Writing with Decay and Ruin

For some time now, I have been hypnotized by ruin.  I don’t mean the moral ruin that I was always warned about in church, but the ruin that comes to everything as the result of time.  None of us is safe from decay. My first lesson in ruin came from the continual round of seasons […]

I’ll Be Back Real Soon!

This blog is officially on Summer Vacation!  Check back after the 4th of July for more musings on the news, reviews and interviews!

James Franco, Assaracus and New Poems in Print!

Do you know about Assaracus yet?  If not, let me tell you a little story.  Once upon a time there was a gay men’s poetry magazine from New York City called Ganymede that printed some very good poetry by well known and unknown gay male poets.  It’s editor and sustainer, John Stahl passed away in April of 2010, […]

On Making Lists

There is a statistic going around that the “average” American has read one or fewer books in the past year.  Although I find this terrifying, I know there are a lot of us reading fanatics picking up the slack. Near the first of January, instead of making a New Year’s resolution, my good friend posts […]

Stay Tuned

I am settling into my digs on the coast for the summer and am putting the garden in.  I will be back sometime next week with a new post.  I promise I haven’t forgotten about you.

In Which I Finally Talk About My Own Work

Clearly this is not my own work.  It belongs to Peanuts Comics.  I made a few ground rules for myself when I started this blog over two years ago.  Contrary to other poetry blogs which I have seen (and greatly enjoyed) I decided not to post any of my own work on here.  That decision […]

Read Your Heart Out: On Giving a Reading

I had the fortunate experience of giving a poetry reading with my friend and fellow poet David K. Wheeler on Wednesday.  He and I met in a poetry writing class at Western Washington University several years back and both worked for the same independent bookstore in Bellingham, although not at the same time. Giving a […]

All Sorts of New Work: Poems in Print

I thought that I would take a few minutes and update where you can currently see my poems. I have two poems, “Lyra” and “Hades as Farmhand” in Barnstorm (which you can read for free online). My poem “Middle Burnt Fork, Good Friday” won the Academy of American Poets prize for the University of Idaho.  […]

A Review of “Men in Groups” by Aaron Smith

Three years ago, I dreamt about a gay poet who lived in NYC.  In the dream, someone told me that I had to read his book of amazing poems.  It doesn’t seem farfetched for one gay poet to be dreaming about another.  I didn’t get the name of the book in the dream, thought I […]