May 10, 2018

Susanna Lang

Travel Notes from the River Styx, $16.99 Terrapin Books.

I’m a sucker for titles. Susanna Lang’s newest collection, Travel Notes From the River Styx, has a title I simply cannot resist. Just from the title, before reading any of the poems, I intuited there...

May 10, 2018

Lisa Brognano  

In the Interest of Faye, $8.99

Golden Antelope Press

Lisa Brognano is good at description; the physical settings in In the Interest of Faye are adequately depicted, enabling the reader to visualize the scene. The plot is interesting, but character develop...

May 1, 2018

Sister Maria Veronica was my seventh-grade teacher. She was tall and young, with a pretty face and wonderful, plump breasts neatly tucked away under her black habit. Her brown eyes were filled with life and set under brows so thick they almost touched each other. Every...

May 1, 2018

My father wouldn’t allow my siblings and me to watch football games on television. He disapproved of the sport; to him it seemed like combat, a display of brute force. He didn’t see any grace in the players’ moves—he saw no ballet in running, passing or catching.

My sis...

May 1, 2018

A lit match streaked toward Earth. For nearly two years, an alphabet soup of acronym named government agencies were aware of its trajectory. Math was verified by billboard size equations at NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Cal Tech, MIT, Stanford, and a handf...

May 1, 2018

Tranquility Base 

It was July 1969 down on Lake Sinclair. 

Outside was a night as loud as Mombasa. 

Inside the astronauts came down a blurry 

black and white ladder, likewise the old TV.  

My crewcut years then at ten were just 

a clutching of books near two-hundred


May 1, 2018

Untamed Horses Give Me Special Powers

Back when I was a stow away in the boxcar that could return you to flesh

I enjoyed many an O. Henry story in a bower of piñatas

and undersea treasures were in the aisles of every supermarket

where I would study their comic book spinne...

May 1, 2018


At the Met I’m on guard over grandkids

In close study of a mummy

When fingers begin

To entwine my hand

I look up to see a middle-aged woman

Back to me taking a last look at the room

Her hand soft and comforting folds in mine

A mystery that feels right

Then sh...

May 1, 2018


I’ll snitch sunrise from three ponies.

Their hill and their fescue have disappeared.

Crows are waiting at the edge of their eyes.

An old woman with a rifle is staring at their salt block.

It looks like a city is riding their skins.

It looks like a lar...

May 1, 2018

Dirty Joke

I love God a Hell of a lot more than

I love Satan or myself or any

-body else or anything I swear to

Miss Hooker after Sunday School class so

she keeps me after and has me erase

the board and straighten the chairs and empty

the trash and stack the hymnbooks and wa...

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