A nice article was recently published in the Fort Bend County Herald Newspaper profiling Robyn Crowell, the artist who illustrated my new book, The Trickster: Poems for Very Clever Children & Silly Adults.
If you’re in the Mile High City on July 6th, stop by the BookBar for an early evening of poetry and libations as Erica and I read from our books:
My gratitude to the editors at Mad Swirl for publishing this short, tongue-in-cheek poem of mine on their website here.
My Homophobic Friend
When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it
and remember the everlasting covenant
between God and every living creature
of all flesh that is on the earth.
A belligerent bull, he just can’t help
Lowering his head and charging.
I know he has this unexamined wound
In his raging, intolerant heart.
I know that he is easily consumed
By disgust. And yet, he trusts that place
Where fascism and faith embrace
In obscene acts of idolatrous copulation.
My friend’s fantasies are explicit:
They involve cutting off the horns
Of all the magical unicorns.
He definitely doesn’t get it.
But there’s no arguing with a guy
Who can’t tell fact from fiction.
He might as well be a matchstick,
Ready to scratch himself into flame
In the inferno of his contradictions.
Break out the champagne! My new book of poems was published today by White Bird Publications. As of this posting, it was the #1 new release on Kindle in the Children’s Poetry category.
The paperback can be ordered directly from the publisher here.
The poems are fully illustrated in color by the talented Texas-based artist Robyn Crowell. The age range for which the book is intended is children aged 9 to 109. Please consider buying a copy for a child in your life and/or for the child inside of yourself. It is also available for order online at Barns and Noble for the Nook. Best of all, you can special order it at most independent brick and mortar book stores as White Bird Publications distributes nationally and internationally through Ingram.
Here’s a sample:
The Praying Mantis
I think the neatest bug of all
Must be the Praying Mantis—
They know kung fu and it may be true
That they used to rule Atlantis!
They might resemble leaves or sticks—
These masters of disguise.
They can see in true 3-D
(Why not? They have five eyes!)
It’s so cool how they can turn their head
A hundred and eighty degrees!
These carnivores who live outdoors
Have lots of expertise.
And the lady Praying Mantis
Can have a thousand youngsters!
But she sometimes eats the father,
From his head down to his dumpster.
I am happy to offer a sneak peak of the cover for my forthcoming book: The Trickster: Poems for Very Clever Children & Silly Adults. It will be published by White Bird Publications out of Austin, TX in late May/early June and contains full-color illustrations by Robyn Crowell. The poems are appropriate for children age 9 to 109. I will post a link for ordering information once it is released.
The journal, Sacramental Life, has a circulation of about 500 subscribers…including several seminary libraries. Alas, they don’t have an online presence. So here is a new poem of mine that appears in their latest issue, slightly revised by me since I first submitted it:
Writing the Vision
And the Lord answered me, and said, ‘Write the vision,
and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run that readeth it.’
Here in the rot & wreck—
In the besotted & messy elegance
Of my chosen art, I strive & crawl
Through broken psalms
Of lament & praise toward
What? Irrelevance? Only time will tell
If desire is equal to intelligence.
And even if it isn’t, at least I have dwelled
In the temple of the most highs.
I have seen them ascend
Like Perseus on Pegasus:
These poets with their mysteries—
Their uncanny focus & eloquence.
They help us to see beyond the charms
Of sight. And by their liturgies
They sing us home to where memory
Is infused with such reflected light
The darkness is quite undone:
Stunned, illuminated & incredulous.