Poems at Commonline Journal

November 1, 2017

Here are a couple of new poems of mine, published at what I guess will be the final iteration of the Commonline Journal. Click and read with abandon.

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A Poem on NPR

July 15, 2017

The other day I got in the car and started to drive. I turned on the radio and heard myself talking, and for a brief moment was confused as to where and when I was. A poem I’d recorded years ago was speaking to me through the speakers. So long ago there is even a reference to the show Jersey Shore. Feel free to give a read below, but if you’d like to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth, visit the Lake Effect website.

 

Everything is Arbitrary

 

You can’t debate with memory

or slow dance a regret

The music of my youth
will always mean more
than the music of yours

How does the insect population hope to support
the spider population in my garage?

The ape I am derived from is no more superior
than the ape you are derived from

Wearing a condom is called Presponsible
New Jersey is a Napoleonic abortion of style

The path of least resistance is
the path of least remembrance

Spend too long waiting
for the bigger shinier next better option and
they all fizzle to a firecracker dud

Never wait for a white-haired
limping mall security guard
to make you feel secure

Also, I don’t honestly know why anyone would wonder that.

June 20, 2017

May 18, 2017

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I participated in a reading this winter in which participants were challenged to recite a poem by another poet. I picked one of my favorites, Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota by James Wright (here if you’d like just the text). Below is my rendition via video. I have no idea what I said to make people laugh as this video starts, and I guess we never will. I think that’s terrific.

February 28, 2017

Poem at Sideburn Magazine

February 17, 2017

It’s not too often that motorcycle publications have poems, let along poems that feature the word “lovely.” But on a whim I sent this to Sideburn, minutes after writing it, and they put it on their blog. Read For The Birds here at Sideburn.

February 17, 2017