I am not a poet, either by nature or by practice. That I distinguish poetry from lyrics, and that I identify more as a lyricist than as a poet, are functions of the brand of musicianship that most defines me. Because of my background in the writing of musical theatre, my lyrics tend to reflect a character or persona whose identity is wrapped up in other personae with whom he coalesces and conflicts. Because of my background in theology, my poetry tends to be that of a detached or amorphous observer, playing with religious themes.
This page contains my poetry, much of which was written in 2005 while I attended a poetry group at Lola’s Loca Mocha Cafe in Stockton, California. I wrote poems for that group until 2008, and several of these poems were published in Midnight Pathos and Sun Shadow Mountain. Recently I began to use poetry as a means to channel difficult feelings based on traumatic events that occurred, mostly in Berkeley, California, before I moved up to Idaho. I have found that, in general, poetry is a good device to evoke when feelings arise that it is not always socially acceptable to express in other forms.