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Catching Breath

A man with a teardrop tattoo walked into the room, and we were both holding our breath like a bucket…

The Scene

1st Place in PCCA’s Awards for Poetic Excellence You don’t wake up knowing that today will be one of the…

Dandelions

This poem is for the students who have told me they feel like they aren’t good enough to succeed. I…

Fall into Line

Jimmy punched a girl in his second grade class When asked why, he said, “because I was mad.” Teacher asked…

On the Edge of a Black Hole

Watching somebody hurdle addiction is like watching somebody straddle a black hole, verging a portal of no return, on the…

Bird’s Eye View

This poem was written from the top of the mountain, while looking down on the little, rural river town I…

Vegas Bridge Girl

2nd Place in PCCA’s Awards for Poetic Excellence Vegas Bridge Girl—sitting on the bridge connecting me to New York, New…

Boots

3rd Place in PCCA’s Awards for Poetic Excellence He wears his boots to the bone, then spends twice their worth…