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A Poem for Halloween

Hello, everyone, I hope those of you in the valley will come to my free poetry reading this Monday, October 29, at 7 pm at Thunder River Theatre in Carbondale. It is called Love, Death, and Halloween.  I’ll be reading with … Continue reading

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My Book is Out!

NIGHT SHIFT NOW AVAILABLE AT AMAZON.COM My book of poems, Night Shift, is now available at amazon.com Please consider buying it.  And if you like it, please consider reviewing it. And it makes a lovely gift! On September 30, I … Continue reading

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If the Body’s a Temple

A CLIMBER SEES A MONK ON THE TRAIL If the body’s a temple    then climbing is praying.  There’s a prayer    in the timing boot taps on the trail.     There’s a note    a throb sensed in … Continue reading

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A Poem About My Grandfather

HIS HEART My grandpa’s life was lean and tough, a streak of gristle in the teeth of God. He was a revenuer searching for stills in North Florida’s piney woods, a target for ticks my grandma couldn’t scrub away–no matter … Continue reading

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A Poem about Grief

GRIEF My father set aside ten thousand dollars for my wedding day but reduced it by one-fourth each year I went to college. I not only went to college; I earned a Ph.D. and my father didn’t live to see … Continue reading

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A Fairy Tale Poem

LOST Hansel and Gretel, betrayed by birds their trail markers eaten, made it home at last, their faces smeared with cake, the witch’s hallucinogenic icing. Still no one believed their story. Even their glad father figured they were overdramatizing. Later … Continue reading

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A Travel Poem

MUSLIMS AT THE BEACH On the ferry to Langkawi, a Malay girl in jeans rides on deck, letting her head scarf slide down her hair until the wind takes it. On the island, a woman hikes up loose pants, kick-starts … Continue reading

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