Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Richard Blanco Interview

I had the great privilege of interviewing the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, Richard Blanco, last evening.  Stay tuned for my forthcoming article for Out & About Nashville!

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

John Franklin Award

I am pleased to report that my poem “My One Wild and Precious Life” has been named the winner of this year’s John Franklin Award.  I am equally honored and humbled by both the nomination and the designation.  More details to come!

Monday, September 22, 2014

(First day of autumn:)

First day of autumn:
Reading on the porch with a
roast in the Crock-Pot.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

My One Wild and Precious Life

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

-- Mary Oliver, "The Summer Day"

My one wild and precious life
does not belong to my
parents or predecessors
nor to my
pastor or priest or preacher or pope.
My one wild and precious life
does not belong to my
president
or to my
principal
or to my
peers
or the
privileged pillars
of my
patriarchal society.
My one wild and precious life
does not belong to
politicians
or to the
"pretty people"
or the
power hungry
or to my
pocketbook, property or prosperity.
My one wild and precious life
does not belong to a
painful or problematic past
or to
perfectionism
or my
propensity for people pleasing
nor to a
profession, promotion or pursuit of prestige.
My one wild and precious life
does not belong to
purveyors of prejudice
or to
peddlers of propaganda
nor to the
principles that someone else holds.
My one wild and precious life
belongs to me
to protect and preserve it,
to pursue peace,
to practice compassion,
and to progress as the particular person I was put on the planet to be.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

My One Wild and Precious Life

My latest piece for The Space Between arts blog is up, featuring my brand new poem "My One Wild and Precious Life."  The work of Mary Oliver, one of my favorite poets, inspired and informed the piece.  Take a look if you like!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Summer Simplicity

As summer begins to
close her eyes in
exchange for fall's
awakening, I want
to remember these
days; what it feels
like to slip into
sandals, and hop into
the car without a
jacket and drive to
meet some friends
with Tennessee's green
hills in front of me and
the sun on my back.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

(Just as my fart makes)

Just as my fart makes
its way out, my co-worker
makes her way in to the restroom.