I’d like to pick
this little beige flower
of cartilage,

one of the two
I’ve grown, and place
its long red stem

inside a crystal
vase to decorate
the haunt your voice

recovers in
on nights like this
when silence

has its say
but neither of us
wants to be alone.


—originally in The Georgia Rreview


Poems from Reveille :

“Jellyfish” at Verse Daily / originally in Southern Poetry Review

“Cigarettes” at How a Poem Happens / originally in The Yale Review

“Heimlich for a Heavenly Windpipe” at Verse Daily / originally in FIELD

“Cradles” at Poetry Daily / originally in Southern Humanities Review

“Lullaby with Bourbon” at Verse Daily / originally in The Greensboro Review

“Python in a Grand Piano” at Narrative Magazine


Newer Poems Available Online:

“Kiss Over Zero” at Academy of American Poets

“Twenty-Five Years of Fresh Air” at Image

“Black Igloo” at The Arkansas International

“Temporarily Eternal” at The New Criterion

“Trystesse” at Rattle

“Poltergeists” at Verse Daily / originally in Birmingham Poetry Review

“Silent Anniversary” at Verse Daily / originally in Southern Indiana Review