Friday, March 17, 2017

Lines Written on the Election of 2016

The light inside is broken, but I still work: 
Sign taped to a broken soft drink machine.
Soon, a meme: All of us facing the New Year.

Now the newly crowned Emperor, Louis XIV-
arrayed. Before light breaks he’s graffitied
every last wall surrounding Pompeii.

Mom Egg Review

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Composing Poetry

Available through Kendall Hunt

Looking forward to receiving my copy.

Gerry LaFemina included my "Medusa Cuts Her Hair" poem in his new book.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

The Subject of the Poem is at Large

The door to the earthen safe
from its hinges, bright shoots
fired in the getaway:
         crocus-yellow, violet.
               Topaz sap
on broken branches, red-winged blackbirds
above fresh - and saltwater marshes.

The dogs are out, tracking a lion long
gone. Out like a lamb. Sprung.

South Florida Poetry Journal, Issue 4, Feb 2017

Monday, February 06, 2017

Just Another Egyptian Sunset

If everyone you knew lived and died
by the swell and writhe of one great river
and everything arrived by water: grain,
spotted cattle, giant stones for builders,
the workers’ daily beer and bread,
tall spears for soldiers, the dead,
even fire, flaring in a brazier on the deck
of a kitchen boat: naturally you’d believe
that all things float, even in the Sinai desert
you’d understand only a boat sailed
by a god could move the sun across the sky.

Manhattan Review 2013

Sunday, December 18, 2016


All the lives inside the compound.

A red moon stalled over Kilimanjaro.

Forces joined.
Truces brokered.

Everything you've tried to mend

appeared in Salamander Magazine, Winter 2016-2017, Issue #43

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

November Moth

There’s another way to live,
a different outcome.

Stage a sodden ballet
every night
of the darkening month.

Crawl up out of freezing earth
to spin gray and white
above the wet dead

            Land pale kisses
on the surface of everything.

Engage in an all-out romance
with porch lights 
and windows, asters
and ivy:
             all things
living, non-living and dying:
Stash your eggs
                        in the crevice
of a parallel 

South Florida Poetry Journal, Issue 4, Feb. 2017

Friday, May 20, 2016

Six Blind Men and an Elephant


Skin of a dragon, stretched across stones.
I walk it on my hands: tender soles. Something
has been written here only the blind
can read. A brief history of pain,
names of the tallest trees.
I press my palms to the wall.
Every welt has meaning.


The long hard core of the soul
out of the belly of the world.

Broken bracelets, two curved arms.

for the moon.
                                      Sorrow's spear.

Lonely bone.


If there was a way to wear air, it would be
this thin and this thick, it would move our every
move before we thought it, king-robe, impala
weave, ostrich hair. It would be skin
reversed: that soft, that responsive.

There is a great lake where animals drink.
This is the moss on the stones they lick.


No tree so heavy, so worn and warm.
No shade, no leaves, no branching arms.
Mysterious torso, stripped
to the waist, no navel.
Old bedding.
Gold pole.


Where is the bell to this cord?
I pull but no chime,
the wind falling down
a deep cave, angry and treble
and sere.


I do not touch, I am touched.
Out of the dark a soft,
gentle and intelligent.

This hand is also a mouth, a face,
two holes for eyes,

I am not blind enough to see
what it sees.

This is the longing of the hungry
whole, how it reaches,
how it feeds.

From Mauled Illusionist and also appeared in Manhattan Review