Things I Like

My daughter:


This crazy dog:


This poem (written by me):


Sometimes I am overcome by us
and the sudden awareness that
my hands want to move over
all the places of your body that I know.

It’s in your presence that I feel most
complete despite our incompleteness.
As if the warmth and beauty of the universe
has been given to me freely
to try to make myself whole.
And so I lean into you and I take it in.

If I said this wasn’t enough
it would be true.
But that doesn’t change me
or the universe or that I want you.
Not for a night
but for n i g h t s.

I stay because there are days I can’t
imagine a life without this kind of passion
even though it takes all I have.
It humbles me but makes me feel


like leaves that burn bright in the fall
but drift slowly to the ground
disconnected from that which sustained them.

I wonder if the leaves wish they could
go back to the tree. Much like me –
who wishes to be in your company
minutes after you are gone.

These books (a remarkably incomplete list):

The Adventures of Wesley Jackson by William Saroyan The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender Break It Down by Lydia Davis Ordinary Sins by Jim Heynen Platero and I by Juan Ramón Jiménez The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway The One-Room Schoolhouse by Jim Heynen On Writing by Stephen King Varieties of Disturbance by Lydia Davis The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert True Grit by Charles Portis A Song Flung Up To Heaven by Maya Angelou The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling On the Road by Jack Kerouac The Man in the Black Suit by Stephen King (I like a lot of Stephen King, but this story is one of the best) Bluets by Maggie Nelson Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July It Chooses You by Miranda July To Be Of Use by Marge Piercy Drown by Junot Diaz A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith The Buddha In The Attic by Julie Otsuka Pastoralia by George Saunders Violet Energy Ingots by Hoa Nyugen The Activist by Renee Gladden Vampires In The Lemon Grove by Karen Russell Long Stories Cut Short by Frederick Luis Aldama Blink: Sudden Fiction by Minnesota Writers edited by Colburn and Miles The Best Small Fictions 2015 edited by Robert Olen Butler Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories edited by Thomas, Thomas, and Hazuka…