Published poems

Blood is blood is

How does anyone love inside skin? Thankful to Menacing Hedge for nominating my poem “Blood is blood is” for a Pushcart. You can read and listen to the poem in full here.

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Two Poems at Superstition Review

“Time Capsule” and “Junkyard Halflight” up at Superstition Review. “Small things come back in pieces. That time of day I wasn’t afraid to close my eyes. The white flies weren’t yet lured by streetlamps; the air still held its damp menudo. On one side of the house, the cemetery where I buried a stillborn and […]

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Two poems at Tinderbox Poetry

… my daughter and the girls in ballet- costume pretend to fly in loops around the red recital floor, believing their outstretched arms make wings, and with faces ready for takeoff, they uplift in possibility. –from “Searching the Skyline” How did you end in a river, his boxers for trunks, your skin for a bathing […]

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“Miracle of the River Pig” up at *Goblin Fruit*

My poem “Miracle of the River Pig” is live today at Goblin Fruit, and you can listen to me read it there as well! It’s a grotesque and somewhat experimental poem for me recounting my experience in the Southern California desert near the New River. I began drafting the poem in Brenda Hammack‘s fairytale workshop […]

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200 New Mexico Poems Centennial Anthology

I’m honored that my poem “Mrs. Francis Na Kai at the Birthday Party” is included in this incredible project, celebrating one hundred years past and one hundred years future of New Mexican poetry (check out my poem, posted on June 29th). Thank you to Ms. Lisa Hase-Jackson, beautifully talented poet and editor. Thank you for […]

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ADOPTING DEPRESSION

ADOPTING DEPRESSION My poem on The Feminist Wire, inspired by my writer friend Natashia Deón and her poem Welcome to Motherhood, published a few weeks ago. It is always a bit scary for me to share, but so important.

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Mama Song

from Mama Song …I watched my son’s birthmama labor the night, kept time by the beat of his heart.  When she turned left-side-over in bed, his heart slowed. The baseline dipped each time she moved. My world lapsed, seconds lost in a thump.  My husband and I huddled like cats; her mother slept fits in the […]

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Dark Lady Poetry

My poems “You Don’t Want More Kids, You Claim,” and “The Eve of Destruction” have been published in Dark Lady Poetry online. I wrote the Eve poem as part of a longer poem many years ago in an undergrad creative writing class and have continued shaping it and polishing it all this time. Eventually, I […]

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Newborn Fragments

      I want neither the sweetness of honey, nor the sting of bees —Sappho   1 will not sleep through the night, not even close —exhausted. never sleep again. i am almost afraid (sleep) dozing off            and i wake. –sick stomach, i am (ripped) out of my dreams. crying help. can’t speak help— sleep! […]

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Time and Moonshine

Spaces on this earth tattoo their soiled skins with prints, our opened paws, brief feet, steps of years, motions drawn upon immutable circles— The moon as orange and fiery as the sun itself, one night, parked on the canal side of a dirt road behind stacks of sweet smelling hay, the engine of your pine-green […]

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