You said “I love her”
sitting cross-legged in front of me
on the side of the trail, under
that tree where we’d once kissed
like frenzied lovers. The same words
I’d held between my teeth,
circling for weeks waiting
for the space to lay them down.
I thought your words were liquid soap
in the cups of your fingers where
you washed my hair with them,
dragged them across my shoulders,
down the valley of my spine, and deftly
through the inlets of my toes.
How you said those words with your voice
seemed too easy, a well-worn sweater
pulled on in the dark. They formed
on your tongue like weighted olive
branches reaching out. Her name
was old-familiar from those books
you shoved back behind your shelf.
So I laid out my own pebbled words
neatly in rows and columns, though
they would never wash your skin,
only seep in this soil where, like
a hundred times before, I sat
across from you cross-legged.
First published in East Jasmine Review, also included in All The Tiny Anchors.
I am filling in for a last minute opening at Alan Passman‘s reading series, Poetry Bleeding on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at my favorite coffeehouse, Viento Y Agua. On top of that, two of my best poetry friends, JL Martindale and Raquel Reyes-Lopez, are also featuring. Fellow Cadence poet, Scott Noon Creley will also read before the main feature of the night, Spencer Moody.
Come sign up for the open reading and have a delicious warm drink. Reading starts at 8 pm at 4007 E. 4th St. in Long Beach. More info on Facebook.
Tuesday, November 18th, Nancy Lynée Woo and I will be bringing some poetry magic to Rebel Bite Pizza hosted by Vaughan Risher. This groovy open mic has a mix of music and poetry while you eat some seriously good pizza. Starting at 7 pm, you can sign up to share your poetry or songs and hang out with us for a while. 649 E. Broadway in Long Beach.
RSVP for more details on Facebook!
My poem “Fixing a Hole” is included in the newest issue of Hedgerow: A Journal of Small Poems along with one from fellow poet friend, Tobi Cogswell, co-editor of San Pedro River Review. When then say small poems, they mean it! Some of them are one line long.
Please take a moment to check out this beautiful site, The Rainbow Journal, which includes a poem I wrote a year ago, “Frost“. This poem got lost in the shuffle until I finally took it to Eric Morago’s Whittier workshop and gave it some new life. Now it has found a home in this “Dawn” themed issue. Hope you enjoy!
The second installment of A Poet is a Poet No Matter How Tall: Episode II Attack of the Poems is out now! Not only to I get to have a poem of mine in this incredible anthology edited by the gorgeous Raundi Kai Moore-Kondo, I get to share these pages with an incredible number of my friends, including my niece, Kailani, and my former student, Hailey. You should pick up a copy of this goodness and read the ridiculous amount of age friendly poetry filled with love! Get it here at the Createspace store, or find it on Amazon.
On Tuesday, November 11th, Nancy Lynée Woo and I will be reading from Gutters & Alleyways: Perspectives on Poverty and Struggle at THE RwIrGiHtTe READ monthly series curated by our dear friend, Peggy Dobreer, at Stories Books in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. We will be joined by Jessica Piazza, author of Interrobang, and open readers! Sign ups start at 6:30 and reading begins at 7 pm. Check out more details on the Facebook event page.
Check out this link to a really nice article on the Long Beach Press Telegram. Richard Guzman interviewed my poetry partner, Nancy Lynée Woo, and I about the launch of Lucid Moose Lit back in September. He also added some quotes from our dear friends, G. Murray Thomas and Clifton Snider. A photographer from the Daily Breeze came to our reading a couple weeks ago at Public Beer & Wine and took some photos of us for the article. Very exciting to have this feature in the largest Long Beach newspaper!