Stan

From verses written as letters, to the pencil-scratching back-track, to its dramatic delivery and its exploration of obsessed fandom, Eminem’s “Stan” remains revolutionary. Here’s my ripoff of one of the most original works of my lifetime. Continue reading Stan

Exhale

The poem below originally appeared in Yellow Chair Review in 2016. Exhale I became a poet in the moment that the knifepoint pierced my thigh. One bolt of lightning, one crystal bullet, one expiration, one life, one prickled pinpoint of steel like starshine forever scrambled my private universe. Nuclear holocausts, atomic bombs, space exploration and … Continue reading Exhale

Clair de Lune

At some point, the music lost its meaning for me. When I heard a pianist play this piece, it broke me. I promised myself I would learn it immediately, but I misjudged the challenge. I was cocky— I demanded instant gratification. In this regard I failed. For two years, the piano and I grew apart. When … Continue reading Clair de Lune