Archive for November, 2014

A poem of mine from Bosque Rhythms

In the Acequia of My Right Brain

the bird stands alone against a mud bank
in a shadow
one leg immersed in a few inches of murky water leaning
the other invisible beneath white feathers streaked with blood
a wounded snow goose
fragile and white bright against the clay

a beginning to an end I can’t won’t envision

how separate a wound can render us the vital need to lean
against a wall
below the sight lines of the living world imagining what’s next

how often now
in my mind’s eye
that wounded snow goose appears
my hands my thoughts then and now useless to wipe it away
assuage it
prevent the inevitable ending

the darkness that I
not the goose


I am thrilled to announce a new collection of poems entitled Bosque Rhythms, a collaboration of the five poets in my writing group who met at a writing session at Ghost Ranch in October 2013. The poems in the book are the outcome of our meetings together and a writing retreat in February 2014 when we spent three days at the National Wildlife Refuge in Bosque del Apache, in Socorro, New Mexico. We were inspired by the thousands of migrating cranes and geese who gathered in the cornfields and on the ponds each dawn and dusk.

We celebrated the book launch on November 16th at Op Cit Bookstore in Santa Fe, New Mexico with a reading presented by all five poets: myself, Cheryl Marita, Paula Miller, Judy Mosher and Elizabeth O’Brien.

Some praise for the book:
Come join the poets and stand on the flight deck, take a mental photograph and be awed by beauty…This anthology is an exquisite collaboration among five women poets and Nature herself.” ~ Miriam Sagan, poet

“With diverse form and voice, this book sings its readers into the migrant cacophony of wildness, and the Bosque’s relentless cycle of life and death.” ~ Gary Worth Moody, author of Hazards of Grace and Occoquan

“This compilation captures that spiritual connection and reminds us why we work here, visit time and again, share it with our friends and loved ones.” ~ Leigh Ann Vradenburg, Executive Director, Friends of the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge

Bosque Rhythms is available on