luminous work

Image-maker. In poetry, sound art, theater, collage.

i make things from words.  things that intend towards light.  here is that round box from the attic.  inside, letters, photographs, unlabeled cassette tapes.  some embossed invitations to my imaginative parties, which are select and increasingly irregular.  like you, i grow old.  i keep my hands busy and my mind occupied.  if it would be better to hold something in your hands other than a machine send me a message and i will send you something real.


I am an image-maker.  My images flicker on screens inside your mind.  You create them in response to my songs, soundscapes, words. 

I want you to make images inside yourself that are private, luminous, and inexplicable.

Because I love most things I can't explain.

I understand them, yes, but if I fully explain them, I kill their soft, sensuous mystery.  

This mystery is to me clarity.  It liberates the maze of my mind by confounding it. 


I am a poet, sound artist, and performer who dabbles with scissors and glue. 

I made theater on the downtown NY performance scene for fifteen years, and for five years before that in Atlanta, Ga.

My work is always text-oriented.  Beautiful language is important to me.  It inspires me.  My performance work included: A tea-party for voice and debris serving up a really long Wallace Stevens poem, surrealist cabaret from New England sea shanties and poems, a powerpoint presentation about particle physics, Rothko, and the abyss...and so forth.  I also work as an actor now and again in other people's theater. 

My theater tradition is physical and vocal.  I studied for many years in the Roy Hart voice tradition, which imagines the voice as "the muscle of the soul".

Now: I still act in other people's work.  I make what I can best describe as image-making sound art. ??  Listen, you'll see.  I concentrate on my writing.

Keep up with new art on my Lately page.

Follow my poetry podcast Cosmic Dream Radio for poetry read like you've never heard it read before.  I make episodes from on my own words and the work of famous poets.  Feel free to email any episode suggestions to me...

Thank you for being here.


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Finishing my first record album.  About to start a poetic adventure book about Eurydice.  Finish those two darn poems on climate change angst and mail them out.  Please.  Before we all are buried in the flood.

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