What Did The Scrub Jay Notice?Featured Poem for February, 2022

Lilacs are special flowers for me. I grew up with three shades of lilac bushes around our house. They come in lilac-lilac, deep purple and white and smell ever so slightly different, or so I imagined. T.S.Eliot’s poems made an early impression on me and I appreciated his use of lilacs evoking the wild, mystical,…

Metamorphosis-Featured Poem January, 2022

The furnace that heats our bedroom just broke and I have been worrying about the people Back East. Growing up during the Cold War, when we had cold snaps in Massachusetts nobody used the word “bomb’ for a Nor’easter. We did take our weather seriously and tried to predict it with almanacs, good noses for…

Sharing–Featured Poem for December, 2021

It has been eight months since I started feeding the hummingbirds. I hung a feeder on the deck railing off our living room. The garden is two flights of stairs below so they often fly up from beneath to perch and drink. Being a Massachusetts girl, even after over forty years in California, I worried…

Any Day Now-Featured Poem November, 2021

I wrote this early in the pandemic. Thank you scientists for the vaccines, boosters, and treatments we have now. However, we know it is not all past, but we have this moment. This poem is another of mine from Pandemic Puzzle Poems, the anthology from Diane Frank, Editor at Blue Light Press. The recent book…

Stitching Together– Featured Poem October, 2021

I am very excited to have this poem, “Stitching Together,” and two others of mine in a newly published anthology of poems, Pandemic Puzzle Poems Selected by Diane Frank and Prartho Sereno. It is perfect timing for this marvelous book. There are 92 writers represented, some famous, some not. The poetry is earnest and moving….

Pirouette – Featured Flash Fiction September, 2021

I have become enchanted by movie trailers and narrative poems. Trailers and some microfiction stories are tasty bonbons or truffles of story. I can’t stop reading or watching. Diane Frank taught a class on flash fiction that challenged me in all the right ways. I hope this tiny story of mine catches your imagination. Pirouette…

Convalescence-Featured Poem August, 2021

I now know more people who have had breakthrough Delta COVID than I know who had COVID before they were vaccinated. While my friends don’t happen to be dangerously sick, thankfully, this is a time to do our best to remember that sickness and displacement can also bring opportunities for connection and caring. I wish…

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…