I’m interested in writing within the tensions of our humanity with the both and: our joy and our grief, beauty and brokenness, courage and fear, celebration and rage, and everything in between.
My hope is that my writing has the ability to connect to what lies at the core of being human. Whether I am writing poetry, a newsletter, or an essay, my writing aims to be honest, attentive, and centered around connection. May these words housed here meet you and encourage you.
Introduction: I want to start this introduction with the words that close this compilation out; Caleb Burke’s final stanza of his beautiful poem captures what this compilation reveals: The more I look the more I find that it is not I that has found Love, but Love that has found me. This compilation was organized […]
An independent clause Dependent on the effect From an uncommon cause Met with A comma And a pause Besides Another independent clause A comma splice Accommodating And Overcompensating For one’s need to stand On their own Constantly seeking to run on Run off Run from The uncommon cause […]
The body is Your home Built from the House of your Mother’s own You were Woven And Brought out into the open Arriving Fully whole And Wholly just beginning The process Of Evolving The body is Your safe space Built for the […]
“Reasons to Live Through the Pain” The moon. Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sleeping beneath the stars. Dancing with loved ones. Dancing with strangers. Music uniting a room. A dog welcoming you home. Hearing birds as an alarm clock. Steam rising from a cup of coffee. A slow Saturday morning. A rainy day to read […]
Inspired by Mary Oliver’s poem “Evidence” Excerpt of Mary Oliver’s poem: “I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed. As for the body, it is solid and strong and curious and full of detail; it wants to polish itself; it wants to love another body; it […]
“Your anger and damage and grief are the way to the truth. We don’t have much truth to express unless we have gone into those rooms and closets and woods and abysses that we were told not to go into. When we have gone in and looked around for a long while, just breathing […]
“Hope” is the untouchable – that touches us That dwells deep within- And stakes a tent- And opens wide for our soul To sit within Safe and at ease To be And, around that tent – is an open space And people gathering – freely – and In such a way where hands are held […]
I am safely suspended between the tensions of grief and gratitude— Standing upon A bridge Built To hold The reality Of being human. I am vulnerably stable As I stand Wondering About And Wandering To The medal planks Laid […]
The fall Of Humanity Falling quickly Into Friction Of one’s own frailty Fraught with Anxious energy Fixed upon Fragmented Fear A fierce fragility Fractured into the frame With a force of pain Alongside an unexplainable Peace— A paradoxical relief. The fall The breaking The broken The beautiful All in this place All holding space All […]
Relapsed Into A reality Not yet known And Not yet seen Fatigued with familiarity Rendered Into Dependency Upon Community And the Daily bread Set out before me Led to A deep Awareness Of my limits And […]