"How good these beans will taste with a spoonful of grease and a bite of cornbread." --from "In the Kitchen, We String Beans"
Welcome to this gallery of poetry and prose.
In addition to sampling poems from my new collection, Blue Star, please enjoy selections from Piece Work and other publications.
As the photo above suggests, you’ll find a lot of garden vegetables in my writing. In fact, you’ll find a lot of food of all kinds—roast beef and potatoes, burgers and beer, cobblers, carrots, blackberries. That they are there is not so much by design as by desire: I like to write about people and what matters in their lives, and few things matter more than food.
But I write about more than food, of course.
I like to tell the small stories, the unheard, untold, ordinary stories. I like to zoom in close and linger on the little things—the twitching eye, the woodpecker holes in the bark of the tree, the sweat stain on the t-shirt, the mosquito on the soldier’s arm, the fine hairs of a sweet potato.
I like to listen in on the conversations at the tables and in the cars and wherever people gather. Then I want to tell the stories I hear, with truth and with love.
I hope you'll find all that and more on these pages. And, most of all, I hope you enjoy what you read!
I would be delighted to hear from you and invite you to please email me.