Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Squiggly lines, squiggly lines! When someday people 
remember who we are, they’ll draw squiggly lines.

Monday, January 12, 2015


I placed a little red ball inside the hula hoop. Do you think it might look too much like Japan? No, she said. But if you like, we can make it green. Maybe, but won’t it look too much like Ireland? Perhaps, she said. But more importantly, why did you put a ball inside a hula hoop at all? You know it’s going to just be lonely there. And long to bounce to whatever place it decides to call home. And who knows, she says, where that place might be? I know, I said. Just wait till it stops bouncing.


I have a cardboard fold-out of Tony Bennett in my office because he’s my favorite singer in the whole world. It isn’t “life size” – it is “almost life size.” My cardboard Tony Bennett is approximately 5’ 1” tall. Why did they decide to make Tony Bennett a little smaller than he actually is? How much more would it have cost to make a 6’ 0” Tony Bennett? He is the greatest singer in the world, after all. Maybe a 12 foot Tony Bennett. But my ceilings are ten feet tall. Some ceilings are five feet tall. My ceiling is not. I do not like my ceiling. I don’t even like my job. My Tony Bennett does not care to lie down and take a nap. But every morning when I come to work, I open the door and say “Hi Tony!” to little Tony Bennett. His eyes are so beautiful, and his voice so golden, and then I can’t help it, I don’t work, I just sigh.

Saturday, January 03, 2015


I will be reading from my new collection (JIGGLE FEST) at Flyleaf Bookstore in Chapel Hill, NC, this coming Thursday: January 8, 2014 at 7:00. Come join us!


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