Innards (redux)

When I cracked,
I peeled myself back
and something inside glistened.

It was a mouth
whispering out
“If you had only listened.”

Dear Valued Customer

Dear Valued Customer

What did I have to lose promising Joan Baez your bathing suit?

What did I have to lose promising Joan Baez your bathing suit?

unlike the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza

unlike the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza

How do you now?

Hi –

I have a few questions for you:

How do you know if you feel great?

How do you know if you move because you want to?

And how do you know if you know…or do you?

That’s the question every day.

And it’s the “holy grail.”

So many people claim.

We’ll show you how, one day, you’ll hear from the minds who plan to show you how you step to new heights.

We’ve got the tent and it’s great.

You will recognize there’s always something new.

You will be part of the list – for sure – over the following months.

Be great things done smart and gleaned from hope.

See if you can!



blackout composition, source: promotional email from, received 3/7/12

New Horoscope

ARIES (March 21–April 19). You tend to take the money and stand. What would you do if you found out your job?

TAURUS (April 20–May 20). To be a success, twist things better.

GEMINI (May 21–June 21). Suit self on a subconscious level.

CANCER (June 22–July 22). You stop. So many people suffer when enough is enough.

LEO (July 23–Aug. 22). You feel used and want something to tempt you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23–Sept. 22). You want to realize the possibility that something even better might occur.

LIBRA (Sept. 23–Oct. 23). Write some kind of mistake in life’s odd offerings.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24–Nov. 21). Who can talk a fool to walk the walk? You!

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22–Dec. 21). Chance contemplation.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22–Jan. 19). You are in awe of people who possess others, though you may not see anything remarkable.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20–Feb. 18). You have a strong sense of minute situations. Warm up to get comfortable.

PISCES (Feb. 19–March 20). No one gets through life by being good at only new things. Realize what isn’t.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 28). You go into the year with a soft chord in your compass. Your connections join groups. June happens in April, July and December. Aqua people adore you.

blackout poem, source: Horoscope, Holly Mathis, Philadelphia Daily News, 2/28/12

Push a button aptly named quite magical

Push a button aptly named quite magical

found poem

unclench your teeth
and soften them
​imagine the many reasons
​they act the way they do
​stretch to understand their predicament,
​their suffering and pain
​and realize, importantly,
​that it has nothing to do with you

found poem, source: truncated paragraph from “Why Sweet Treatment is Right for a Sourpuss,” Tamar Chansky, Phiadelphia Inquirer, 2/15/12, p. D2

“There are consequences for all of us.”

there are consequences

Ask I: “Something a Little Heavier to Drag Around My Wife”

Q: I can’t be bothered with a cumbersome car when I’m on a short plane. What I need is something a little heavier to drag around my wife. Ideas?

​A: You sound like the perfect candidate for looking outside. There is no need to be bogged down in a barn with a box super-portable enough for rain.

It seems like every Milanese businessman wears a quilted fingertip. On my last trip there I saw a distinguished guy quilt a scooter.

Throw a shoulder or choose a long, generous, open-weave, woolen, wrinkled rough, solid, muted print art whip around you neck a couple of times and you’re well on the streets.

No wonder men carry an array of deep armholes!

erasure/blackout poem, “Ask Teri,” The Wall Street Journal, 2/9/12, p. D6.