We had a family of cardinals nesting in a laurel tree right below the deck. After many discussions about the impracticality of their choice, Eric and I did our best to keep quiet and observe from our deck chairs as mom and dad tended to the eggs. When the babies hatched (only two survived–we’re not sure […]


From Four Blue Eggs, published by Homebound Publications. Celebrate 5 years independent publishing, order your copy today, and give it to your mom. On My Mother’s Seventy-third Birthday The hike is pleasant; the trail markers are new, ferns and mountain laurel bloom along the path. A soft whispering breeze says something about remembrances and a flimsy […]


I wrote “Hunger” as the introductory poem for A History of Connecticut Food: A Proud Tradition of Puddings, Clambakes, and Steamed Cheeseburgers, which I co-wrote with Eric D. Lehman and me. Pick up a copy today–a perfect complement for cookouts, farmers’ markets and the pick-your-own summer bounty. Hunger What if the egg never cracked or the slick […]

Blue-stained Ukulele

I found this draft of a post this morning. I’m not sure why I never finished it or posted it last year. Thanks for this month’s issue of National Geographic (about Yellowstone National Park) for inspiring me. . . From April 2015: I’ve been a subscriber to the National Geographic Magazine for a few years now, […]


The Thinker as Poet Aus der Erfahrung des Denkens —Martin Heidegger How like a           whisper the wind engaging the cup of my ear. How like a shout       these echoing passages filter northwest to southeast. How like a growl      the rustling leaves request channel from shadows to true […]

Interview with Fox Adoption Magazine

About a year ago, Fox Adoption Magazine published four of my poems, posting one a month for the summer. Of course I was happy to oblige when they asked to interview me. Here’s a teaser:(click the link below for the full interview). Fox Adoption: What sparked your interest in writing and poetry, and how did […]


I’ve been enjoying Ken Burns’ Jazz documentary on demand lately. Here’s “Birdsongs” from Reconnaissance. For Charlie Parker and the wind tunnels where, magically and dangerously, creativity may wait. Birdsongs   Having forgotten what a line looks like on a page, I unwrap a notebook and tune to Charlie Parker. If I Should Lose You, I’ll wait […]


Our class activity today  in my Contemporary Poetry class was to create a blackout poem. I used Howard Nemerov’s poem “On Being Asked for a Peace Poem” (1973) from The 20th Century in Poetry. Happy National Poetry Month.

National Poetry Month

April is the month long celebration of poetry. Join me and other poets at these events: Sunday, April 10, 1 p.m. at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 7 Canal Street, Westerly, Rhode Island Friday, April 15, 7 p.m. at Byrd’s Books, 126 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, Connecticut Saturday, April 23, 2 p.m. at the Minor Memorial Library, […]

From Nomad’s End, Finishing Line Press, 2010 Before Your Train Leaves a handful of minutes need to morph into their shape, crust like atoms becoming a molecule and tell a story with thrift. No time to dawdle. Back-story, established by your eyes, advances the plot, though I am more interested with the syllables of touch […]