Four Nightmares

Photo by Tersius van Rhyn via Unsplash : Delighted to have two of my poems published by The Normal School: A Literary Magazine. The poem below began as a NaPoWriMo exercise, using two other poems' first lines as starting an ending points. My two inspirations were Bête Noire by Catherine Tufariello and sorrows by Lucille Clifton. :... Continue Reading →

Fine, Then

Image courtesy of Alien Covenant   Delighted to have two of my poems published by The Normal School: A Literary Magazine. The one below is a 'revenge' poem, written after receiving three rejections in one day.☺️ I wish it were my standard answer to all life's setbacks! : Fine, Then : No one wants to touch the skin... Continue Reading →

Spring Inspection

Photo by Anton Scherbakov via Unsplash : Thank you to Kate Wright and Mike Robbins at Flyway for accepting two poems for publication in their winter issue. Spring Inspection was written during one of the coldest winters of my life. At the time, I was a graduate student at the University of Minnesota and had just found out I was pregnant with... Continue Reading →

alteration

Photo by Jo Wroten via Unsplash : Thank you to Kate Wright and Mike Robbins at Flyway for accepting two poems for publication. alteration was written years ago, when I was just starting to grow roots into English. Hence the gardening metaphor, perhaps? Hmm. Everything becomes a symbol in hindsight. : alteration : don’t look   ... Continue Reading →

The Rose

Photo by Neslihan Gunaydin via Unsplash : The Rose : This hand that holds the trowel, a rubber glove to hide thick-knuckled, restless fingers— you know it’s yours. Yours, also, the knobby knees, the narrow feet in muddy crocs, the loosened skin holding it all together—who knows however long? You are a waterfall of flesh and... Continue Reading →

Why I Like Hot Showers

Gian Lorenzo Bernini The Ecstasy of St. Theresa, detail : My contributor's copy of beautiful PonderReview arrived and I can't help but share the joy! Thank you to Kendall Dunkelberg and his enthusiastic editorial team for all their good work on this gorgeous issue. :   Why I Like Hot Showers   : Forgive me,... Continue Reading →

Salt Marsh

Photo by Christin Hume via Unsplash :   Salt Marsh   : Someday she will start writing, leaving her fear behind— a coat on the doorstep. Words, rusty in their hinges, will blow against the old barn, will whistle in the thin rain. She’ll hear a door close with a bang, a dog howl at... Continue Reading →

Compromise

Photo by Hilthart Pedersen via Unsplash : Delighted to announce that three of my poems found a home in the fall issue of Watershed Review. A big thank you to Sarah Pape and her wonderful editorial team for taking in these word-children of mine! : Compromise : A flask empty of wine on the table.... Continue Reading →

Count Your Blessings

Photo by Taylor Ann Wright via Unsplash : Count Your Blessings : Sneer, counting the moments touched by joy, the ones currently marching like mad across your front lawn. You clearly see them for what they are—frauds, counterfeit, foolish impostors, because, let’s be real, no way in hell do you deserve what brushed by with... Continue Reading →

Amnesia

Photo by Gaelle Marcel via Unsplash : Beyond excited to have two of my poems come out in The American Journal of Poetry ! Thankful to Robert Nazarene and James Wilson for selecting this work to join that of numerous amazing poets. I'm truly grateful and my head hasn't stopped spinning since last night, when Volume... Continue Reading →

The Icon

St. John the Theologian : Guess what came in the mail today? Issue 7 of saltfront: studies in human habit(at), with my poem "The Icon" in it! In late 2017, I started sending work out again after a very long hiatus and saltfront was among the first journals to publish me this past year. I'm grateful for... Continue Reading →

Time Capsule

Photo by Bruno Nascimento via Unsplash : Time Capsule We dug a hole at the back of grandma’s garden, where we had laid bodies to rest in matchstick boxes, each grave with its makeshift cross of twigs and brambles, as if beetles, too, had a god, or a church, or a soul. It was the pull of... Continue Reading →

The Fool

Image courtesy of incandescenttarrot.com : The Fool :  The fool pauses on the precipice of a word. He surveys the great blue. It’s cloudy today. Perhaps tomorrow he’ll write a poem about flying. Today must be rooted in dirt. Step after step after step, the fool descends. It’s been eons since he left the summit.... Continue Reading →

Bread

Image courtesy of the historical archive AGERPRESS : Bread : My father stands with his back to the wall, clutching his fists. The boys are tall. They lower their shaved heads. Show us your hands, they say. If you're not hiding anything. My father knows he'll cry soon. He calls grandma, but she can't hear... Continue Reading →

Rites of Passage

Photo by Fabrizio Conti via Unsplash Rites of Passage : I The rock was thrown as a joke, a sleight of hand. Then, the bursting eye, the entrails- like stuff pouring out. I knew it was an eye, but it looked like an unhatched egg, the embryo throbbing with its own hunger for life. It... Continue Reading →

The Guest

Photo by Martino Pietropoli via Unsplash : The Guest : My house grows small waiting for her to leave. Today I opened the door to the cellar and it wasn’t there. I climbed the staircase to the attic— it ended in a dead wall. The bathroom I’ve been so proud of shrank to the size... Continue Reading →

Body Not Hers

Photo by Janco Ferlich via Unsplash : Body Not Hers : For my children, when they grow up 1. The darkness within me, it’s all- engulfing, viscous, and real, the mystery of its black rose still blooming. Dark objects fall in and out like planets. Mars glides by glowing red, a fascinating eye into hell.... Continue Reading →

Winter

Photo by Fabrice Villard via Unsplash : Winter : A woman writes a line in the snow and leaves. Nothing else is new in that quiet field. Large snowflakes seal in her words, an envelope, closing. Next summer, she won't remember what she has written, or why. In the wake of retreating steps, silence keeps the... Continue Reading →

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