Projects


Soundscapes
From regional coffeeshop espionage to international missions of intentional overhearing, this "found sound" project is an auditory variation on my long-time found objects obsession. I shape scraps of dialogue and caught language into poetry - some prose, some line-broken - in an attempt to gain insight into what we say, what it means and doesn't. Sites so far include cafes in Minnesota; airports in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.; and trains and ferries in Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. Most recently, I'm working with live-streamed testimony from the Senate Intelligence Committee hearings on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Here's an airport poem in Unlost: A Journal of Found Poetry.


Thin Bits of Evidence
 
My prose poem series Thin Bits of Evidence (a.k.a. the middle section of Home Studies) provided the text for a compelling song cycle by composer Vineet Shende. The piece debuted at Bowdoin College in April 2014. The poems were part of the Art of Recovery exhibit at the MN State Arts Board in 2009, and Thin Bits also appears in Press 53's What Doesn't Kill You. . . anthology, published in October 2010.



The Metaphorical Estuary
 
I am somewhat working on a prose poem series about the St. Louis River estuary and other river/Lake Superior junctures. Any romanticized notions of water were dispelled - or at least properly complicated - by flooding in our area in July 2012. Rivers - whether above or underground or somewhere in between - will find their way to the sea (a.k.a. Great Lake), even through solid homes. Rocks, chunks of wall, and massive trees moved miles downstream; whole fields of soil browned the lake. Elderly people sat in living rooms above basements full of sewage, and sections of road and trail were simply gone.