You speak most often
Of trivial things, of the names
Of celebrities and various maladies,
Of bodily functions and the like.
You give a cheer to the home team
And a sneer to the visiting one,
Especially if that team is about
To steal a victory from yours.
You eat even when you are not hungry,
You eat because you can.
You shy away from the wordy prolix, and
Instead fantasize about exotic locations
And corrective surgery.
You play with dolls, and attend family barbecues.
You gear-up for the national holidays that mark
Your calendar year. You give and receive
Gifts, but always with the small hope that
You receive more than you give.
You pretend to be strong and hide
Your true feelings, and stew in
A sense of guilt brought about by some
Deeper sense of inadequacy.
This, in turn, is stimulated by your
Immediate environment, by print ads
And television commercials.
You are necessary only so long
As required, and then you disappear.
Writing poetry was an impossible pursuit. Poetry was fanciful, indulgent, even hysterical. And yet it spoke to me, from it I heard and understood that language was both the severity of political experience (to greatly borrow from Laing) and the music of singular existence (to greatly borrow from Vallejo). As a result, writing poetry could never be a hobby, could never be something that I did in my spare time. Writing poetry would become sustenance; air, water, breath, sex, food, shelter. I was determined to be an artist even if it was “impractical, idealistic, and/or indulgent (all comments directed my way at one point or another)” and even if it meant little or no money in my pocket.
I continue to explore the intersections of words and images. My work is partially derived from a fondness for color and an affection for aesthetics.
I was born and raised in southern California. After a decade of teaching public elementary school in southern California, I now teach at a public university and live in central Maine. Credits include: Art Times, Fox Cry Review, Aries, Parnassus Literary Journal, Möbius, and Red Owl among others.