From Costa Rica in 2013 Acrylic still/life landscape paintings Watercolour/pastel paintings Acrylics out of doors Rainforest Paintings Watercolour Landscapes Translations from Christine Lavant Directions - a collection of poems Photos from southern Arizona Photographs from winter and springtime Books Creature comforts: our companions Chronicles: Poems from Arizona History Selected Poems Fires of Change


The Devil's Sonata (FutureCycle Press) $15.95

Thanks to Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow for inviting me to participate in "The Next Best Thing" interview. Her interview is at her blog:

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Ideas come one page, one poem, at a time. Usually, they are prompts from the subconscious where mundane observations are transformed into lyrical ones. In selecting what the book should contain, I might find connections between, for instance, the daily stock market report and the rising temperature on a summer day in Phoenix, and consider the accumulation of such considerations as becoming greater than simply the sum of so many disconnected parts. In addition, writing is a part of travel for me, and whether that means going back to familiar places in southern Arizona or somewhere new (like Sitka), it heightens the experience at the time. In total, there is no "idea" for the book, rather it is an attempt to record the wanderings of a restless mind!

What genre does your book fall under? 


What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

I'd look for the black-tailed rattlesnake I mention in one poem to play herself, and I'd love to be the devil who played the violin for Tartini.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

These are poems that recall actual journeys taken, some that explore social imbalances, and some in which the natural world receives the attention it deserves in a troubled time.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

It never had a draft, only shifting selections as poems were considered. The individual poems date mostly from 2011 and 2012, with a few stragglers from earlier times.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

"Inspired" is such a lofty notion. I feel that I am constantly writing distractions and making the most of what they offer. A chance encounter might be a prompt, or a change in the weather observed when I'm reduced to gazing out of the window as I mine my mind for ideas.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?

If you ever wonder what living in a desert climate can do to change the way a European sees the world, this will provide some answers.

The Taste of Fog (fiction, Rain Mountain Press) $12
Waiting for the Quetzal (March Street Press) $15
Return to Waking Life (Main Street Rag) $12
A Normal Day Amazes Us (Kings Estate Press) $12
The Porous Desert (FutureCycle Press) $15

From the Age of Miracles (Slipstream) $10
The Lost River (Rain Mountain Press) $10
The Epistemological Question Mark (March Street Press) $9

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