Fire season (a poem)

Yup, the country's going to hell… Burning insideBurning inside Catch me I’mCatch me I’mburning inside Steam escaping through the cracksand time escaping through the cracksand the whole thing going cattywampuswhere the last thing you’d expectwould be for everything to go rightand everything to go wrongand the offramp to go past our destination The last thing [...]

2021 Poetry Marathon

The 12 poems from this year’s half marathon, written between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. PT. Hour 12—A nonet: Hour 11—A poem containing at least five phrases from a list of 10: Hour 10—A poem about any holiday in December or early January: Hour 9—A poem based on a common saying: [...]

Three poems

Playing a bit of catch-up today. Thursday afternoon at the bookstore, realizing I am there for the wrong reasons 1I am looking for a memoirbut learn it is not duefor another two weeks I wander from rack to rackand stack to stackcuriosity piqued by nothing Colors, names, familiar phrasesspark not a spark 2I open another [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 29: Through the windows

My Day 29 poem is my response to the prompt, which is to imagine a scene through a window. I look at windowsall day long They show me other lives other worlds other stories other joys other sorrows other horrors other choicesother ways of being thinking doing having learning loving hating living dying killing [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 28: Questions

My Day 28 poem is my response to the prompt, which is to write a poem that poses a series of questions. QuestionsQuestionsQuestions People want to knowif I have any questions Why do I always have to have questions?What if I understood the first time?What if I want to think about what I’ve just [...]