Category Poetry

Moon Poems

  JANUARY: FULL OLD MOON / FULL WOLF MOON                      Short days— time tilted to nighttime gives us more time to bay at the moon.   We are one.   We howl our new ideas at the Old Wise Moon. Wolf shows us the way of […]

Moon Poem Illustrations

Above image is for the Full Buck Moon month poem.   *** I’m working to compile about 17 months-worth of full moon poems into a chapbook (I keep writing a poem a month, so no tellin’ how long the final book will be). The names of the poems are inspired by the full moon names […]

Orphan Orchids

I found these orchids on the clearance shelf at Lowe’s. With a few good soaks and some orchid food, they have new leaves and air roots. Hoping for flowers on these phalaenopses. While in my windowsill Narcissus forced to their papery white conclusion because I cannot wait.   Happy Spring! ( Narcissus excerpt from my […]

PechaKucha at the Figge

  This past Thursday was PechaKucha Night at the Figge Art Museum. What is PechaKucha?PechaKucha or Pecha Kucha is the Japanese word meaning “chit chat.” It is a “20 x 20” format: twenty slides with twenty seconds each slide; each presenter has a total of six minutes, forty second each presentation. The inaugural Pecha Kucha Night was […]

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

NESTLING Small bird heart races as you Chip away towards the light. No one can help you be born— Too soon and you will not survive. It will take its right time. When you emerge, You find your flock awaiting— Arms, like tree branches, That were there always— Strong, enfolding, protecting, To support you And […]

Local Lovers at Rozz-Tox

  Last Thursday was the Local Lovers open mic night at Rozz-Tox in Rock Island, Illinois. Rozz-Tox is a funky jewel of a place– a cafe and bar–a place you can get pu-erh tea or Ovaltine, sake or lingonberry juice, kimchi or a red velvet cupcake. It’s a great place to see live music, but […]

Kevin Young: Poetry and Anatomical Gifts

Photo of my father on his honeymoon. *** Radio interruptus: I started to listen to Terry Gross interview Kevin Young on Fresh Air last month. My listening was interrupted by a call from my aunt and I just now finished listening to this radio piece. This interview combines two of my passions: poetry and the […]