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Some Kind of Compass

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if we stare into the dark long enough, we see ourselves at some end or beginning –


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


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Sometimes cats had to die or dogs

Marine Forecast

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A favorite place doesn't always offer comfort.

Snatch X

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...the astonishing discovery...

The Watermelon King

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In the garden where the watermelons lie...

Bad Back

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Sharpie marked, Free Still Works

Departure. Arrival. Return.

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Put down your bazooka, Marianne.

Eel Fishing, Leahi Beach

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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

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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.

Danger Above, Danger Below

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And you know that notion just goes to show...

Plans and The World

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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

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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?

Seven Haiku for Sad and Scary Times

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The Cheshire grinning/ moon cups itself to capture/ Venus should she fall.


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Digging a Hole to the China Sea

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Could sampans fall upward, sailing from the bottom of the Earth? If so, which way would their sails bend—up, or down? And would the strange China Sea follow suit? Would salt water geysers spurt from the hole we dug, flooding the streets of Seattle?


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48 words

You, Cliché

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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

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will we become artifacts?

White Lies

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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.)


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see the man


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12 lines

A Debt No Honest Man Can Pay

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

Other Thoughts from the Darkling Plain

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the world inside shrinking, the world outside shrinking

Wednesday late, Friday early

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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

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The virtuoso tortures a violin/ in homage to Paganini.

Dinner at the Whorehouse with Geraldo Rivera

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wear that short skirt and those high-heeled boots