POETRY: 2020

Poems published in literary journals in 2020

Row of Houses

Published in Halfway Down the Stairs,

June 1, 2020

We dwell in this quiet
house, sealed tight from a world
grown unfamiliar over long breathless 
weeks. Dry hot battles have waged 
within these walls, each day won, 
or lost, with the steady flood 
of oxygen, to the rise and fall
of body temps and the tight 
burn within my chest.

Wet Glass

Published in Crack the Spine,

Issue 262, May 22, 2020

The bartender gave a final wipe
to the hotel bar, tucked stools
beneath tables.

We followed the signals,
rose, reluctant from hidden
loveseat, the others
now gone, one
by one, or in pairs

Eggs in Bowl

Published in Stirring,

Volume 22, Ed. 2, Spring 2020

What I want today
is the voice 
of Alice Waters inviting me
into her warm kitchen,
to select greens,
imbibe their sweet fragrance,
shred them bit by bit
into an earthen bowl


Published in Cabinet of Heed,

Issue 32, April 2020

It could take a lifetime
to recover
from the daggers
you speak, proud,
uncensored. But yours
are not
the words
of a brave man.

Abstract Lights

Published in The New Verse News,

April 7, 2020

I have spent these slow motion
weeks watching the world scramble
and panic through the 8 square inch surface
of my phone, cupped in the palm of my hand.

Wooden Surface

Published in Kissing Dynamite,

Issue 14, February 2020

​She said she could feel a spirit
in the middle room,
that she felt someone
had died right there,
in the room
with the wide plank floors.

Magpie 2.jpg

Published in New Verse News,

January 5, 2020

In Australia, the magpie 

pipers have sounded the alarm. 

Strange singing sirens lure 

us to belated attention,

whistling their learned panic 

cry as we lean in and stare.


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