Tuesday, December 20, 2016

New Poems

I have three new poems out this fall. The first two are on the daily-posting Gramma Poetry which is so beautifully laid out and posts amazing poets: click here. The third is out at Powder Keg. I appreciate the magazine's use of Shanna Compton's "inclusive spaces" seal. To read my poem click here. Thanks to the editors, the universe, the great company in each.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016


In the summer I had a conversation with Lily Hoang about all kinds of stuff. It's here. She's the intensely funny and gripping author of The Bestiary. I was also interviewed for The Collagist and asked really thoughtful questions by Dana Diehl, here.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thrilled to share the Asian-American issue of Dusie. Susana Gardner generously gave me the freedom to create quite a large issue and I feel so grateful to her. Thanks to all the contributors who gave such wonderful work. You can read it here.

Friday, September 9, 2016


Just want to share the table of contents from a lovely issue of Wildness that I was in last month. Love this periodical all around. Click here.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Summer Tour

It was a really amazing trip through California this summer. So wonderful to see folks who knew Hillary and to spend time being away from civilization in the Mojave desert and the redwood forest. Felt like a healing action that moved time forward and difficult feelings into new arrangements. Thanks to all who hosted, came to see, hugged me, traveled from far away, and love to those who I didn't get to see because of time and circumstances or because I was hiking up a big rock or walking through the trees. Love always to the Gravendyk family and to H.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Just want to say a few words about New to the Lost Coast by Joshua Butts. Josh has a virtuosic ear, has known, engrained in his mind and bones, the music and lyrics of the great 20th century folk and rock singers, plus Anglophone poetry of all eras, plus has an ear for all the old ways of speaking, the rural Ohio ways too. So "he has a good ear" just doesn't cut it. I appreciate the candor, and the witty incredulousness and so much beauty. Josh's wife Lesley Jenike is also a great poet, but that's for another day. Here's one of the poems from the book as it appeared on Verse Daily.

Tranquility Pike
A flash across the windshield at late day
or in the morning can make a wreck.
So if you drive here try to be as patient
as a cat waiting for a door.
You know you are helpless.
Last winter I was covered up—snow
for three weeks can dazzle. The kettle
whirred for coffee until I ran out.
I lived on tomatoes cooked quick with salt.
(We are pure blood around here.)
I'm not lonely. Heat and rain breed many weeds.
I've been sober as a bell at midnight—
is that a phrase? My talk show host has been gone,
captured in fact. His band plays a familiar waltz
and then it's morning, the heat swallows
the valley, soaks the blacktop, rises
like a camphor from the road and so I wait
on this rain and then it pours and pours.
It hits in my head and I tell myself,
This isn't the kind of rain that answers questions.
Could I take my wrong moments,
set them to some tune? If you need flannels,
I'll send you a bagful.
Give them to people you meet under street lamps.

I also had no idea this youtube existed until this very moment. I am so happy right now. I wonder whose dog that is barking. A dream come true.

Thanks to rob mclennan for this thoughtful piece about Unlikely Conditions,  here.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Really enjoying a couple of books right now:

Lo Kwa Mei-En's The Bees Make Money in the Lion. Amazingly otherworldly and dense with breathtaking metaphor. Every time I mention her poems, people freak out and say I love them! Or they just say so without my asking.

A Bestiary by Lily Hoang. A great book of essays with a very poetic sense of circulating images and ideas.

Both extremely daring, intricate, full of heart and hard to put down. Glad to have them here and kick off summer with them.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Unlikely Conditions

The collaborative book I wrote with Hillary Gravendyk is available for purchase at 1913 Press: click here. The press also has broadsides of poems from the book made by Michael McGarvey of Port Press: You can look through on their on-line gallery here. I got to see the lovely book for the first time at AWP where I met a lot of folks and ate some tacos in a car wash with friends. I've been setting up readings for sharing this book and hope to be in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Portland and possibly Seattle in August. If you're a fan of Hillary's, just check back here in a couple of weeks and I'll have a tour nailed down, I think.