This page highlights publication of books and chapbooks, and so it’s updated less frequently. Click over to Samples where I include information about newly published essays and poems.
My newest book is named after the zip code of the Twin Towers, 10048. Look for news coming soon, since things are still in production with Finishing Line Press. Click over to Samples to find links to published selections.
Actually New (2018)
In April 2018, Beyond Any One Life was performed at the Corning Museum of Glass’s auditorium. Commissioned to commemorate Corning Community College’s 60th anniversary, this was my third collaboration with the composer Will Wickham. The show featured solos, instrumental music, choral pieces, and poems recited by theater students. You can watch the show here.
Our previous major collaboration, Where Sacred Waters Divide, will be performed again on Sunday July 15, 2018 at 7pm at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church 408 S. Main Street, Horseheads, NY. Visit the Cantata Singers schedule to learn more.
My fourth full collection of poems, Grace Street is available from Ithaca publisher Cayuga Lake Books. Click here to see the cover of the book. The beautiful and luminous images is a painting by Dave Higgins.
Listen to my interview with Tish Pearlman on Out of Bounds which includes me reading a few parts.
Visit the FootHills Publishing site to read some of the poems as they appeared in the chapbook Backyard Passages (2012).
Click here for a flyer with more information about Grace Street.
Carol Niederlander’s fine review of Grace Street appeared in the Summer 2017 edition of the Pleiades Book Review (14.2).
Even Less New
Everyday Objects (2015, Plain View Press)
Order your copy of Everyday Objects from the publisher by clicking here or from online retailers.
Many generous people contributed to the remarkably successful Indiegogo campaign. Over $2,500 was raised to cover the cost of production.
To give you a feel for the book, here’s a selection:
For years, I called this manuscript “The Discontent of Everyday Objects” and so this would have been the title poem. That mall-dystopia poem was published in The Misfit, Alan Catlin’s lively journal–be sure to browse around. As the manuscript evolved, however, I realized I was after something more than “discontentment.”
“The Display Models” was published in Blast Furnace, and was cited by Michael Alexander Chaney as an excellent example of ” brave poetry that takes risks and, therefore, resonates with a discriminating audience.”
Here’s the final poem in the book, called “In a Cedar Tub” which was published in America.
House of Green Water (2015, FootHills)
Once again, thanks to FootHills Publishing for creating another lovely edition, with Ron Dixon’s painting of an Alaskan waterfall on the cover. These poems include lyrical meditations on ponds and waterfalls, rivers and lakes, but through dramatic monologues they also explore the destruction of floods and the legend of “Aunt Sarah’s Falls,” a waterfall near Watkins Glen.
This chapbook of new work was commissioned by Corning Community College as part of its Year of Water. My colleague, composer Will Wickham put most of them to music and created a remarkable interdisciplinary experience. You can watch a production of Where Sacred Waters Divide on YouTube.
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