Hour of the Green Light, my second collection of poems, begins with a fantasy of the moment when the soul chooses to leave the paradise of the womb, and explores the aftermath of that choice. A bike ride in Central Park, laundry, climate change, a rodeo, and the threat of invasive chipmunks provide a few of the settings for this inquiry into love, work, self, and death. The quest for “an end to suffering” pervades the collection. Despite our perception of darkness in this life, these poems urge us to discover “the only light we can know.”
Where Is the River Called Pishon? is a collection of poems that explores the ache for spiritual belonging in everyday life. The title refers to the River Pishon, named in the second creation story in Genesis. The title poem begins,
Who are these people? When did they arrive?
Did they come on the same boat as you and I?
Did they coalesce from dew and dust, fall as feathers from the sky?
The rest of the book responds to those questions, moving through views of self, family, marriage, society, and the spirit.