No Wonder

Is it any wonder the Japanese hate us? My wife Claudia and I had been cooped up in this fucking Palace Cruise Line anchored off Yokohama for 13 days…


Kabuki Rites

Everything changed for me when I got sick. I developed a serious infection at the site of my so-called surgery, performed that fateful afternoon back…


“Sayonara,” “Comp 1,” “Five Steps to Caring,” and Other Poems

Sayonara Samurai occupy the subway. They guard the entrance and stand at attention on the platforms. My girlfriends and I pass by, giggling. We’ve…


“A Love Poem by America’s First Pregnant Trans Woman,” “Holy Rollers,” “On a Sunday,” and “Sadder”

A Love Poem by America's First Pregnant Trans Woman by Theodora Divine II “What the hell did you expect?” That’s what he said, my father, who sat…


“Dynamo of the Trailers,” “Bedouin of the Jungle,” “Everything,” and “My Dinner with Mighty Mouse”

Dynamo of the Trailers She’s seventy now; she’s had a full life. This is Hillary of whom I speak; I mean the one Bill used to call his little wife.…


“Glass from Sand,” “Call to Arms,” “Solitary Confinement,” and Other Poems

Glass from Sand Are you mindful of the fact that the man there in the turban is not a chimpanzee? I know this because that man is me. If you close…


“Zulus from Canada,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “By Popular Demand,” and Other Poems

Zulus from Canada On the matter of Oscar Peterson, The jury is still out. He was the real McCoy, he was Radioactive. He was the Taj Mahal. He was…


“Celebs at the Beach,” “Peripheral Visions,” “Bride of the Sky,” and Other Poems

Celebs at the Beach I strain myself to get a better look, A good long look at what is promised To be the view of a lifetime. I’m not a stargazer; I…


“Multi-Cultural Awareness,” “The State of Maybe,” “Bumpkin in Overalls,” and “Tokyo Rose Lives”

Multi-Cultural Awareness In Japan, the Japanese write poems about Japan. There’s no mention of the universal. Japanese poets write Japanese poems…


“Heaven Help Us,” “No Longer Fit to Print,” “In Rehearsal,” and “French Revolution”

Heaven Help Us I tried on a kimono and danced all night in the summer parade. Problem is, costumes are not for me. I never wear robes and I’ve never…