The plight of the insomniac (a poem)

An ekphrastic poem, inspired by Peter Juvonen’s painting, Mexican Hat Dance. It’s an impossible-to-navigate party of shark’s teeth and demon tails a jigsaw puzzle of sixes but for the couple snogging at the edge of the room behind a screen that’s too short to do its job That path straight out of Joe Versus the Volcano [...]

The lesser of two evils (a poem)

Every time I see somebody advocating voting for ‘the lesser of two evils’—especially when it is followed by a statement of helplessness—I get angry. Regardless of which candidate you like in this (or any other) election, the whole point of voting is to elect the best person for the job. If you think Candidate A [...]

Untitled ekphrastic (a poem)

Written after seeing a painting of baby shoes on a pink background. Unfortunately, I know neither the title nor the name of the artist… The Scream mask happy face its fur directions every which way like eyebrow hair at pointy angles or a disturbance in the force Twins, for the sake of clarification two happy [...]

The ongoing back-and-forth of what to do with my life (a poem)

The week of reflection continues… The painting on the wall is unfamiliar I’m told it’s one of mine My memory of creating it doesn’t exist although I recognize the errant brush stroke as something I might do The pen strokes in the book are more familiar I recognize the writing as mine My memory of [...]

J.Y.M. Speaks (a poem)

The June 15th prompt in The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice, by Kelli Russell Agodon & Martha Silano, is to write a poem in which "someone or something in a painting or a sculpture will be the speaker". The only thing that came to mind that depicted "someone or something" that could be imagined to [...]