“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 mothers came home,
lipstick smeared like jelly, lurching for coffee,
just freshening up.
The fathers, revived after a cocktail fling,
ties loose, hair tossed like high school boys.
Some walked me home. Read More
Opera, as the hype goes, promises high drama and grand emotions. Oddly, I can’t remember an opening night soaring to such heights when I take along a date. Read More
I am heartened
in this vast lonely land
by the room for affection.
Tundra swans swim in twos,
mule deer mingle, then muddle,
sandhill cranes remain faithful. Read More