Category Archives: Poems

2 Poems in Luciole Retro

Another of my favorite online journals is Luciole Press. Editor, Karen Bowles, published poems of mine in 2008 and 2010 before having to cut back on her work for a while to deal with some personal health issues. She recently started up again with a retro issue that includes two of my poems from 2008, “13 Ways of Birds” and “To Resist Fading.” The retro issue also has work from Pris Campbell, Ami Kaye, S.A. Griffin, Scott Wannberg, and Russell Ragsdale. Here is a link to Luciole Press

To Be Like Poems

Here is a poem that was published in another of my favorite online places, Vox Poetica, back in 2011. It was a little different then. Here is the link to its appearance in Annmarie Lockhart’s lovely daily poem blog.

To Be Like Poems

There is something about the way
a poem sits on a page surrounded
by so much white space, the stanzas boldly
declaring their independence, the lines,

rarely reaching the margin, yet
taking themselves so seriously,
believing they deserve to be broken,
set apart, spoken in single,

emphatic expulsions of breath, the words
carefully chosen for sound, denotation,
connotation, association, intentionally placed,
measured, juxtaposed, the crisp

black curls and lines of letters
staunchly denying the oppression of the void,
crush of prose, even a title
given to somewhere between 5 words,

the shortest decent poem I’ve ever
read, and a couple hundred,
sometimes even a byline for what
might only be a single sentence

that makes me think there might be hope
for us all if we could learn to be
like poems, vital, connected, leaning
into the moment a little harder.

Pirene’s Fountain

Here is a link to two poems of mine, “Thirteen Ways of Direction” and “Thirteen Ways of Wonder”, published in this April’s issue of Pirene’s Fountain, one of my favorite online journals. Ami Kaye, Lark Timmons, and the other editors there do a great job. They have used my work quite a bit, including an interview with Lark in this same issue (Link); another interview with Tony Walbran last year (link); a wonderful showcase last year (link); and poems in issues each of the last six years. Their final online issue, due out in October, will also have two more of my poems as well.