“All of Us,” a 74-line poem about becoming a couple after the first wife dies, won an Honorable Mention in the Oregon Poetry’s Association Spring 2015 contest. Watershed Review “Dating a Dutch Scientist” and “Gold in the Mouth” in its December 2014 issue. Several of these poems appear in Saturday Afternoons, published March 2009. My photograph, “Laundry, San Felipe,” shot in Mexico’s Yucatan, is on the book’s cover. The Harney County poems come from my spring stint as the 2009 Eastern Oregon Writer-in-Residence.
The boy around the corner
skips when he walks his dog.
I say, You’re on the run, Jack,
but Jack says it’s Maggie Read More
Might the massage guy
frown at her feet—
those calluses and corns?
Scorn bouquets of veins Read More
The mothers lay like the dead
on their beds, shoes shook free,
those late afternoons when
we rushed home from school Read More
That lone sock turned up
swaddled in a kitchen rag,
hiding out somewhere
under something, with nowhere Read More
Being lovers is one thing,
building a sanctuary, another.
A twig misplaced,
a crumbling cradle Read More