The Wind

Start small. Build a tree, and a chair beneath, and then wind, and then night. The wind is cold. An actor enters, sits on the chair. They are waiting. Start small. The actor is a man with red hair. His clothes are old, cut for a larger person, perhaps stolen. The man sits in the […]


i see you standing on the edge of the tower the mountains behind you the flat town below you i see you and i see who you serve i have not done i have undone enough i was not watching i am not doing enough i see you and i see who you serve time […]

Writing Update

Over the past year, friends and acquaintances will ask me ‘ So, how’s the writing going, Derek???’. I usually grimace and give some sort of a half-answer. I sat down today to write a seven-eighths answer, and this is what I wrote. A traveler came to a city on the edge of a forest. The windows […]


one jot in the ocean, one clot in the lung hard -hearted departed still clinging to the bottom rung i see you up there, wearing those crowns of jade-locked air free for the moment, never know where my curse went keep spending out the bric-a-brac from the golden coffer’s lent i howl in the dark, […]

What Writers Want

An incomplete list. More time. More words that are interesting but aren’t too iridescent or macabre. For the shape in here to be the shape in there. For somehow you to see what we see. Less names or better names. Temporal vortex to skip to when the thing is done. More minotaurs. For it to matter. You […]


I want my art to do more for the people, causes, and country that I care about. And as much as I earnestly believe in the power of any art to shape the world – I also know that direct action is also required.  Protest, dialogue, education – and donation.  We’re 10 days in and […]

Man in the Mirror

I’m not one for resolutions or revolutions or any plan of any sort. But this is a more perilous world we’re all living in and I think it behooves me to state with as much authority as I can muster what I have planned for 2017. I need to be more accountable, I need to […]