The place where we ache to go again.
It begins by dreaming itself into form, ripple and wave,
soft swell and breaker, whatever source it springs from,
desolate lover’s plaint, shimmery scorched alluvial bed,
gnarly surfer Jersey shore pipeline, Margate to Manahatta,
so small a thing this summer wind shrouding hollyhock mallow,
shedding willow fuzz abroad, passing politely, first, as mist
over bottomland poplar and sycamore, upland stone-sere conifer,
ascending as thick fog to meet mountain peak and crest
in dense, blind florets as unclear as life itself, we lumpen,
motely, spirit-dreaming proles waiting to bliss highs and lows
of living in the Not Knowing, waiting to Only Connect! be taken
to a place on every summer breath where we know we are loved,
where, when night turns blue and starlit, all else just fine dust filaments.
FROM FALLING was published Fall 2017 (Spirit-of-the-Ram P). Work appears in AGNI, CINCINNATI POETRY R, KANSAS Q, LOUISVILLE R, MISSISSIPPI R, NEW YORK Q, RHINO, SONORA R, TEXAS OBSERVER; PITTSBURGH Q; & BASEBALL BARD, among others. EVERYTHING SPEAKING CHINESE received the SunStone Poetry Prize (AZ). Recognitions include NEA & NEH Fellowships and nominations for Pushcarts and The NEA Western States’ Book Awards. Dream Wind manuscript is currently under review at publishers. I divide personal and professional lives between Asia and the Desert/Mountain Southwest.