January 2011

Music Without Pretense

Like everyone else, I have a certain taste in music. I have hangups that preclude me from liking certain popular artists, but nevertheless I listen to an eclectic assortment. I use the word “eclectic” here very reluctantly because it’s the go-to word that music snobs use to lord over you the fact that they are … Read more »

An Unfortunate Process

My process for writing poetry kind of sucks. The original poems were raw, flowing emotion with very little editorial changes. They usually had more or less strict meter and rhyme, but were very focused and short. Over time, I combined a lot of them with vague similarities and smoothed over the rough edges. I regret … Read more »

Candy-Coated Apathy

Don’t you show me All your fake shining teeth Don’t give me a reason to believe That you would ever care about me. Don’t you wear that Sunshine mask anymore We both know that you dream devil dreams Under the angel face that you wear. You think pity Is such a noble thing You kill … Read more »


Cold as a glacier macho slide Boutiques you’ve never tried Sweating travel strain Things I did for you in vain Do you try to be so mean? Lacking some blue caffeine I’ll go away and let you rest Whatever suits you best. Hot as a supernova scream Dreaming a vacant dream Sunburn aftershave Tylenol and … Read more »

A Personal Renaissance

It’s crazy how life chokes out one’s artistic and intellectual pursuits. Secondary school was my first golden age of expression, a time when my emotions and intellectual curiosity bubbled over and found their outlet in sappy love poetry and prose about God and our place in this world. Like most protagonists in coming of age … Read more »