Recommended stories


243243 views2828 comments2020 favs



229229 views2525 comments1818 favs



419419 views2929 comments1818 favs

The story of my life/ would put insomniacs to sleep.


282282 views2222 comments1717 favs

Sometimes cats had to die or dogs

Snatch X

279279 views1717 comments1414 favs

...the astonishing discovery...

The Watermelon King

319319 views1818 comments1616 favs

In the garden where the watermelons lie...

Bad Back

302302 views1616 comments1717 favs

Sharpie marked, Free Still Works

Departure. Arrival. Return.

260260 views2424 comments1515 favs

Put down your bazooka, Marianne.


248248 views1616 comments1616 favs

She’s witnessed her mother’s terror on the day of the hurricane, and she demanded for the first time in her life that her mother do something her mother did not want to do.

The Road to Ensenada

309309 views1717 comments1515 favs

One of the men leaned over and spit long and dark next to where the dog lay curled. He said something about the senora, and the other men laughed.

Marine Forecast

270270 views1919 comments1414 favs

A favorite place doesn't always offer comfort.

Plans and The World

345345 views2828 comments1414 favs

You are terrified. You light/ the autopilot light and trust// the small machineries of self/ to land things safely,

The Man Whose Wife Lived in His Neck

300300 views2323 comments1515 favs

This is the story of the man whose wife lived in his neck. Every morning, he would turn to her and say, "Hello, Sweetheart. How was your night?" and she would answer, Brilliant! What else?


324324 views2020 comments1515 favs

48 words

You, Cliché

246246 views1616 comments1515 favs

You might as well be the man on the moon. Once touching your face was quotidian. When I tallied each day's pleasures, you, in this room or that, counted too much for me, I think. I stopped record keeping. I'm …

Galactic Butterflies

147147 views2727 comments1313 favs

will we become artifacts?

White Lies

309309 views1717 comments1515 favs

My area of study was very specific: maggots, the larvae of Diptera brachyceran. (I enunciated clearly, and by giving the maggot a Latin name, I elevated its status from repugnant to scholarly.)

Anatomy of a Vagina

403403 views2121 comments1313 favs

Sometimes a flower is just a flower.


304304 views2424 comments1313 favs

see the man


320320 views2626 comments1313 favs

12 lines

A Debt No Honest Man Can Pay

249249 views1919 comments1414 favs

I'm sitting here listening to Nebraska and it's / breaking my heart

Other Thoughts from the Darkling Plain

305305 views1414 comments1313 favs

the world inside shrinking, the world outside shrinking

Wednesday late, Friday early

249249 views1515 comments1414 favs

I wrote this during a poetry workshop at the Atlantic Center for the Arts with Carolyn Forché. January, 2015. So much more has happened since that stunning week.

Nineteenth Century Noise

303303 views2121 comments1313 favs

The virtuoso tortures a violin/ in homage to Paganini.

Dinner at the Whorehouse with Geraldo Rivera

155155 views2525 comments1313 favs

wear that short skirt and those high-heeled boots

Where I Live Now

407407 views1818 comments1313 favs

The young man is back again, solo,

Notel Nobel

203203 views1414 comments1414 favs

That was before Cohen died. Castro died. Castro Died should be a title by Samuel Beckett. Once I nearly went out to buy a bass clarinet just for the purpose of playing along with Leonard Cohen.

Syllables of the Dead

296296 views2727 comments1212 favs

Nothing has changed// except the toys and fashion.

Restaurant Rondo

270270 views1919 comments1414 favs

Before she flushes the toilet the world is spinning.

Any poem is possible

234234 views1616 comments1313 favs

I wrangle word juice from the Oxford American, sighing at photographs of blues musicians with solemn lakes for eyes.