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Journal

posted on: Jun 07 2022

AN OPEN DOOR – Chapter One

  chapter one   On Friday afternoons the mood in the typing pool was a gathering storm. Heads bent tensely over keyboards. Machines clacked. High on the wall hung a big clock like a cold sun above the room. As the hour hand moved toward five the atmosphere...

posted on: Nov 18 2021

A Novelist & Poet

I wrote novels, then poetry, late in my career. Up to then, my focus was on short stories. I produced one after another for about nine years until finally, one found a home. It took another seven or eight years before I was regularly publishing...

posted on: Oct 31 2021

Poetry & Image

cottonwood tree reflected in water, Lavinia Studios 2021 POETRY & IMAGE Poetry is a visual expression, even when it’s about politics, or feminism, or how nasty people can be. In poems, words evoke both what we feel and see. This is important to me, I’d say even...

posted on: Oct 31 2021

The One That Got Away

originally published in Product Magazine   THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY Meeting Moira for coffee is like getting my teeth cleaned. I know it’s going to hurt, I think of reasons not to go, then go anyway. For the dentist, there’s an appointment, and it looms on my...

posted on: Oct 06 2021

Caleb’s Girl

originally published in Product Magazine   CALEB’S GIRL   Caleb says she’s so amazing, more like a goddess than a girl. He hasn’t been seeing her long and none of us have met her yet, so we accuse him of making her up.   He says she’s as real as anyone,...

posted on: Aug 30 2021

blue obsidian

originally published in Full House Literary Magazine     blue obsidian   things of beauty please the eye paperweights & polished blocks of lapis & malachite a small crystal vase with silk roses—pink my favorite, though i don’t care for fake flowers   this place isn’t for me   he puts a silver giraffe in my hand because...

posted on: Jul 30 2021

People Ruin Everything

originally published in New Pop Lit The summer people choked the road, filled up the taverns, trashed the beachfront, and parked everywhere and anywhere, even in places they shouldn’t. Moss’s father was on the city council and had tried, unsuccessfully, to find funding to build a...

posted on: Jun 20 2021

like a shade of dawn

originally published in Libretto Magazine   in shadow the glow is soft in sunlight it’s hard candy a room in a house through trees with a purple-pink light   you can’t read by it draw by it knit a sweater or darn a sock   you can lie, though, surrounded by how it makes you feel   which is ....

posted on: May 29 2021

I Wanted Brothers

I wanted brothers. Two, maybe three, but one alone would have kept me safe from my sister’s abuse, her never-ending rage at my being born. This necessary brother would be in the middle, between us age-wise, a willing defender. He’d always take my side. This brother would...

posted on: Apr 28 2021

Two Poems in Honor of National Poetry Month – April 2021

if the sky won't have me originally published in FEED issue 2.2   the rain makes a river of the road rushing rivulets, eddies all aswirl   it goes where gravity takes it & gathers in a low point, getting deeper & wider as the storm fails to relent   i step into the river, reluctantly...