Video: Mass Poetry Student Day of Poetry Festival

I’ll be one of a number of poets teaching online poetry classes over the next two weeks.

Mass Poetry put together this video featuring all the poets. Each of us reads a poem and responds to a question about poetry. The video is 30 minutes long but if you want to see me, scroll to 4 minutes to hear my poems and to 23:14 to hear me talk about the kinds of poems I like to read.

If you want to see the video in a larger format, click Watch on Youtube on the lower left.

Note: I was not told the question beforehand.


Video of Poem: “The Galapagos Tortoise”

Here’s a video of me reading my poem “The Galapagos Tortoise,” which was published in the 2020 issue of RHINO.  I made the video in response to a call from RHINO: they had to cancel their release party because of the coronavirus and asked contributors to participate in a virtual launch. I’m joined by one of the giant tortoises from the island of St. Croix.


Poem Published: “and i say yes to the way the grass”

I’m sharing a new poem that is now posted on Solstice’s website as part of the celebration of National Poetry Month. My bio there is ancient but the poem is recent. Wishing all of you wellness and wholeness.

During this time of isolation, I’ve become more aware of how the creatures of the earth are interconnected and how we are connected to them. Using the repeated phrase “And I say yes . . .”  enables the language of affirmation to pour through.

and i say yes to the way the grass

needs the soil and the soil needs the grass,
the way the candle needs the wick
and the wick needs the candle. Yes
to the way the lion and the buck need

More. . .