on research, writing, editing, publishing, human nature, and whatever else intrigues me from time to time

In the past few months, I've had some success with my poetry. Writing short pieces like poems and short stories has proven a welcome relief from the Watermaster novels. It feels so productive to sit down and write for an hour or two and be done. That said, I do feel a special connection with the song-poems that I create for the Watermaster novels. Even though only a few lines of a song actually appear in the published book, I often write the whole thing.


Here's one poem I wrote as the part epigraph for a section in Rainbow Knife. This was fashioned after a sijo, a syllabic form of Korean lyric poetry similar to haiku.




Herons fly, slow beat of wings, pleading with a sunset sky,

Show a place where fish still swim, all shining scales and glinting tails.
Dried to dust, the river deep lies dreaming of the hunter’s feet.



Historic photographs of late 19th and early 20th century Native Americans of the Arizona desert