“Place The Lightning Bolt In Your Hair”

Click here to link to the August 2018 Issue of Glass: A Journal of Poetry and read my poem that was featured in it. This poem was an important piece for me to write, as it explores the roots of depression, ancestry, mystery, and a lost first love. Advertisements

“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…