Cosmos, a variation: part i

maybe it was just one last story, the greatest: life. welcome. nobody knows evidence was destroyed -- no fear, no shame. volcanic vents and unbroken thread nearly 4 billion years old discern day from night. oh, the things molecules do. NOTE: The "COSMOS" poems are a true experiment. They're iterations of previous "found text" poems I [...]

Some essays take 4 years to write.

I mean, this one did. I turned it over and over again, like stones in water, finding things that glimmered and caught the sun. But there never felt like a real sense of cohesion. I'd also add that it's one of the more experimental essays I've done. So experimental and feeling/sensory-oriented that I considered categorizing [...]

How to write about blood

"Basic laws of physics: how to lodge a hook in your head. Treble means three. Simple motions. Hold, run, cast. You tell the story for show now, choosing words carefully, measuring impact, showing ownership of memory. I can tell it too, that is the subtext of what you’re saying. But you’re not trying to compete. [...]

FRESH INK: “On Buying a Knife”

"How do you tell someone their behavior is objectifying, reducing and dehumanizing? That it makes you uncomfortable and afraid? And the bigger question: why are we concerned about the appropriate way to address unwarranted, inappropriate behavior?" I wrestle with the very real, very unwanted threat of sexual harassment in public in this piece, up now at [...]

My Top 10 Books of 2013

READ IT: My Top 10 Books of 2013 I hate listicles, but I like Mensah and books, so I agreed to write this. My disdain for the year-end tradition of list-making is trumped by my belief that sharing books we love and our reading practices are incredibly important for human beings. Some books that have made [...]