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Landmark Robert Frost Stone House Museum Vermont
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Poetry Landmark: The Grolier Poetry Book Shop Massachusetts
Writing Program University of Notre Dame Creative Writing Program Indiana
Literary Magazine Black Warrior Review Alabama
Conference O, Miami Florida
Festival New York Poetry Festival New York
Conference University of North Dakota Writers Conference North Dakota
Colony Ucross Foundation Wyoming
Conference Litquake: San Francisco Literary Festival California
Conference Poets Forum New York

poems

poem
A drift of torn cloud, daylight
that’s open and clear.  The grackles
wheeze and groan like old
retired gamblers as they wander
and gather.  A sleeping rhythm
in the day, and then sometimes
the wind comes through and makes 
them lift and fall, the crowds
of leaves that were motionless
and silent until now
poem
just as I am I come
knee bent and body bowed 
this here's sorrow's home 
my body's southern song

cram all you can 
into jelly jam 
preserve a feeling 
keep it sweet 

so beautiful it was 
presumptuous to alter 
the shape of my pleasure
in doing or making

proceed with abandon 
finding yourself where you are
poem
Let us be apart then like the panoptical chambers in IC
patient X and patient Y, our names magic markered hurriedly on cardboard
and taped pell-mell to the sliding glass doors, "Mary", "Donald", "Tory";
an indication that our presence there would prove beyond temporary, like snow flurry.
Our health might be