Rolling the Dice on Love

You never wanted to get married, It just wasn’t for you, Who needs a flawed institution, With an awful success rate, Who needs conventionality, When…


“What is Another Name for Grief?” and “Farewell of Pains”

What is Another Name for Grief? I always get flummoxed about life's experience, Wondering how grief has become shelters In our household. The…


“Meditations (#1): Run, or Don’t Run,” “The Prophet of Regret (#6),” “Game Day,” and Other Poems

Meditations (#1): Run, or Don’t Run Run, or don’t run. I don’t care what you have done. No one knows and nobody cares. No one knows and nobody……


I Was a Childhood “Culture Thief”

When I was young and untamed, I dressed in feathers and leathers, founded my own tribe, and streaked my face in terra cotta. My neighbor and I were…


Burn Buried

One night, while cadging a lift off a friend of a friend, and four of us ending up cramped in a small car: three nondescript guys, plus Candy ---a…


“School Drama” and “Tuesdays with Taylor”

School Drama You aren’t going to believe this, What, I just got an email from the kids’ school, Actually, I got an email from your biggest fan, He’s…


“Dictionary,” “Lover’s Tunes,” and “Nature Also Cries”

Dictionary I still can't decipher why papa asked me To define “moribund” with my maladroit brain, And state the ways it journeys through my spine…


“Licorice Pill” and “Second Shooter”

Licorice Pill I think a lot of people are afraid of how they want to be raped or killed (or both). It’s funny that that’s like, a truism in…


Lucy Starrs—Don’t Thank Your

Kathy the Goth---a graduate from Berkeley, California, so she said--- except not remotely true as it turned out--- was a big girl, meaning…


“Falling Asleep to Horror Movies” and “Fitter Use for the Flock”

Falling Asleep to Horror Movies My vision of sugar plums, dangling on branches, purple as prose, severed by the butcher knife swung by the man in the…