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Featured image: detail from “The Seven Sleepers of Ephesus Discovered by Alexander the Great”; folio from a Falnama (Book of Omens): ca. 1550s, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Featured Poem, Fall 2020

This season’s featured poem is a song I wrote and recorded for Election Year 2020.

National Disgrace

The lies, once so outrageous

Soon became a point of view

Believed as much as proven fact

The most believed, least true

His former foes paid homage

To the powers he abused

Or ended up in exile: blamed,

Insulted & accused…


There’s a time for action

& a time to bear the weight

A time to ask for guidance

& a time to keep the faith

A time to gather in the streets

& make our voices heard

A time to cast our ballots

& to have the final word

More lyrics below the YouTube screen at link

A Selection

A Spell for Lamentation and Renewal  New York Encounter Poetry Contest, 2019

From Desire: a Bestiary [Magnificent Frigate-Bird]  Verse Daily & Lives of the Sleepers (U of Notre Dame Press)

The Underground Tour  New Criterion

A Word the Romans Used  First Things

The Sugar Thief  Poetry Foundation & The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems (Story Line Press)

Stella’s Children Look Out from a Photo Faded Gold  The Common

East of Tin Pan Alley  String Poet

Musicology  Delaware Poetry Review (Prince issue)

The Afterlife of Beatles  Poet of the Month & Cimarron Review

Live from the Dakota,  Major Tom and David Bowman,  Glory-of-the-Seas,  On Trial for an Imaginary Murder  Alabama Literary Review

Fire Victim  American Life in Poetry & Lives of the Sleepers (U of Notre Dame Press)

Holy Wars for Us  Verse Daily & Upcycling Paumanok (Measure Press)

Text and Flame  Scoundrel Time

On Misreading the Coronavirus Designation as CORVID-19   Black Earth Institute blog

The Lunar Deniers   Light

On Goodbyes  Valparaiso Poetry Review & Upcycling Paumanok (Measure Press)

Near Halloween  American Arts Quarterly

Remembrances of Yours  Per Contra

Dark Horse  Baltimore Review & Upcycling Paumanok (Measure Press)

Sea Star  Ecotone

Miraculous Spirals    Literary Matters

Poems of Resistance

Predictions for the President-Elect  Poets Reading the News

Crybully  Rattle: Poets Respond

Trump in Triumph  The New Verse News

Dream Songs for the Governor of Michigan  The New Verse News

Cell Phones Lifted in a Public Square  Poets Reading the News

Post-Truth Villanelle  The New Verse News

The Dark  What Rough Beast/Indolent Books

For a Mother Born During the Great War, A New Moon for Neptune, Wren (Italian Americana feature with brief autobiographical essay)

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