Thursday, December 30, 2004


  This poem, my 2 nd hybridanelle, reflects on what it was like for me to be "inhumed" at the Camarillo State Hospital between 1......

Friday, December 24, 2004


  I spent Christmas Eve alone this year. A month ago I was direct witness to a tragic, ringing loss that had eerie parallels to my own fathe......

Friday, December 17, 2004


  As scary and abusive as my father was, I still think I eventually would have found a way to reconcile with him in adulthood, had he not k......
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Tuesday, December 14, 2004


  Faith and conviction are powerful forces of human nature. They can work to heal and sustain an individual in the face of terrible trauma ......
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Sunday, November 7, 2004


  I was either reading Zen Comments on the Mumonkan by Shibayama or Zen's Chinese Heritage by Ferguson when I wrote this. That Chan B......
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Tuesday, October 26, 2004


  This poem attempts to describe an experience an ex-girlfriend had with a ghost while out backpacking on the Lost Coast Trail, north of Fo......

Thursday, September 16, 2004


  She has two pen-names and she loves the movies Hook and Peter Pan . As I got to know her, I thought I'd write her a Peter Pan based......

Wednesday, September 15, 2004


  We drove to Yerington, Nevada to visit the site where her father had died many years ago in a tragic accident. It took hours in the local......

Monday, September 13, 2004


  This poem, my 17 th villanelle, reflects on the conditions and spiritual aftermath of my father's suicide. I wasn't there. My pa......

Friday, August 27, 2004


  Reading about Chan Buddhist perspectives and philosophies affects people in different ways. As I explored one such text, I found myself w......
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Wednesday, August 18, 2004


  This is my 16 th terzanelle, and the longest one I've written. This is also my first attempt to alternate between four meters in a c......

Tuesday, August 10, 2004


  A friend was telling me about some of her personal challenges. This imagery came to mind as I pondered them and her faith. This is an acr......

Monday, August 9, 2004


  As a friend told me about some of her personal challenges, this imagery came to mind. This is an acrostic of one of her pen-names. dichoto......
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Sunday, August 8, 2004


  The night sky will always inspire poems from me. Here is a tanka to that ribbon of stars called the Milky Way. moonless night a ribbo......
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Monday, July 26, 2004


  I was inspired to write this poem after one of my full moon visits to a particular redwood tree that grows near a place called Usal Beach,......

Saturday, July 24, 2004


  The desert is an endless source of poetic inspiration. Here is a tanka to the deserts of Southern Nevada and California. desert song ......
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Wednesday, July 21, 2004


  I spent a significant portion of my childhood in Los Angeles, and as a ward of the Los Angeles Juvenile Courts. Perhaps it's a good p......
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Saturday, May 15, 2004


  This was inspired by some personal reflection on the effects of modern development on the Australian Aboriginal songlines. I imagine that......
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Wednesday, May 12, 2004


  Perhaps, in the end, questions concerning the origins of man and his universe will not be answered. We want answers, but chances are they......
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Wednesday, May 5, 2004


  Psychology has its merits—That is when the psychologist is knowledgeable, experienced, and compassionate. But, to my mind, psychiatry has......

Monday, April 26, 2004


  My infatuated fascination with the opposite sex began very early. There are many possible reasons for this, but I can remember even as fa......
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Thursday, April 1, 2004


  This, my 12 th terzanelle, was written as I struggled to process and accept the inevitable marginalization every poet experiences who ta......
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Monday, March 15, 2004


  She has a connection with horses that is difficult to understand or explain. I've met people like this over the years, including my f......
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Friday, March 5, 2004


  For most of my life I have felt a presence, always near. And though I have never heard its voice, I can sometimes feel its influence on m......

Tuesday, February 10, 2004


  Throughout my life, beginning very early, there is a place I have visited again and again in my dreams. It could be years between visits,......

Thursday, January 15, 2004


  There is a real live aeolian harp about smack in the middle of New Mexico. I saw a picture of it online some years ago, and in 2004 decid......