It’s a bit like a date with an almost-married woman, but instead of staring at me awkwardly across a table while I mumble about bands from the nineties, poetic construction, old dead languages, and Sappho fragments, I can write these things down, and you never have to personally deal with my violent moods. I would be endlessly appreciative of your support. Taking the donut.
A list of recommended readings from The Poetry Question and me.
Black Bough Poetry Reader’s Choice Award 2019, Black Bough Issue 3: Yolk, In a Sentimental Mood
Best of the Net Nominated Piece: Corvid Queen, Halcyon
Best of the Net & Rhysling Award Nominated Piece: Riddled with Arrows, Relic
Diablo Valley College Literary Contest; First Place; Fiction: DVC Inquirer Treat
Diablo Valley College Literary Contest; Second Place; Poetry: This piece was published in Susurrus Magazine (through SCC) in 2015.
Diablo Valley College Literary Contest; Honorable Mention; Poetry:
I feel so much gratitude to Corvid Queen Magazine for nominating my poem, ‘Halcyon’ for Best of the Net.
the wind just lifted the branches outside my sliver of window. my heart is broken. the most brilliant beautiful woman i have ever known just died.
when I tell her I am
studying what she is
crinkle at the ends. She
flips from bluebright
surprise. Feathers near
translucent in her delicate
lap rest, inactive.
Her chin yields a fine
crop of protective hairs
I want to reach out
to trace along this
furry slope I have
opening my first
book. Reaching pulp.
Scrabble board. Soft
boiled egg. Two
on this kitchen
shelf above her boughs.
These wounds used to
thrive, discover, fingerpaint.
I crumble to stars as she pats
my knee. Stops.
Stares at the wall
behind me. Art
has flown; her instructive
smile is replaced by
a lack. Her spark
no longer aflame; the chill
has come and she has fallen
from her branch.
The Art of Self-Proclaimed Solitude, Branches. Roots.
Headline Poetry and Press, book review, Forging through the Flame: A Review of Bola Opaleke’s “Skeleton of a Ruined Song”
Headline Poetry and Press, Robot Love Song: An Opera (An accident).
Feminine Collective, Lavender
Rhythm & Bones Press, Growing
Twist in Time Mag, Recall Has Become An Affliction
Fevers of the Mind Press: Avalanches in Poetry, His Woman Is Free; I Have Tried In My Way
The Wild Word, A Meme for the Winged; Woman Wreathed in Seaweed
Black Bough Issue 3: Yolk, In a Sentimental Mood
The Ekphrastic Review, La Belle Captive
Chanterelle’s Notebook, Striking Room; The Dwelling Tree; Maladora
Dusk and Shiver Magazine, Psyche Sound-Bathes on the Summer Solstice
The Ekphrastic Review, The Ransom
Neon Mariposa, Complete / Static; Doctor Says
Taco Bell Quarterly, Sappho at the Drive-Thru; o Taco!
Cauldron Anthology, Ceres Invokes Famine
Feminine Collective, Brísingamen
Nine Muses, The End of the World as the End of Tranquility
Nightingale and Sparrow, Portents
Corvid Queen, Halcyon
Black Bough, Self
Riddled with Arrows, Relic
Mojave Heart Review, Star String, Wind
Ghost City Review, Watching Your Love Bloom
Iron Horse Literary Review, Two Hymns
Burning House Press, We Make Our Instruments; No Chicken
Door-Is-A-Jar, Bread and Love
Peculiars Magazine, I Know I Have to Take These Pills; Nesting : Boiling
Feminine Collective, Sounding
Rhythm & Bones Lit: Dark Matter, Sun Feast
Eunoia Review, Stretch; She; Walnut; The Love Letter
Moonchild Magazine, Corn
Quiet Storm, Mass
Written Here: The Community of Writers Poetry Review, Post Radio
Panoply, Pregnancy Pantoum
Whatever Keeps the Lights On Magazine, The Distance to Apple, Plastic Containment of Brown-Sugar Oatmeal, Green Tea
The Daily Californian, Death Before Birth
DVC Inquirer, Treat
Solidarity Blog, I Know I Have to Take These Pills; Nesting: Boiling
Nine Muses Poetry was kind to share my ekphrastic response to their monthly poetry challenge. This is in response to [The Tuft of Grass, Albrecht Dürer, c. 1514]