Dude, What’s Going On Here?

On this site, you will find selected poems from my not-yet-published manuscript – which, as we speak, is snuggling with …

Visitation, Lake Cadillac

Your sister wouldn’t even shake its hand. Behind the felled sycamore, your mother shook sand from a plaid scarf. Tintype …

Eight

Kissed by the president in the airport lot outside Saginaw, her forehead drew crowds all evening. They came to her …

Seven Cases of Inertia

1. Sinking another hour in a frayed net the sun makes of the particulate sky. 2. Ditch lilies pivoting before …

Magda the Mule-Faced Girl

The Hubcap House: red tinsel grass, a wall of flyers reading “See the world’s first house made up of hubcaps, …

Transformer

A girl rocks back in the worn vinyl cushion of the city bus   and passes a small airliner from …

Dinwiddie County Fair

Everything starts ten minutes after dark. The ticket line already spans from where the gates are opening to this gravel …

Autumnal, Kansas

  The sun peaks lower each day, arcing back           behind the trailer park and into …

Thanksgiving, 1986

  Cousins in this prison town bloated with step relatives and time, you and I grew cynical and fifteen. Grandmother, …

Triticum Durum

  Durum wheat’s taller this summer, or else the Ropp widow is   shrinking. She never kicks the feral cats …

Strawberry Pickers, Nauvoo

  Eleven thousand years ago the last glacier scraped through this field.   Transmuted by the new sun, struck dumb …