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From Eye to Eye
Forthcoming 2014, Bordighera Press:
"Spaccanapoli" and "Two Doors"

From American Gothic, Take 2:
"Summer Soundtrack"
"American Gothic, Take 2"
"The Cashier Screams 'Void'"

From A Secret Room in Fall:
"Artist 'Anon'" (Atlanta Review/Pirene's Fountain)
"For Blanche, Who Named the Colors"
(Willow Review/Pirene's Fountain)
"Allergy Season" (Perihelion)



A SECRET ROOM IN FALL

From a chair beneath the oak tree,
you see minarets
in the leaves' shadows,
acorns like onion domes, a few drops
of gold light splashing through

like a revelation:
summer is over. Farewell
to motives transparent
as glass and the blankness of mind
you mistook for enlightenment.

Cardinals and blue jays at your feet
are weaving a pattern fluid
as a Persian carpet that you must ride
deep into the maze named Fall.
Behind unmarked doors

expatriates from summer who fled
years ago are propped against pillows
in the permanent amber haze
of  back rooms. They'll serve
mint tea steeped black, whispering

that you, too, can make a home
in this once dazzling quarter
always on the verge
of corruption.  There are worse places
to live with your secrets.

So take the tea, their tips, the keys
to your own concealment.
Even now, plots have been hatched
and scouts fan out
from the winter palace.


From The Bodies We Were Loaned:

"Ghost Frescoes" (Poetry)

"After You've Saved the Bird" (Verse Daily)

"Heart Murmurs" (Editor's Picks, Web Del Sol)

"Gulls and the Man" (excerpt from the art book Seeing America)

Links to Other Poems:

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