In love with Lake Superior

Tumultuous waves

Where I retreat late at night

Laughing or crying 

Illustrous lake

World-deemed inanimate

Harboror of hearts

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Many dread your tail,
the humanness of clawed hands,
I adore it all.


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What if our heart,

ever beating metaphor,

could only break once?

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Found Items and Collections from the World’s Longest Yard Sale


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Hippocamp 2016 Round-Up

I’ve just recently returned from one of the greatest events I’ve ever attended, Hippocamp 2016! Not only did I get the opportunity to hear amazing speakers, but I gave a presentation on composite characters. Even more, there were so many excellent writers of nonfiction and memoir, including Mary Karr.

First of all, she looks so. damn. young.

Secondly, a woman ask her a question and cried. Mary Karr descended from the “stage” area and embraced her. I was among many, voiced and unvoiced, who wanted to be immediately adopted.

Moral of the story- go next year. I want to hear from you and to meet you!

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I did not eat six pieces. I may have eaten four.I did not eat six pieces. I may have eaten four.

Gentle Readers, I come to you from Amsterdam Schipol, my second-favorite airport, where I can get a haircut and some tulip bulbs and eat hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles) on toast.

It’s the little things.

At Hippocamp 2016, it was also the little moments that made the conference so worthwhile. The creative nonfiction conference is in its second year, and attendance was up to just over 200 writers. Large enough to meet a lot of new people, small enough to meet them more than once. Big enough to have memoir rock stars and small enough to personally interact with rising stars.

I always think I’ll write at a conference, and I mostly don’t. That’s not really the point. While there were a few generative sessions, and the opening day workshops involved creating or editing, conferences are mostly about information sharing–connecting…

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Blood Brothers

Through their fighting screams
my nephews bleed together
a brother’s true love.

Weep for them often;
in this segregated world
their love is questioned.


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Misconstrued Magesty

Lack of vertebrae,
limbs numbering high or low,
so you are vermin.

Still I will look down
rather than peer at the sky
to not let you die.



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