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Writers Digest 1st Place
I am proud to announce that my poetry book, AFTER BEAUTY, won 1st place in the 20th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.



Kind

One on one
people
are kind.
As a group
they’re less
inclined
to kindness.
Make them
a nation
and they
will find
a reason
to make war
which
they’ll define
as essential
to defend
against
the other
kind.


 

Spontaneous As Love

My father, when he was old, after

he’d remarried and become as happy

as I was ever to see him, walked out with me

one morning to poke around the rural

foothill town he and his wife called home.

 

It was spring. A small stream, choked

with periwinkle, edged his property.

Admiring the blue of the vinca,

I wished aloud for that same color

in my Berkeley garden.

 

Without a word, Dad waded in,

pulled up armloads–roots and all–sent me home

with the periwinkle you see here; it blooms

as spontaneous in my city garden

as in any pure-running mountain stream.