Full poem, The Astronaut, published by UWA in The Poets of New England, an anthology avalibile online and in select stores.
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The Salutatorian’s Address, published by Typewriters and Salve. Read the full poem at typewritersandsalve.com
He graduated second in his class from a top tier
clown college on the north west coast of the states.
Somewhere far from the city he grew up in
surrounded by acres of wildlife and woodlands;
on graduation day he sat at a lake
drinking moonshine mixed with maraschino
cherries and slowly melting face paint.
Poem published in From The Depths by Dark Waters Press. See preview below and click through here to read in full on page 19 online for free, or you may also purchase a print edition.
Out of Salt Lake a ways, just beyond Chayene
Wyoming’s Rocky Spring’s woke me
to appreciate snow ridges and crater planes
a granite blanket tossed lovingly
with ruffles and smooth cascades.
Low hovering cotton wisps
embrace a few peaks
pin dot freckles on the body.
The land Dalmation was aglow
with west coast rose shadows;
perception suddenly shaking
realizing how forgiveness frees the mind
and if unspoken, an autonomy,
it makes this turbulence ok.
If I could parachute down
into such heavenly lands, I would
have more than freedom, I understand
why the pioneers spoke with such conviction
This piece comes from my chapbook Coffee Stout and Rain Water, written for a contributor to the GoFundMe project it was born from. If you would like a copy of the chapbook, contact me.
“I have to whisper, because she’s a light sleeper
she told me this pretty early on into dating
but what she doesn’t know…”