Perhaps it was water that God breathed into Adam, merging heaven and earth. We go to the desert for enlightenment and life, yet we are aliens here. Sixty percent water, we are prone to dessication. Dust stalks our lives. The Tohono O’odham believe some humans become saguaro, succulent giants presiding over this arid world. I … More IN THE SONORAN DESERT
This time a week ago, I was arriving at the Tucson Festival of Books. The sky was blue, no clouds, temperatures were in the 60s in the morning, promising to rise into the 70s by mid-day. It was the first day of Tucson Festival of Books and all I had to do was hang out … More At the Tucson Festival of Books
The tire swing hangs straight, rope unbent by play, time unmarked by a daydreamer’s lazy pendulum; grass has grown into the bare patch where feet once scraped and pushed off for speed. The children are gone, to other trailer parks, acres of double-wides in the sun, clean, suburbanized, orderly, and out of the way; to … More The Tire Swing
The prostitutes flow, county to county, pushed by tides of indignation, slowed by pools of indifference, unseen, unnoticed, unknown by most, but they are there, at the bars near the track, on the corners near the cheap motels, in the parking lot behind the diner. They flow, county to county, in a jurisdictional eddy, Anne … More Patuxent River Story
The immigrant in his food truck, parked at the edge of the lot, sells reminders of home— pupusas, tamales, tortillas— to hungry laborers coming off shifts, or waiting for work in the morning light; to men whose families wait back home for the monthly remittance, or the fee for the coyotes to bring them North. … More The Food Truck
Video and narration of my poem, “Ode to US 1, Howard County, Maryland.” Photos by author. Maps and imagery courtesy Howard County Planning and Zoning.
In less than a week, I’ll be in sunny Tucson, Arizona, giving a talk on geography and poetry– geopoetics– in the Geography Department at the University of Arizona. My trip to Tucson is primarily for the Festival of Books. Since the Geography Department is sponsoring my trip, they also asked if I would be the … More Geopoetics Along the US 1 Corridor