Upcoming Appearances

  1. March 26, 2:00 p.m. Alleghany Arts Council, Cumberland, MD.

Release party, reception and reading for those poets whose work will appear in the 2017 issue of the Backbone Mountain Review. My poem is “Estrangement.”

 

2.     March 29, 3:30 p.m. Georgetown University Jewish Writers Series

McGhee Library, ICC   see this link for details:

 

Link to Mother Mail and Live Reading

http://www.hermeneuticchaospress.com/mother-mail.html

 

Review of Mother Mail by Karen Craigo

Many thanks to writer Karen Craigo for her review of my new chapbook, Mother Mail.

Go to:

betterviewofthemoon.blogspot.com

then scroll down to her posting dated January 13, 2017.

 

Thanks!

Mother Mail, Chapbook, Released Today!

My new chapbook, Mother Mail, has just been released by a lovely, small, poetry niche press in Australia. Many thanks to the editor, Shinjini Bhattacharjee.

http://www.hermeneuticchaospress.com

Poetry Reading and Book Signing

On January 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., I will give a reading at the Bridgewater International Poetry Festival at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA.

During the festival, January 12 – 15, I will also be signing copies of my poetry collections, Moon on the Meadow and Two Winters, at my table in the exhibit space. Hopefully, my new chapbook, Mother Mail, will be released in time for the festival.

Come and hear some wonderful poetry, meet the authors, and pick up some books. Stop by and say hello! Thanks!

Two New Poems are “Live” at Duende

http://www.duendeliterary.org/pia-taavilaborsheim

Click on the link above to read “Sanding the Hull” and “From Car to Schwinn and Back Again.” Enjoy!

 

Mother Mail (Chapbook)

This new chapbook of 29 poems is forthcoming in early 2017 from Hermeneutic Chaos Press. I hope to have it in time for the AWP conference in Washington, DC in February. Hope to see you there and to sign it for you!

Poetry Reading: International Poetry Festival at Bridgewater College

I am happy to share that I will be giving a poetry reading and signing my books at the Bridgewater College International Poetry Festival in Bridgewater, Virginia on January 12 – 15, 2017. I’ll post the schedule for individual events as soon as I have it. Stop by my table and say hello!

“Estrangement” forthcoming in Backbone Mountain Review.

I’m honored to announce that my poem “Estrangement” will be forthcoming in early 2017 in the next issue of Backbone Mountain Review. A group reading, release party and reception will be held at the Allegany Arts Council in Cumberland, MD in the spring (date and time TBA).

To My Estranged Offspring (“live” at The Mondegreen, Issue No. 6))

To My Estranged Offspring

Alas, dear loved ones, the door has closed.

Much time has passed, fraught with your silences,

devoid of all contact. Do you ever think of me?

 

I know nothing of your relationships, marriages,

and your children do not play at my feet. My lap

and arms long to hold their wriggling genetics.

 

Was my crime so grim? Is the chain forever snapped?

Will forgiveness never come? The years took their toll

and now I find that shuffling along, head bent,

 

no longer suits my future plans, which include red shoes

and dancing. I will love the orb of my earthly existence,

will hold near to heart all that delights, will clasp to my breast

 

my lover’s hands, whose tender touch rights what’s wrong.

In his embrace, all wounds are sealed. I breathe deep

the pungent smells of sex, grow luminous, shine

 

as I spin in sleep, while dreaming of my children,

far from me, lost, their faces neither lit nor spectral.

The door is closed, not locked. Step through, step through.

 

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