Please enjoy this humorous poem and my tribute to the duck families who live along the Ventura harbor. They are lovely, curious, and not afraid to look a human in the eye. Featured picture by yours truly.
A big shoutout to Woodworkers of the World Unite for publishing Proud Number 14. Frankly, I never thought I’d write a poem about a buoy, but I did, and its evolution surprised me. Special thanks to Michael Krahn @ Unsplash for the featured image.
Big shoutout to Amethyst Review for publishing Buoyancy. If you haven’t already, please visit for engaging spiritual and sacred poetry. Special thanks to Cristian Palmer @Unsplash for featured image.
A major shoutout goes to the fine publication, Life In The Time, for publishing Beaches of Santa Cruz. This is one of many poems I’ve written about the homeless in California; those friends and neighbors who are abandoned, living on the margins of society. I am fascinated by their ability to survive.
It is wildfire season again in California, and causing much devastation along the west coast and nearby states. This video poem is a tribute to the first responders of such fires, the Hotshots. May you continue to protect our homes and lives. Please enjoy my tribute to these valiant firefighters, entitled “Heroes of the Burning Fields.” For more on the Hotshots, please read my post at LetterPile.com.
Much thanks to the editors at The Lark for publishing The Mountain and Ocean. A wonderful site. Please check it out. I’ve always had a fascination with both a mountain and an ocean, and especially enjoy when they come together like so many places in California. The video was shot by Alice Tulin in Ventura. Please enjoy this short video poem.
Much thanks to J.D. Hamms of Scrittura for publishing I Am Guernica. Please visit this fine site for poetry when you have the chance.
Thank you Visual Verse for first publishing this poem on your fine online magazine. The Jump was written alongside a cliff in the Mesa section of Santa Barbara. While the video and reading took place near surfers point in Ventura, CA.
Perhaps the scariest waves reside in Northern California, outside of a little town called Half Moon Bay. The Maverick waves can crest as high as 60 feet and extremely treacherous. For more on this topic, read my LetterPile article, Surf Poem: The Maleficent Curl. Photo by Todd Turner @unsplash.