For years I’ve toiled,
I’ve worked the earth.
Well, I’ve worked on the earth,
pushing a mower over
a puny patch of grass.
A poem and a lesson.Read More
The poet leans into the microphone,
begs to be heard over the bawling blues
on the crackling speakers from the
Jamaican barbecue food truck,
can’t turn the music down or sales might sag.
I wake up and her face is right up against mine, not touching but real close. I had that dream again, she says. The one with your mama. I roll away and squint in the dark for the time. 4:12. Yeah? I say. She wants more, but my head is thick. Can you tell me…Read More
A story about being stuck.Read More
The first scene in the novel (at the moment), introducing two of the three main characters.Read More
An excerpt from early in The Distance featuring Meredith and her party friend Annie, and the first hint of complication in the novel.Read More
In this early scene from The Distance, we meet Meredith’s dad and Gordie’s grandfather, working alone in his shop, distracted by the thoughts that the onset of fall stir within him.Read More
An early excerpt from The Distance, wherein Meredith confides in Annie, and the action of the novel is set in motion.Read More
An unusually cold day in early autumn compounds Meredith’s misery, as she faces one of the more malevolent characters in The Distance.Read More