Monday, September 4, 2017

Untethered Inquiry

Art by Gustav Klimt

After Hurricane Harvey


I’ve always kept certain questions 
tucked away like forbidden 
family secrets.

Yet, something has shifted,
these last few days.

what is this helplessness?
what is this vigilance?
what is this hope?

What is the source of these inquiries?
What is triggering them out of
placid hibernation?

Can this be?
Can it be I attribute inspiration
to the intensity with which the sky falls?

But, that is far too complicated for today.

Today. Today . . . I am happy
with the simple things.

I am happy with the wind in the trees
and the crunch of dry(ing) grass 
beneath my feet.

I am happy with the song of September
enveloping my waist like so many
curious yet subtle fingers.

I am happy with the trill of the bird,
imperfect and uncertain as it may be.

I have learned 
that the heavens 
hold enough water
to saturate the earth and 
make it plead with overwhelm.

And, I have cried, because
some forms of abundance
are cushioned with tears.

But, though I have been pounded by an
unleashed dam, today, my spirit
fills to the brim with a craving
that gushes from this world
into the far beyond.

The fallen blossoms from a crepe myrtle
scatter in the thickening morning.

Last night’s moon hangs 
from the clouds—an
echo, a remnant, a

Like a thirsting willow, I unfurl my
splendor cautiously. Bowing down, 
I deliver, and I receive.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Love, and Other Devotions: A New Poetry Chapbook

Finishing Line Press proudly announces the publication of my new poetry chapbook, Love, and Other Devotions.

It’s been a while since my last chapbook, From Darkness, Beatitudes, was released by Finishing Line Press. This new collection of poems brings the experience of love (and other forms of devotion) out of the realm of secrecy and into a prism of multiple perceived realities. Herein lies enchantment, captivation, adoration, and communion. Herein lies sanctuary. And immortality. 

Advance sales run from now through August 25, 2017. The release date is October 20, 2017.

You can also order by check or money order at:

Finishing Line Press
PO Box 1626
Georgetown, KY 40324

Please send $14.99 + $2.99 shipping (per copy).
By mail only: If ordering multiple copies, shipping is $2.99 for the first copy and $1.99 for each additional copy.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Cautious Renaissance

Beata Beatrix by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

I am a fallen angel, struck by
the thunderbolt of wonder and desire,
exiled to a destiny of solitary emancipation.

But, hear me, now:
I am also a woman of truth.

And so, I must, you know . . .

I must transport myself into
a certain willingness that embraces 
this brave new autonomy.

I must enact this deepest form of 
worship that knows not how to ask, 
but only to receive.

I must open, submit . . . believe.

I have wandered in a Dantean limbo
for eternity. And, I have fallen . . . 
risen . . . and fallen again.

I seek the promise of relief.

The sky will soon be evening-gowned 
in black silk and brilliant diamonds.

The oil-smooth river will ripple like mercury
beneath the milky glow of the moon.

The owl will weep once more.

And, I? I will fall 
like a lush tree in a postmodern forest.
who will witness this . . . ?
No one will hear my cries.

And so, I must . . .
I must this rebirth allow.
I must this Self redeem.