La Llorona

by on Jul 18, 2016 in Poetry | 0 comments

Walking a country road one late evening, I came upon a woman who carried a disarming valise.  Quiere comprar una fruta? she asked. I expected her to open her carriage, but she instead displayed a family of stones, each cut into a different kind of fright: a skull, a devil’s head, a...

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Canals of Mars

by on Jul 8, 2016 in Poetry | 1 comment

How glorious, the canals of Mars, as Percival Lowell described them. How dry the red Martian desert. How welcome the relief of water pouring from the polar icecaps flowing like life’s own blood through the arteries and veins over the surface of the warrior planet. And where they...

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By Payette Lake

by on Jun 24, 2016 in Poetry | 0 comments

I stood on the shore of the lake and became a tree, Gave up my heart for heartwood, Gave up my nerves for needles, Thrust my tangled veins into the wet sand, And wove them into roots for a strong, tall tree Like the ponderosas looming around me, I abandoned thoughts and hurts, Felt the...

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Ghost Plague

by on Jun 17, 2016 in Poetry | 0 comments

Passed the cemetery last night Thought I read my name Looked again at the stone It didn’t read the same Ghosts been plaguin’ my dreams Long as I can remember They’re tryin’ to talk to me But I can’t understand what they say Saw my great aunt Alma Wearin’ a white death’s shroud So many...

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Later, they found her journal

by on Jun 9, 2016 in Poetry | 0 comments

1. June 4, 1981 I held a flashlight under my chin Called my friends to the bathroom We stood in front of the mirror Bloody Mary Bloody Mary Bloody Mary Nothing but our faces Laughing back at us 2. February 3, 2015 Go on Say it now Bloody Mary Bloody Mary Bloody Mary You had your eyes...

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The Perfect Planet

by on May 31, 2016 in Poetry | 1 comment

In my mind we’ve found you A million times — The brilliant aquamarine planet, Marbled as Earth but twice as gaseous, With seas deep as the Mariana Trench On the cusp of an explosion of life, Orbiting twin Suns double its size. The ice planet with a frosty ocean, Teeming with flora and...

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