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And in the Blue Guide I find — O Paradiso! — a street map

of this very place ...

First published in the Georgia Review. Read the whole poem »

This is so quiet a place
that a bright piece of glass, fallen
from the extinguished lights of Nectan’s church
still rests on stone, catching the sun
in Malcolm’s cloister.

Published in Punk with Dulcimer (Peterloo, 2006). Read more »

Coughing Keats, at the Casino Borghese, says
Napoleon’s sister is in “beautiful bad taste.”