The phenomenon of beaching is an intriguing one. Scientists still don’t fully understand what makes whales strand themselves, but some have theorized that problems in the whales’ navigation and communication abilities may prompt the mistake. “Beaching” explores the connection between the broken human soul and these whales who swim right up onto the sand. Our ability to be in touch with our truest spirit can’t always occur in isolation, and some people traverse depths where human connection and joy become compromised, barricaded or forgotten. For both humankind and whalekind, it becomes difficult to find one’s way. “Beaching” reminds us of our social responsibility to do what we can to call back those who become stranded in this kind of suffering.
Pushcart Prize Nominated
“Eveningtime” is a study in simple words, sounds, and lines. It explores the ways that devotion makes us feel able to reach past the impossibility of permanence. The cyclical nature of longing provides the filter through which the poem operates.
The Autumn Bee
This poem explores the idea of the aging body and the dogged strength it takes to inhabit it. We are still ourselves, even as we lose our sight, our hearing, our reliable balance.
“The Autumn Bee” was published in the Fall 2017 issue of Sheepshead Review. (Journal appears in print only. Archived issues available.)
“Wilderness” is a poem-comic about encountering the natural world. Understanding our human frailty under the gales and bites and vastness is so frightening, so sensual. It stirs us to awe. Physical and emotional wildernesses wait for us all, to enter with vulnerability, to teach us. This piece portrays these encounters, rich with both risk and exaltation.
Read the full piece in Split Rock Review. Issue 13, Fall 2019.
Odysseus Alone at Sea
This poem was written for the final issue of NonBinary Review, a publication that uses classical literature as a locus of inspiration for creative work. In this issue, The Odyssey is the central text. “Odysseus Alone at Sea” takes the perspective of a man who has lost everything, save the memory of his wife and his homeland. The poem is about the role of love in our lives when we feel desperate and unmoored, the way it can help us find a way back, but not without cost.
The Right Sky
This poem-comic is an expression of mourning that comes alongside joy when we confront the multiple paths that our lives might take and decisively follow one future, letting the others fall away unlived. Having the courage to claim the life that is ours can bring a sense of otherness, but also an overwhelming sense of power and coming home. The limited palette of violets and blues emphasizes the duality of the speaker and her might-have-been.
Read the full piece from Psaltery & Lyre, December 23, 2019.