Category: poetry

The most beautiful thing

Early childhood Latter Day Saints storybook memory and how I learned that God was not a grumpy old man who spied on me from the sky. This piece is featured in Elizabeth Hellstern's interactive creation, the Telepoem Booth. 

Incarnation of Love

My friends had a handfasting ritual on their land the day after the Autumnal Equinox. As a group, we called in the directions with energies of love and joy and creation and gratitude. I was in the cardinal direction of the north and I wrote a poem for the ceremony. If you follow my blog you are aware ...

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108 Days of American Sentence ~ Day 21 with Joan Baez

Let down my guard – split, shed my skin – Phoenix rise in my mind, no one sees. ~ Spring fever brain boil – thoughts drip moist (like) sweat from Tarzan's breast – salt on skin. ~ https://youtu.be/AHQ7N9lEl_E "Nasty Man" (©️Gabriel Earl Music, 2017) (words and music by Joan Baez)

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108 Days of American Sentence – Day 18

Cold wet weight crushing old limbs already heavy with sap, springtime snow. ~

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108 Days of American Sentence – Day 1

“Oh no! I’ll eat the shit out of anything!” he blurted — and she smiled. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When I think about America today - man, like I have no words. So I’m gonna make it simple, and maybe even mindful. For the next 108 days I’ll write at least one American Sentence a day. I don’t ...

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Bell Blue: Dial-A-Poem ~ A Call for Work

Dear Energetic Readers and Writers, This year I was lucky to be part of an amazing project that started right here in Flagstaff, Arizona. I recorded five poems for Elizabeth Hellstern’s project, The Telepoem Booth, after she put out a call to writers last winter. By spring, the booth was up and running (and one of ...

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Maggie and Jack

Been thinking about Jack Kerouac and Maggie Estep today. Bad Day at the Beauty Salon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lys0Hg41Pjc And Maggie's classic: I'm An Emotional Idiot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdxGvKhS6wc and: I'm Happy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUewhMJ4KFs

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Villanelle – Pressing Against Chaos

Wish I Were the Earth Wish I were the earth could open my mouth and swallow the blur. Turn a wail to a purr in my warm dark house if I were the earth. A natural re-birth on deep stable ground if I could swallow the blur. Wouldn’t leave me to murmur my pain in ...

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sometimes you are helpless

Humid Breath is pulled from my lungs. My throat goes hollow every time a howling fire truck wails down the street. My throat goes hollow, I could swallow those anxious faces peering from the fire truck wailing down the street. It would be safer in my mouth— I could swallow those anxious faces peering, despite ...

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riding the changes

While going through my things, I found this poem. I wrote it in 2005 while living in New York City. I made a couple of edits. It's a play off of a poem by John Ashbury.