Marrying the Bear and Women’s Studies

These poems appeared in Salt Hill.

“Marrying the Bear” is a retelling of a beautiful Nez Perce story about a man who marries a pretty girl who turns out to be (yes) a bear, an arrangement that turns out to be more dangerous for the bear. You get where I’m going with this.

“Women’s Studies” is a very short history of womankind + an acknowledgement that different generations of women misunderstand each other.


After and Detailed

These poems were published at DIAGRAM. Both feature images of puncturing trees for syrup as metaphors for forcing yourself to define your thoughts and feelings.

“After” images what happens to our physical bodies (and minds) after death.

“Detailed” is an argument against someone who claims that a concept like love cannot be defined. Everything can be defined eventually, this poem says.