The Ice Road

The Ice Road

               Miles of nothingness       Across open frozen lakes            Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk       The Mackenzie River            Parts of the Arctic Ocean       The distant oil rigs,            World’s most desolate spot       Ninety grand in 3 months,...
Dracula In Crisis

Dracula In Crisis

              He recognizes his arrogant bravado           is purely a self-defense mechanism;           he’s been spending way too much time alone.           Even those obnoxious Jehovah Witnesses           haven’t knocked on his castle door in decades.           The...
YALTA

YALTA

              The boardwalk on the beachfront was tacky,           although that did not put me off from buying           dirt-cheap earrings with my leftover rubles,           but away from the tourists—including plenty of Russians—           outside the city, in the...
Claustrophobia

Claustrophobia

The crush of it: not just the body swaddled in the sweat of fear’s embrace, but the thought confined and bursting within its battered valise, buckled and strapped for a trip to nowhere but a smaller place inside a cell where every pulsing neuron pounds against the...
Washoe Taught Us

Washoe Taught Us

              the language of grief           is not exclusively human.           A wolf carries off our goose           by his gaunt neck in the night.           His partner wanders the perimeter           of our fields for six days           until her honking grows...
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