This is a an imaginary diary of facts, confessions, or messages. This is a notebook of working but broken ideas, lines, images, notes on books I'm reading, writers I admire, and brief fantasies of language. Here unfiltered all mannerings pseudo-private, publicized, ur-. Here I am art and unrevealed: poetic, political and pop. These are my moonlit rough beginnings and should not be taken literally, directly, truthfully, reliably, and none of it is legally binding. These lies are all choreographed, but only haphazardly. Beware.
A BOOK CALLED RATS
Friends and Strangers it's HERE! The reprint of my book of poems is finished and in my hands and it's just fabulous I absolutely LOVE it. Julio Galan's painting, No te vayas (1999) is one of my favorites and I'm really intensely grateful to his family for allowing me to use it for the cover after he died almost a year ago. . .
When the first edition came out I was too young. It went into a box under my bed and didn't tell anyone for months. This time it's a great shield, a door, my flag!
Plus it's the hottest cover out there--
My work has been awarded the Katherine C. Turner Prize from the Academy of American Poets, a Swarthout Award, and has twice been nominated and shortlisted for the Pushcart Prize. My first book, A Book Called Rats, was selected for the Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry (Eastern Washington University Press 2007). I'm curating editor for the online journal of poetry: PISTOLA and my poems and reviews most recently appear in Massachusetts Review, Beloit, Ploughshares and RAIN TAXI. I currently teach writing and literature at Santa Monica College in southern California.
FRIENDS AND STRANGERS
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