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2020


two rivers and the space between them told through objects



this is an essay on the work of web artist Millie Niss



this is a grocery run to different web sites, in search of things to make poetry out of



awaiting a take-away order at Outback Steakhouse



lyrics about astronomy, ink, and things



some more cubes about monkeys, museums, and other stuff



wordway #37: it's about conversations, plants, and the nineteen-sixties



sketches on a sunday school teacher inspired by a big brick presbyterian church i saw and the people i imagined must have chilled there in the olden days



thinking of rain and fire, as well as mountains, football, and cars



new year's, snow days, hanging out in the wintertime



oh, deer it's a pun and also an overpopulation problem on the east coast



this is a bit on the nose about what's in your pocket

2019


a selection of the wordways of 2019 i like the most, with some explanation of the whole thing in general included; it's called imagined corners



a story about a babysitter named angelina, and some kids she took care of



the juul, and what it means to me



thorns and foam, beverages and the bottles that hold them



this is wordway #28, it has king arthur, trees, and combing hair in it, and i had difficulty finding a title and thought just having a number seemed cool



altitudes, flowers, and mountains -- the usual sort of stuff



some great obscuring, ducks, and trains



the peaks of the pacific northwest and the fourth of july



romantic comedies and public transit, dogs



this is a piece that looks at all the things happening in southeast portland on a given summer afternoon



june bugs, seen while sitting on front lawns in the summertime



ten cubes, called so because they have six pieces, like a cube does, and are alright from whichever angle you look at them



honestly can't tell what this one was supposed to be, but there's a neon sign in it



here are one dozen sonnets about cold weather, musical instruments, carnivorous plants, and other things also



the "academy", written like marianne moore might write it



after watching senator elizabeth warren talk on cnn about sense and cents i decided to sign up for her e-mail list, and now she is always hitting me up for money



some cubes about several things in the world that i find confusing, such as animals and social media



the cherry trees which are in season, and currently blooming in a way that everyone appreciates



my tutu, her house in hawai'i, and the paintings she used to make



some zodiac pieces concerning certain arrangements of stars which undoubtedly determine human behavior

2018


one dozen sonnets about clothes, goldfish, flowers, punctuation, airplanes, and other things also



the chesapeake bay, a body of water somewhere between saline and fresh, located somewhere between maryland and virginia



a night at the jefferson memorial with my friend who believes in ghosts



examining bob dylan's claim that "even the president of the united states sometimes must have to stand naked"



napoleon bonaparte, my mother, good taste, and roses



small talk, tiny insects, big worries, and breakfast foods



happening upon pictures of old friends on instagram, ponies, and nina simone's cover of "i shall be released"



the plants, problems, and people of virginia


blackbirds specifically but birds in general, my childhood, and climate change


bein' green, not really about kermit but maybe pertaining to him in a tangential way


a group of linked pieces about many things, mostly birds and growing older, also about bodies of water, which is titled ceilings instead of skies