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I am not much of a poet, but I've written a few poems here and there for classes or for fun. Three of them have been accepted for publication. They are:
Proper Use and Care of Your Hairshirt
Portland Magazine forthcoming
This poem began as an imaginative joke. With some heavy cutting (by about half), its length now more appropriately fits its depth. A hairshirt, by the way, is a coarse undergarment used by ascetics (among them John the Baptist) to mortify the flesh and bring the wearer to greater spirituality. Quite a few people in my class didn't know that.
This poem began as a short nonfiction fragment in the style of Eduardo Galeano. With some line breaks, it's now a poem. It's about boredom and routine and not boredom and not routine.
Note that I copied the whole magazine page for the PDF file, and the poem's at the bottom.
This poem received an honorable mention in the 1999 BYU Studies poetry contest. It's about perspective.
Note that linked journal titles do not go to my poems, they simply go to the journals' Web sites. PDF or HTML links after a poem name will take you to the poem itself.