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November 28, 2017

For Grethel* on Her Birthday

Words waiting to coat the tongue

evaporate when a conch pearl’s inner

flame lights the eye. The brilliance

of her spark often hides in pretty-pretty

pink porcelain, a camouflage coat

that only seems fragile. Each year

in this other home lays a cry...

November 23, 2017

(traducción al español a continuación) It has been a really fun day.  In a couple of my classes, we went past the bell because of the number of students who couldn't wait to share their work.  Several of the younger boys who had not shown as much interest as some of th...

November 19, 2017

Every morning when I wake up, I hear girls from Our Little Roses outside laughing, yelling, and playing.  Those sounds continue while I'm getting ready for the day teaching poetry at Holy Family Bilingual School, which is conveniently in the same building as my apartme...

November 8, 2017

When I was little, there'd always come a point in the day when I would set aside my coloring, take my mom a piece of paper, and ask for math.  She would patiently write out a sheet of numbers for me to trace, to match with drawings of the same number of flowers or star...

August 14, 2017

It's been a year since the unexpected death of my confidante, second mom, big sis, and dear friend, my aunt Michelle.

She always made me feel like I was one of her favorite people.  My heart was and remains truly broken.  I'm sharing here the words I said at her funeral...

July 20, 2017

Anyone who knows my son knows that he is funny, creative, and witty (sometimes acerbically so).  He is a warrior for social justice and stands in his truth proudly and without fear.  

What you may not know is that, before all of that, he saved me.

In 2004, less than...

July 19, 2017

My father passed away in 2001, and my mother succumbed to cancer in 2011.  Anyone who has lost a loved one can tell you that you are never quite the same again, and the grief never fully goes away.  

We are all seen in different ways by and hold different roles for...

July 15, 2017

This is where I have the fortune to be writing and discussing poetry, books, plays, and writing with my cohort in Goddard's MFA program, based in beautiful Port Townsend.  I get to work in this beautiful place and with these amazing people for the next week. #PNWforlif...

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