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Grandmother’s Librarian by Gloria Rozier

Gloria is a screenwriter who I met at the West Hollywood Library. After a meeting in which we discussed one of her screenplays, she told me a story about her first experience at the library. Because I think her experience … Continue reading

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Surrounded by Sociopaths: A Response to Reality is Broken

In response to the thesis brought forth in Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal that using game mechanics in could better our everyday lives on a large scale I say that I agree, but not without reservations. Game mechanics are … Continue reading

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On the Patio Table

Your glass-cold belly holds my cheek above the waterline. The faded zönt* inside your belly-hole keeps sunlight from my ears. You smell like rust and ashes left that haven’t blown away, of days when I was reading Milton, drinking beer … Continue reading

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On Watching Il Postino at the LA Opera

It shouldn’t be so easy, this love, and yet it happens – not unlike applause before the act even begins – the Poet’s double sees the girl and stunned cannot compose a single line, much less a word, as when … Continue reading

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Sixty:01

Here is my first collection of sixty haiku, senryu, and a few neithers. I’m putting them here so I don’t get the crazy idea of submitting them elsewhere. They’re poems from the very beginning of my haiku journey. At this … Continue reading

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Fooling Around…

…With limericks and double-dactyls… There was once a schizo named Jeter or Joseph or Theodore or Skeeter He had a nice wife who said all of her life “…All I long for is a nice Peter.” I took a masked … Continue reading

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On Stones That Build Me

     Ever since I’ve been driving regularly to my girlfriend Ashley’s charming apartment in Redondo Beach, I have been passing a little house facing the Pacific Coast Highway with a sign in bold black letters, all caps, shouting Mojo’s Coffee and … Continue reading

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The Library Fire

I delivered a slightly modified version of this essay as a speech to my Toastmasters Club on Wednesday, December 16th, 2009.      What took seven-and-a-half hours to extinguish with the aid of three-hundred fire fighters, eight rescue ambulances, and three helicopters? … Continue reading

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Rainy Morning Villanelle

The rain is tapping out its morning song – A music not so common on the coast. Awaking, I am sure there’s nothing wrong… …Or is there? I’ve been sleeping all night long and ninjas creeping in would mean I’m … Continue reading

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The Morning Bar

     There are places in the world where all men are equal. The public toilet, for example, barring the golden pots of the wealthy is one of those places, another is this diner. Opening with the sun, this diner can be … Continue reading

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