Left Hand Poetry
I read you a poem every week (or so). Always one I have written. Theme and interstitial music also by me. Check out my website for where to pick up the books!
info_outline Episode 111: The Growing Season 03/19/2021
Episode 111: The Growing Season Sad, wistful, metaphorical even. "The Growing Season" is a poem I wrote while going through some things many years ago, and now I'm sharing it with you! Well, to be fair, it's been available in my book "Blue." for a while, so.
info_outline Episode 110: Pistachios and Life 03/11/2021
Episode 110: Pistachios and Life After last week's dramatic reading, I chose something more dialed back, though philosophical in nature. I also promise that I wasn't high when I wrote these poems -- this is how my brain naturally works, if you haven't figured that out for yourself by now. "Pistachios and Life" and "A Response to Pistachios and Life" punch above their weight and while it's well-trodden ground, it's also a universal experience we've all shared. Right?
info_outline Episode 109: Fracture 03/05/2021
Episode 109: Fracture Things get a little personal this week with "Fracture." I get low-grade headaches fairly often (yaayyyyy) but rarely, a full-blown migraine comes on. Less so now that I've learned to avoid certain triggers, but the experience inspired this poem. Also, Trigger Warning: If you're a migraine sufferer, listen with caution.
info_outline Episode 108: Retinal Pressure in the wild on Mars and Adherence to Stricture, or Perseverance 02/25/2021
Episode 108: Retinal Pressure in the wild on Mars and Adherence to Stricture, or Perseverance It's a couple of mouths-full of titles for this week's episode, a tribute to NASA and the JPL for all their hard work in getting another rover onto the surface of Mars. Well done all!
info_outline Episode 107: Why Do Men Go to Sea 02/19/2021
Episode 107: Why Do Men Go to Sea As promised, this week it's the later version of the same draft that I forgot to remove from my list of draft poems. It's in many ways the same poem, and maybe in my next book I'll blend the two together and make some sort of super poem from them. Anyway, it's a nice little bit of verse and I'm happy to have shared it with you. I'll close on this by quoting John Mulaney: "Well that's the same joke twice!"
info_outline Episode 105: Clean Sweep 02/05/2021
Episode 105: Clean Sweep Some winters back, when I lived in a very old house with an old furnace plugged into an even older chimney, the gas meter reader came out of my basement with some bad and dare I say life-threatening news - there was a big build up of carbon monoxide around the furnace. What happened next was ... well, that's why you're here this week! Enjoy "Clean Sweep," and stay warm and safely cozy, friends.
info_outline Episode 104: Existential Angst & Espresso and Coffee: Good for the Soul 01/29/2021
Episode 104: Existential Angst & Espresso and Coffee: Good for the Soul "Existential Angst & Espresso" sprang from an empty chalkboard meant to tell us who was pulling our shots and adding our sugary flavored syrups that day. "Coffee: Good for the Soul" is a brief ode to the beverage itself - not the last I have written! No, much like snow, it would seem, I have more to say about my favorite warm bean water.
info_outline Episode 103: The Lure - Cool Breeze 01/22/2021
Episode 103: The Lure - Cool Breeze After the last few up & down weeks that we have had here in the States, I wanted to offer a poem written after one of the most peaceful moments of my adult life - surf fishing at the Outer Banks in North Carolina. I've only done it once. It was a gorgeous summer day and just being there was - well, listen to the podcast. "The Lure" covers those events. Along for the ride is "Cool Breeze," a shorter poem that I think pairs well with "The Lure."
info_outline Episode 102: Ode to MD 67 01/15/2021
Episode 102: Ode to MD 67 After last week's foray into corporate pride-swallowing, I'm coming at you with a much more bucolic work, "Ode to MD 67." This one is straight from the heart and a little rough around the edges. For a couple of years I spent a lot of time on that old state road, and to the future it ultimately delivered me into.
info_outline Episode 036: Tiny Dog Infestations 12/31/2020
Episode 036: Tiny Dog Infestations I hope you enjoy this little essay that was selected by a dear friend or me to read as part of an afternoon of music and poetry at my home town library a few years back. "Tiny Dog Infestations" is yet another absurd look into the fact that when people have a tiny dog they somehow always have more than just the one. There's also some historical context in there as well. It's all as true as you want it to be.
info_outline Episode 035: Mental Sorbet 12/24/2020
Episode 035: Mental Sorbet The audio this week is a bit more ... intimate sounding than usual. The poem is "Mental Sorbet," which I describe the genesis of said phrase in the poem itself. It's something a bit odd for you as we head into a weird holiday season when I hit publish on this one. For those listening in 2020 (or likely too far into 2021) I hope you're safe & secure & that this episode provides a few moments of pleasantly odd distraction from whatever troubles you.
info_outline Episode 034: On the Meaning of a Single Snowflake 12/18/2020
Episode 034: On the Meaning of a Single Snowflake Folks -- at this point, I think I can even say Friends -- I have a problem. Whenever snow starts falling out of the sky, my brain slips into a poetic mood and unbidden it begins to crank out verses about the stuff. My poetry books are littered with snow poems. And so we have this week's episode "On the Meaning of a Single Snowflake."
info_outline Episode 033: I Played for the Queen of All Elephants 12/11/2020
Episode 033: I Played for the Queen of All Elephants "I Played..." is a bit of fantasy, tangentially appropriate in this season of dreams, but not Holiday-themed in any way, unless you consider peace, harmony, and music Holiday themes.
info_outline Episode 032: Avocado (dis)Information 12/03/2020
Episode 032: Avocado (dis)Information Well, y'all seem to like it when I dig into the absurdity archive, so I pulled out one of my favorites from one of the weirder corners of my brain. I mean, it's been out in the world for about 8 years now, but it's probably new to you. That's right, this week it's "Avocado (dis)Information". See if you can spot the chemistry pun.
info_outline Episode 031: Thanks to English Teachers 11/26/2020
Episode 031: Thanks to English Teachers This episode drops on American Thanksgiving, and as I'm in a thankful mood I chose "Thanks to English Teachers" for this week's poem, inspired by both those who taught me and my wife, who is herself an amazing and talented English teacher. For them, for her, I am thankful!
info_outline Episode 030: Capital Improvement 11/19/2020
Episode 030: Capital Improvement I had originally meant to read this poem last week, but as I said then the events of the weekend had moved me to write some new poems. This week, it's "Capital Improvement," a poem inspired by events of the 2012 election that still ring true today - to me, at least.