The way a wheel turns,
low, spinning free up top.
A life like that,
you might get somewhere.
Cycling in Plato's Cave is now available from Fomite Press of Burlington, Vermont. The book rolls along on one of my favorite obsessions, cycling, but a lot more than pedals and wheels goes around in these poems.
The book also includes photos by Ben Cavanagh, a photographer in Ottawa, and Pat Cavanagh of Granville, NY.
My other books of poems include Falling Body (2009) and The Middleman (2003), both published by Salmon Poetry of Ireland.
Next up will be Straddle, due out from Salmon in 2015, a book of poems about the perils and possibilities involved with living on borders, both physical and psychic.
My poems have also appeared in leading journals in Canada, Ireland, the U.S., and the U.K., and in anthologies such as:
So Little Time: Words and Images for a World in Climate Crisis (Green Writers Press),
The Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present (U. of Notre Dame Press),
The Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation (Norton),
The WRUV Reader: a Vermont writers' anthology (University of Vermont),
and Salmon: A Journey in Poetry (Salmon).
I've done dozens of popular readings in the U.S. and Canada. I've also performed poems with musicians such as the poetry-jazz group, PoJazz, and the Celtic band, Wind That Shakes the Barley.
A native of Montreal with dual Canadian/American citizenship, I live in Burlington, Vermont. After many years co-directing the External Degree Program of Johnson State College, I now teach part-time and work as an advisor/trainer for the program.
Hope you enjoy the poems. Let me know what you think.