I'd made plans to meet you in Bar Noir
on 18th, you were there; we drank. What
happened after that, in the Logan Square
flat, is that in defrocking you knocked over
an antique lamp bequeathed to me by my
aunt in Mahopac. Serendipity, I thought,
stunned then into silence by your bedroom
elan. Outside, a sultry night simmered; this
night of all nights, scattered green glass littered
my bedroom floor, & I finally got taken, past
liquor, to what eternity was only in your mouth-
as though you'd jumped from a forest scene
(ferns, redwoods), a world of pagan magic,
into a scene still undulant with possibilities-


Interview with Anny Ballardini/ University of New Orleans

I did this 2006 interview with Anny Ballardini for a graduate project she was working on at the University of New Orleans. Thanks, Anny!



The fourWtwenty-eight Anthology is now out, from fourW Press at Charles Sturt University in Australia, and featuring myself, Mark Young, Derek Motion, Ivy Alvarez, and many others. To purchase a copy, write to Sandra at the Booranga Writers Center at

Here is fourWtwenty-eight in pdf form.


Always Looking Back (Heller-Burnham)