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.
I had more negative feedback about this poem than anything I’ve ever published. And I thought it was a pretty simple little thing.
I love crowds. I love thinking about the lives of all the people I will never know. Airports are some of my favorite places.
Some times my poems are fiction. Some times they are creative non-fiction. This one is pretty much nonfiction.