Burning By Heart

the cure for fear is vulnerability

Update: Long Division, Vineyard Scholars Conference

Since my last post was almost two months ago, I thought I’d check in with an update: First, presales for Long Division ended on June 23rd. If you didn’t get a copy but would still like one, you’ll be able to order directly from me or via Amazon and other book retailers when the book is released; the current release date is August 18th. I’ll keep you all posted. Thank you to everyone who helped Long Division meet its goal! Second, I had an excellent time presenting at the Vineyard Scholars Conference, hosted by Yale in New Haven, CT. The trip was logistically.. Read More

Long Division: Presales Have Begun

My chapbook Long Division is available for preorders until June 23rd. I get reports from the press about how many orders and from whom my book has gotten – so far, I’m about halfway to the required minimum for the book to go to print. If you requested an announcement postcard, they should be arriving this week (if you’ve not gotten one already); you can also place a preorder here. Thank you to those who’ve done so already! If you want to hear me read a sample poem (my favorite in the collection) and see me stand on a table in a.. Read More

Culture is like Traffic

I haven’t had a car for over ten years – I gave up my 1986 Volvo when I moved to Seattle and have been reliant on public transit ever since – but even I know how bad traffic has gotten in my city in the last few years. I mostly know because everyone is constantly complaining about it. Public transit is subject to traffic, too, though, so I also experience the rush-hour-levels at 1:30 on Sunday afternoons or at 8 o’clock on a Monday night. I was thinking about this on the ride home recently; it’s actually not that we.. Read More

Easter

Risen Lord, The reality of your resurrection does not seem as relevant as rising rent and cost of living. The power of your eternal life does not blot out the fear of poverty, homelessness; for those who have consistently painful and isolated lives, the only thing scarier than dying is not dying. Your promise of purpose and not letting anything go to waste is both so hard to wait for and terrifying to believe in at all. That you are truer than hunger, anxiety, loneliness – oh, I want to know you better than I know my experience! I listened to.. Read More