Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Relentless

The Relentless

One day we’ll know how long
the dead have to be dead
before they feel hunger.
One day it’ll be summer forever.
In the meantime, the weather,
looking for its cue, keeps an eye on me;
and I keep whatever money’s in my pocket
crumpled in a ball. A relentless
responsibility dogs me, and the funny thing
is, these are the lyrics to a happy song.
Go ahead, tap your foot,
snap your fingers.
We’re roasting a pig in the yard.

I’m No Longer Troubled By the Extravagance, BOA Editions, 2015
Gettysburg Review, Vol. 25, No 2 Spring 2012


I haven't posted anything in a while. I promise I'll try, really try, to be better.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

September Reading

I'm reading with the very talented Martin Ott at Skylight Books in Sept. Click here for info. Hope you'll drop in.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

I re-worked my website and moved it to It's not completely finished but it is up. Take a look if you get a chance.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I'm sure you're dying to see this.

Just what the world needs, advice from me.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I’m No Longer Troubled By The Extravagance on BOA website

More blatant self-promotion. My new book, I’m No Longer Troubled By The Extravagance, is available for pre-order on BOA’s website.

Take a look:

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Wish I Wrote It

Every now and then I come across a line I wish I wrote, this line by GC Waldrep is one of them. Found it in a BOA Editions tweet. I have a couple of her books, gonna go back to read them.

"Grief is a little church we don't remember / joining..."

Actually, I often come across lines of poetry I wish I wrote. I read a lot of wonderful poetry.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

World Poetry Day

Today is World Poetry Day

Today we celebrate World Poetry Day. “To me, poetry is somebody standing up, so to speak, and saying, with as little concealment as possible, what it is for him or her to be on earth at this moment” ― Galway Kinnell

Thursday, January 15, 2015

My UCLA Extension Intermediate Poetry Workshop Starts Jan. 21st

 My UCLA Extension Intermediate Poetry Workshop Starts Jan. 21st. There are still a few open spots. Hope to see you there.

Intermediate Poetry Workshop

For those with some previous training in poetry, this workshop focuses on creating work which emphasizes lyrical and innovative language, personal insight, and individual voice. In addition, you refine your knowledge of a number of the craft's formal elements, including structure, imagery, metaphor, and pace, in order to stretch the boundaries of your creative experience. The goal is to produce a small body of work which is ambitious and resonant.