“After School,” “From Then Until Now,” “Cronies,” and “A Class Called Poetry 101”

After School In the afternoon, when our class let out and the last sniffling little girl, and bullying overgrown boy had left, I would stay at my…


“Blues in D,” “Pooling,” “Floating Woman,” and Other Poems

Blues in D D for destruction? D for demoralized? Can’t decide which blues. Maybe it’s the no-room-in-the-city blues. Or a…


“The Ballad of Frankie,” “Oasis,” “Vultures,” and “A Morning in June”

The Ballad of Frankie I can tell you what I know and what I don’t know. I couldn’t see inside his head so nothing going on in there was ever going to…


“Poetry vs. Tech,” “The Equation on the Blackboard,” “Last Ride,” and Other Poems

Poetry vs. Tech I'm surrounded by technology--- the wonders of disinterring all four Beatles so they can play a concert in my living room or…


“The Poetry Mistress and the Flesh and Blood Wife,” “Marrying a Man with Children,” “Esmeralda,” and Other Poems

The Poetry Mistress and the Flesh and Blood Wife Even when I dream, she wants my body. Such a slut, she doesn't care that my wife is sleeping soundly…


“Table for One Gator,” “Love Sick Etc.,” “Spider-Man in the Park,” and Other Poems

Table for One Gator A ridge of gray breaks the surface of brown water--- a stillness like cypress roots--- two nostrils blink like eyes, suck in the…


“When There’s Killing,” “Don’t Wake Me,” “The Stopwatch Writes,” and Other Poems

When There's Killing He knows it's not a fairytale world in which pigs dance, cows sing. He's grown into his father's toughness and his wile's…


“A Young Woman Contemplates Jumping,” “Welcome to the Future,” and “Snow White Redux”

A Young Woman Contemplates Jumping I intend to fall but I must not. I’m on a ledge of a bridge looking down at the water but am I really at the edge…


“Strands,” “The Relationship Will Not Be Resumed,” and “At the Marriage Counselor’s Office”

Strands Strands of hair led me to find you in your bedroom--- small and seeming smaller for your invisible body, burrowed head in an array of……


“From the Wolf,” “We Will Just Love You,” “Rain-Side,” and “Keeping My Body Parts to Myself These Days”

From the Wolf Your pack is so civilized. You broil pork for your just-whelped pups. Your prey is this thing called “the good life" but you don't…