May 2021

Spring has finally arrived in Minnesota. The trees are blossoming, a crane appeared at the pond this week, and the daffodils are giving way to sedum and phlox. Cautious optimism about re-openings are kept in check with news of struggles and shortages throughout the world. These changes are all reminders of how interconnected the world is.

I’m fortunate to be hearing from readers near and far who have received their copies of The Feast Delayed (Terrapin Books), published on May 3. I’ve met writers and artists through recent readings and look forward to upcoming events.

The new issue of The Briar Cliff Review arrived last week. Grateful to see my essay “Empathy Lessons” in good company.

“The Kite” was the May 10 poem in SWWIM this month.

Through the pandemic, Global Poemic has published poems and images exploring the broad experience of the pandemic. My poem “Open Again” appeared on May 13 with a photo by Sally Lelong.

Upcoming: June 5, 2:00 p.m., I’m reading at Red Wing Depot. The Poet Artist Collaboration exhibit is open through June 21.

More reading are in the works. Stay well, check back, and read a poem or two.