Spread out your blanket next to me; I will do my best to keep you amused. Below, you will find a random sampling of my writing. The best part about staying on this beach is that you dont need sunscreen to protect you or a trashy romance novel to keep you busy (and if my work leaves you cold, you can find that trashy romance novel and a few other books by some of my favorite authors on the "Hobbies" page). However, I hope the words Ive provided will keep you occupied. Turn your face to the sun and surrender your eyes and heart to the poetry. Any comments are graciously accepted. Click on the e-mail link (my amethyst bracelet) to send me a note. I thank you and hope your journey through my work is thought-provoking, inspiring or just plain interesting. And if you look carefully on this page, you may just find a gem! Do check back from time to time -- this body of work will ebb and flow. Titles are listed alphabetically.








~RANDOM SAMPLING OF MY WORK~

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Poetry Selections

"A Magnet Wrapped with Wire"
~~ [Theme: CONTROVERSY] I want you, but only on the frets, in the action . . .
"Appliance of Self-Analysis"
~~ [Theme: PSYCHOANALYSIS] I call him Freud . . .
"Back to the Sea"
~~ [Theme: SEA] You are the sea, one I venerate and hate in equal measure . . .
"Birds as Omens for a Change"
~~ [Theme: BIRDS] April 22: we sputter outside a Minimart in a planned community near Baltimore . . .
"Blackout"
~~ [Theme: MARRIAGE] We pass a bottle of hemp seed beer around the table . . .
"Color Me BrazenBerry"
~~ [Theme: WOMEN] The lipstick on the dressing table is my mother . . .
"Communion with the Deceased"
~~ [Theme: DEATH] Tell me something. What good could have come from this? . . .
"Conceding to Catholicism"
~~ [Theme: INSANITY] I include your electric razor in a satchel with socks, underwear . . .
"Damn the Light"
~~ [Theme: PAIN] A man on his knees; superlative supplicant bowed before me in a sacred space . . .
"Euthanasia"
~~ [Theme: EUTHANASIA] I stared out the kitchen window that morning, thought, "Still breathing or not?" . . .
"Faux Yawps at the National Zoo"
~~ [Theme: ANIMALS] My invitation to the Women's Club "Choux in the Zoo" event was obligatory . . .
"Flirting with Felicity and Turandot"
~~ [Theme: OPERA] Isn't there something oxymoronic about an exhausted insomniac . . .
"Fresco Alfresco"
~~ [Theme: FAITH] I am Michelangelo. I want nothing more than to lie on my back . . .
"Ghost Writer in Communicado"
~~ [Theme: WRITING] In the corner of his room at his desk with single chair . . .
"Going South"
~~ [Theme: PASSION] I stare out the streaky garden window . . .
"Her Only Staple"
~~ [Theme: SORROW] The totality of her life -- all that she is plus the sum of what she feels . . .
"If All is Dukkha, Why is Buddha Always Smiling?"
~~ [Theme: SISTERHOOD] One carries a roll of wax paper; the other, good karma in bags . . .
"ill, fated, maiden"
~~ [Theme: TITANIC] Water is a mirror and visions become reflective . . .
"Lady Badr al-Burdur's Lamp"
~~ [Theme: COURAGE] You flew from him with no remorse . . .
"Left-Side Deaf"
~~ [Theme: LISTENING] Born left-side deaf births an odd kind of voodoo for you . . .
"Life on the Row"
~~ [Theme: CAPITAL PUNISHMENT] It is always night at the ocean, in my mind . . .
"Ludicrous"
~~ [Theme: ABSURDITY] Not a single aspect . . .
"Luna-tic"
~~ [Theme: THE MOON] Victim of gravitational pull. Consigned to concentric orbit . . .
"Places Where I Have Not Swum"
~~ [Theme: SWIMMING] YWCA . . . head bowed, standing beside the pool, I said no to all invitations . . .
"Property Rights"
~~ [Theme: HOME] Absentminded flips through canvases at the sidewalk sale . . .
"Safe to Accept Either Opinion"
~~ [Theme: OPINIONS] I adjust the light . . . so it beats directly on two letters Id received . . .
"That and the word beautiful"
~~ [Theme: BEAUTY] She says, You are beautiful. It is the first Thursday in May . . .
"The Harlot Visits the Cemetery ('Til Death Do Us Part)"
~~ [Theme: INFIDELITY] A lock of hair lifted by November wind falls across the cigarette . . .
"The Suitcase"
~~ [Theme: ESCAPE] It sits in the closet. Sometimes I do too . . .
"The Twelve Year Victimization of Violet"
~~ [Theme: CHILDREN] My relationship with Violet is the longest Ive managed to sustain . . .
"'Til It Comes Back Around"
~~ [Theme: SUMMER] push coconut sunscreen to back of cabinet; take last whiff . . .
"Toward, Not Away"
~~ [Theme: TRAVEL] They run, the man and the girl . . .
"Two Women in the Garden of the Ward"
~~ [Theme: ILLNESS] On restful mornings, Emma and I tie crimson bandannas around our heads . . .
"White Only Deflects All Other Colors"
~~ [Theme: FLOWERS] The closer I move to menopause . . .

Prose Selections

"At Home in Locales Beyond Oaxaca"
~~ [Theme: CHARACTER]

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THE AUTHOR:

~~ Serve as a Monitor for Wild Poetry Forum [Position accepted: November 1998]
~~ Served as a Guest Editor for the December 2000 edition of Stirring, [V:2,E:12]
~~ Serve as Associate Editor/Poetry Editor for Stirring [Position accepted: December 2000]
~~ Served as POW Contest Editor for TheCriticalPoet [Position accepted: January 2001]

THE WORK:

"Conceding to Catholicism"
~~ Featured in the August 2000 edition of Stirring, [V:2,E:8]

"Fresco Alfresco"
~~ Featured in the August 2000 edition of The Eclipse, [V:1,N:4]
~~ Winner of the Sundress Poetry Slam, July 26, 2000

"'Til It Comes Back Around"
~~ Featured on the Alpha Poet's Page at The Poet's Porch, [8/00 to 5/01]

"Euthanasia"
~~ Featured on the Alpha Poet's Page at The Poet's Porch, [2/01 to 5/01]
~~ Featured in the Spring 2001 edition of interweave (zine), [I:2]

"Luna-tic"
~~ Winner of the Poem of the Week contest at TheCriticalPoet, September 11, 2000

"White Only Deflects All Other Colors"
~~ Winner of the Poem of the Week contest at Wild Poetry Forum, September 18, 2000
~~ Winner of the Sundress Poetry Slam, October 18, 2000
~~ Featured in the November 2000 edition of 3rd Muse Poetry Journal, [I:2]

"The Twelve Year Victimization of Violet"
~~ Featured at Kookamonga Square

"Birds as Omens for a Change"
~~ Featured in the October 2000 edition of Poems Niederngasse

"Flirting with Felicity and Turandot"
~~ Abridged version featured in Oct/Nov 2000 edition of Eclectica Magazine, [V:4,N:4]

"Color Me BrazenBerry"
~~ Featured in the February 2001 edition of Mentress Moon
~~ Featured in the Spring 2001 edition of interweave (zine), [I:2]

"The Harlot Visits the Cemetery"
"The Suitcase"

~~ Featured in the February 2001 edition of Mentress Moon

"Safe to Accept Either Opinion"
~~ Featured in the Winter 2000 edition of Verse Libre: Free Verse Quarterly, [V:1, E:1]

"A Magnet Wrapped with Wire"
~~ Featured in the Jan./Feb. 2001 edition of Friction Magazine, [V:3,N:1]

"ill, fated, maiden"
"Left-Side Deaf"

~~ Featured in the Spring 2001 edition of Templar Phoenix Literary Review, [V:2,N:1]

"Damn the Light"
"Her Only Staple"
"Ludicrous"

~~ Featured in the July/August 2001 edition of Wired Art from Wired Hearts

"If All is Dukkha, Why is Buddha Always Smiling?"
~~ Featured Poem of the Month in the July 2001 edition of The Writer's Hood

"Lady Badr al-Budur's Lamp"
~~ Featured in the Summer 2001, Issue 7 edition of Gumball Poetry

"Communion with the Deceased"
~~ Second Place, June 2002 / Poem of the Year 2002 in the IBPC
~~ Featured in the September 2002 edition of The Writer's Hood

"Two Women in the Garden of the Ward"
~~ Featured in three candles

"Life on the Row"
~~ First Place, July 2003 in the IBPC



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