Thursday morning, I-5 (a poem)

Day trip yesterday. Ragged flag flyingnext to the interstate Sparks spit smokein the opposite lane A semi plows right through—coughs it off I’ve got 58 more miles to go (21 October 2021—posted October 22nd) Wishes sometimes have consequences is available to order from your favorite local bookstore. IndieBound search: https://www.indiebound.org/search/book?keys=wishes+sometimes+have+consequences If they can’t get it [...]

Destined for obscurity (a poem)

This occurred to me while watching the start of the new Velvet Underground documentary. (Image made from screenshots captured with the CymaScope app.) I was one of those kidswho’d lift the lid of the pianoand play the strings directly (17 October 2021) Wishes sometimes have consequences is available to order from your favorite local bookstore. [...]

Jasper – MP (a poem)

Inspired by photos I saw online today… •A little house, dark blue Sadness lives therefragments litter the tabletopjunk drawer contents, the front yard ••A one-eyed cat, orangeexpressionless, staring It’s not saying anythingeither But it knows something •••Everything is gone nownothing left to give a fuck aboutbut the black rose Turn all the locksslap a sign [...]

A poem about my ongoing fallow phase

A partial description of my ongoing difficulty writing new poems that I actually like… It doesn’t sound like a poemof literary tone and profound depth It doesn’t sound like a memoirrevealing the truth about its subject It doesn’t sound like a confessionalexpressing innermost thoughtsdaring to be spoken aloud It sounds more like a collectionof the [...]

Mirror (a poem)

Written while watching the Tarkovsky film and listening to the Chiky(u)u compilation… As the cabin burnsin defiance of the downpourTupelo comes to mind not as the birthplace of Elvisbut as a group of soundsrolling off the tongue of my inner voice The sounds of rumbling earthburnish the crackling of the flameswhich have their own quiet [...]