May 27, 2019

This is a poem I felt like I needed to share here on Memorial Day.

It is, in a way, a memorial for those who are still living. . .

but who need to remembered for all they've lost, for us.

It's from my book An Honest Day's Ode (© 2016 Mezcalita Press, LLC)

Young Soldier


May 25, 2019

Against her better judgment, my wife has left me alone for the weekend. That means a lot of playing guitar in boxers with a margarita nearby. I even watched the pilot episode of the old Kung Fu TV series last night. Geez.

May has been a slow month for business. Which is...

May 23, 2019

My new album project "The Streets of San Miguel" has officially been turned down by all the major contests and festivals I entered it in. My four most recent books, every one, got the snub as well. I have no idea how many awards and whatnot I entered those in.

I needed...

October 23, 2018

~ for Tony Hoagland on October 23, 2018

The world just lost a pixel

on its big ball-shaped screen.

One of my favorite points of light

in the ever-dimming age of reason.

And if we do indeed need our poets

as much as we do our top engineers

and environmental scientists, then


October 13, 2017

There are a 1,001 things humans have to work on to save this planet from extinction. But, high on that list would have to be this:

Americans must divest themselves from the delusional belief that God somehow harbors a particular, and exceptional, love for them.

November 11, 2016

I attended school, in some form or another, for thirty-five years. From kindergarten through a Ph.D. Some friends thought it was impressive. My parents… probably more exasperating. For me, exhausting, but rewarding.

After I finished however, I was met with a pervasive a...

October 31, 2016

Sharon Olds is a phonic and lexical gymnast
when it comes to poetry. I'm mystified, and
enraptured, by the way she jerks and pulls
me around and through her pages full
of handstands, back flips, and the splits.

Too much in one sitting though,
is like eating six pieces...

September 25, 2016

I am currently reading some very assiduous, profound, and implacably thoughtful poetry that will likely have little to no effect on the modern human predicament. And I know I’ve already lost a few of you, because I just used the Oxford Comma. I even capitalized its pro...

September 18, 2016

I guess I thought the discussion was behind us. Like the discussion of whether or not Napoleon was actually present for the battle at Waterloo. And that doesn’t make it any less painful to continue to say. But…

the antiquated and romantic notion that major publishing co...

September 14, 2016

As a poet, it took me years to understand that I was going to have to make a choice. A choice, understand, that I never had to make as a songwriter. And that choice had to do with whether or not, as a poet, I wanted my poems to be understood. As a songwriter, it was un...

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