New poem: The Return (about coming home for the holidays)

Thank you to Snapdragon for publishing “The Return,” a prose poem about returning home for a holiday! The journal issue, Remember, is available as an e-book of poetry, creative nonfiction, and photography for $5.

An excerpt from “The Return”

Festivity seeps from the fading house. Bright streamers cross peeling paint, strung by a Southern mother forever celebrating occasions that bring childless children home.

Hammered tin rabbits spring from yard stakes bearing baskets of eggs. Their cute kitsch leers at me. Pastels are not my colors. Soft prey animals are not my mascots.

No worry, I have armor like scales…

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New speculative flash fiction: “The Man with the Broken Heart”

Speculative 66 has a new issue! I’m on lucky page #13, with The Man with the Broken Heart, a 66-word speculative fiction.

Poor Harold—a terrible writer who loved to write. Days, he labored as a mad scientist. Nights, he…

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New Poem: “American Rattlesnake”

Thank you to I am not a silent poet for publishing American Rattlesnake, a poem about the US President’s recent pardon of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Here’s news that inspired the poem:

“a federal investigation found that deputies had used stun guns on prisoners already strapped into a ‘restraint chair.’ The family of one man who died after being forced into the restraint chair was awarded more than six million dollars… The family of another man killed in the restraint chair got $8.25 million… after the discovery of a surveillance video that showed fourteen guards beating, shocking, and suffocating the prisoner, and after the sheriff’s office was accused of discarding evidence, including the crushed larynx of the deceased.”

—evidence against former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, as reported by Margaret Talbot in The New Yorker

Read the poem here.

New poem: Siren

Today I have a new poem out—about a boy surviving trauma.

“Siren” is out in issue 5 of Awakened Voices.

SIREN

Loud red,
fire-engine red
alarm on his arm
screaming.

Emergency dispatch, please send one of each:
a cop, an ambulance, and a fire-truck.

We might need everyone…

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