Sample Poems

From You don’t want what I’ve got (Junction Books, 2018):


I don’t want anyone walking

on eggshells around me.


This body a thumb drive, waiting

to be plugged in.


Don’t rush me.


An inattentive landlord. Strained

relationships with our mothers. An everyday

sound, like ohhhhh.


I’m tired of being just a pair of eyes.

The freckles are slowly turning

to moles; the canker sores arrive.


The baseboards of the world cannot contain us.

We’ve turned into hummingbirds

—die if we stop moving.


Present compulsions: opening (and closing)

the mailbox; wiping the coffee table with Murphy’s Oil;

eating chick peas directly from the can.


Dare me to make a chart of it.


I will not judge the universe.


From Histories Haunt Us (Nightwood Editions, 2010):

“Self-Portrait As Someone You Might Like To Meet”


Because I like to arrange pills in patterns

before I take them.


Because there are no elephants here.


Because I’ve mentioned elephants.


I was broken–I’ll say it plain

and that’s what you’ll like,

the plainness, smooth

face, pop of blue in the eye.


I read ’til I was green again

(new and ill and envious).

It didn’t work but I kept going.


The words weren’t enough

and neither is this.

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