And

Gratitude

To my mother, who surrounded me with poetry and gave me my name.

To the generous poetry community at PoetryCircle.com and OpenArtsForum.com, especially Jay, Jenn, Maria, Silent Lotus, Trish and Wren.

To Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Laure-Anne Bosselaar.  Thank you for who you are and everything you’ve done and continue to do for poetry, here in Santa Barbara and worldwide.

To Gudrun, for your eagle eyes and insightful feedback. Many of the poems in this collection are better because of you.  Also, thanks for the subtitle!

To the Santa Barbara (and surrounding area) poetry community.  What a blessing to live in a community with such extraordinary and generous talent.

To Wayne Dodd, professor of English, teacher/saint extraordinaire.

To my wife Arlene, for always enthusiastically supporting my oddball creativity, whatever direction it takes.

PREVIOUSly PUBLIshed

After the Fire previously published in the Santa Barbara anthology Psalms of Cinder & Silt, Solo Novo 7/8, 2019

At the Corner of Hollywood and Wilcox previously published on lastcre8iveiconoclast.wordpress.com

Dead Elephant Hair previously published on PoetryCircle.com

How to Win an Argument, Lesson #17, Dad previously published on OpenArtsForum.com

It’s All My Fault previously published on OpenArtsForum.com

Pandemic v. Pandemic previously published in the Covid Times

Shopping for Godot previously published in the anthology While you Wait, Gunpowder Press, 2021

The Book of Snacking previously published in the anthology While you Wait, Gunpowder Press, 2021

The Future of Rain previously published on OpenArtsForum.com

Totally Disconnected previously published on OpenArtsForum.com

Wild Flamingos previously published on lastcre8iveiconoclast.wordpress.com

COVER IMAGE CREDIT

The stairs that lead to nowhere…

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