Firecats

  Shortly after the Sonoma County wildfires were extinguished, I was asked to write a poem for the local newspaper. Everyone seemed to have a story about evacuating their pets, especially their cats. Firecats Tell me again about your cat – the one you evacuated during the wildfires how you searched for her under beds, … More Firecats

Carcass Island

Come away to Carcass Island In the sundering, Southern Seas Where black night heron shadows roost In scorched wood cypress trees Come away to Carcass Island Where the tussock grasses die Among the dog roses and fuchsias Under high cerulean skies Come away to Carcass Island Where the ghosts hum funeral hymns And the sailors … More Carcass Island

Open Letter to Mammon

A muddy touché! Ye villains of Hong Kong and Dubai, fork-tongued evangelists of foreign currency! We applaud the handing over of our stolen goods – May we offer you a free-of-charge gondola ride over the holy land a bird’s-eye view of your assets your wives and daughters, your mothers your pimps, your priests and pederasts your arms traders … More Open Letter to Mammon

Half Savage and Free

They’d sought no probable explanation no disambiguation of class, (order, family, genus) for the idiot in the courtyard filing his nails with flint, painting the stone walls with his own excrement. A few had teased her for a nose, an eye, a grimace perceived in the child. But for a red-faced cousin – rapacious youth … More Half Savage and Free