“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…