Poems from Everything in the Universe have appeared in a number of journals, including Kenyon Review, The Volta, The Account, Calyx, and the Southern Poetry Anthology, volume VI.
We are older than the devil,
youngsters, older than sand spun
into glass to which you compare us.
Older than your oldest word...
—from "Old Glassy Speaks Her Peace"
Poems from Cracker Sonnets have appeared previously in Quarterly West, Bluestem, and Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry anthology. Read some of the true stories this cast of characters was based on and add your own to my list of Holy Mackerels.
skinny-dipping snapping turtles’
gene pool, tongues twisted
around eye teeth so they can’t see
what they’re saying.
—from "Blood Bath Baby"
There are things we don’t talk about—bodies
and what they do sliding toward each other
greasy as candle wicks,
the stink of mine drainage
in the North Chickamauga, a knot
of engine parts and spring shot sofa cushions
the color of Pangaea pulling itself back together.
—from "A List of Impaired Waters"