are the scientific names for abnormal
bone growth in the ear canal and under the tongue
one has been drilled out of my auditory meatus
while i was asleep
the other has erected a row of bone hotels
nestling my lower teeth
why is my skull trying to grow over its openings?
for safety? for a muffled mouthless bliss?
somewhere in me there is a need to cover
no matter what speech or song is lost
i should be thankful that my frontal and zygomatic
arches have not yet quested to close
against the light
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.