Limosa limosa, you black-tailed

godwit, long-legged prober

migratory mud wader

you seem a god on speed

slurping up plump polychaetes

& mollusks to double your weight,

record holder for the longest flight

ever tracked by satellite:

New Zealand-China-Alaska 


& back again, no changing planes

no baggage checked nor claimed

high-tailing it over the Mai Po Marsh

the Yellow River a squirt of murky mustard

glimpsed through smog as you soar

over soggy hills and bogs

what full-steam-ahead stamina


no fear of flight like some of us

sitting in this chrome capsule

aloft on the other side of the world

cutting through cumulus & leaving contrails,

wondering how this makes any sense

gripping the armrests

& praying

keep us safe from ourselves

as the flight attendant calls us to attention:

please fasten your seatbelts
we are experiencing some turbulence


                   —first published in Tule Review

Sunrise in Zion

she’s dinging the clouds        she’s dabbing at switchbacks

banging on boulders             the doors of rock squirrels


she carries a slingshot                a bag full of pebbles

she’s making them tremble              she loves to make trouble       


            another ricochet—        


she’s pacing herself               she’s splicing pink ribbons

on cliffs of carnelian            she’s burnishing sandstone      


the scruff of the sagebrush             the muzzles of mule deer          

she’s rising then spilling                 down into the canyon


she’s boring a hole with her light         trying to reach

where the rattlesnakes sleep                    she can sense them               


            you can’t stop her—


she climbs faster than you                 can run up the trail

spreads out on a limb              she takes her sweet time


it’s summer in Springdale               it’s barely called morning         

the children are sleeping       a curtain is glowing              


the bloom is the hour                  two mothers are running     

                      —first published in The Worcester Review

Walk In a Winter Storm


The snow is flinging pelts that cling

so all the wooded trees look birch,

everything wet-headed with the kiss

of masking flakes. Columns of trunks cut

in half in blinking white. We lumber

round the open field in padded coats

and boots among the fallen, numbed limbs.

It’s witching hour, striking winter’s four.

Who has a better way of showing something

new, covering the past, sweeping clean

a room. Who kisses and asks for nothing

in return? Today, inside my body

in the house I sat, stuck between four walls.

Until you called and said, come love the storm.


                  —first published in A Constellation of Kisses, Terrapin Books

Poems in Print and Online 

2021   Poems "There Was Nothing but Land; Not a Country at All," "The Eallu," and 
            "Midpoint: Lebanon, Kansas" 
forthcoming in Aji Magazine

            Poems "Canterbury Farm" and "Fuel for the Fire" forthcoming in Silkworm 14
            Poems "Autumnal Equinox, Twenty-Twenty" and "Me and Prairie Dropseed" forthcoming in Canary

          Poem "In the Country of the Pointed Firs" forthcoming in SWWIM

          Poem "Vaccine Research at the St. Charles Laboratory" forthcoming in Radar Poetry

          Poem "Driving Up Haleakalā, House of the Sun" forthcoming in Lily Poetry Review

          Poems "Derek Drove the John Deere Tractor" and "After the Wildfire" forthcoming in Pirene’s Fountain     

          Poem "The Outermost House" forthcoming in From the Farther Shore (Calliope Poetry/Bass River Press) 

          Poems "Walk in the Driving Rain" and "After Hopper" in The Banyan Review

          Poem "How Days Are Observed" in The Orchards Poetry Journal 

           Poem "The Fig Family" in 30 Poems in November Anthology

2020  Poems "Outside the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles," "An early hour is a good hour," and

          "To All the Starlings" in Terrain.org 

          Poem "First Anniversary" in Straw Dog Writers Pandemic Poetry 

          Poem "I have eaten geographies" in SWWIM 

          Poems "Empirical Construction, Istanbul" and "The Fortune Teller" in Silkworm 13

          Poems "Silueta" and "Queen Bess" in the collaborative print and poetry exhibit, Look Again

          Poem "Self-Portrait with Black Background" in The Ekphrastic Review      

2019  Poem "Frescoed Clouds" in The Skinny Poetry Anthology, Cherry Castle Publishing    

         Poem "Morning Glory" in the Visual Arts and Poetry 2019 Biennial 

         Poem "The Pines" in 30 Poems in November Anthology 

         Poem "Sunrise Run in Zion" in The Worcester Review (Vol. XL, No. 1&2)

         Book Review of The Davids Inside David in Rain Taxi (Vol. 24, No. 3)

         Poems "The Dryer, the Birds and the Plumber," "The Deployment of Bees" in Silkworm 12

         Poem "Waiting for the Show that is Morning" in Molecule (Issue 1)

         Book Review of The Bones of Winter Birds in Cider Press Review (Vol. 21, Issue 2) 

         Poem "On Me Fait" in The Ekphrastic Review

         Poem "Walk in a Winter Storm" in A Constellation of Kisses, Terrapin Books

         Poem "5 PM" in SWWIM

         Poem "Godbird" in Tule Review   

         Poem "Solo Hike on the Wilderness Coastal Trail" in Mom Egg Review (Vol. 17)

         Short Fiction "Same Day Appointment" in Linea (Vol. 1, No. 1)

         Poems "Self-Portrait" and "Fishes" in Voice of Eve (Issue 4)

2018 Poem "Send Me a Photo of the Bottom of Your Shoes" in 30 Poems in November Anthology 

         Poem "Un Mundo" in Forth 

         Poems "Elegy for Doris" and "What the Poverty Grass Said along the Edges of Route 66" in Silkworm 11

         Poem "Flower Poem in Two Parts" in SPANK the CARP (Pond 44 October)

         Poem "C-5 Galaxy Flying North Over South Amherst" in Compass Roads, Straw Dog Writers Guild

         Poem "170,000 Refugees Arrived in Italy Last Year" in WordPeace (Spring) 

         Poem "Waiting in Line to be Added to the Endangered Species List” in Canary (Spring)

         Poem "Self-Portrait Hesitating between Music and Painting" in Light: A Journal of Photography and Poetry (March) 

         Poem "Clothesline: Idomeni Camp in Greece" in Common Ground Review (Vol.19, No. 2)     

2017 Poem "The Poetry Coat” in 30 Poems in November Anthology   

         Poem "Fish Who Grow Into Girls" in 56 Days of August Anthology 

         Poems "Small Extinctions" and "Night Meditation" in Silkworm 10  

         Poems "I Have No Shadow," "Judith Slaying Holofernes" and "A Nun" in The Ekphrastic Review 

         Poems "Metamorphosis" and "Self-Portrait on the Sixth Wedding Anniversary" in Ekphrasis (Vol. 7 No. 6)

         Book Review of Cutting Room in Rain Taxi (Vol. 22, No. 3)   

2016 Poem "30 Days in November" in 30 Poems in November Anthology

         Poem "Green Flies Eat Peaches" in Haiku Journal

         Poems "Summertime" and "Frescoed Clouds" in The Skinny Poetry Journal 

         Poem "Migration of Desire" in Naugatuck River Review   

         Poems "The Motion of Magnitude" and "Welcome" in Silkworm 9

         Poem 'Luna Moth" in 30 Poems in November Anthology