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Whale Fall & Black Sage: Poems of the Journey

Today the first edition of Whale Fall & Black Sage went to the printer. A special, numbered and signed edition of 50 was printed for the Whale Fall poetry and dance performance on December 15th, but some blurbs were missing and there were other small edits. So today is the day that it finally feels…

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Documentary: Poetry Flash reading

WHALE FALL READING FEBRUARY 2017 Here is Lauren Levine’s documentary about a reading I gave at Poetry Flash in 2017, featuring poems from the “Whale Fall” project I’ve been working on recently. This video shows the beginning and ending poems, plus one example from the central “Slow Worms” section, and a poem about the great…

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Spring Along Cazenovia Creek

This isn’t a new poem – in fact, it begins my first book, Here Along Cazenovia Creek, praise poems to the changing seasons in the beautiful hill country of western New York. There is no spring like that after a long winter. Here in Hilo, we have had the longest, coldest, rainiest winter in history,…

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Crannóg, Trees, Vortexes, and Home

It made me very happy to know that Crannóg Magazine had selected my poem “Unleaving” for Issue 47, now available. It makes such a resonant conjunction of different places and times! Crannóg is published in Galway, Ireland, yet this is a praise poem to the trees of northern California, and starts out with an American…