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January 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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My articles and books are mostly about architecture, home design, or travel. You might say that my poetry and fiction also explore these topics. One way or another, I’m always searching for environments that speak to the spirit.

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Southbound

November 8th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Every winter, my stepfather and I used to ride the Amtrak Auto Train from Lorton, Virginia to Sanford, Florida. This was an eerie 17-hour journey through darkened towns and muddled dreams. Arriving at dawn, we opened our blinds to see a watery landscape shimmering through the mist.

Nimrod International Journal Vol. 58, No. 1

Nimrod International Journal Vol. 58, No. 1, Fall/Winter 2014.  Cover art by Sarah van der Helm: “Rose and Ribbon”

The night he died, I imagined us still on that train. I remember hushed voices, beeping monitors, and flickering lights. At 2am, orderlies burst in to announce that another patient needed his bed. They lifted my stepfather onto a gurney and rolled him through echoing corridors. I walked alongside, chanting train ride, train ride. Wheels squealed against linoleum. He died on the gurney, halfway to his new room. If there’s a heaven, I think it’s in Florida, and he is there.

I sent outraged letters to Fairfax Hospital. Why move a dying man out of intensive care? Why send him into a hallway to die? Of course, there were no satisfactory answers. The best I could do is write a poem.

Many thanks go to Barbara Ungar, who taught the poetry workshop that showed me how. I’m so pleased that my poem “Southbound” has been included in the Fall/Winter 2014 edition of Nimrod International Journal. This is a gorgeous magazine featuring splendid writers. Find Nimrod vol. 58, no. 1 in literary bookstores or order it online.

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