Height of Beauty

Secret obsessions, private mad endeavors, finally, unintentionally, revealed are so fragile they break the beholder’s heart. Which beckons the ask: why is heartbreak so beautiful? From “Letters from Max,” by Sarah Ruhl and Max Ritvo.

Lover Created, Because, Destroyed

panini pleiades press

Such an honor to see my review of Luis Panini’s book The Destruction of the Lover published in Tupelo Quarterly. My review seeks to articulate Lawrence Schimel’s translation of Panini’s original Spanish text, a translation that forms part of the Pleiades Press Series in Translation. Tupelo is a journal I’ve admired for so long. One […]

Utmost Hapiness

I knew Jennifer Egan was speaking at Greenlight Bookstore on Fulton Street last night, but that’s not why I went. Sure, it was good to see what a Pulitzer Prize winning author looks like, but that’s not why I went. I went to get a book I’d been waiting on for a year. It had […]

Semi “mid-life” Crisis

I wanted to thank all those who pre-ordered my book mid-life, published by Finishing Line Press. For those who are wondering where their book is, I wanted to offer assurance that, no, I am not running a poetry racket. Finishing Line Press is simply (way) behind on its publication schedule. They expect mid-life to ship out sometime in September. In the meantime, I am planning […]

The Sun Coast

“The Sun Coast,” a poem from my forthcoming book of poems entitled mid-life, now available for purchase via Finishing Line Press. The pre-sale period ends in just three days, so grab your copy soon, such as right this minute!

Núcleo familiar

  On this, the eleventh night of the countdown to the end of my book’s pre-sale period, I am offering up a poem about the pressure of family. To order mid-life please click here. All proceeds go to the publishing house, but the street cred will be mine. Ha!


You are A long time Coming Now All time is Your time My time is Yours since Before But your Time is Not mine It is yours I get to Watch it Feel how You are not In me But you were There you Grew Into a paw Of blood And time It felt good […]

Editorial Stint

  A few months ago, I guest-edited an edition of Five Quarterly, an up-and-coming lit mag with a different approach to the editorial process. Its two founders invite five very different writers to edit each issue, ultimately gathering an eclectic group of poems and short stories. I also like that they ask their guest editors to […]

The Public

From my chapbook “Reverse Commute,” published by Silver Birch Press. This poem was originally published in Big River Poetry Review under the title “Espíritu Santo.”

Reverse Commute

I finally got my copy of “Ides” in the mail. Published by L.A.-based Silver Birch Press, it’s a collection of fifteen poetry chapbooks, including my own, “Reverse Commute.” The anthology is available for purchase at Amazon and contains some stunning pieces. In the weeks to come, I will be sharing my work, along with poems by […]


On October 15th, Los Angeles based Silver Birch Press published a collection of 15 poetry chapbooks, written by 15 poets, each 15 pages long.   I am very excited to report that my chapbook, titled “Reverse Commute,” is among the 15. The book is called “Ides,” as it was released on the ides of October (i.e. the […]

Sick Talk

   My poem “Sick Talk,” published by Washington DC-based journal “The Potomac.”


Silver Birch Press, a Los Angeles-based publisher of poetry books and anthologies, recently ran a brief author profile on my work as a result of my contribution to their “Great Gatsby Anthology.” I’ve published a few pieces with Silver Birch Press in the past and the process is so much more enjoyable than it normally is. Melanie, the editor, is friendly […]

Said and Done

  I fear my capacity to guide Mistake toward fulfillment   At times, I blame: The flurry of misprint, of crisis to unscramble; The renewed promise of classic self-improvement; The flat-water buoyancy of fresh peace.   Other times, I blame: This devotion to words and their construction – How they unsay as they say – […]


When I wrote this poem, I thought it would be one of those pieces that never gets published. Much too quirky, I thought. So I was amazed when The East Bay Review accepted it for its summer issue. Thanks, guys!   Revel   For Dr. S. Rueda   On the night Chavez died I needed […]

Submit to Five Quarterly, and to Me!

Since 2012, Five Quarterly has been publishing exciting works of fiction and poetry by emerging writers in issues culled by guest editors. I am happy to share that I will be one such guest editor for their upcoming October issue. They are currently taking submissions, so submit away. It will be an honor to read your […]

The Open Dishwasher

  Today, you fell face first into the open dishwasher   One plastic prong bruised your nose Another gave you your first black eye   I rushed to cradle you And sing your falling down song   Then I took you outside to show you The birds, the lizards The cloudless blue sky And the […]

Yellow Tomatoes

Thrilled that VerseWrights published my poem “Yellow Tomatoes” this month!   I once thought I could know anything The death knowledge of the Buddha The clarifying call of Gabriel Former lives and abetting suns That enthrall worlds more able than mine I too never doubted my time supply To be the daughter of the dying […]

Final Poem by May’s Poet of the Month

It Amazes Me How I Heart the Hazy Art I tried to maintain straightfacedness “Photography.. Is  taking  paintings’  places At our public art palaces.” Said a sad man in line, up ahead, “Imaginably.. Detail  has its beauty..but the thing Is..A twin image is less interesting.” This made me mention McLuhan, Not the man, but the […]

Another Poem by May’s Poet of the Month

THERE’S  FOG There’s fog. Then, there’s people landing planes at all hours. There’s dogs chasing birds on runways. And one way those people in those towers can plan to, and see to, land planes is the guts to go with the guages. They heartfelt dealt with data, Trusted all they’d seen on their farforeign &; […]