“My Baby Daddy Has Become the Rain in The Street”

Click here to download Issue 40 of RipRap, a journal produced by Cal State, Long Beach. Many thanks to these awesome editors for their kindness and attention to my work. This is a particularly personal poem that I believe is actually a somewhat decent love/relationship poem for me (I don’t do that well with writing…

“The Children Keep Saying, Where Did Daddy See That Snake?”

Click here to read and/or listen to (!) this poem in the May 2018 Issue of Virga. Many thanks to the fabulous Laura Page: poet, painter and editor, who accepted this poem! It is a poem set in one of my favorite places in Indianapolis: 100 Acres at Newfields (formerly Indianapolis Museum of Art). This is…

“But I Was Born At The Northern Border”

Click here to download Issue XI of Noctua Review, which explores the theme of Instinct. I was so happy that this poem found a home with them. I was, in fact, born near the Northern Border of Indiana, in South Bend. This poem explores place and the particular horizon and light that lives in the…

“Lady of the Grocery Flowers: Hair”

  This poem was inspired by my long history of working in a grocery store as a floral department manager. In fact, I wrote parts of this in the store while I was still employed there last year! I was always trying to write a ‘grocery store florist’ poem that explored deeper truths by way…

“What Did My Baby Daddy and I Do To Each Other In Past Lives?”

This poem is about very vulnerable subject matter which ultimately was easier for me to tackle in the form of a pantoum. Here’s what I said about the overall feeling/impulse behind this poem in Rattle: “I often make dumb decisions in this lifetime, and despite those ‘mistakes’ which cause me to transform—hopefully—into something better and…

“Portrait of the Divine with Severed Head and Blue Lotus Stem”

I was very happy to have this poem published in the February Issue of Ghost City Review. This particular poem came about because I had some realizations centered around my meditation on the Hindu Goddess Kali. I have been using the same pack of ‘goddess cards’ for 14 years or so, and whenever I drew…

“Contemplating Lace” “Independent”

It’s really an honor to be in this issue of Whiskey Island, alongside some poets I truly admire, such as Leah Umansky. I have two poems in this journal, both of which I have re-worked many times. . . “Independent” is a very curious little poem. It keeps taking on different forms, and at the…