Pandemic in Springtime

News on the poetry front: a recent poem of mine was included in “Through the Window, Across the Road”, a publication of writing and art made created between March and July of this year. I’ve posted it below.

Pandemic in Springtime


I awoke on top of a mountain of sadness
With no place to go but down
the vista was splendid and it cut,
like roads winding through a valley of naked limbs
Farmland smeared together through my prism of tears
This is all one long run on sentence
Driving down from the mountain along the edge of a jagged scream
I stay within the lines and I don’t dare veer
Not even for the deer
Not even to stop as I pass by a pen of spring lambs
Pulling with their tongues the last of last summer’s hay


What business is grass, to stain this already strained world
To live so close to the earth, the warmth of the worms’ work gives you life
How is Spring never closed for business? Why am I angry at air?
Feel punished for breathing, for singing?
All I crave between days of snow and silence
Is to inhale the tang of manure
as it lofts downwind from the fields.


Robins fatten up, red bellies bursting with grub
The trading post of my life
Fills and empties with homemade bread, seeds, masks
The economies of connection
banked with coins of despair and dubloons of hope,
A taming of the wildness within,
And a need to be seen
New tulips sway in the breeze
Holding a scent I cannot yet consume.
Sheep in the field

Thanks to the editors for including my work in this edition. You can purchase the folio here.

Open Letter to People Who Found My Blog Accidentally

Inspired by Amy at Lucy’s Football, I looked at searches that led readers to this blog. And oh boy, I had no idea what you all were looking for! My blog doesn’t get nearly as much traffic as hers, so I pulled up everything from the life of this blog—say, this spring when I transitioned to WordPress: Continue reading

A brief update of activity

I haven’t posted as much as I should about what I’ve been up to (busy doing it!), so here’s a run-down of some of the things I’ve been meaning to tell you about these past few years.

Pie & Poetry 2013

  1. This video collaboration
  2. This walking project
  3. I just joined the roster of this blog (they are also having a funding campaign HERE)
  4. Got grilled by Steve Pappas on TV
  5. Got grilled by Keith Vance on TV
  6. Got grilled by Cassandra Hemenway on TV
  7. Got grilled by Shelagh Shapiro on her podcast
  8. Made this partnership happen
  9. A poem in here
  10. 4 poems in here
  11. Growing this project
  12. Won these awards (edit: this link no longer works. Disabled, for now)
  13. Helped these people do this
  14. Therefore, I earn the my keep on the faculty roster here

That’s a good enough list for now. More as things progress. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Oh yeah, in case you forgot, I live here.

Rainy Art Walk 2013