We had a talk after our first real date
I used Sharon Olds’s Gold Cell as segue
poems of damage and fracture
told like a spy from war.
I needed you to know
enough to understand
enough to get why.
Before I shed my clothes
I had to untie those secrets
to lay them out across our laps.
Feet up on the coffee table
I had to look away as I always do
and tell you
how damaged I was
how broken my heart had been
before I ever saw it coming.
How it wouldn’t be personal
how it wouldn’t be about you
how I carried this weight all my life
how I didn’t know if I could rest it.
You sat stone quiet
arm across my shoulders
you kissed my hair
locking your knees under mine.
Originally published in Carnival: Black, White, and Coffee and also part of All the Tiny Anchors.
Always honored to share pages with poets in my community. I am very excited to have my poem, “Reef of Clouds” be included in San Gabriel Valley Poertry Quarterly, Issue 62 Spring 2014, with 38 other poets, including Raquel Reyes-Lopez, Marie Lecrivain, and Don Kingfisher Campbell. I will get to read with these lovely people on Saturday, May 31st between 3-5 pm, at the Santa Catalina Branch of the Pasadena Public Library on 999 E. Washington Blvd.
The newest issue of East Jasmine Review is available now! I have three poems in this issue, “Words in Stone and Liquid”, “The Truth of My Skin”, and “The First Her”. I am honored to share these pages with some of my favorite poets, Charlotte San Juan, Clifton Snider, John Brantingham, Mary Torregrossa, Thomas R. Thomas, Elmast Kozloyan, and K. Andrew Turner! Over 100 pages of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in three eco-friendly formats: Kindle, ePub, and PDF for the low cost of $4.50!
The first two poems of mine will also be in my upcoming collection, All the Tiny Anchors.
I am very excited to share this anthology I am honored to be a part of. Two of my poems, “White Sandals” and “Skin As Thick As Walruses“, are in the pages of this collection of poems about living with and around mental illness. The 140 page book is available through Amazon or through the Red Dashboard bookstore.
“Skin As Thick As Walruses”, along with “White Sandals”, is included in the anthology Disorder: Mental Illness and Its Affects published by Red Dashboard now available. I feel extremely honored to be a part of this anthology since this issue is very near to my heart.
Before you buy your very own copy, you can listen to a recording done with BobKat. Bobby Cuff selected music they had prerecorded and without any planning or previewing, we recorded this track in one take. The timing was magical. I hope you will enjoy.
I am honored to have two poems in Storm Cycle 2013, Best of Kind of a Hurricane Press, “Lies to Tell My Body” and “Viscosity”. You can buy the 450 page anthology at Amazon or download the PDF version for free!
Doing a feature at The Ugly Mug in the city of Orange on July 9, 2014! Hosted by Two Idiots Peddling Poetry, the reading starts at 8:00 P.M., has a great open reading, and very comfortable atmosphere for a small $3 cover.
261 N. Glassell Ave., Orange, CA 92866