Black toy pistol with large red suction cup on white background

The Primer (a poem)

A good-guy gun blows bloody holes in a naughty toy’s face another kid hooked on “justifiable retaliation” learning to talk like addicted adults loading their veins with righteous rage to shoot up siblings avenging the past and bleeding graffiti on nursery walls

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At the National Museum in Prague

On Bighorn Sheep in the Catalinas and Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction

OTHER HOMES AND GARDENS The ongoing effort to reintroduce bighorn sheep to the Catalina Mountains near Tucson, like other programs designed to increase populations of endangered animals, has caused its share of controversy. Though only 13 of the 31 bighorns released last November are known for certain to be alive, and three mountain lions have […]

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Rocking the U.S. Border with Mexico

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN Circumstances surrounding the recent police shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, in Ferguson, Missouri, resonate with some of the twenty-eight killings by U.S. border agents since 2010 in the following ways: an unarmed suspect allegedly turns the enforcement agent into the victim; the suspect is killed; release of the agent’s name is […]

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Three Poems

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN     CATDANCING Executing a Nijinsky-like leap our tom Captain Jack today clears the laundry basket rim makes his imperious way out the room I am no more than envious onlooker feet forever rooted in this narrow earth   THE FALLING LIGHT This morning seeing our neighborhood tom eating (we call him […]

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