Poem Posted: The Old Ones

The Old Ones“, written in 1995, is still one of my personal favorites. Over the years, I have also grown to appreciate it as a reminder of the fictional, constructed nature of the self. If you were to ask me when the insight expressed in the last couplet came into my life, I would say about 10 years ago. Yet, here’s documentary evidence that it dates back 20 years. The self is a story that constantly rewrites itself to satisfy its present needs and interests.

Poem posted: Waves

Waves” was written in spring, 2013, in the run-up to my April 20 poetry reading in Austin. Thich Nhat Hanh likes to say that if you touch the wave, you also touch the water, which is to say that anything seen in the right way can be an opening onto the whole universe.