when i put him to sleep i try to rub his head
and his back to teach him that tenderness
is possible that the sirens and hungers
have soft hands that at least now
he can believe this so that even
after the stage combusts and
falls he will grip his first role
this single word unmasked
in its veined pouch and
he will believe it will be
enough and he will
stand and grin
—Previously published on the poet’s Facebook page (Autumn 2021)
helps our Veterans heal as an RN in the Seattle area. In former lives, he taught high school, managed aquatic centers, and practiced acupuncture. His writing appears in American Journal of Poetry, Cultural Weekly, KYSO Flash, MacQueen’s Quinterly, Misfit, Noble/Gas Qtrly, Slippery Elm, Spillway, and Swimming with Elephants, among others.
He is the author of four books of poetry: These Hands of Myrrh, is now available from Kelsay Books. His first collection, The only thing that makes sense is to grow (Moon Tide Press, 2019), Mr. Rogers kills fruit flies (Main Street Rag, 2020), These Hands of Myrrh (Kelsay Books, 2021), and Sea of Marrow (Ethel Press, 2021). He has two books forthcoming in 2022: fishmirror from Alien Buddha Press and Skinless in the Cereal Aisle from Impspired.