Ablutions-Featured Poem July, 2021

I like watching men shave. What can I say. I have a couple poem meditations on the second child my husband and I never choose to try for. I am very happy with the one, fabulous child we have! Options and paths-not-taken interest me these days. This is from my newest book CLOUDBREAK which just…

Emergence- the Featured Poem June, 2021

ANNOUNCEMENT! I am so excited my newest book Cloudbreak is out in the world! Thanks to you, my readers, my friends, Indiegogo backers, Wild Women Writers poetry group members, and Poetic Matrix Press. For more information, please click on this link to the announcement post. The Supreme Court has been on my mind recently so…

The Book of Hours-Featured Poem May, 2021

This is from my new book CLOUDBREAK that will be available in bookstores by the end of this June. You can pre-order through my Indiegogo Campaign website and I’ll sign and send sooner. Some of the poems in the book, including this one, are about the process of deciding to leave my beloved career as…

Car Racing Through the Rain- April, 2021 Featured Poem

The April Featured Poem “Car Racing Through the Rain ” is from Cloudbreak. I was grateful for the opportunity to visit many Planned Parenthood Northern California supporters and Health Centers around the Bay and up to the Oregon border. Three decades of commutes like these, when I was CEO, eventually wore me down a bit,…

CLOUDBREAK is Available Now!

Poetic Matrix Press has published my second book, CLOUDBREAK. This book of poetry covers what brought me to my work with social justice and reproductive health, and how I transitioned, after 37 years, to writing. I would love to have you read my book. Thank you to my reviewers, friends, family, teachers, editor and the…

Respect- Featured Poem for February, 2021

I first wrote Respect as a more ordinarily formatted poem, but I am presenting it below as a Haibun. This is an originally Japanese form of prose paired with a haiku. Haibuns lend themselves to experimentation of form. Our intensive time in the house, these pandemic days, draws my attention to neighborhood non-human creatures. I…

Giraffe–Poem for October, 2020

More shelter-in-place personal revelations. Hope you all are staying well. Giraffe A six feet 5” girlis sheltering-in-placein our house.I am 5 feet 2”and dropping.I want to stareat her tallnessas at a redwood.I lean backto see her. In her life,ceilings arereachable skies.Spider websin upper cornersof patio doorsget in her hair.Down the backstairs,she ducks to avoidbeing foreheaded….

Ode To Doughnuts- Featured Poem for September, 2020

What strange times these are, wonderful moments and terrible happenings. So for a change of pace, I serve you my September poem. Fun to read it out loud. Trigger warning for people avoiding sugar. For those of you who wish to go further into the science of giggling rats, just Google Scientific American – “giggling…

Fires Burn in Paradise- Featured Poem for August, 2020

I am sadly creating quite a collection of fire poems. This poem is from the Paradise Fires. So many fires. It hot even in San Francisco today and smoky. So many people have lost homes and livelihoods and have it way worse than us. My thoughts are with them. Avocet Online first published this poem…

Featured Poem: July, 2020

Like many poets, I have a growing collection of pandemic poems. Here is one for a smile.  In the San Francisco summer fog I feel even more like I am hibernating.  Hope you and yours are staying as well and joyful, as you can.   Cardboard Boxes ( Shelter-in-Place; May 2020) Lying inside, on the…