Poetry & Poem-Comics

Beaching

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. 

Read the full piece and listen to an author recording in Split Rock Review. Issue 7, Fall 2016.


Eveningtime

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.

Read the full piece featured in Psaltery & Lyre, September 25, 2017. 


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

“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.

Read about the process behind the piece in On “Wilderness”


Odysseus Alone at Sea

This poem was written for 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.

Read the full piece from NonBinary Review, Issue 22, The Odyssey by Homer.


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.

Read the full piece from Psaltery & Lyre, December 23, 2019.


The Singer

Written for the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets publication Bramble, this poem explores the human legacy of song. Set in prehistory and written as the 2020 global pandemic descended, it explores ideas of connection and exaltation in the face of fragility.

Listen to and read the full piece from Bramble, Issue VIX, Summer 2020


Freshwater Ritual

During April of 2020, poets were asked to submit poetry correlating with a special set of prompts from the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. “Freshwater Ritual” was selected among these submissions for inclusion in their anthology. It imagines the speaker as an elemental water spirit.

Read the full piece in the inaugural Piper Poetry Month Anthology