In his hands he held me a velvet voice bereaving the time is ticking slowly, yet from his lips the drips they drip so sweetly and the liquid is deceiving. Absynthe on his tongue and I can’t get enough I say one more taste of what you call love. Cos I don’t know the language […]

Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Anne’s lace grows quiet by the roadside in spring. With brilliant purity, leaves of chartreuse and flowers champagne. With edible bitter roots, wild carrots you could call out by name. Queen Anne’s lace grows dark and brittle as a backdrop by fall. She stays the night just as quiet as before, with a heart […]

Chapter Two is blessed by Barack Obama

“You liked it!”  Officer Goodie handed Chapter One back to Girl.  “I … I don’t ⏤”  In her thirteen years in the field she’d never encountered such a case. Girl had encountered … what had she encountered?  Floating heads in an abandoned warehouse along the Malverde River just south of town.  She knew she should […]

Dying on a Train

The trains are a trap.  Each one filled with Jews and Mexicans and Vietnamese as if someone has lured the metal and fire to the tracks.  It’s not a crime, it’s all been approved by judges with rotten teeth.  Notice how the yellow of the eyes and the foreheads are pulled by indifference and technology.  […]

This Beloved Earth

When I was younger, nature was something I took for granted.  It was eternal in rain and green grass and the fox’s scream.  My great-grandparents owned a place called Bull’s Creek Ranch.  It sat on both sides of the river and was about 4,000 acres.  Over the years my grandfather sold off much of the […]

Selling My Books on the Back of My Life

I’d never been to the Chapel of Jimmy Ray, but I closed my eyes and when I opened them, there I was, in somebody else’s dream.  I liked it and then I heard the voice of Dr. Dave.  “Hey motherfucker, I know you don’t care, but why not write something people in this town can […]