic Art 2003-09-24The King and I
Poetry 2003-09-22Yar Mohammed
Poetry 2003-08-23Strange Angels
Graphic Art 2003-08-05Bad Girls of Herat
Poetry 2003-05-12Ugly roses
Poetry 2003-04-21Mandatory Migration
Graphic Art 2003-04-11Afghan Girl
Poetry 2003-04-10Never order sushi in Denver
Graphic Art 2003-04-03Life Imitates Art
Poetry 2003-04-03Bohemian Cavern
Poetry 2003-03-27Heavy Eyelids and Sweaty Palms
Poetry 2002-10-19Car bombs vs. traffic jams
Poetry 2002-02-18Quietly Wonderful
Poetry 2001-11-30Cancer Soup
Poetry 2001-10-09A bit on the possessive side
Poetry 2001-08-17Red haired Chinese girl with a Southern Drawl
Poetry 2002-11-04Sowing Sweet
Poetry 2001-02-23Full Moon
Poetry 2002-12-15Blue rabies
Poetry 2001-02-20Monday
Poetry 2002-10-17Alien Landscapes
Poetry 2002-11-19Cracker Jack Prize
Poetry 2002-01-15Reflections: Thigh high boots and black roots
Poetry 2002-01-04Mind Massage
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