• My poem “Pressed Flowers” is in the new Mom Egg Review!

    I’m excited to have a poem in Mom Egg Review Vol. 16, the “Work & Play” issue! My poem “Pressed Flowers” is in the voice of Clara Westhoff, Rainer Maria Rilke’s wife. I read his book Letters on Cézanne, in which he wrote to his wife about the artist, and his own artistic process, while in Paris, away from her and their daughter. While I appreciate Rilke and Cézanne and love reading letters between and about artists, I was most interested in the artist left at home, Clara, a sculptor. I found his words to her often lacking in inclusion, as if there wasn’t room for her work and thoughts…

  • I have a new poem up at Plath Poetry Project!

    My poem “I Bet Beavers Never Want to Live a Different Life” is included in the January Retrospective of the Plath Poetry Project. I was responding to Sylvia Plath’s poem “The Munich Mannequins,” which she wrote on January 28, 1963. My poem, written on the same day in 2018, adopts some of Plath’s structure and the word “glittering.” It’s an odd little duck, in which my friend Kathie and her dog Lily appear alongside Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan, and beaver lodges.   Photo credit: Bob Arnebeck

  • I have a poem up in the “Pictures” edition of The Ilanot Review!

    My poem “The Finding of Erichthonius”: A Study in Stages is published in the “Pictures” edition of The Ilanot Review! This poem is an ekphrastic response to one of my favorite paintings ever, “The Finding of Erichthonius,” housed at The Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College. By Peter Paul Rubens, the painting (which is only a fragment of the larger original) takes on the story of the discovery of the snake-legged infant Erichthonius, son of Hephaestus (aka Vulcan) and Gaia. In addition to being intrigued by the Greek myth, most interesting to me is the story of the painting itself, made in 1632-33, but cut into sections and later…

  • My poem “Malum” featured at Trubadour!

    My poem “Malum” (originally published in Mom Egg Review and nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2017) was highlighted in the Trubadour newsletter! Trubadour – “the poetry network” – is a start-up created by Rebecca Roach. As she describes it, it’s a space for poetry in a share-and-connect world, a platform for writing and finding poems by contemporary poets. Check out the newsletter for her profile of my poem and for all kinds of interesting poetry news and poems! Thanks, Rebecca Roach!

  • My poem “Ball & Chain” is up at Plath Poetry Project!

    I have a poem up once again at the Plath Poetry Project! My poem “Ball & Chain” is in response to Plath’s poem “Thalidomide.” In her poem, I was drawn to the adjective “spidery,” and to the language of spilled mercury, termination, and violent birth. I also really like her phrase “to carpenter a space”; there’s something powerful about the idea of creating room, physically or mentally or emotionally, though both her poem and mine are ultimately more destructive than creative.