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posted on: Jul 12 2020

Revising—A Primer

  First drafts are rotten little beasts. They just don’t behave. They do what they want, and give you lots of lip in the bargain. Revising tames the beast and can, with work, make a beauty. So how do we affect this glorious transformation? First, we drop the hyperbole...

posted on: Jul 12 2020

My Other Keyboard

Staying home means finding ways to stay happy and sane. Even with cold summer weather, there’s the garden; another book to read; not to mention another one to write. But sometimes I need to get away from pages and screens and stretch my brain another...

posted on: May 16 2020

Girl With The Broken Back

originally published in Feminine Collective See how she scuttles across the floor The cold tile numbs, then burns Her palms, knees, shins All portions of flesh pressed on The harder thing—the hardest thing Not cursed yet— —Soon Then there’s this back The thing that holds her together The thing she’s built around Grew up around Now crushed...

posted on: Apr 01 2020

Milkman, a novel by Anna Burns

Sometimes the best books are the ones that catch your eye on a table at a small independent bookstore. We have a couple of great ones where I live in Olympia, WA, though they’re closed these days, like just about everything else. The last time...

posted on: Apr 01 2020

Evolutionary Process

originally published in don't die press   Fire eats the forest Evergreens turn to ash Water chokes the canyon Slopes fall under mud Wind inhales the neighborhood Throws rafters to the ground   A woman gives her body out of hunger for the touch Her private land is fertile where scattered seeds are sown   Abundance is Husbanded, Planned, Discussed   Until...

posted on: Feb 04 2020

What We Talk About When We Watch The Handmaid’s Tale

originally published in Feminine Collective   What if my dystopia is your heaven, my utopia your hell? We’re not on the same page, darling May I still call you that? You said it could never happen here Isn’t that what the Germans said of Hitler? Where did they think his anti-semantic rants...

posted on: Jan 08 2020

A Typical Writing Day

This essay originally appeared in my (small press) writing day   I come into my office each morning with one goal—to calm the chaos in my head. I don’t sleep well these days, probably my body telling me I need fewer hours in the sack—and what I’m...

posted on: Dec 22 2019

Why We Need Perry Mason Now More Than Ever

originally published in Medium|culture   I used to watch Perry Mason on television a lot when I was a kid. I loved the edgy black-and-white film; the unlikely plots; the relentless drive for truth. Not to mention the cars. What ten year-old girl immersed in rerun after...

posted on: Dec 01 2019

You Made The World

originally published in Feminine Collective   Agony—a gone knee Can’t bend—no way to mend This isn’t about aging—maybe about raging What stops the crazy rhyme-time? Unplug the clock Blind its ruby face Tear your eyes out if you must Choke on dust There I go again, too easy This lilting rhythm and sound Trapped by the jazzy...