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…


My Prescription Pills Come in Packs of Ten

We soak---the solvent yet quickens our rot Fresh dope strikes the vein in suburbia Chemic’ly warm---to forget your life’s lot Softest venom begets…


Reaper Society

Shhhh, don't say a word, or make a sound, stay right here, you are safe if you do. Test the darkness to see if what they say is true. Should I wait…