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Sienna Solstice

In honor of the solstice, the new issue of Sienna Solstice is out today, with one of my found poems included (on page 30). Always happy to be part of the celebration, though it seems somehow wrong that today should initiate the shortening of the days.

solstice anthology

Enormously pleased to have two poems in the hot-off-the-press anthology, Solstice: Light & Dark of the Salish Sea (Chuckanut Sandstone Press). Edited by Carla Shafer, the collection features the work of 29 poets in two sections, Summer Solstice and Winter Solstice. I have a poem in each section and will be reading the summer poem as part of the online book launch on Sunday, April 11, 2021, at 7:00pm Pacific. The reading is free on Zoom, but advance registration is required. Would love you to join us (and I’ll be reading second, so don’t be late!).

Solstice is available for purchase through Village Books.

found poem: if we are

found poem: Dawn

found poem: sly moon

found poem: before dark

found poem: the solstice

found poem: because

found poem: after

found poem: CORNFLOWER


trumpeter swans photo by Scott Terrell / Skagit Valley Herald

From here the northern days will fatten, each day sipping moments of light through the chilly straw of winter,
imperceptibly lengthening to show us more of the bare trees, the white birds,
the blue-snowed crags of distant peaks.
I welcome every second.
. . . . .
trumpeter swans photo by Scott Terrell / Skagit Valley Herald


Anchored on the river’s shoulder in the perfect, frosted, long and star-splashed dark, towering black crags made themselves visible by erasing stars.

morning light…

Sapphire sky, scoop of moon, bright star beauty mark. But it’s not a star, it’s a plane, slipping across the moon’s chin and away toward China.


sedum and thyme ~ 21 June 2011
Northern latitude wobble and swing, earth twirls her celestial reel. Inflated days, luxuriant with light, will now begin their creep toward darkness, warming into summer and shortening, slowly at first, imperceptibly, then the long plunge toward dark December. But today, this solstice morning awakens with sun glossing the treetops, cirrus wisps, sparrow song and a lemony profusion of sedum.

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