Stretch Your Dollars

Actually, art is prized above all business.
Imagine that.
The tapestry could be a symbol of how the women
wanted to spend more time between worlds.
A leap of faith, the madness, trying to find
moments of rest.
I have witnessed how women are born
pissed off,


This month, I’ve been writing poems from phrases in the February issue of InStyle. I’m so far behind. Like, half a month behind. Life and art, art and life …


The Toxic Environment in Silicon Valley

Kelly Clarkson shows no sign of fluorescent color.
You know you want superpowers, purple lashes and brows.
Slouchy trousers open the door to special occasions, spoil
my body, invite a little invisible woman to a certain level of
Genesis. I tell her that she is the face with a twist of glitter,
the impeccably dressed tomboy, supple and smooth.

I’m way behind because I’m assistant directing a production of this thing. But in theory, I’m writing poems this month using phrases from the February 2020 issue of InStyle.


The Slings and Arrows

The actress has turned into a sprinter. Her actions have
put the oceans in diapers. There is nothing more important
than local news on TV with Dolly Parton singing “Jolene,”
a little bit of a lampshade on her head. Always wake up
smiling. Sometimes we just cry—a lot of times.

A new month means a new magazine. This time, it’s the February issue of InStyle, which I’ve never read before.


Intimacy Is Not the Mess You Give

Her demons never left glitter at restaurants—
she was a cocktail of dazzling sun on your night sky.
The darkness was captivating, the spine of a dance
that Agatha Christie taught you. She understood
when to hold back, how to deal with limitations.
Maybe it’s time to speak into the intensity of
Whitney Houston’s dark demands: cocaine,
the roil between icy tomorrow and love.

Belatedly, here’s a final post from my January project using phrases from that month’s issue of O magazine. I feel like I finally cracked it by the end. In related news, have you noticed that it’s hard to find magazines in stores near you? I have. I’m still on the hunt for a good one for February.