A selection of poems are archived on my fictionaut page here.
A radio interview on KPFK The Poets Cafe with Lois P. Jones is here.
A radio interview on Poetiscpape/rare Bird radio with Rich Ferguson is Here.
Other poems published online can be sampled here.
No new clothes for the Empress
Because I wasn’t sure if the poet had said ‘yearn’
or ‘urine’, I zoomed in on her mouth as she
commanded the lectern, saw the lipstick smudge
holding its own on her left incisor, watched her tongue
conduct its vortex of epeolatry as the thirty or so in
attendance slipped in and out of consciousness.
Whether the subject of her next poem was a warrior
or a worrier was beyond me, but he or she was a mighty
one at that. We nodded, as if in an AA Meeting,
encouraging the speaker to let it all out, which she did
in lexical military fashion; metaphors storming the floor,
assonance choppered in to provide back up.
Next up was ‘Paris’, or ‘pears’ – I angled for context
with bated breath, but nothing bit; her shy lock of hair
flicked every now and again to bat away the doubt.
She leaned in ever closer to the mic as if delivering
a mayoral inauguration speech to the delirious masses,
although ‘masses’ conjured up a different suffering.
We waited for the cue to signal the end of the service,
the “and I’m going to finish now with this piece” so
that we could go in peace, doing the ‘thanks-be-to-God’
murmur with a few stretches in the outside foyer
where, we were told, books would be available for
purchase, or purges – I couldn’t say for sure which.