“The Urchin Response,” “Defining the Species,” and “Fright of Passage”

The Urchin Response Polar North Estates 25 Reindeer Stable Nunavut, Canada Dear ___________,* Thank you for your scribbled indecipherables. Please be…


“Lot’s Wife in Prime Time,” “Bloodlines and Nuns,” “Berlin 1945,” and Other Poems

Lot's Wife in Prime Time Wheeled out in prime time, dusted off, makeup girls powdering her up from crusted toe to nose, Lot’s wife dug from the…


On the Spectrum

You're not allowed to say "handicapped,” "disabled," or downright "weird.” You've got to say, they're "on the spectrum.” You know: the "A" word. Yep,…


“Bran Castle,” “Prose Writer in a Poetry Club,” “If I Close My Eyes,” and “The Game”

Bran Castle We searched all through Bran Castle, that night Okay, so technically it was daytime, closing in on evening, And--- The tour guide told us…


“Maximum Madness,” “A Good Paddling,” “Dancing on Graves,” and Other Poems

Maximum Madness I was five and she was six She played the fiddle, I fooled around We hid beneath the floral covers People thought we’d become instant…


“Daybreak—Oregon,” “Sayings of Othin,” and “Western Mockingbird”

Daybreak---Oregon Tolling to wake over the fog-fret sea; Over the fathomless portent of braying waves, Which, lash upon lash, blast upon remnant…


“In Memory of Randy H.,” “Like This,” and “My Son”

In Memory of Randy H. Hippo---your teenage nickname said, shouted, mumbled, mouthed, breath wandering into the world in the days your orange Cutlass…


“When Father Knew Best,” “Baby’s First Protest: Uh-Oh,” and “After Seeing Toulouse-Lautrec’s Poster ‘Can-Can'”

When Father Knew Best Monsignor Dugan called us into the hall said, you saw a dirty movie tell your mothers, You must leave Girl Scouts or St. Mary's…


You Can’t Touch Me

The first time you flipped was at a bus stop;             it was dark, the street was…


“Moonblood,” “Liar, Liar,” and “Monstrare”

Moonblood Stark night blooming full moon Aggrandizing expanding embellishing Stars and cars colliding marking a child With great expectations Moon…