Prince of Denmark by Andrew McDowell

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Prince of Denmark
by Andrew McDowell
[author’s site]

A mind and soul plagued by chaos,
Preferring not toward them engage,
To them plagued by the pain of loss,
But cloaked his demeanor of rage…

Life and death are great mysteries.
Hard he wonders what the truth is,
Dithered dogmatic histories,
Even while spurned by woman’s kiss.

Just what precisely lies beyond?
Spirits and skulls are what he saw.
Yet he knows not how to respond.
Hesitance is his utmost flaw.

Unto graves many shall descend,
Before Death arrives to claim he,
Conflicted ‘til the very end,
Whether to be or not to be…

In death we bequeath our story,
Presented onstage or the page,
So poets write of our glory,
Life’s mysteries take center stage.

@Andrew McDowell


Welcome to MasticadoresUSA.

MasticadoresUSA was founded by Juan Re Crivello as part of Gobblers/Masticadores in 2021. Its current editor is Gabriela Marie Milton.

MasticadoresUSA features talented writers of poetry and short prose. We primarily publish writers who write in English, and are based in the USA. However, while the publication language remains English, we also welcome the work of our fellow writers from all over the world.

What do we want to bring to our readers? Edgar Allan Poe once wrote: Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. This is what we are committed to bringing to you. And that’s not an easy endeavor. 


If you want to submit, please send your work – poetry and/or short prose – to In addition to the piece(s), you want to have published, we need your name, and the address of your site. Submit your work as a docx attachment – not in the body of the email. Limit your submission to two pieces.  We do not accept pieces longer than 300 words.

What are the themes that we are looking for? Surprise us!

However, MasticadoresUSA does not publish any work that contains racist, homophobic, sexist, and hate talk of any kind.

Looking forward to your submissions. 

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  1. Ingrid dice:

    Hamlet in a nutshell! I love when life’s mysteries take centre stage 😊

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  2. Brad Osborne dice:

    Beautifully rendered verse!

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  3. jonicaggiano dice:

    Beautiful piece! Congratulations and nice to meet you here. Joni

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  4. Quite a wonderful piece Andrew!👏👏👏👏

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