“No Country for White Men” and “At the Burial”

No Country for White Men Hunt the unmarked turn-off, missing it completely. Then U-turn on the high-speed two-laner to nowhere, through disappointed…


“The Gentrifier,” “The Fearmaker,” and “The Equalizer”

The Gentrifier I am the Gentrifier. I am the Yin to White Flight's Yang. First I lower it until you neglect it, Then I inflate it until you can’t…


“Prologue,” “Choppers,” “The Day the Press Stood Up,” and “Coda”

Prologue All my closest friends remained behind in the Hell Zones. And I understood. There were shortages, yes, lockdowns and supply-chain…


“A Porterhouse Steak,” “Damaged Yet Beautiful,” and “A Cocktail Lounge”

A Porterhouse Steak Some mornings won't quite let you forget foolishness from the night before with dull aches or a hammer lodged in your skull…


Every Third Street

Accidental killing? Done with ease!…


“Dream of Holding On,” “Sleeping with My Nemesis,” “Dream of Emergence,” and Other Poems

Dream of Holding On I’m working at the fish plant when my ex-wife comes by she hasn’t changed in 20 years she wants try again Come with me, she says…


“Infinite Reveries” and “The Marvel of the Freedom: In Patches”

Infinite Reveries The loveliest dawn dwelleths* in the bosom.** A mild magic word rests far below. A balmy spark flying in the soul. Homeland would…


“Some Kind of Love Story” and “Takoma’s True Beauty”

Some Kind of Love Story Circuit court, This is where, Marriages go, To die, And that’s why, You’re there, Virtually, There, A ten-minute hearing,…


“Blood Red Roses,” “The Ghosts,” and “Scapulary”

Blood Red Roses Blood red roses Booming bloom explosions Spurting fountain dark in deep red arcs Thick spreading like syrup pooling at our feet…


“A Corn in the Bottle” and “How Nights Harbour Our Scars”

A Corn in the Bottle No one stands on grinding stone & wage wars against it, no one does! No one dwells on mortal & plot evils against it, no…