Monday, December 24, 2012

(I wonder if you)

I wonder if you
still listen to the Christmas
mix I made in '06.

Friday, December 21, 2012

(Christmas cat)

Christmas cat –
bedside greeting
begins with a pounce

Friday, December 14, 2012

Family Math

At one time,
the five of us
lived in one house.
Over the years,
one house
has turned into
five homes.
Now, a couple
of times a year,
we are all under
the same roof.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Poetry Presents

As the holiday season approaches, remember: my limited edition haiku and poetry chapbooks are available for purchase, as well as the Civil-War-themed prose and poetry anthology Filtered Through Time.  To order chapbooks or an autographed copy of Filtered Through Time, e-mail me at or contact me via Facebook.  Stock up on gifts for the poetry lover in your life!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

A call for thanksgiving

I am pleased to announce that, after entering East Side Story's Thanks + Giving Prompt contest, my poem Thanksgiving Traffic was selected and posted on the bookstore's Express Yourself page!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

(bright Thanksgiving day)

bright Thanksgiving day
drinking eggnog on the porch
sunshine and crisp leaves

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Traffic

Three miles in an
hour and a half --
interstate congestion and
stomach indigestion,
angry drivers with
hungry kids, no
exit in sight, and
no explanation.
Arrivals delayed;
hugs and hand-
shakes on hold;
dinners postponed.
It was easy to get
irritated and impatient,
until we saw
the white sheet
on the ground.
Suddenly, we were
thankful for the
fume-filled air that
we were breathing.

Monday, November 12, 2012

You are invited!

I will be honored by the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center at an artist reception this Thursday, Nov. 15th, alongside my Civil Conundrum collaborators, poet Randy Foster and photographer/poet Robert McCurley.  Free and open to the public, the reception will be held at the Customs House from 5 to 7 p.m.  Join us!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

My Bologna Has a Third Name

Bologna comes in
several, different flavors --
political and religious,
to name two.

Some families
eat a lot more
bologna than others.

While certain folks
raise their kids
on bologna,
others learn what
bologna is made of
and start eating
real meat --
or, better yet,

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Aha Moments

My latest post for The Space Between, "Aha Moments," is up today, featuring my poem "Without a Honk."  Take a look!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Civil Conundrum at Customs House Museum

My collaborative project with poet Randy Foster and poet/photographer Robert McCurley, Civil Conundrum, will be a featured exhibit at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center Nov. 2, 2012 through Jan. 28, 2013.  Based on Robert's photographic exploration of the South's fondness for war, our poems will be displayed alongside Robert's fantastic photos.  Join us for the artists reception on Nov. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m.!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Bookin’ It at East Side Story

I am pleased to announce that all of my chapbooks are available for purchase at Nashville’s newest bookstore, East Side Story.  Copies of Filtered Through Time are available there now, as well.  East Side Story exclusively features books by Nashville-area authors, as well as local literature-themed artwork. 

For those of you non-Nashvillians, as always, my haiku and poetry chapbooks, as well as copies of Filtered Through Time, can be ordered from me directly by e-mailing to

Saturday, October 13, 2012

High Court

He's a smart man;
a level-headed man.
He gets paid
to offer his
and legal counsel --
to produce
and pronouncements
and sound advice.
He has opinions about
a lot of things --
including the proper way
a woman should walk
in high heels.
I know this
because he
the "crisscross pattern"
on his makeshift catwalk,
a path carved out
between the stacks of
legislation and regulation
that line the floor of his office.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Autographed anthologies available

If you were unable to attend the Filtered Through Time book signing event but would like to purchase the anthology, you can buy the book directly from me, if you'd like.  I would be happy sign it, if you wish, and can procure the autographs of my fellow poets Randy Foster and Robert McCurley, as well.  To place an order, please contact me at  Otherwise, the collection of American Civil War-related poetry, fiction and photography is available online through Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Monday, October 01, 2012

Poets and authors and photographers! Oh, my!

Thank you to everyone who made yesterday's Filtered Through Time book release such an amazing event!  I am honored to be among all the fantastic authors and photographers in the book.  A very special THANK YOU to Rebecca and the Hardins for their support!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

You are invited!

Come and celebrate the release of Filtered Through Time, a brand new collection of Civil War-related poetry, fiction and photography, tomorrow!  My photographer/poet friends Randy Foster and Robert McCurley and I will be among the 50 featured authors at the event.  Meet the authors, get your book signed, and save $5 off the listed price!

Sunday, Sept. 30th, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Williamson County Public Library
1314 Columbia Ave.
Franklin, TN  37064

 Join us!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

No. 2 for Me and You

My latest post for The Space Between, "Common Ground," is up today, featuring my poem "Common Round (Rumpster Dumpsters 'R' Us)."  Take a look!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Filtered Through Time available on Amazon

Filtered Through Time, a brand new collection of Civil War-related poetry and fiction, is now available for purchase at!  The book includes two poems written by yours truly, poems and photos by my poet/photographer friends Randy Foster and Robert McCurley, and even more original poetry and fiction by over 40 accomplished authors.  Save $5 by purchasing Filtered Through Time at the upcoming book-signing event on Sept. 30! 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Civil Conundrum comes to Customs House

I just received excellent news regarding my poetry for the Civil Conundrum project.  My poems will soon be mounted and hung next to the photographs that inspired them at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center in Clarksville, Tenn., as will the work of my collaborators, poet Randy Foster and poet/photographer Robert McCurley.  The show will run at Customs House November 2012 through January 2013.  More details to come!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Filtered Through Time Book Signing

You are invited to attend a book signing for the forthcoming Civil War fiction and poetry anthology Filtered Through Time.  My photographer/poet friends Randy Foster and Robert McCurley and I will be among the 50 featured authors at the event.

Sunday, Sept. 30th, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Williamson County Public Library
1314 Columbia Ave.
Franklin, TN

Bring a friend!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Congrats to My Partner in Rhyme

Congratulations are in order for my friend and fellow poet Randy Foster, co-author of my latest poetry chapbook, Sugar and Spice and Nothing That's Nice.  Randy was named one of four winners of this year's Tomato Art Fest tomato haiku contest! 

Sunday, August 05, 2012


My entries for the Tomato Art Fest's tomato haiku contest have been submitted.  As always, any good news will be posted here.  May the best material win!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Hot Haiku Action

I was happy to learn that the tomato haiku contest has returned to East Nashville's spicy Tomato Art Fest!  Stay tuned for more juicy details!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Processing Pain With Poetry

My latest post for The Space Between, "Processing Pain," is up today, featuring my poem "The Lord Giveth and His People Taketh Away."  Take a look!

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

(the cardinal)

the cardinal
sounding off
like the Fourth of July

with gratitude to Rebecca J. Davenport for a spectacular ending

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Creativity and Courage Collide

My latest post for The Space Between, "The Moment That Inspiration and Courage Collide," is up today, featuring my poem "Universe or Bust."  Take a look!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Thank You

Thanks to all of you who attended Women's Work this afternoon. Special thanks to Andrea, Destiny, Joan, Randy and Rebecca for your support!

Friday, May 04, 2012

Mother's Day Poetry Event

I will be performing some of my poetry this Mother's Day at Nashville's sixth annual Women's Work festival. Come and enjoy an afternoon of original poetry and spoken word presented by lovely lady poets!

Sunday, May 13th, at 2:30 p.m.
Z. Alexander Looby Theater
Looby Branch Library
2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.
Nashville, TN

For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, please visit the Tennessee Women's Theater Project online.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Gettin' Handsy

It was my pleasure to accept a recent invitation to serve as a contributor to the brand new arts blog The Space Between, from a poet's point of view.  Check out my debut TSB blog post, "Use Your Hands," which features my poem "Hands"!

Monday, April 30, 2012

National Poetry Month

On this, the last day of National Poetry Month, I'm rerunning an oldie, but a goodie.

When I Read a Good Poem

When I read a good poem,
I hold
for a
in my mouth
---- moving
on to the next one, like
of creme brulee

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Women's Work 2012

I've been invited to present my poetry at the sixth annual Women's Work festival on Sunday, May 13th. More details to come!

Friday, April 06, 2012

(Happiness is a)

Happiness is a
personal library stocked
with books yet unread.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Why Bother With Poetry

Why bother
with poetry?
Because you're
human.  And,
from time to time,
we humans need
to be reminded of
what's important
in life,
an invitation
to laugh at ourselves,
a spotlight on
injustice in the world,
and permission
to pause, reflect and wonder.

Monday, April 02, 2012

He Measures His Days With Trips to the Vending Machine (The Vending Machine King)

With a nod to T. S. Eliot

I've never known anyone
with such a devotion
to junk food.
Lays Classic Potato Chips,
Cheddar & Sour Cream Ruffles,
peanut butter and cheese crackers,
plain chocolate M&M's.
He loves them all.
He's even been known to
chomp through a bag of
Fiery Habanero Doritos
at 9:30 a.m.
Add Coca-Cola after
countless Coca-Cola,
and you'll have
a snapshot of
his workday,
from coin to crunch.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Definition of Insanity Turned on Its Head

If we were all born
with different genetics --
different hair
textures, hues and thicknesses,
different eye
colors, shapes and sizes,
different nose,
breast and chest guises,
different skin tones,
and cheek bones
and ear lobes,
different lips and hips and dips,
different metabolisms,
heights and body types --
why do we,
in all our glorious variety,
seek to shed our delicious diversity
in order to adhere to
one "standard" of beauty or identity?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

(She doesn't know that)

She doesn't know that
I write haiku about her
bathroom behavior.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Haiku Help

Which version do you prefer?

lady who rocked the
elephant fart burst out of
her stall like a bull

lady who rocked the
elephant fart shot out of
her stall like a mouse

Monday, March 19, 2012


I really hope
that the woman who used
the bathroom before me
was eating (and dropping)
in the stall...

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Uncomfortable With Life

A Preference for Plastic Pleasure

There is a growing contingent
of people these days
who seem to be
uncomfortable with life.
Not uncomfortable
due to the ugly, painful
realities of life --
breakups, cancer, crime --
uncomfortable with the
beautiful, pain free
moments of life.
Uncomfortable having an
old-fashioned, face-to-face
conversation with a good friend
without fiddling with
their BlackBerry.
Uncomfortable taking a walk
without monitoring their
Smartphone for the latest
Amazon deal.
Rather than witnessing
a gorgeous sunset with the family,
they are the folks
sitting on the porch swing
surrounded by their loved ones,
but focusing on their iPhones,
playing Words With Friends
without speaking a single
syllable to their own flesh and blood.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

(real love: standing in)

real love: standing in
the bathroom while your partner
poops, just to catch up

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

News to Beat the Blues

I am pleased to report that I now have one less rejection letter to my name!  My poems "I'll Be Here" and "Instruments of War" will be published in the forthcoming book Filtered Through Time, an anthology of original fiction and poetry reflecting how a variety of traditions and reactions to the Civil War have come down through the generations for 150 years.  More details to come!

Monday, March 12, 2012

(The duck swimming in)

The duck swimming in
the empty pool doesn't know
the pool's not for him.

Monday, March 05, 2012

The Poet's Job

The poet's job is to remind us what is most important in life, to help us laugh at ourselves, to highlight injustice, to cause us to pause, reflect and wonder.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Civil Conundrum Clips

For those of you who were unable to attend Saturday's Civil Conundrum performance (or for those of you who care to revisit the harrowing, humorous presentation), clips of the program can be viewed here.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Art of Great Company

Thank you to all of you who attended today's performance at The Arts Company.  What a great group that gathered; what a great gallery!  Special thanks to Betsy, Carolyn, Chris, the Hardins, Joan, Josh, Joy, Rebecca and Sarah for their support!  A very special thanks to my partner in rhyme, Randy Foster, and especially to photographer Robert McCurley, who inspired the entire presentation.

Monday, February 06, 2012

You are invited!

Civil Conundrum
~ Civil War poetry by Randy Foster, Amy E. Hall and Robert McCurley, inspired by the photographs of Robert McCurley ~

Join us for a performance that promises to be both harrowing and humorous!

Saturday, Feb. 11th, from 2 to 3 p.m.
The Arts Company
215 5th Ave. of the Arts
Nashville, TN  37219

* Admission is free, but reservations are required.  RSVP to or call 615.254.2040. *

Monday, January 30, 2012

Civil Conundrum Coverage

My current project, Civil Conundrum -- a collaborative photography-poetry program with Robert McCurley and Randy Foster, was covered in the Nashville Scene's latest issue.  Civil Conundrum is part of a larger exhibit called The South Through Eight Lenses & a Code.  For more information, visit The Arts Company's current exhibition page.

Monday, January 23, 2012

(ban on "bored" meetings)

ban on "bored" meetings:
espresso, shortbread cookies;
jazz records on low

Sunday, January 15, 2012

In This Wow

Have you ever
held a book
in your hands
that felt so right?
A book that
felt perfect,
and supple
and soft, but
firm in all the right places?
A book that
in your hands
at this moment;
at this time?
A book that
was written
years ago
but was meant
for you
right here; right now?
A book that,
in this moment,
makes time and space
make sense
in this place,
in this moment,
in this now?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

(always worrisome)

always worrisome:
unexplained droplets on the
floor next to the john

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Tennessean previews my latest project

Photographer Robert McCurley has asked Randy Foster and me to collaborate on a photo-poetry project re: the Civil War.  Sneak a peek at The Tennessean's preview here.  More details to come!