My poetry is all of these things at different times: true, imagined, risky, simple, accessible, heart-wrenching, shocking, erotic, personal and universal. I hope that these things add up to a few meaningful moments as you read a poem or two.
I write about what happens, and what doesn’t happen. I often write as if I’m writing characters in a novel. My inspiration comes from many sources: conversations I overhear, Facebook posts I read, news stories, etc.
I feel the same things you feel. Joy, guilt, beauty, despair. I say things many people want to say, but can’t say. Shouldn’t say. Need to say. Won’t say. I try to use my voice to fill the gaps that we all fall into.
I hope my poems are a pinprick to the ho-hum of your day. I hope they punch you in the gut if they don’t make you cry. And I hope they all sound at least a little bit familiar.
And here are a few possibly interesting tidbits about me…
I currently live in Nashville, Indiana. I love to listen to music, books on CD, podcasts or NPR as I create stained glass art in my studio. My favorite artists are Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper. I love poetry, but only the good stuff that isn’t so abstract I can’t understand it. Abstraction better lends itself to visual art, I think. Stephen Dunn is my favorite poet. He’s said just about anything that can be said about the inner workings of the heart and mind. My favorite novels are Atonement by Ian McEwan and How Green was my Valley, by Richard Llewellyn. My all time favorite band is The Cure. I love science, and anything that relates to how the mind works. I don’t believe in the supernatural. If I could meet anyone in the world, it would be Richard Dawkins or Steven Pinker. If you don’t buy my art or read my poetry, buy one of their books. It will enrich if not change your life. My favorite things to do are hiking, kayaking and camping. My favorite food is so common, I’ll keep you in suspense (It starts with a P). I prefer chocolate to vanilla. Green is my favorite color. I have an aversion to planning or scheduling of any kind, and I live for spontaneous adventures! Telephone conversations make me anxious, and I avoid them at almost all cost. I had a happy childhood. I’m having a pretty fantastic adulthood. I have every intention of seeing my 100th birthday, after which I will happily relinquish my guts to the future of medicine.