Poetry

A Toast

To your voice, a mysterious virtue, to the 53 bones of one foot, the four dimensions of breathing to pine, redwood, sworn-fern, peppermint, to hyacinth and bluebell lily. to the train conductor’s donkey on a ...

Meeting of Mavericks

Milkweed grows by my fence. Don’t ask me to pull it. Weeds were my friends in childhood — emerald explosions in the dull cinders of train track, green lace at the sleeves of our water ...

Have a _______ Day

Have a nice day. Have a memorable day. Have (however unlikely) a life-changing day. Have a day of soaking rain and lightning. Have a confused day thinking about fate. Have a day of wholes. Have ...

An Interruption

A boy had stopped his car To save a turtle in the road; I was not far Behind, and slowed, And stopped to watch as he began To shoo it off into the undergrowth — ...

Leaving Home Without It

Wanda Sykes made a joke about leaving her vagina at home so she could go out safely at night. Think of it. Taking away their greatest weapon, hiding it in a jewelry box lined with ...

At the Padre Hotel in Bakersfield, California

It’s Saturday night and all the heterosexuals in smart little dresses and sport coats are streaming into what we didn’t know was the hottest spot between Las Vegas and LA. Janet and I are in ...

Flames

Smokey the Bear heads Into the autumn woods With a red can of gasoline And a box of matches. His hat is cocked At a disturbing angle. The moonlight catches the teeth Of his smile. ...

old age does not happen slowly

Old age does not happen slowly but all at once, in the head. The body takes its time getting there, but the mind, clinging to youth flashes suddenly — behaving as if it were still ...

Sunday Night at Dave’s

Jazz is there and gone. It happens… That simple. — Keith Jarrett Scent of Shalimar, perfume from my youth. No one wears it anymore, but someone does tonight and it’s a jazz smell — sultry ...

Psychic Intuitive

I watch as he tells a woman that her dead mother is on the other side, happy and safe, and the woman is smiling and teary eyed a little and so so pleased and then ...