Voices Bright Flags: Poems

Winner of the Ninth Anthony Hecht Prize, judged by Heather McHugh
(Waywiser Press, 2014)

Voices Bright Flags is a series of experiments in what is sometimes called public poetry, with my country, and my relation to it, as the main theme. The poems approach America from a range of perspectives—political, historical, and also personal—and in a range of styles and voices, with each voice planting its own flag, as it were, implying its own America. Together I see the poems as forming a partial (in both senses) mosaic, a discordant chorus, a succession of conversations and quarrels between myself and the other motley citizens of my imagination.


Bryant Park at Dusk
Charles Graner Is Not America (with audio)
Cold Harbor: June 3, 1864 (with audio)
Homeland Security (with audio)
The Nights (with audio)
The Origin of Chinese Laundry in America: 1851
Overland Wedding: May 21, 1850
The State of Virginia after Southampton: 1831 (with audio)
Tallahassee These Days (with audio)
Trip Hop
Two Moon to a Journalist after Rehearsal: 1898
Wilson’s Carolina Parakeet: 1810