Brand-New, Freshly-Published Audio Poem

‘Word Problem’

The title is reminiscent of Math class in which we and you and you and me and you and I and a train was coming in this direction from that direction carrying this many people or that many oranges and there were apples going in the other direction in a car on the highway that paralleled the train tracks and when would they meet and crash if there was a place where that could happen or would they pass each other and the apples and oranges be safe?

You know the drill, right? It’s a word problem! Only in this case the word problem is … well, you’ll have to listen to find out! Do it here (at Muse Press’s Bent Ear — Thank you, Lonnard! 🙂 )


Endangered language resources, by the way — for the interested:

Endangered Language Alliance, N.Y.C. (New York City):

Language Conservancy:


Peace and Persistence


I’ll be presenting poems of peace and persistence, written during the time my hometown was being bomb-targeted and I took to art so as not to get uselessly caught up in opinions of people who know all somehow without having had a bit of experience in the area … poems of artistic response to war, including what was published this fall by Poetica (, something responding to the world-wide crisis of language attrition (learn more here:, and beyond that I must always leave a little room for some spontaneity …. Please feel free to join me at the Takoma Park Community Center at seven-thirty p.m. on the nineteenth of December, 2013, and after the readings (I won’t be the only one.), we can chat. 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD, 20912. Thank you.