The West

CA, OR, WA, MT, WY, ID, NV, UT

The poems in this collection were written in the early months of 2016, and represent my first major effort in the art of the haiku, or pop. Some are true road poems, and others snapshots of our nation's national parks.

Tabby cat
Spread on the highway like
Marmalade jam

Who even
Comes out here
To do this graffiti

The hills like
Knotted muscles on
This naked earth

Orchards, bursting
With apple blossoms
Forgetting it’s winter

Freshly paved highway
Like a scab on the land
Just ripe to be peeled off

Dream catcher
And from the window
The occasional trail of a cigarette


The South, Part I

FL, AZ, NM, TX, LA, MS, AR, OK

The poems in this collection were written in the Spring of 2016. For these states, I chose to write my haiku as portraits of their major cities. Again in this collection are a number of true road poems.

Dangling roots
The hesitant promise
Of the banyan tree

At the garden’s edge
(But there is no garden, no edge)
The thrum of a cicada

A man with a bottle of
Vitamins inspects the ham
Makes his selection

I have to assume the bike frame
Shoved into the wall
Was meant to be less kitschy

The ceiling fan
Frozen
In a flash of lightning

You blink, instinctively
Then intentionally, to clear
The dust of the construction site


The Midwest

CO, KS, MO, IL, IA, IN, OH, MI, WI, MN, ND, SD, NE

The poems in this collection were written in the late Summer of 2016, and document the national parks of the Midwest. A few of the poems break the traditional three-line form, but can still in a way be thought of as three-line poems.

Beads of sweat
Upon which to pray
For air conditioning

Yellow leaf, tremulous
In its fall, apprehensive
Of the changing seasons

But the earth is smooth
As smooth as skin, and lucky we
That are small enough to know its scars

Ode to a caterpillar
That little worm in drag
I hate you; never change

A cool breeze tousling
The tall grass
Uranus and Gaia in summer love

On my prow
A pair of dragonflies
Silently fucking


The Northeast

MD, DE, NJ, PA, NY, CT, RI, MA, VT, NH, ME

The poems in this collection were written in the Fall of 2016, and document the cities of the North Eastern corridor and my place in them. Twice in the collection are included something I'm choosing to call haiku collages, or pop collages, which are passages of free prose that can be excerpted into any number of individual short poems of three lines.