In October 2015, I was honored to collaborate with my friend, Larry Duncan, on a project called Heartbreak: Fuse, by Karineh Mahdessian. This project partnered male and female poets to write about heartbreak together. Larry responded to my poem, “Liquid Forget”, with a poem called “Forget Liquid”. The anthology includes work by of my poetry friends, including Raquel Reyes-Lopez, Marc Cid, Sharon Elliott, Donny Jackson, Kelly Grace Thomas, Wyatt Underwood, Sean Gunning, Angela Moore, Bill Friday, and too many more.
(Apparently this acknowledgement was missed until recently.)
Two of my poems, “Love Letter No. 4: To the Nail Biter” and “Oceans Once Receded” are included in the newest anthology, Element(ary) My Dear, from Kind of a Hurricane Press. This collection was based on the theme of the four elements: earth, wind, fire, and water. You can download the PDF version from their bookstore for free or buy it on Amazon. Either way, you will get over 200 pages of poetry!
John Brantingham’s new blog Ekphrastic California was kind enough to publish a newer poem of mine, “Jigsawed“, with inspiration connected to this painting “Weeping Woman” by Pablo Picasso. Every day, they publish an ekphrastic poem, one inspired by a painting, photo, sculpture, or other art. Take a moment to check out the first month and a half they’ve published so far.
Once again, two more of my poems are on The Poet’s Haven this week! “The Atmosphere I Miss” was included in All the Tiny Anchors, but I always hoped it would find an independent home. The second one, “Record Scratch” has never found a home and I’m very happy it finally has! Both poems are different perspectives of holding on and letting go. Still miss that atmosphere, still hoping the record will unskip itself.
Just got word that two of my poems, “Car Accident, 14 Months Going” and “Death by Rust“, were accepted and published on The Poet’s Haven. Both of these poems were written in early 2013, which feels like a lifetime ago. “Car Accident…” is also in All the Tiny Anchors and “Death…” was included in Cadence Anthology: Year Two. It’s still wonderful to see they are getting some individual love out on the poetry universe.
I am honored to have my poem, “Bows”, included in the next anthology by Don Kingfisher Campbell, Spectrum 2: The Gift, centered around the theme of gifts. The release will be December 19th, at the Santa Catalina Branch Library on 999 E. Washington Blvd. in Pasadena, at 3 pm. There 61 poets in this edition, including some of my favorites: Teresa Mei Chuc, Beverly Collins, Boris Ingles, and Jeri Thompson!
Very excited to have a poem published in the newest issue of Yellow Chair Review! “Oil-Black” is one about my grandfather I wrote shortly after his death last year. I had the hardest time setting on revisions for this poem, but decided it was time to send it out into the world. There are many fine poems in this issue, including one from my friend, Jeri Thompson. Enjoy!
The 5th poem on the site, On the Grid Zine, is “Smiling at Strangers“. It’s actually one I wrote a few years back. Sometimes you got to push yourself out of your comfort zone to make progress. In some ways, I’ve never looked back.
My 4th poem, “How I Stopped Naming Lost Things“, on the new site, On the Grid Zine. Sometimes life gets you all turned around and you just live with your current state. Take a moment to read some other poems and stories on this lovely site about mental health.
3rd poem on the new site, On the Grid Zine, all about mental health! I wrote “Base of My Spine” a few years ago, but the feeling still applies. My body and my mind in tension. Take a moment to read and look at the others!