Tuesday, May 10, 2016


  • 51 pp.
  • 9 x 6 inches
  • 2 full-page b+w photos
  • May 2016
  • Silver Oaks Press
  • First Edition
  • Limited to 75 copies
$15.00 (includes shipping)

New and Improved

Amazing invention cleans your boots,
shaves chocolate, makes it curl,
brightens the tusks of carved elephants
in your grandmother’s trunk from India,
evicts expired cans and boxes
from the shanty-towns of the backs
of your kitchen cupboards,
invisibly mends the holes the hated carpet beetles
made in your handknit woolens.

Unbearable bare spots dotting your lawn?
Seeking adventure?

Step out in this red straw hat
by Mademoiselle Marie—
heads turn, hearts wheel, barns dance,
crayons toss their paper wrappers to the sky,
the moon spits out a ladder
and corn waves. Guaranteed.

But if that’s not enough,
try on this peacock-feather pillbox hat.
Ah, then India
and Indiana shake hands,
mountains lean to talk to you, rivers reverse,
ice cream blooms, rabbits curtsy,
circles embrace squares, light bulbs fraternize
with radiators, radiators
speak in tongues,
your mother sits beside you on the sofa,
not sad—
spilt milk’s self-cleaning,
no one shivers, no one’s broken, no one’s lost.