Please purchase my poetry chapbook!

Hello friends,

My second chapbook, a collaboration of poems by me and paintings by my dear friend and graduate school colleague Susan Solomon, has been made available here through Red Bird Press.

It is entitled Catalpa after the tree and the title poem. For the rest, you’ll just have to see for yourself!

It would mean a lot to us if you would support our project by buying our book and/or sharing this link.

Also, please let me and/or Susan know what you think!

Lots of love,



Honoring: a work in progress

Tuesday 21/10/14 — with Raki, yarzeit candle, Hector
Wednesday 22/10/14 — with Abdellatif Laâbi*


O my friend

sleep well

you need it

because you worked hard

like an honourable man

Before you left

you left your office in order

neatly arranged

You switched off the lights

and on stepping out

you looked at the sky

which was almost painfully blue

You gracefully smoothed your moustache

and said to yourself :

only cowards

think that death is the end

Sleep well my friend

Sleep the sleep of the righteous

Rest well

even from your dreams

Let us shoulder the burden a little



Thursday 23/10/14 — with WHITE LILIES, amazing pine cone


After the Funeral by Peter Everwine

After the Funeral 

We opened closets and bureau drawers
and packed away, in boxes, dresses and shoes,
the silk underthings still wrapped in tissue.
We sorted through cedar chests. We gathered
and set aside the keepsakes and the good silver
and brought up from the coal cellar
jars of tomato sauce, peppers, jellied fruit.
We dismantled, we took down from the walls,
we bundled and carted off and swept clean.
Goodbye, goodbye, we said, closing
the door behind us, going our separate ways
from the house we had emptied,
and which, in the coming days, we would fill
again and empty and try to fill again.