April 30th Poem

Monday, April 30, 2012


April 29th Poem

Sunday, April 29, 2012


April 28th Poem

Saturday, April 28, 2012

[see ya]

April 27th Poem

Friday, April 27, 2012


April 26th Poem

Thursday, April 26, 2012


thank you!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I'd like to say a sincere thank you to everyone who has donated to the fundraising page for my writing residency at the Vermont Studio Center.  I've been touched by the donations and also by the support of friends who've shared my page and those who have cheered me on (many of them for many years).

"So shines a good deed in a weary world . . ."  (Am I Wonka or Charlie?  Both, I guess.)

Thank you.

April 25th poem

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


April 24th poem

Monday, April 23, 2012


April 23rd Poem

Monday, April 23, 2012

[closed for maintenance]

April 22nd Poem

Sunday, April 22, 2012


April 21st Poem

Saturday, April 21, 2012


April 20th Poem

Friday, April 20, 2012


April 19th poem

Thursday, April 19, 2012

[thanks for playing]

Thanks, NaPoWriMo!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The founder of National Poetry Writing Month, poet Maureen Thorson, listed my blog as today's featured NaPoWriMo blog.  Wow-- thank you!

And thanks to Jennifer Knox, guest blogger at the Best American Poetry blog, for listing my April 17th poem over there, as well.  Wow again!

April 18th poem

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


April 17th poem

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

[closed for processing]

April 16th poem

Monday, April 16, 2012


April 15th poem

Sunday, April 15, 2012


April 14th poem

Sunday, April 15, 2012

[we value your patronage]

April 13th poem

Friday, April 13, 2012

[y'all come back now]

April 12th poem

Thursday, April 12, 2012


I Am Pleased to Introduce My Brand

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Hello, friends.  So, my good news is that a small Brooklyn press has expressed interest in publishing my first full-length book, tentatively titled How We Were Strangers.   I am currently working with an editor to revise and expand a manuscript of short lyrical prose pieces that exist somewhere at the intersection of prose poems, short short stories, and lyrical essays.  We're calling them lyrical shorts.  This is indeed a happy thing.  My other good news is that my four-week residency is coming up at the Vermont Studio Center, at which I hope to make headway on those revisions, as well as do some writing toward a second book. 

If you are able to help out, here is my indiegogo fundraising page to help raise money for my residency.  If you are not able to contribute money, I am also accepting contributions of friendship and support and good vibes my way, which some of you have long given me, unasked.  Thank you.  For real.   

Here is the first piece in what I hope will be my first full-length book:

I Am Pleased to Introduce My Brand

Sometimes you can help someone else through by plucking at the air around them until they feel revived.  The final step, though, is yours alone.  You may discover that no one appreciates the grace of a skateboarder quite like you do.  That your secret desire is to appear in a poster in the subway wearing green sequined underwear and own it.  We all need time alone before returning to the marketplace with words and gestures that others mirror back to us.  Some need more time than others, which is both blessing and curse.  Think Spiderman.  Think Witch of Blackbird Pond.  Most things happen at dusk.    Sometimes the trees will call you up a hill, particles slowing then turning counter-clockwise.  One.  Two.  Three.  When you let the drawing happen, that’s your brand right there.  A voice in your head like from a creepy ‘70s movie about kids who might be possessed or maybe were born that way.  Literal woods.  Literal dusk.  

April 11th poem

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

[draft under reconstruction]

April 10th poem

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

[goodbye, goodbye]

April 9th poem

Monday, April 09, 2012


April 8th poem

Sunday, April 08, 2012


April 7th poem

Saturday, April 07, 2012


April 6th poem

Friday, April 06, 2012

[thank you thank you]

April 5th poem

Thursday, April 05, 2012


April 4th poem

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

[I will leave this one up.  My gift to you, with thanks.]

Transformation Is Never Easy 

I come from a people who are fond of saying things
like, "Your face is always changing throughout your lifetime.
Indeed, your looks can change from one day to the next."
So, that partly explains that.  This morning it was knocking
that woke me, and the options were (1) ghosts, (2) baby,
(3) boyfriend.  But I was alone by then and it was just an open
window in the next room sucking the door shut and shut
and partly open again.  Even if you hate the word "gift" as a verb,
I gift you this tree of tiny white blossoms out my window.  It's
making my eyes itch.  I gift you the idling truck sound,
how traffic is like the ocean until it isn't.  I gift you this portrait
of my face and its bird-eyed, good humored scowl, the way
it's always changing, having never learned to settle down.

Napowrimo-ing Friends

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Here are links to amazing poems by two friends who are also writing a poem a day in April, the lovely and wondrous Annmarie O'Connell and Karen Dietrich.

Also, many thanks to Best American Poetry's guest blogger Jennifer L. Knox for including my April 3rd poem on the BAP blog!

April 3rd poem

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

[thank you for playing]

April 2nd poem

Monday, April 02, 2012

[see you next year!]

April 1st poem

Sunday, April 01, 2012



Sunday, April 01, 2012

It's National Poetry Month, and also National Poetry Writing Month.  Founded in 2003 by Maureen Thorson, Napowrimo challenges us (invites us?) to join a community of poets in writing a poem a day in April.  This is my third year doing it.

Thorson is providing optional prompts on the Napowrimo website.  The first prompt was to write a carpe diem poem, which I sort of (maybe?) did for my April 1st poem.

Here goes . . .  Happy April!
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