Trash Picker on Mars Winner of 2017 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award

My first poetry collection Trash Picker on Mars has just won the 2017 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award in the category of Arizona poetry. I would like to thank my publisher and editor Karen Kelsay (Kelsay Books) and freelance editor Kate Robinson for their help and support. Mostly I wish to thank my readers over the years who have enjoyed my poems and encouraged me to keep on writing.

Stay tuned for exciting news of the next poetry book.

Meanwhile, if you wish to purchase a signed copy of Trash Picker on Mars, you can do so here. It is also available on Amazon.

 

Things to Do Instead of Watching the Inauguration

 

Wondering what to do this Friday? Here are some thoughtful suggestions:

1.) Read a good book (Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin, for instance).

2.) Find someone who needs help and show that person a little kindness.

3.) Write something in more than 140 characters.

4.) Learn about a religion, philosophy, or culture other than your own.

5.) Engage in a conversation that doesn’t require a screen.

6.) Say something reasonable, honest, and true.

7.) Sit in a quiet room and see how long you can keep two opposing thoughts in your head … or three if you dare!

#THINGSTODOINSTEADOFWATCHINGINAUGURATION

 

A Time for Refusal

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I told myself that I was done with posting about the election. Time to center myself again and get back to writing. But after reading this brilliant comparison of election results with Eugene Ionesco’s play Rhinoceros, I had to share this article. A Time for Refusal

In many ways this election has seemed like Theater of the Absurd. Cole describes how an epidemic of “rhinoceritis” spreads throughout the play – an epidemic now spreading throughout a country that refused to believe such a thing could happen here. “Evil settles into everyday life when people are unable or unwilling to recognize it.”

I do not use the word “evil “lightly, for it is too often misused. This time it fits. It is time to refuse.