Poetry

The Manifest

I love being a woman to be forty years old to be mistress of my life to fall in love with men to easily forget men to write my poems to cook aromatic dishes to ...

Pigging Out

— for Austin at the restaurant we sit down to wine we are so hungry the crisp appetizers/early loves and lightly seasoned salad we’ve developed appetites for the garlic & onion of life gorging on ...

Semper Fi

I meet this friend for lunch once a month. His name is Bud. Forty years ago Bud was swigging Scotch in an officers’ club. I was in Berkeley handing out anti-war pamphlets. Now we’re both ...

The Penitent

I had a little Sorrow, Born of a little Sin, I found a room all damp with gloom And shut us all within; And, “Little Sorrow, weep,” said I, “And, Little Sin, pray God to ...

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 ...

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