Mouse over book covers and follow links to read some of my poetry in online publications or to buy a copy of the publication:
bone country in New Texas: Journal of Literature and Culture, July, 2019
what holds her, a full-length collection of ecstatic poetry, Main Street Rag (forthcoming, 2019/20). Pre-publication ordering available soon. Below is an image I love and recommended to the publisher for the cover. It should give you a feeling for what’s inside. Deep gratitude to the photographer, Esther Van Overbeek for permission to use the image. Please visit her site and see more of her amazing work here.
santa claus face down in Texas Poetry Calendar 2020
shape a prayer in The Larger Geometry, peaceCenter Books, 2018. d. e. phelps, R. Okaji and M. K. Grant, Eds.
Here is an excerpt to entice you. The purchase of this anthology benefits the peaceCenter, San Antonio.
shape a prayer
moist black earth
i pluck a piece
of purple heart jew
& think of you
like mine as white
as the gardenias
the two of us
in short pants
for the first time
mother & daughter
weeding st. augustine ...
rachmaninoff off key in Amethyst Review, Feb. 22, 2019, Sarah Law, Ed.
deluge in Amethyst Review, Jan. 28, 2019, Sarah Law, Ed.
birdfeeder in The Enchantment of the Ordinary, Mutabilis Press 2018, John Gorman, Ed.
I am honored to have a poem about my maternal grandfather, included in this beautiful anthology. Here are a few lines to entice you:
long the hawk perches
—a finial atop the deck-post in my backyard
only his head turns keen eyes unblinking
this bird of prey waits:
for the lizard to slip from its burrow
for the grass-snake slithering
his red breast his hunger
pressed against grey sky
i think of you: my mind returning
to east texas pines
to walks through loblolly stands
i loved to hold your grandfather hands
the middle finger of your left one —a nub—
a nub you cut off with an axe accidentally
as a boy chopping wood
how i wondered about that finger
its smooth round end
how you said: it doesn’t hurt
Find my poem “stopping by” in this handy day-planner, a Texas iconic publication that has poetry on every page; it makes a great gift and is a handy way to keep up with days going by AND read some poetry by some of Texas finest poets. $14.95
if all of us: individuals, priests, ministers, rabbis, gurus, healers, poets, and people of all faiths would turn our thinking away from rage and distress over the apparent problem in the ocean and literally, prayerfully send the energy of loving-kindness to the water, holding her in our thought in Light and claiming her wholeness by the power of All that is Holy, we could, on this physical plane, by the focus of our thought, change the chemical make-up of each crystal of water and help the ocean clean itself up. Even better, if we gathered at her shores from all around the world en masse in this effort, we would make an even bigger impact toward her healing.
d. ellis phelps, 2010