A visit to a good friend in Rhode Island brought me this trio of poems. Prime Number is another of my favorite online journals and I’m proud these poems have such a good home. You can also find them in Prime Number Magazine Editors’ Selections anthology, Volume 3.
This story came to me in 2002 as I was driving between Milwaukee and Madison during my stint as a Ph.D. student at UW-Milwaukee. On dark nights I could see Orion’s Belt through my driver’s side window. My father had died the year before and looking at the constellation always made me think of him. I’m still not sure why, but I’m happy my grief came out this way.
I love flash fiction: reading it, writing it, teaching it. I’m very pleased Juked, one of my favorite online sites, published this one a few years back. And once you hit a certain age, most Americans have an opinion on high school reunions. This idea sprung from a reunion of mine quite a few years back.
The museum of americana is one of the coolest online journals, especially if you love American music. I’ve been so fortunate to have been included in two of their issues. (“Dick Dale Conquers the World” first appeared in the museum, too.). Check out their site for great writing and really fun links to music and more. These two poems are about a pair of my favorite jazz musicians, Charlie “Bird” Parker and Chet Baker.
If I could ever have anyone dramatically recite this poem, it would be David Bowie. Or Meatloaf.
Just the title of the online literary journal Story/Houston refers to two of my favorite things: stories and Houston. I am so grateful “Uncle Dixon” is in their archives. It couldn’t have landed in a better place. Thanks, always, to the editors there and to my fellow attendees at Oxford American magazine’s writers summit in the summer of 2011 who were the first audience for an earlier draft.
A few years back I had two poems in Cobalt Review’s Year 2 anthology. Both of these poems are included in my first book, but I loved the Cobalt anthology so much, I figured I’d pitch that here, too.
The title of this one tells you what you need to know.
Frequently, my poems are fiction. This one is mostly fiction, except for my relationship to records.