“Pink Sky” in _The Lost Country: A Literary Journal of the Exiles_

This lovely print journal is available from Amazon.com and you can preview the biannual issue at inexsilio.com.Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 9.38.37 AM Continue reading ““Pink Sky” in _The Lost Country: A Literary Journal of the Exiles_”

Engineer: Poem for a Childhood Friend

This poem, which I wrote last year, is reprinted from Grey Sparrow Journal, Spring 2015, in memory of my childhood friend Dan Lawrence, whose memorial service takes place today in Baltimore, our hometown.



He was the boy who loved trains
of all kinds, and trolleys—back
when they still ran along the roads to
Carney and Towson, all the way
to the route’s end, Woodlawn or Windsor Hills Continue reading “Engineer: Poem for a Childhood Friend”

House Guests and the Writing Regime

We’ve had four in a row, first  a young couple from Baltimore who are planning their wedding for next fall, then an old friend from my teaching days in Connecticut—now she’s based in Portland, the  Oregon one—and my brother in-law, who drove down from the north, for a Joe Jackson concert in Boston, and stayed overnight.

Then last night, my husband’s Men’s Book Club convened to discuss The Lord of Misrule.

It’s been years since we had this many visitors in such a short time, and the washing machine has been busy every few days, with sheets, pillowcases, towels and blankets. The dishwasher, which we usually put into service every two days, has been going full speed, Continue reading “House Guests and the Writing Regime”

Crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay


November 14, 2 PM, Southeast Anchor Library, Auditorium 3601 Eastern Avenue Baltimore, MD 21224

Baltimore friends and family–Please join me at this event featuring Baltimore author Rafael Alvarez, where I will be reading one of my poems that is part of the chapbook, Callinectes Sapidus (ed. Rafael Alvarez) and telling a story,  Moth-style, about my father’s bar in Highlandtown!

Southeast Anchor Library, Auditorium 3601 Eastern Avenue Baltimore, MD 21224

Baltimore screenwriter and author Rafael Alvarez reads an essay about the current state of crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay. His essay, as well as my poem and writings of others appear in a new  chapbook, whose publication is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Pratt Library.

Free chapbooks — which include a discussion of the 1977 Pulitzer Prize-winning book Beautiful Swimmers — will be available to all who attend.